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Paul Sutherland
Archival collections are constantly reframed by individuals interacting with them and oversights brought about by incomplete understandings can alter their use for years at a...
American Philosophical Society
Contact: 215-701-4427 communications@amphilsoc.org Philadelphia [June 23, 2021]— The Declaration of Independence is an iconic document, famous for the signers’ distinctive signatures and the bold heading...
Charles Greifenstein
The 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia was perhaps the greatest disaster to hit the young United States. 5,000 died—ten percent of the city’s population—and...
Susan Laquer
As an APS Archivist, I’ve had the honor of working with the records of the Society’s Members, such as geneticists Hampton Carson and Barbara McClintock...
Estelle Markel-Joyet
Walt Whitman’s most famous work, Leaves of Grass, was not well received by Philadelphia’s high society. It was deemed obscene for its overt sensuality for...
American Philosophical Society
Photograph from Andrea Brock, 2018 Franklin Grant recipient, depicting a sediment core sample extraction next to the Theater of Marcellus in Rome. Congratulations to the...
American Philosophical Society
The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum is excited to announce its 2021-2022 Fellowship recipients! This year, the Society has awarded eight long-term fellowships and...
Tracey deJong
While adding 5,000 engravings and prints of persons in the APS’s collections to our online catalog, the name of Jacob (Meyer) Philadelphia (1720/1735–1795) caught my...