The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The study of one’s family history has become the avocation of
thousands of Americans. The interest itself is not of recent
developnent, but is inherent in human nature.
Donald Lines Jacobus
VISITING HSP Visiting HSP
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has more than 21 million manuscripts, Surfing HSP.org
and 600,000 printed items documenting 350 years of American history. Their
collection includes the holdings of The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Go to www.hsp.org for details. What types of records are available?
NAVIGATING HSP Church Records
When visiting HSP, your first stop should be the Reference Desk (after signing Burial Records
in and placing your items into the locker). They will assist you with navigating Diaries
the vast collection of microfilms, manuscripts, family histories, and books. Take Journals
time to browse the manuscript catalog (PC-1). Search this index of 1 million Census Records
manuscripts for your ancestor to find letters, minutes, diaries and more. Family Trees
HSP has embraced social networking
and media. The website provides MANUSCRIPTS
links to their Facebook, Twitter and Using
Use the robust search tool located at
the top of most pages. This tool can
The website of HSP contains both search the website, collections and
history and genealogy. You can HSP Journals. The collections search
view digital collections, finding will search Discover, the online
aids, articles, events, and blogs. catalog. HSP Journals are searched
BLOGS via JSTOR.
There are at least nine blogs ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES
which provide insight into the Surfing HSP will provide access to
mystique that is HSP. Archivists, the small but growing digital The textural records of the
project managers, assistants and collection, finding aids, events and Historical Society of
others document progress of the news. There is a wide variety of Pennsylvania are viewable
various projects. Learn about new genealogical events. Sign up for in the Research Room. Use
collections, history, events, news eNews to receive event notifications. finding aids to learn
and more. detailed information
about the collections. This
Discover the collections, books and
more using the online catalog. Background
Search in a variety of ways (simple, Information
advanced, alphabetical browse and Descriptions
browse. If a collection has an online Detailed Inventories
finding aid a link will be provided in
Finding aids are available
the search results.
at the Reference Desk and
some are available online.
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