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Penn Libraries Acquires Archives of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music

This partnership will provide public access to nearly 175 years of Philadelphia’s rich musical history.

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Founding documents of The Philadelphia Orchestra, including charter and bylaws

Featured Collections

The Penn Libraries' global collections encompass hundreds of languages and scripts across a broad range of subject areas, preserving the rich cultural and scholarly record from Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South Asia. Read about some of our unique recent acquisitions.

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Japanese Women Photographers Collection

Over the past two years, librarians have worked to diversify the Penn Libraries’ Japanese photobook collection, developing it in both breadth and depth. 

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North African Books in French Language

To this day, the French language plays an important role in North African countries like Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia—but that role is complex and contested.

A sample drawing of South Asian Folk Arts.

Folk and Tribal Arts in South Asia

In the last year, the Penn Libraries has purchase of several hundred volumes related to South Asian painting, textiles, music, and dance.

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Having trouble finding the best sources for a paper, presentation or project? Using a new citation style and need assistance? Drop in and work through your questions with the help of one of our librarians.

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