As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public until further notice. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

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Cynthia Heider
There are few things as tantalizing to the imagination as finding a mysterious object in an archival collection, especially one that's already full of more...
Michael Madeja
Throughout May, the APS Library & Museum Programming division (often internally referred to as “LAMP”) will be doing a social media takeover of the Society’s...
American Philosophical Society
By Janine Yorimoto Boldt and Emily A. Margolis While doing research on Mesmerism (also called animal magnetism) for the exhibition Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist, we...
Janine Boldt
About one year ago, I began researching for the 2020 American Philosophical Society exhibition, the theme of which was “Benjamin Franklin’s science.” As lead curator...
American Philosophical Society
Updated August 10, 2020 While onsite programs are on hold, there are many ways to engage with APS events and collections remotely in the coming...
American Philosophical Society
By Anisha Gupta and Emily Margolis Advancing STEM education has been a priority for NASA, America’s civilian space agency, since its founding in 1958. Over...
Janine Boldt
When I began researching for the upcoming exhibition, Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist, I admittedly knew relatively little about Benjamin Franklin’s wife, Deborah Read Franklin (d...
Michael Madeja
The APS Library & Museum is a proud partner of National History Day Philly (NHD Philly). This year, middle and high school students are presented...