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This page gathers some digital resources that can be used to investigate Philadelphia's engagement with Greece and Rome. Descriptions have been taken from the web sites.


ARTstor is an image library for the arts and sciences, and its Shared Shelf media management software forms the backbone of Classicizing Philadelphia.

The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

"The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a civic project to increase understanding of one of America’s greatest cities. From abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoos (with cheesesteaks, rowhouses, and hundreds of other topics in between), the digital Encyclopedia volume and its print volume will offer the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region."

Philadelphia Architects and Buildings

"The Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project (PAB) is a regional initiative that dramatically expands free public access to information on the built environment of the five-county Philadelphia area and beyond, by providing a user-friendly, web-based, image rich resource. In an ambitious example of private, academic, and public cooperation, the PAB project brings together the collections, data, images and professional expertise of The Athenæum of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archives, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and many other local cultural institutions."


Phillyhistory.org is the web site of the Philadelphia City Archive,"one of the country's largest municipal archives, with about 2 million photographs, dating from the late 1800's. Discover gorgeous images of Philadelphia, its industry, architecture, culture, and people." Blogs on the site include posts from Ken Finkel on Strickland's Merchant's Exchange and other classicizing buildings.

Places in Time

" This project is an effort to bring together some resources -- images, documents, tools, and links -- for pursuing historical information about place in the five-county Philadelphia area: Bucks, Chester, Delaware. Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. The overarching idea is to use new media to more effectively disseminate information about place, to enhance cross-institutional access to documentary materials of this sort, to better connect people with the history of their environment, and to thus enrich their lives here."  Created at Bryn Mawr College; last updated July 2003.