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Historic Preservation Research

Welcome to Historic Preservation Research Basecamp

This guide will introduce you to a compilation of resources related to the study of historic preservation. 

Broad Street Station in an 1890s-era photograph (demolished in 1953)

Philadelphia's Broad Street Station in an 1890s-era photograph (demolished in 1953)

Subject Specialists

Need research assistance? If you are getting started searching for information, wanting to organize and manage your research, or just can't find the full-text of a source, I'm here to help.

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 Mia D'Avanza, Director, Fisher Fine Arts Library

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Fisher Fine Arts Library

The Fisher Fine Arts Library collects materials to support research in art and architecture, the decorative arts, photography, historic preservation, city planning, and urban design. The entire history of art is represented, from antiquity to the present. Fisher collects items in many languages. Monographs, exhibition catalogs, journals, facsimiles, reference materials, ephemeral materials, and microforms are all available for research. Fisher acquires electronic resources, including image databases, electronic journals, indexes, and other reference works.

Search for resources in Franklin, the Penn Libraries catalog.

For help navigating the Fisher Fine Arts Library building, look at the floor plans.

detail of stained glass window

Navigating the National Trust


  • National Historic Preservation Act Enacted in 1966; last amended in 2016. This link is to a PDF of the latest version.
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