Galleries

The Digital Library Galleries offer a variety of ways to interact with the material in the APS collections. These galleries represent a commitment to work with interns to develop digital library skills and an interest in library outreach.

A Journey of Inquiry: Exploring the Scientific Process

Eastern Apps: Visualizing Historic Prison Data

The APS Library holds admission books of the Eastern State Penitentiary, from roughly 1830-1850. The admission books contain the names, offences, sentences, places of origin, and race/ethnicity of inmates, as well as comments about the moral standing of the prisoners.

This gallery presents a collection of interactive apps that explore trends in the data from the books.


A Journey of Inquiry: Exploring the Scientific Process

A Journey of Inquiry: Exploring the Scientific Process

Baruch S. Blumberg led a varied life full of unexpected adventure and discovery.

This gallery highlights the influence of the philosophy of science that coursed through his scientific career.


Frontiers of Knowledge: Britton Chance and New Channels of Discovery

Frontiers of Knowledge: Britton Chance and New Channels of Discovery

From his earliest days as an inventor to his days as a pioneer of biophysics, Britton Chance was dedicated to scientific research and medicine, with patents in fields ranging from seafaring devices to magnetic imaging.

This gallery highlights different periods of Britton Chance's life and career through photographs, letters, and other documents.


Too Near to Where History is Being Made

Too Near to Where History is Being Made: Henry Howard Houston II In a Time of War

This gallery follows the life of Henry Howard Houston II, a young Philadelphian who fought and died in World War I.

The day he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Henry joined the Pennsylvania National Guard to serve at the U.S.-Mexican border during the U.S. punitive expedition against Pancho Villa in 1916.

After leaving the border, he joined the Ambulance Corps in France. When the U.S. officially joined the war, Henry returned to America and trained with the U.S. Army. He returned to France as an aerial observation officer. He died in France in 1918.

The gallery is divided into four sections. The first uses a map to join together letters and pictures from Henry's journey around the country and to France. The second highlights photographs from the collection. Many of these show the devastation of war. The final sections surface themes and topics that are found in Henry's letters. These sections provide an entry into the world in which Henry lived and the issues that we important to him.

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Joining the Fray: Mapping a World of Paine

Joining the Fray: Mapping a World of Paine

This graph contextualizes a selection of digitized cartoons, portraits and broadsides from the Colonel Richard Gimbel Collection of Thomas Paine Papers.

The reception, reputation and reactions to Paine are charted in Joining the Fray: Mapping a World of Paine. Particular attention is paid to the printers and publishers who often risked their safety to make these works available, as well as the members of extra-parliamentary associations demanding reform in the age of Paine.

All digitized graphic material related to Thomas Paine can be seen here and all text material from that same collection can be found here.

View the gallery Joining the Fray: Mapping a World of Paine.


William Parker Foulke, half length, profile, formal, standing.

Colonization in the Foulke Papers

While Pennsylvania slaveholders gradually relinquished their title and freed their slaves, the fate of the millions of slaves still held in bondage across the United States became a topic of heavy political debate.

Enhancing the work of the African American Subject Guide, this gallery includes example letters from the correspondence, short biographical sketches of the individuals involved and a bibliography of relevant sources. Scholars interested in the colonization movements of the Nineteenth Century are encouraged to use this gallery as a starting point into these matters.

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Users interested in the galleries may also be interested in exploring the online exhibitions of the APS Library, available here.