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The resources for historical study at Penn extend far beyond the boundaries of the Department of History. Historians of note can be found in most of the other eleven schools on campus, including:

• Annenberg School for Communication
• Graduate School of Education
• Law School
• Penn Nursing
• Weitzman School of Design
• Wharton School

The Department is closely affiliated with the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the leading institute of its kind, located a short walk from College Hall. During the academic year, the McNeil Center offers Friday Seminars. Graduate students are likewise invited to join seminars and colloquia organized by other centers, forums, and institutes on campus. Many such centers offer lectures and courses (and occasionally aid packages) of interest to History graduate students.

Scholars with strong historical interests can be found in other School of Arts & Sciences departments and programs, including:

• Department of Africana Studies
• Department of Anthropology
• Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations
• Department of Classical Studies
• Department of Economics
• Department of English
• Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
• Department of the History of Art
• Department of History & Sociology of Science
• Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
• Department of Political Science
• Department of Romance Languages
• Department of Sociology
• Department of South Asia Studies
• Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
• Price Lab for the Digital Humanities
• Program in Latin American & Latino Studies
• Program in Global Medieval & Renaissance Studies
• Program in Environmental Humanities
• Program in International Relations
• Program in Urban Studies
• Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Many faculty members from other departments take an active part in the History Graduate Program and regularly serve on student advisory committees. Moreover, the Penn Department of History maintains close cooperative ties with history faculty at nearby universities and colleges.

Penn Libraries include some of the oldest academic libraries in the country and their collections are valuable to history students. For European history, the library system possesses most of the important serial publications of documents issued in England, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. For U.S. history, extensive collections of federal, state, and municipal documents are available. For Asian history, the library contains one of the most complete collections of South Asian materials in the country as well as extensive holdings in Chinese and Japanese.

The university also has many manuscript and rare book collections. For example, the Henry C. Lea Library, part of the university's Special Collections, collects primary materials for the study of the late medieval and early modern period. The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts holds in total over 250,000 printed books, over 10,000 linear feet of manuscript collections, and over 1,500 codex manuscripts. The Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies holds approximately 200,000 volumes, including dozens of incunabula and thousands of rare books, mainly in Hebrew, English, German, French, Yiddish, Arabic, Latin, and Ladino. The Penn Museum Archives documents the university's many archaeological expeditions and also the history of the practices of archaeology, with extensive photogrpaphic and film holdings. The University Archives & Records Center documents the history of UPenn.

Beyond the university, Greater Philadelphia an unparalleled constellation of historical museums, libraries, and archives:

The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries is a portal for searching various archives in the Delaware River Valley.

The Free Library of Philadelphia holds government documents, as does NARA at Philadelphia.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has extensive manuscript collections from the colonial and national periods, including transcripts of documentary material from English sources.

The Library Company of Philadelphia houses a large collection of American and European books, pamphlets, periodicals, and manuscripts, with particular strengths in the eighteenth century and nineteenth centuries.

The American Philosophical Society has an important collection of manuscripts and pamphlets.

The Academy of Natural Sciences has a large archival collection, mainly composed of the papers of its members.

The Science History Institute collects archival material related to the chemical and molecular sciences.

The Historical Medical Library at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is one of the world's premier research collections in its field.

The Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia serves as both the national archives and historical research center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Hagley Museum & Library in Wilmington, Delaware, is a preeminent institution for business history.

The great majority of our Ph.D. students have secured tenure-track positions at research universities and liberal arts colleges throughout the United States and the world, including, since 2005:

• American University in Cairo
• Australian National University
• Brandeis University
• Brooklyn College
• California State University, Los Angeles
• City College of New York
• Columbia University
• Emory University
• European University of St. Petersburg (Russia)
• Fordham University
• John Jay College, CUNY
• Kaidong University (Korea)
• Kenyon College
• Loyola University of Chicago
• Mulhenberg University
• Northwestern University
• Ohio State University
• Princeton University
• Purdue University
• Queens College, CUNY
• Rhodes College
• Stanford University
• Stetson University
• Syracuse University
• Texas A&M University
• Touro College
• University of California, Berkeley
• University of Cambridge
• University of Denver
• University of Iowa
• University of Jena (Germany)
• University of Kansas
• University of Michigan
• University of Richmond
• University of South Florida
• University of Victoria (Canada)
• University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
• Williams College