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In January 2012, this blog, Fondly, Pennsylvania, was moved to HSP’s brand new website, and we no longer regularly post to this site or check it for comments and questions.  On the new Fondly PA blog, you will find all these older posts, as well as new ones that have been published since January.  Once you register on our new site, you will be able to add comments and questions to our blog, and we’ll respond in a timely fashion!  Additionally, on the new site you will find our most recent news and publications, information on events, and links to our online catalog, new blogs, and other resources.  If you have bookmarked this site or linked to it, we ask that you update those bookmarks to the new Fondly PA at the new hsp.org.

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Archives and conservation at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Archives and Conservation departments work together to preserve and create access to the collections of the Historical Society.  While many of our collections date back to the founding of Pennsylvania, we continue to collect material that documents Philadelphia and the surrounding region.  Click here to veiew our collecting guidelines.

We work on an ongoing basis to preserve the collections, and to process and create finding aids for our unprocessed holdings.  We also work on periodic grant-funded projects to focus on particular collections.  These special projects are often funded by government grants, though we also encourage private funding for special projects through our Adopt-A-Collection program.

Archives staff:

Faith Charlton, Greenfield Project Assistant

Dana Dorman, Greenfield Project Manager

Willhem Echevarria, Project Archivist

Ashley Harper, Digital Imaging Technician/R&R Assistant

Cary Hutto, Technical Services Archivist

Hillary S. Kativa, Rights and Reproductions Associate

Weckea Lilly, Project Archival Processor

Matthew Lyons, Director of Archives and Collection Management

Sarah Newhouse, Project Archivist

Matt Shoemaker, Director of Digital Collections & Systems

D’Arcy White, Cased Photographs Specialist and Project Photo Conservator

Conservation staff:

Alina Josan, Conservation Technician

Leah Mackin, Project Conservation Technician

Tara O’Brien, Director of Preservation and Conservation Services

Mary Tasillo, Preservation Technician


About the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States and holds many national treasures. The Society’s building, designed by Addison Hutton and listed on the City of Philadelphia’s Register of Historical Places, houses some 600,000 printed items and over 19 million manuscript and graphic items.

The Society is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has preeminent printed collections on Pennsylvania and regional history, and offers superb manuscript collections renowned for their strength in 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century history. With the addition of the holdings of The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in 2002 (and those of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania in 2006 through a Strategic Alliance Agreement), the Society has become a chief center for the documentation and study of the ethnic communities and immigrant experiences shared by people whose American history began more recently-between the late nineteenth century and our own times.

Together these holdings, old and new, make the Society one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries-a center of historical documentation and study, education, and engagement.

Contact us:

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-732-6200
Fax: 215-732-2680


Current blog editor:  Cary Hutto

Please contact me at chutto(at) hsp (dot) org if you have any questions.