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Format: 2016-02-09
Format: 2016-02-09
Format: 2016-02-09

In 1972, a disguised speaker – Dr. Anonymous – addressed the American Psychiatric Association (APA) regarding its classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Until this time, homosexual men and women were considered ill, with the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual recommending "cures" including electro-shock therapy and lobotomy.

The following year, the APA removed the classification, the culmination of Dr. Anonymous' work as well as the efforts of activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings.

10/26/15
20th century
Civil Rights
Philadelphia
Science and Medicine
Women

Hosted by actor Sam Waterston, the documentary series Visionaries highlights the rarely told stories of nonprofit organizations around the world working to make a positive difference in their community and beyond.

10/26/15

HSP's Library and Archive staff continue to catalog and make available new items for researchers, including newly-processed manuscript collections, reference works, and published histories. More information about these items can be found in Discover, HSP's online catalog. Follow the blog, New in the Library, to stay up-to-date. 


HSP has a sizeable selection of titles relating to the Civil War, with several recently cataloged.

10/15/15

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf announced this week the designation of nine extraordinary women as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. These women were nominated by non-profit organizations within the commonwealth in recognition of outstanding accomplishments of statewide or national importance.

10/15/15

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) jointly award approximately 25 one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during each academic year. Fellows hail from across the country and around the world, utilizing both institutions' collections in contemporary scholarship. 

HSP and LCP proudly welcome the October 2015 fellows:

 

10/9/15

A library can be a bewildering place. For many middle and high school students, libraries are a labyrinth of stacks, databases, and jargon. Those with homework or projects requiring research often ask: Where do I start?

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), one of the largest special collection libraries in the country, has the answer: Here.

9/22/15

To mark the World Meeting of Families and papal visit, HSP is making freely available the newest issue of its illustrated history magazine, Pennsylvania Legacies.

The issue explores the history of Pennsylvania’s Catholics, with articles examining the diversity—and sometimes conflict—within the early Catholic Church, the essential work of Catholic women religious in the 19th century, the organization and activism of African American Catholics at the turn of the 20th century, the important role of Catholic parishes in supporting immigrant communities, and much more.

9/18/15
18th century
19th century
20th century
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Religion
Women

As part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminder Demonstrations for gay rights, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Center are collaborating on Fighting Back: Defending the LGBT Mind and Body in Pennsylvania, an LGBT health history conference on October 18th & 19th.

9/16/15
20th century
Civil Rights
Government and civics
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Politics
Science and Medicine
Women

In support of this year's National History Day (NHD) theme of "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History," HSP's Alicia Parks and Sarah Duda take a look at five individuals and stories from our collections - including a captive of the Barbary pirates, Arctic explorers, suffragettes, and much more. 

9/16/15

With the nation’s attention focused on Philadelphia this September for the convening of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit, HSP explores the history of Pennsylvania’s Catholics in the fall 2015 issue of Pennsylvania Legacies.

9/11/15
17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
Civil Rights
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Religion
Women