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2008 Theme: "Conflict and Compromise "
Philadelphia competition: March 12-13, 2008

PACSCL welcomes you to our NHD Philly Resources Page

National History Day is a nationwide program to help middle-school and high-school students engage with history. PACSCL is pleased to support the program in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Academy of Natural Sciences
American Philosophical Society
Athenaeum of Philadelphia
  Bryn Mawr College
Chemical Heritage Foundation
  Chester County Historical Society
  City of Philadelphia Department of Records
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  Delaware Art Museum
Free Library of Philadelphia
Hagley Museum & Library
Haverford College
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  LaSalle University
Library Company of Philadelphia
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
National Archives - Mid Atlantic Region
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Presbyterian Historical Society
Rosenbach Museum & Library
State Library of Pennsylvania
Swarthmore College
Temple University
  University of Delaware
University of Pennsylvania
Villanova University
Wagner Free Institute of Science
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library


Triumph and Tragedy in History
Taking a Stand in History

Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

NEW! Speed-search our member libraries using this custom Google search tool!
Enter your search terms here and go -- Google will search the PACSCL site and the sites of all of its member libraries! A really good quick way to find out which libraries can help you -- or whether another topic might be better. (Tip: this tool searches websites but not library catalogs. You'll still want to go to the individual library sites to reach their catalogs.)
Custom Search

Dear National History Day Participant:

Contestants at 2005 eventThanks for deciding to pay a real or virtual visit to libraries that hold rare or unique materials relating to the history and culture of our city, our region, our nation, and the world.

Our libraries hold more than 4,000,000 rare books, 260,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archival materials (that would make a stack of paper more than 45 miles high!), and 9,000,000 photographs, maps, architectural drawings, and works of art on paper. Many PACSCL libraries have rare or unique audio and video recordings as well.

Judging at 2005 eventMaterials in PACSCL member collections can help you add an important dimension to your project, deepen your understanding of your topic, and sharpen your competitive edge. Use these resources on the PACSCL website and on the NHD/Philly homepage to help you get started.

  • Member profiles and weblinks. These short descriptions of our member libraries will help you to decide whether or not their collections may have items that will help to make your project a standout. Once you've read the descriptions, take the link to the library's website. Look for section labels such as "collections," "finding aids," "digital collections," and "online exhibitions." These area will give you an idea of the kinds of materials a library will have to offer. Or streamline the process by using the new Google search tool (above).

  • Library catalog page. This is a link to our members' online catalogs. Use it as a reference to search our member library holdings -- but remember, not all of our members have online records for all of their materials.

  • Tips for using a rare book and manuscript library. It's a little different from your media center or local library, but once you get the hang of it, you'll find that research with our member libraries is surprisingly easy and exciting. (We put this together for the NHD/Philly site.)

  • The NHD/Philly homepage.

The links on the right take you right to our members' websites.


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New! Use Google to search the special collections portions of all 32 member library websites: (in development)

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