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Card files in the Reference Room, broken down into separate sections for manuscripts, broadsides, graphics, maps, sheet music, Afro-Americana, genealogical resources, and newspapers. The manuscripts catalog provides item-level access to several large manuscript collections.





PC 1 - Manuscript catalog

This catalog indexes at the item level nearly 1 million manuscript resources, including letters, diaries, accounts, and minutes. It is primarily a name index. Many collections have finding aids.

PC 2 - LCP in HSP catalog

This catalog is a name index to the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) manuscript collections. HSP administers these collections according to a cooperative agreement with LCP.

PC 3 - Broadsides

This catalog indexes the HSP's graphics holdings of broadsides and World War I and World War II Posters (available through title only).

PC 4 - Graphics catalog

  • 4a - catalog of images, portraits, and trade cards in the formats of prints, drawings, watercolors, and photographs.
  • 4b - catalog of coats of arms; a key is available at the beginning of the catalog.
  • 4c - catalog of insurance surveys held in the Mutual Assurance Company and the Philadelphia Contributionship.
  • 4d - catalog of HSP's holdings of maps, atlases and all other cartographic material.

PC 5 - Music catalog

This catalog indexes HSP's holdings of sheet music.

PC 6 - Afro-Americana in HSP and LCP

This catalog is a name index to manuscript collections of the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) and the Historical Society containing Afro-Americana for the period of 1553-1906.

PC 7 - Family History/Genealogy Catalog

This catalog contains a variety of unpublished family history and genealogical records including bible, church, cemetery, probate, tax, land, immigration, and vital records.