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This guide focuses on secondary and primary sources useful in researching the history of Philadelphia.
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.
Draw on census schedules, court records, city directories, and tax records as well as newspaper files and other sources to give a picture of the ways in which less-privileged groups of Philadelphians lived.
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.
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".