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This guide is intended for students who are researching small urban neighborhoods in the context of clearance and renewal projects. Many resources are specifically relevant to Philadelphia, but others are general.
Philadelphia Reference Works
Most Philadelphia-related books are at call number F 158.18. Unless otherwise noted, links below lead to Franklin, which will tell you where the book is located. More books can be found by searching in Franklin for Philadelphia History as a Subject.
Philadelphia: A 300-Year History by
Call Number: F158.3 .P5664 1982
Publication Date: 1982
Modern one-volume history of Philadelphia. Chapters arranged chronologically by subject experts. Not too easy to find material on neighborhoods or city regions.
Invisible Philadelphia by
Call Number: F158.18 .I58 1995
Publication Date: 1995
Surveys the history of voluntary organizations in Philadelphia. Provides some bibliographic information as well as disposition of archival materials.
The Planning of Center City Philadelphia by
Call Number: NA735.P5 P58 2007
Publication Date: 2008
Three centuries of the planning history of the city, from William Penn’s original concept to the design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the renewal efforts that made Philadelphia a national leader in city planning and urban revitalization.
The Buried Past by
Publication Date: 1992
The most significant archaeological discoveries, based on more than thirty years of intensive archaeological investigations in the greater Philadelphia area.
WPA Guide to Philadelphia by
Call Number: F158.18 .P46 1988
Publication Date: 1937
One-volume older history of Philadelphia, produced through the Federal Writers' Project, Works Progress Administration. Divided into two parts: "The city and its background" and "Roads and rambles in and around the city".
Encyclopedia of Philadelphia by
Call Number: F158.3 .J15
Publication Date: 1931-1933
Brief entries on persons, places, institutions, and events in Philadelphia history. Some entries have bibliographic references.