General Tour Information
To arrange a tour of the Historic Pine Building, please call 215-829-3370.
We offer both Guided and Self-guided tours. Guided tours are available Monday
through Friday, 9am to 4pm, by appointment only. All guided tours require at
least 48 hours notice and are available per volunteer availability. Self-guided
tours are ONLY for groups of 1-5 persons. Any group with over 5 individuals needs
to schedule a guided tour. Individuals interested in the self-guided walking tour
may purchase a Self-guided walking tour brochure for a $5 suggested donation;
brochures are sold between 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday in the Gift Shop.
We do not offer tours on weekends at this time.
What material do the Historic Collections
The Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections hold the
institutional history of the Hospital, which includes: administrative,
financial, patient, grounds and physician records. In addition
to the records of the hospital, the Historic Collections holds
material related to the affiliates of Pennsylvania Hospital;
the Lying-In Charity, Preston Retreat, Humane Society, Maternity
Hospital, Southern Dispensary, and the Philadelphia Dispensary.
Also included is the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital Collection.
Other features of the Historic Collections include medical
artifacts, antique furniture, fine art, and the rare book
collection located in the Historic Library. The rare books
are cataloged in FRANKLIN,
the University of Pennsylvania's on-line catalog system.
How do I conduct research if I am
Researchers must make an appointment with the Archivist.
Please call (215) 829-5434 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to schedule an appointment. Research hours are Monday through
Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
It is best to know the material you wish to look at before
scheduling an appointment. Please visit our finding
aid to view the collections. Many collections contain
only cursory inventories; full finding aids are available
only for those collections that have been processed since
2002. Please be familiar with the secondary reading if you
are working on an academic project.
Genealogists should have as much information (names, dates)
as possible before they schedule an appointment.
If you are unable to come in person to conduct research you
might wish to send your request via e-mail to email@example.com
or call (215) 829-5434. All reference inquiries are answered
in the order in which they are received and may take several
weeks to several months to receive an answer. Please be patient.
Certain fees will apply for any inquiry requiring an extraordinary
amount of time to complete.
Photoduplication of material is possible provided the material
is in adequate condition. The cost is 25 cents per page.
I saw an image of Pennsylvania Hospital
I would like reproduced. How do I purchase a copy?
Images owned by the Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections
may be reproduced provided they are in an adequate condition
to do so. Once the stability of the item is determined, you
will need to complete a photographic reproduction order form
and include pre-payment. The costs of reproductions vary depending
on commercial and non-commercial use, as well as size and
format. Scanning is possible in most instances. Please contact
the Archivist for additional information at (215) 829-5434
A user fee applies to any published image owned by the Pennsylvania
Hospital Historic Collections; this is a one time only use.
All images should be cited as, Courtesy of the Pennsylvania
Hospital Historic Collections, Philadelphia. For an order
form, or more information, please call (215) 829-5434 or e-mail
How can I help support the Pennsylvania
Hospital Historic Collections?
Preserving the hospital's historic artifacts and memorials, and ensuring access to them for both scholars and the public, has always been an important subsidiary mission of Pennsylvania Hospital. Support for the Historic Collections Fund at Pennsylvania Hospital allows us to actively collect, organize, catalog, and promote the historical legacy of our nation's first hospital while safeguarding its physical security and integrity. Make your gift online today!
You might wish to become a member of the Friends of the
Historic Collections. The Friends thanks its members each
autumn with a reception. You will receive a newsletter updating
you on new projects and the general progress of the Historic
For more information, please call (215) 829-5434
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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