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Helpful Hints for Researchers

Guests of the Heritage Center have access to the exhibits and research area, not the entire Union League building.

The staff is here to help—if you have a question about our collections, our online catalogs or visiting the center, please contact Theresa Altieri Taplin at 215-587-5568 215.587.5568 or

All researchers must sign in and provide a valid photo ID. A driver’s license, state ID card, school ID or passport all are valid forms of identification.

After presenting an approved photo ID, researchers must fill out and sign both the Researcher Registration Form and the Material Request Form.

No personal items are permitted at the research table. All coats, brief cases, handbags, backpacks and other personal items must be stored on the coatrack.

Laptops, iPads, tablets, paper and other research materials are allowed at the research table, but must be declared before the researcher may use the collections.

Only pencils may be used at the research table.

Food, drinks and chewing gum are not permitted at the research table.

Cameras and phone cameras are permitted with the use of the Photography Permission Form, available from the staff. All cameras must be used without a flash.

Handheld scanners are not permitted.

Other forms of reproduction (photocopies, digital images) are available upon request.

Research materials must be used at the research table only.

All materials, including personal belongings, are subject to a security check upon leaving the Heritage Center.