1. Father Paul Washington: A Community Champion to Celebrate

    The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection will honor Father Paul Washington’s legacy as a leader in the vanguard of social justice at an upcoming exhibit in April that will showcase artifacts from the Paul M. Washington Papers.  Father Washington was the rector of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Streets in Philadelphia for twenty-five years (1962-1987) and a leader in the local community.  Location, directions and hours can be found at:http://library.temple.edu/collections/blockson.

  2. We posted this on our Temple Libraries Facebook page today. Where do you think this quote comes from? What was the author’s topic? For the answer check our Facebook page tomorrow.

    We posted this on our Temple Libraries Facebook page today. Where do you think this quote comes from? What was the author’s topic? For the answer check our Facebook page tomorrow.

  3. Listen to Russell H. Conwell’s Speech — “Acres of Diamonds" from http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/rconwellacresofdiamonds.htm

  4. The Conwellana-Templana Collection…Temple’s Beginnings

    The Conwellana-Templana Collection houses material from and about Dr. Russell H. Conwell - the founder of Temple University.  It is located in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) (http://library.temple.edu/collections/scrc) of Temple University’s Paley Library (ground floor).

    Established in 1946 as a memorial to Temple University founder Dr. Russell H. Conwell, the Conwellana-Templana Collection initially consisted of the published books and sermons, manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia of Dr. Conwell.  Since 1965, the collection scope has broadened to function as a university archive.

    Regular Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am to 5:30pm.  If you are planning a research visit in the near future, please telephone us at 215-204-8257 to ask any questions you may have or fill out the Ask SCRC form at: http://library.temple.edu/collections/scrc/ask.

    Some publications, lectures and sermons of Dr. Russell Conwell can be viewed i
    n an online exhibition of the Founding of Temple College - including Conwell’s notable Acres of Diamonds lecture and his sermon on Hattie Wiatt, The History of Fifty-seven Cents at http://old.library.temple.edu/exhibits/conwell/.

  5. Take a Visual Tour of Paley Library on Temple University’s Main Campus.  For more information visit http://guides.temple.edu/paleyvisualtour

    Take a Visual Tour of Paley Library on Temple University’s Main Campus.  For more information visit http://guides.temple.edu/paleyvisualtour

  6. Join us for “Beyond the Page” Programming - Spring 2013

    Beyond the Page

    At Temple University Libraries, the “Beyond the Page" programming series examines the culture, ideals, stories, myths and realities that have built America.  We will discuss the American idea from a diverse variety of perspectives, disciplines and points-of-view.  

    Upcoming Event: Temple University Press Book Talk & Signing

    Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery
    Friday, February 8, 2013 - 3:00 PM
    Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection*

    Envisioning Emancipation

    Envisioning Emancipation - A book talk and book signing with Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection *Sullivan Hall, 1330 Polett Walk (between Broad and 13th Streets) on Temple University’s campus.

    In their pioneering book, Envisioning Emancipation, renowned photographic historian Deborah Willis and historian of slavery Barbara Krauthamer have amassed 150 photographs—some never before published—from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s.

    The authors vividly display the seismic impact of emancipation on African Americans born before and after the Proclamation, providing a perspective on freedom and slavery and a way to understand the photos as documents of engagement, action, struggle, and aspiration.  Envisioning Emancipation provides a new perspective on American culture.

    Please join us for programs that analyze, interpret and reinterpret American ideas through the eyes of scholars, curators, authors, cultural producers, and you!  Learn more about the Spring 2013 programs!

  7. Pinball machines in a library?!  Believe it.  Leave your quarters at home and tilt with us at CeLIBration on Friday, Aug. 24th, 2-4pm!

    Pinball machines in a library?!  Believe it.  Leave your quarters at home and tilt with us at CeLIBration on Friday, Aug. 24th, 2-4pm!

  8. "Detectives Harry McCann and Robert Wichester take a gypsum plaster print of a foot print.  The mobile crime lab sits in the background."  Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.  March 13, 1952. Copyright ownership: Temple University Libraries.


This photo gives a sneak peek at the Libraries’ Fall Exhibition, “Hardboiled: Philadelphia Noir in Fact and Fiction.”  Take a trip through Philadelphia noir this fall. Learn about Philadelphia’s most well-known purveyors of noir, David Goodis and John T. McIntyre, who crafted noir novels, pulp serials and Hollywood scripts. Read about the true crime that inspired the play and movie, Arsenic and Old Lace. See the news of famed Philadelphia club owner and show girl Lillian Reis — “they called her Tiger Lil” — and mobster Ralph “Junior” Staino’s infamous heist. Through the writings of Goodis and McIntyre and related historical material from the Special Collections Research Center, “Hardboiled: Philadelphia Noir in Fact and Fiction” brings to life these sordid tales of fear, corruption, treachery and murder.

    "Detectives Harry McCann and Robert Wichester take a gypsum plaster print of a foot print.  The mobile crime lab sits in the background."  Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.  March 13, 1952. Copyright ownership: Temple University Libraries.

    This photo gives a sneak peek at the Libraries’ Fall Exhibition, “Hardboiled: Philadelphia Noir in Fact and Fiction.”

    Take a trip through Philadelphia noir this fall. Learn about Philadelphia’s most well-known purveyors of noir, David Goodis and John T. McIntyre, who crafted noir novels, pulp serials and Hollywood scripts. Read about the true crime that inspired the play and movie, Arsenic and Old Lace. See the news of famed Philadelphia club owner and show girl Lillian Reis — “they called her Tiger Lil” — and mobster Ralph “Junior” Staino’s infamous heist. Through the writings of Goodis and McIntyre and related historical material from the Special Collections Research Center, “Hardboiled: Philadelphia Noir in Fact and Fiction” brings to life these sordid tales of fear, corruption, treachery and murder.

  9. Temple University Libraries: Makeover Edition?

    Well, not exactly, but we do have a brand new website!

    In honor of this step forward, enjoy a blast from the past: a photo of all the books being moved into Paley Library on June 13, 1966. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?

  10. Architectural drawing of layout of the (Philadelphia) Rodin Museum. Date Unknown. Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives.
Happy Re-opening day, Rodin Museum! We’re delighted to have you back.

    Architectural drawing of layout of the (Philadelphia) Rodin Museum. Date Unknown. Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives.

    Happy Re-opening day, Rodin Museum! We’re delighted to have you back.