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The Print & Photograph Department is open to researchers by appointment. It is particularly important for researchers wishing to use historical negatives in our collection to contact the department in advance. Film negatives from the AeroService and William Jennings Collections are in cold storage and need a twenty-four hour acclimation period before becoming available to researchers. To schedule an appointment or for general information, please contact the department at (215) 546-8229 or at

For information about obtaining copies of images or permission to reproduce images from the Library Company's collection, visit our Rights and Reproductions page or contact Nicole Joniec, Print Department Assistant & Digital Collections Manager.

Print and Photograph Department Staff:

Sarah Weatherwax, Curator of Prints & Photographs,
Sarah Weatherwax has worked at the Library Company of Philadelphia since 1993, serving as Curator of Prints and Photographs since 1996. She received a B.A. in History from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and a M.A. in History from the College of William and Mary. She has written articles for the Daguerreian Annual, The Magazine Antiques, Stereo World, and Imprint, and has co-authored a book about 19th century photographic views of Center City. She has curated exhibitions on topics as diverse as music in Philadelphia, Philadelphia daguerreotypes, and the work of William Rau, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s official photographer. Her research interests also include women in photography and Philadelphia’s built environment.

Erika Piola, Associate Curator of Prints & Photographs,
Erika Piola, Associate Curator of the Prints and Photographs Department has worked at the Library Company since 1997. She holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College and a M.A. in American History from University of Pennsylvania. She served as director of Philadelphia on Stone (2007-2010), a three-year grant project researching the first fifty years of commercial lithography in Philadelphia, 1828-1878. She has authored works about the library’s Afro-Americana graphics collection, 19th-century photographic views of Center City, and ephemera, as well as prominent early Philadelphia photographers. Her research interests also include sensational news event lithographs and stereographs portraying the “New Woman.”

Nicole Joniec, Print Department Assistant & Digital Collections Manager,
Nicole Joniec is the Print Department Assistant and Digital Collections Manager and her primary responsibilities are handling the rights and reproductions operation as well as overseeing digitization efforts and the ever-growing digital collections. Previous to working at the Library Company, she worked at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and also assisted as a volunteer intern in their Rights and Reproductions department. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree at Drexel University and previously received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where she concentrated in Photography and Art History studies. Her interest in local history and early photographs drew her to the position at the Library Company and she greatly enjoys working with the Library Company’s extensive collection of historic items.

Concetta Barbera, Digitization Technician,

Concetta Barbera, Digitization Technician, has worked at the Library Company since 2010. Prior to her current position she worked as a volunteer. Her primary duties are photographing and scanning original Library Company collections for rights and reproductions and digital access as well as various digital projects. She is currently studying for an M.S.L.I.S. in Archives at Drexel University and holds a B.F.A. in Photography from University of the Arts. The Library Company provides both creative and academic inspiration to her daily life. Her interest in history and love of Philadelphia is a key factor in what drew her to the Library Company and she enjoys learning new things about the collections every day.

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