Digital Paxton: Digital Collection, Critical Edition, and Teaching Platform


Welcome to the Paxton Archive. Click any item to access images, metadata, and full-text transcriptions as we add them.

All images are free for non-commercial use under Creative Commons, Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). By default, all images are available as 300 dpi jpeg files, though readers are encouraged to visit the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, the Moravian Archives, and Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections for additional download options.

Below "Contents" you may use paths to filter materials by type. There are currently 82 Manuscripts, 65 Pamphlets, 12 Broadsides, and seven Political Cartoons, as well as 11 pieces of Art associated with Digital Paxton essays. The Manuscripts path includes sub-paths with which readers may filter for Friendly Association and Edward Shippen correspondence. Likewise, Pamphlets includes a sub-path highlighting items for which we have digitized more than one edition (Multiple Editions).

Finally, there are several tools you may use to search across the archive. You may perform a local search on the Index page. This page contains too many items for easy browsing; however, a local search will allow you to quickly filter items using keywords related to titles and descriptions. To search across metadata and transcriptions, use Scalar's global Search. By default Scalar searches item names and descriptions; if you select all fields, Scalar will across the Digital Paxton corpus (which may require more time).

At any point you may return to this or any other path using the Table of Contents, accessible from the menu in the top left corner of the screen.

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