Preserving and Presenting
the History of Northeast
Philadelphia since 1905
   Historical Society of Frankford
1507 Orthodox St. • Philadelphia, PA 19124 • 215.743.6030
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Historical Society of Frankford
1507 Orthodox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Please send all inquiries and member­ship correspondence to HSF, P.O. Box 4888, Philadelphia, PA 19124.

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Our Library Research Policy
The library at the Historical Society of Frankford is a closed stack library due to the uniqueness of the collections. All research requests are handled by qualified volunteers.
  • Research requests must be in writing to the HSF with a SASE.
  • The request must include details of what resource/references have been consulted so that time is not wasted duplicating efforts. Please supply as much detail as possible and be specific on what you are requesting to be researched.
  • Send a self addressed stamped envelope (#10) with a check or money order in the amount of $20 (for a preliminary 30 minute search) payable to:
    • Historical Society of Frankford
      P.O. Box 4888
      Phila., Pa. 19124
    Please write “research request” in the memo section of your check or money order.
         When research is completed, HSF will mail to requester (in self addressed stamped envelope) any information found and a list of all sources researched and if additional time is required.
    • Photocopies will not be made. Citations will be provided when applicable.
    • HSF will not research whole families.
    • HSF will not provide copies of deeds or other government documents. For this HSF recommends Philadelphia Archives or PA State Archives.
    • HSF will not accept telephone research requests.
    • HSF is not accepting email requests at this time.
    • There is a limit of 3 hours for research.
    • Fee schedule is $20 for 30 minutes (preliminary search listing all sources searched and the result of the search).
    • Additional research, up to 3 hours at $40 an hour.
    • For transcription of documents of 50 words or less, or abstracts of documents up to 100 words, fee is $50 per hour.
    NOTE: Research requests will be handled in the order in which they are received. HSF is an all volunteer organization so please expect at least 6 months to receive a response. Thank you for your patience.
    HSF recommends a preliminary search to start with. If HSF feels that more time is required, we will let requester know on preliminary search form.

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