About this Project

Newspaper advertisement for Benjamin Franklin's 18th century Philadelphia printing shop and post office.

For decades, scholars have studied the many letters, notes, and account books that Benjamin Franklin produced over the course of his eventful lifespan (1706-1790). The American Philosophical Society holds the majority of these items, including the less frequently analyzed ledgers and documents that Franklin created while working as Postmaster of Philadelphia.

"Franklin's Philadelphia Post Office Ledgers: A Glimpse Into Colonial Correspondence Networks" is a multi-year digital initiative by the American Philosophical Society's Center for Digital Scholarship intended to remedy this gap in the scholarship by bringing Franklin's post office documentation to the foreground. This project is a part of the Society's Open Data Initiative.