Friday, October 9, 2009

New Online Digital Catalog

We have recently upgraded ImPAC, our digital collections catalog, to DigiTool, a Digital Asset Management System that replaces ENCompass, our former platform. The new ImPAC provides the user with enhanced features including improved searching, easier collection browsing, and the ability to zoom and rotate images. Almost all of the digital collections from the previous system have been migrated into DigiTool, and we are looking forward to uploading more records in the coming months. ImPAC can be accessed through our homepage by clicking on the ImPAC logo. The Library Company thanks the William Penn Foundation for its generous support of our online digital catalog and Walt Rice of R & R Computer Solutions for his technical assistance.

The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (TEL) 215-546-3181 (FAX) 215-546-5167

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Slavery's Constitution

Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification

Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m.

David Waldstreicher, Professor of History at Temple University and author of Runaway America and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes; will discuss his new book Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification, which explores the impact of slavery on the United States Constitution. By tracing slavery from before the Revolution, through the Constitution’s framing, and into the public debate that followed, Waldstreicher rigorously shows that slavery was not only actively discussed behind the closed and locked doors of the Constitutional Convention, but that it was also deftly woven into the Constitution itself.

This event, presented by the Library Company’s Program in African American History, and co-sponsored by the National Constitution Center is open to the public free of charge. Please RSVP to or call 215-546-3181.