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Historic Preservation Research

Philadelphia bell logoFor a comprehensive list of Philadelphia research materials, check out the Philadelphia Studies guide.

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Access authoritative information on three centuries of Philadelphia buildings and designers, incorporating data and images from the collections of more than 25 Philadelphia-area repositories.

Hexamer General Surveys Find historic ground plans and birds-eye perspective drawings of Philadelphia industrial sites.

Plan Philly Read WHYY's reporting on Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

PhilaPlace Created by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, it connects stories to places across time in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

Workshop of the World Access historical surveys of over 150 industrial sites in Philadelphia.

Images of America Find photographs by neighborhood. Select Browse Books > Browse Places to find Philadelphia selections.

Philadelphia Skyline Find photos listed by neighborhood.

University Archives Digital Image Collection From Penn's University Archives, includes pictures of West Philadelphia, the Penn Campus, and more.