Search Area Collections

The Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science is delighted to release an online search of the combined special collections of nine of its consortium partners: the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Hagley Museum and Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

The search is available at:

This search hub will help researchers more easily access the area's exceptional historical resources, including those in the history of science, technology and medicine. Users can search all participating collections by entering keywords into a single search box. Results can be refined by excluding one or more collections from the search and by using Boolean searches. Clicking on one of the search results takes users directly into each member's own online public access catalog. The search includes approximately 1.4 million catalog records for special collections. Circulating collections are not included. Plans for the future include adding records from more of our consortium partners and adding more functionality to help users refine searches.