Philadelphia Department of Records

From the building of City Hall, to the oldest church in Pennsylvania, to American’s most historic penitentiary, the Philadelphia Department of Records holds the country’s largest municipal archive of historic photographs, totaling over 2 million images. Dating from the late 1800s, the photographs paint a stunning portrait of Philadelphia and its industry, architecture, culture, and people from all walks of life. Until recently, this vast collection was stored in the depths of the City Archives.

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