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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA  | More on: Gettysburg »

HSP is one of the nation's largest nongovernmental repositories of documentary materials, housing more than 600,000 books, 300,000 graphics, and 20 million manuscript items. The collection contains Union muster rolls, consolidated reports, returns, enlistment certificates, some correspondence, and reminiscences. Among the major groups of regimental papers are enlistment certificates. There is a wealth of diaries written by soldiers during their service. The James Buchanan and Salmon P. Chase collections comprise papers, correspondence, and other documents on political trends, economic conditions, and social history before, during, and after the Civil War. The Civil War collections are described more in depth on the society's Web site.


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From east of Philadelphia: Travel west on Route 676. Take the Broad Street/Central Philadelphia exit. Proceed south on 15th Street and turn left onto Locust Street, crossing Broad Street and continuing to 13th Street. The Historical Society is on the right, at 1300 Locust Street. Several parking facilities are on the left.

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Research library, rest rooms, handicapped access.

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Members and students are free, non-member adults $8.00


Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30pm - 5:30pm Wednesday: 12:30pm - 8:30pm Friday: 10:00am - 5:30pm



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