Photo Archives

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The Photo Archives photographic collection provides a window to the past. The collection of over 80,000 historical photographs from the 1840s to the 1990s documents the people, landscape, businesses, organizations and events in the southeastern Pennsylvania region.

The photo collection is accessible by visiting the library reading room Wednesday – Saturday 9:30am -4:30 pm. If visiting is not possible, research requests can be submitted on the Research Request Form[RL1] .

Search the highlights of the collection using the archival guides and indexes on this website. An in-house database is available when visiting CCHS in person. Visitors will view the actual historical photographs. 

The Rights and Reproduction Service can provide reproductions for study, display, publication or commercial uses. 

If you still have questions after consulting the resources on the website email

 Photo Order Form