Research

We invite you to explore The Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s rare books, manuscripts and architectural archive. We look forward to helping you engage with our collections whether you are doing personal or professional research. We hope you will be able to schedule a research appointment and visit us soon. Please feel free to Ask a Question in the meantime.

To learn more about using and accessing our collections, explore the links below which will introduce you to the services and tools available to support your research.

Franklin Library Catalog

Philadelphia Architects & Buildings

Greater Philadelphia Geohistory Network

Philadelphia Real Estate Record & Builders Guide

The Athenaeum provides on-site access to the following databases:

American Antiquarian Society

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

WorldCat


Researchers are required to make an appointment in advance of their visit. Collections stored off-site may take 5-10 business days to retrieve; our research staff will help you determine what needs to be pre-requested when you make your appointment.
First-time researchers will need to complete a Guest Reader Form. You may fill out the form in advance and bring it with you. All researchers must present photo identification on each visit. Our research guidelines will help you prepare for your appointment. We look forward to your visit!

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