How to Use the Philadelphia Area Archives Site

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1. Find a collection on the website.

Student using a laptop at home.

Search by creator, topic, repository, and keyword, and discover related collections across more than 200 regional repositories, large and small.

Screenshot of homepage showing search field and facets

Use the search field at the top of the page or the filters on the left. To use both, set the filters first.

2. Note which institution holds the collection.

Interface: After the collection title, the next line says 'Held at' name-of-repository

3. Visit in person to see the collection.

Student studying the Walt Whitman Papers in UPenn's Kislak Center