Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Banners for Framing Fraktur at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Word & Image installation, second floor gallery at the Free Library with works by contemporary artist Imran Qureshi. Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Bob and Roberta Smith, Art Makes People Powerful (2013), installed at the Free Library of Philadelphia for Framing Fraktur. Fabric with applique and embroidery. Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is the city's public library, with 54 locations serving more than six million users annually. Its main branch on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a grand Beaux-Arts building that houses the largest rare book collection in the country, in addition to a massive print archive. Recently, the Free Library renovated gallery space to showcase more of its extraordinary collections, including a selection of Fraktur, a manuscript-based folk art created by the German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s.