American Philosophical Society

About American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” In the 21st century the Society sustains this mission in three principal ways. It honors and engages distinguished scientists, humanists, social scientists, and leaders in civic and cultural affairs through elected membership and opportunities for interdisciplinary, intellectual fellowship, particularly in the semi-annual Meetings in Philadelphia. It supports research and discovery through grants and fellowships, lectures, publications, prizes, exhibitions, and public education. It serves scholars through a research library of manuscripts and other collections internationally recognized for their enduring historic value. The American Philosophical Society’s current activities reflect the founder’s spirit of inquiry, provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and convey the conviction of its members that intellectual inquiry and critical thought are inherently in the public interest.


Library Volunteer

March 2018 - May 2018 Philadelphia, PA
“I absolutely loved the work I was doing transcribing old anthropological documents on Native American tribes and digitizing photos.”

Curatorial Research Intern

June 2018 - August 2018 Philadelphia, PA
“This internship was a great opportunity to get an in-depth look at working in museums and research libraries. Because the museum staff is so small, I was also able to get a good sense of different departments in a way that probably wouldn't be possible at a bigger institution, and I was able to make a real contribution to their exhibition research. ”
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