Are you unable to visit the Historical Society’s library? Or have you hit a brick wall with your research and want some expert help?
For a pre-paid fee, a skilled staff researcher at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will work on your research topic and search through our extensive archive. HSP holds records not just for Pennsylvania, but also for most of the colonies and states east of the Mississippi River. Sources used frequently include probate records, newspapers, church records, deeds, genealogical research files, and manuscript collections. While we cannot guarantee results, we will make every effort to help you by documenting all sources consulted during our research. Upon request, staff will also transcribe difficult to read original documents for you.
Starting on February 15, 2016, basic research fees are $40/hour for HSP members and $60/hour for nonmembers. (Members receive more than 30 percent off! Become a member today.) There is a minimum of two hours for your initial request. The research fee includes the cost of up to 20 photocopied pages of supporting documents.
If you have additional questions about HSP’s Research by Mail services, please contact our research team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-732-6200 ext. 222
Research requests usually take 6-8 weeks to process. If you would like us to complete your request within 2 weeks, add rush service to your order for an additional $20/hour.
With premium service, staff will research not only in HSP’s archive, but at other nearby repositories in Philadelphia. If a staff researcher believes that you could benefit from premium service, he or she will discuss this option with you. Premium service costs an additional $15/hour. Photocopy charges made at repositories outside HSP are an additional charge.
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Other Library Services
HSP offers additional library services, including exact citation photocopies, advanced paging services, and research strategy interviews.
Have a research question that can be answered in less than 10 minutes? Please contact ReadyReference@hsp.org or 215-732-6200 ext. 209.