Catalog and Research Tools
The catalog includes all the books in the Main and German American Collections and approximately 95% of the pamphlets. Records for many manuscript collections include links to detailed finding aids.
A newly updated Research Guide is available here as a searchable PDF. The Research Guide contains an overview of the library collections and provides access to uncataloged items through complete inventories of uncataloged pamphlets, manuscripts and periodicals. To search the Research Guide for specific keywords, click Control + F to obtain a search box.
Manuscript Collections at the Horner Library of the German Society of Pennsylvania
The majority of the manuscript collections of the German Society of Pennsylvania document the rich and diverse history of German-American associational life. The German Society's own institutional records tell the story of the Society's charitable and cultural activities over a period of nearly two and a half centuries. Other manuscript collections include the records of a spectrum of other German-American organizations, especially in Pennsylvania, and concentrated in the period from the mid 19th through the early 20th century. Also represented are manuscript collections relating to both prominent and lesser-known German-American individuals, some of which include original writings and unpublished memoirs; correspondence; family documents; and scrapbooks of clippings and memorabilia.
While the library contains a wealth of materials related to German-Americana, it does not specialize in genealogical materials. However, some of its holdings may be useful to genealogical researchers. Advice on available resources, and tips for searching in the online catalog, are available here: Genealogical Resources at the Horner Memorial Library
We also encourage you to contact the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, as well as other Philadelphia libraries and archives for your research. Please check our list of Genealogical Resources located elsewhere.