Wednesday, July 22, 2009
With support from the Samuel S. Fels Fund http://www.samfels.org/ the Library Company is pleased to make a wonderful collection of photographs available for public research and use. The collection consists of more than 200 portraits taken ca. 1910-1940 by local photographer John Frank Keith (1883-1947) in the neighborhoods of South Philadelphia and Kensington. Keith captured residents of these working-class neighborhoods socializing on their front stoops, posing with family members and friends on the sidewalk, and dressed up for special occasions such as First Communion.
Throughout the summer, the Library Company’s Fels intern, Charlene Peacock will work with our Print and Photograph and Cataloging departments to increase access to this important body of work. We have already digitized the collection and posted the images on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/library-company-of-philadelphia/sets/72157619882701912/. Later this summer we will launch an online exhibition that will provide biographical information about Keith and situate his work in a historical context, both in photographic history and within the history of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. We also plan to catalog the photographs for inclusion in our digital collections catalog, ImPAC http://www.lcpdigital.org/. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Jane Marker Dedication
A dramatic legal battle ensued with proslavery U.S. District Court judge John Kintzing Kane. Johnson was an active participant in the nearly three-month proceedings. Williamson’s incarceration for contempt brought about national attention, and he was released in November of 1855. William Still and other defendants were acquitted of riot and assault and battery.
Johnson remained the center of a national whirlwind of publicity throughout her stay in
Jane Johnson’s stay in
On the anniversary of this historic event, the Library Company of
This event is open to the public free of charge. To register, phone 215-546-3181, or e-mail email@example.com.