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.

Subject Guides and Bibliographies

An annotated bibliography of sources on African American history in the APS Library.
An annotated bibliography of sources on anthropology and archaeology in the APS Library.
An annotated bibliography of manuscript sources on physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics in the APS Library.

A guide to diaries held in the APS Library's manuscripts collections featuring geographic browsing.

A guide to sources on Early American History (to 1840) in the APS Library's collections.

A guide to sources on American expeditions and surveys from 1803–1865 at the APS Library and other Philadelphia repositories.
A guide to the manuscript collections at the APS Library related to genetics and eugenics.
The following subject guide is a nearly comprehensive database of manuscript holdings pertaining to the languages, cultures, histories, and continued presence of Indigenous peoples of the Americas held at the APS.
A catalog of maps in the APS Library.
An annotated bibliography of printed materials related to natural history in the APS Library.
An annotated guide to manuscript collections related to naval history in the APS Library.
This guide catalogs materials on the history of quantum physics and related developments in theoretical physics held at the APS and related repositories.
These are published guides to materials in the APS's collections.