From The Intelligencer:
The David Library of the American Revolution — a treasure trove of Early American history set within the scenic splendor of Washington Crossing — will move next year from Upper Makefield to a new home at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, where the priceless collection of documents and books are expected to attract the attention of researchers worldwide.
Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the APS is the “oldest learned society in the United States.” The David Library’s collection will be housed in a new David Center within the society’s library at 105 S. 5th St. The APS draws 130,000 visitors a year to view its vast collection of books and manuscripts, including Franklin’s papers.
It’s located near both the new Museum of the American Revolution and the National Constitution Center, providing researchers and tourists an easy walk between these sites and nearby Independence Hall.
The collection includes 8,000 books and 3,000 original manuscripts, letters and journals written by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and other historical figures. Many of the David’s original manuscripts already are housed at the APS for safe keeping and to allow researchers access, McSweeney said. Though many of the documents are priceless, McSweeney said the collection is valued in the millions of dollars.