PACSCL is pleased
to welcome three new members in 2003: The National Archives and
Records Administration, Mid Atlantic Region; Villanova University;
and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
committed to the principle of our unique institutions working together
to share, care for, and encourage use of the region's rich documentary
resources," commented David Moltke-Hansen, President of The Historical
Society of Pennsylvania and chairman of PACSCL's board of directors.
"These three institutions have very different collections of rare
or unique printed materials, manuscripts, and photographs that deepen
in important and intriguing ways our understanding of ourselves
as a city, a region, and a part of a global culture."
Mid-Atlantic Region (downtown Philadelphia facility)
National Archives Mid Atlantic Region is one of nine regional
programs of the nation's official record keeper, preserving and
making accessible the historically significant evidence of America's
national experience from the first Continental Congress to modern
times. In trust for the American people and open to the public,
the National Archives enables every citizen to inspect for themselves
the record evidence of the American democracy. The Mid-Atlantic
office holds records for over 70 federal agencies and the district
courts in the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
and West Virginia, holding over 110 million historically significant
federal records as well as selected records for the entire country.
Holdings range from records of institutions such as the Naval Asylum,
the Merchant Marines, the National Park Service, and NASA's Langley
Research Center to court case files on trademark infringement, treason,
fugitive slave law, alleged Communists, patent and copyright, constitutional
issues and many more. Records also include cases involving such
famous names and events as Patrick Henry, Thomas Edison, Robert
Morris, Thurgood Marshall, Robert E. Lee, DuPont Company, Smith
Act, Whiskey Rebellion and O'Henry candy bars. Current projects
include the launch of a new website, a cataloging initiative, a
Teaching American History project in collaboration with the Philadelphia
School District, and a variety of public lectures, exhibitions,
books at the Villanova University Library
Special Collections of Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library
are comprised of some15,000 printed volumes along with papers
and historical records. Notable sub-collections include holdings
in Augustiana, European imprints to 1800, the Hubbard Collection
(works by Elbert G. Hubbard and works printed at the Roycrafter
Press), the McGarrity Collection on Irish History and Irish-American
relations, incunabula, find bindings, Cuala Press and Dolmen Press
chapbooks and broadsides, North American imprints to 1820, and Villanovana.
. The Library also hosts the university archives as well as the
office and collections of the Augustinian Historical Institute,
which is dedicated to the heritage of the Augustinian Order. The
Library is actively acquiring rare items in Irish history and Irish-American
relations and also in the area of Augustinian studies. Current projects
include the digitization of the weekly Irish Press newspapers
(published in Philadelphia in 1818-1822) and the investigation of
a cooperative digitization program to build a "virtual collection"
of illuminated manuscripts with Lehigh University in Bethlehem,
Librarian Karl Krueger displays a Book of Hours to seminary
guests at an Advent celebration.
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) Krauth Memorial
Library has a Rare Book Collection of 3,000 items including
a number of original Reformation-era publications, as well as an
extensive collection of Lutheran liturgical publications from the
sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. The collections include two manuscript
Books of Hours and several special editions of the Bible: an Eliot,
Coverdale and Tyndale Bible. A second collection comprises the complete
collection of a colonial Lutheran pastor, Johann Friedrich Schmidt,
who served St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Germantown during the
Revolutionary War. His library of 200 items reflects the pietistic
training of colonial Lutheran clergy and complements the extensive
holdings that document the American Lutheran experience. The Library
also hosts The Lutheran Archive Center at Philadelphia, one of nine
regional archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Library is in the early planning stages of an expansion that
would include new spaces for its Rare Book collection.