May 23, 2022

New Online: Library Company of Philadelphia Digitizes Collection of African Americana Graphics

From the Library Company of Philadelphia Blog:

Through the generous support of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education under the Library Services and Technology Act, more than 900 prints, photographs, and pieces of ephemera documenting the early African American experience have been digitized and added to the Library Company’s digital collections catalog ImPAC.

The collection—enthusiastically hailed in a review on—will also be available through the Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository, a collection of digitized documents and photographs from libraries across the state.

A collection of national importance, the graphics depict African American life, community, work, art, and political and social activism from the early American period to the early 20th century. Views of prominent Philadelphia African American churches like Mother Bethel, political cartoons addressing the effects of slavery on the young nation, and commemorative prints recognizing early civil rights victories following the Civil War are just a few of the visual materials reproduced and documented.

See Also: Library’s collection opens a historical window to African-American life (via; June 24, 2014)

See Also: Library Company of Philadelphia Website ||| Digital Collections Database ||| OPAC

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.