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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 hold?
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 interested?
Researchers must make an appointment with the Archivist. Please call (215) 829-5434 or e-mail stacey.peeples@uphs.upenn.edu 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 stacey.peeples@uphs.upenn.edu 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 or stacey.peeples@uphs.upenn.edu.

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 stacey.peeples@uphs.upenn.edu.

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 Collections.

For more information, please call (215) 829-5434 or e-mail stacey.peeples@uphs.upenn.edu. Please remember to include your mailing address in any web inquiries.


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