Archives Month Philly

Archives Month Philly is still going strong, and with 10 days left, there is something going on almost every weekday — this is just a handful of the events and everything listed here is free!

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Also, don’t miss the numerous ongoing exhibits >>
Romance Between the Sheets…of Paper! at University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, October 22

In every repository of primary sources, processors and researchers alike will discover surprising bits of history and stories that remind us of how human the creators of the collections really were. This is especially true when the discoveries are of a romantic nature!  MORE INFO >>

Free Community Night – Penn Museum Open House
Wednesday, October 23

In the galleries and behind the scenes at this 125-year-old museum of archaeology and anthropology. Enjoy live performances of music and dance in the galleries while curators, keepers, and researchers share some of their projects, docents offer gallery tours, and graduate students teach Egyptian hieroglyphics and Sumerian cuneiform mini-classes. Additionally, in honor of Archives Month, the Museum Archives will be hosting tours of its new exhibit, “Hollywood in the Amazon.”  MORE INFO >>

Tour the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Friday, October 25

You’ll see cuneiform tablets, a section of a papyrus scroll, a medieval manuscript and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible while Rare book librarians on staff provide a basic introduction to the history of the book. The tour also includes a visit to the Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector.  MORE INFO >>
The Arlen Specter Papers: 3000 Boxes and No Place to Put ‘Em at Philadelphia University
Monday, October 28

Come to Phila U’s Gutman Library to hear how a small institution is dealing with a large, complex archival project — to deal with the papers of a large, complex political personage, Arlen Specter. While you’re here, stay to visit our newly installed exhibition, “Single Bullet: Arlen Specter & the Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination,” which was created by a team of Philadelphia University students, faculty, and staff.  MORE INFO >>

‘Philadelphia Through Different Lenses’ Screening at PhilaMOCA
Wednesday, October 30

Come for the blockbuster wrap-up event of Archives Month Philly.  Philadelphia Through Different Lenses is a screening of recently digitized and preserved Philadelphia-centered films. Not Much to Do tells the story of Philadelphia through the lens of six African-American teenagers in 1966 and material from the Philadelphia Department of Records tells Philadelphia’s story through city government. More films will be added so stay tuned!  MORE INFO >>


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