Educational Institutions

Library Company of Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.librarycompany.org

Mission Statement

The Library Company, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, is America's oldest cultural institution. It is today an independent research library with over half a million rare books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, ephemera, and art and artifacts documenting every aspect of American history and culture from its beginnings through the end of the 19th century. The Library Company's mission is to preserve, make available, augment, and interpret its collections to a wide audience.

Main Programs

  1. Operation of Rare Book Repository and Research Library, Presenting Exhibits, Programs and Publications
Service Areas

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National

We serve a diverse constituency throughout the Philadelphia region and the nation, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, and regular exhibitions and public programs.

ruling year

1934

Principal Officer since 1985

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Dr. John C. Van Horne

Keywords

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American history research library

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EIN

23-1370444

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Library Company sponsors research fellowships, mounts exhibitions, has an Internet-accessible catalog, presents public programs, and actively builds its collections in areas of its historic strength.

Programs

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Program 1

Operation of Rare Book Repository and Research Library, Presenting Exhibits, Programs and Publications

The Library Company's Research Fellowship program each year awards a number of short- and long-term fellowships to doctoral candidates and senior scholars for work in the collection. The Library Company's Program in Early American Economy and Society offers both short- and long-term fellowships, presents seminars and conferences, and publishes books encouraging research in all aspects of early American economic history. The Library Company recently initiated two programs that also offer fellowships and public programs -- the Program in African American History and the Program in Visual Culture. The Library Company's Web site provides access to the online catalog, as well as online versions of current and past exhibitions, information about public programs, fellowships, publications, rights and reproductions, and email links to staff.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,250,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve a diverse constituency throughout the Philadelphia region and the nation, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, and regular exhibitions and public programs.

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THE LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Library Company of Philadelphia

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. John C. Van Horne

BIO

Dr. John C. Van Horne has been Director since 1985. He received his AB from Princeton and his MA and PhD in history from the University of Virginia. He has served as President of the Independent Research Libraries Association (of which the Library Company was a founding member) and on the Board of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. He was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2005.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Beatrice W.B. Garvan

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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