During Summer 2022, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia seeks authors to write essays to finish important subject categories linking the Philadelphia region with the nation and the world. For the list of available topics and further information, link here.
Publication in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is an opportunity to share expertise with a wide general audience. Our scope of coverage encompasses Philadelphia and the nearby region, including southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and northern Delaware. Prospective authors should have publications or other demonstrated expertise in their subjects, and all submissions will be peer-reviewed. Accepted essays will be published online and considered for inclusion in prospective print volumes, and modest compensation is available.
Author guidelines: link here.
Our most-read topics for 2021 include some perennial favorites but also a surprise winner for the year.
10. March of the Mill Children, by Gail Friedman
9. Yellow Fever, by Simon Finger
8. Nativist Riots of 1844, by Zachary M. Schrag
7. Murder of Octavius Catto, by Aaron X. Smith
6. Broad Street Bullies, by Karen Guenther
5. Row Houses, by Amanda Casper
4. City of Brotherly Love, by Chris Satullo
3. I’d Rather Be in Philadelphia, by Charlene Mires
2. Native American-Pennsylvania Relations, 1754-89, by Timothy J. Shannon
And the most-read topic of 2021 is ….
1. Scrapple, by Mary Rizzo!
Scrapple received a big boost on May 31, 2021, from a link in the New York Times from Maureen Dowd’s interview with Kate Winslett about her role in Mare of Easttown. Thanks to all of our readers who visited throughout the year.
We are so saddened to learn the news of the passing of our good friend and colleague, Gary Nash, a consulting editor of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. While Gary spent his career in California at UCLA, he never lost touch with Philadelphia, the city where he was born. Among many other works of scholarship, Gary’s research opened new ways of understanding Philadelphia with Quakers and Politics: Pennsylvania 1681-1726 (published in 1968), The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution (1979), Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia’s Black Community, 1720-1840 (1988), First City: Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory (2002), and many other books and articles.
An engaged scholar who promoted excellence in education and public history, Gary also played a pivotal role in significant Philadelphia projects. He amplified critical needs for inclusive history, particularly by intervening in the public interpretation of the Liberty Bell and the President’s House site to assure the recognition of enslaved Africans and the complexities of freedom in early America. And in 2007, he amplified the need for a comprehensive, public, and inclusive history of Philadelphia — The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, which continues as an active project today. In addition to serving as a valued adviser and advocate, he wrote essays about the Cradle of Liberty and the Liberty Bell.
To learn more about Gary Nash’s life and career, we invite you to read the tribute published by the UCLA History Department, linked here. Moreover, we encourage you to honor his life’s work by following his example of commitment to Philadelphia history.
We are approaching an exciting juncture for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia project as we make plans to publish books derived from this digital platform. Scholars and other topic experts, you can help! Please review our list of most-needed topics so that we may fill gaps in our coverage. Your peer-reviewed essay will add to recognition of your expertise in your chosen field.
We seek to make assignments with firm deadlines of late summer or early fall, and modest compensation is available.
Happy new year! Our most-read topics for 2020 reflect a year of pandemic, unrest, stay-at-home learning, and searches for family connections:
10. Orphanages and Orphans, by Holly Caldwell.
9. Nativist Riots of 1844, by Zachary M. Schrag.
8. Yellow Fever, by Simon Finger.
7. Columbia Avenue Riot, by Alex Elkins.
6. Immigration and Migration (Colonial Era), by Marie Basile McDaniel.
5. Murder of Octavius Catto, by Aaron X. Smith.
4. I’d Rather Be in Philadelphia, by Charlene Mires.
3. Row Houses, by Amanda Casper.
2. Native American-Pennsylvania Relations, 1754-89, by Timothy J. Shannon.
And the most-read topic for 2020 is, no surprise here:
Influenza (“Spanish Flu” Pandemic, 1918-19), by Thomas Wirth.
Have a happy and healthy new year, and thank you for your interest and support of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
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Happy new year! Join our most frequent users by visiting the top ten most-read topics in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia during 2019:
10. Broad Street Bullies, by Karen Guenther
9. Immigration 1870-1930, by Barbara Klaczynska
8. Yellow Fever, by Simon Finger
7. Native American-Pennsylvania Relations, 1681-1753, by Michael Goode
6. March of the Mill Children, by Gail Friedman
5. Boxing and Boxers, by Matthew Ward
4. Immigration and Migration (Colonial Era), by Marie Basile McDaniel
3. Row Houses, by Amanda Casper
2. Medicine (Colonial Era), by Martha K. Robinson
And the most-read topic for 2019 is …
1. Native America-Pennsylvania Relations, 1754-89, by Timothy J. Shannon
Thank you for reading, and watch for more new topics in 2020!
We’re pleased to announce that The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia has reached a new milestone of 650 topics published online. The 650th topic, published on December 27, 2019, is Turnpikes, written by the encyclopedia’s Editor in Chief, Charlene Mires.
Our publishing during 2019 was supported by generous contributions by individual donors, including those who gave during our annual one-day fund-raiser on Rutgers Giving Day. Watch for your next opportunity to contribute on March 25, 2020–the next Rutgers Giving Day–or add your support any time by using the link on our home page. Thank you!
We have learned a great deal from the students and educators who have turned to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to explore local, regional, and United States history. In return, we now offer a brief guide, Teaching With The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. The guide offers assignment tips, outlines correlations between encyclopedia essays and typical textbook chapters, and includes a digital scavenger hunt activity for introducing students to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
Link to download the PDF document — and please share your ideas for the next edition!