Welcome to our Online Collections Database!

Benjamin Franklin. Pioneer Alice. William Penn. Betsy Ross. George Washington. Absalom Jones. William White. Fanny Kemble. They, and so many more, come to life in the living history of a truly American church. See more than 300 years of vision, faith and courage at Christ Church in Philadelphia!

An authentic American historic site - still doing today what it started doing 320 years ago. Families and groups can visit the church and burial ground to gain a deeper understanding of our early history and the importance of religious freedom. Tours given throughout the day.

Christ Church's historic collections represent its rich heritage, both English and American. The earliest communion silver was a gift from Queen Anne in 1708; matching pieces were made by Philadelphia silversmith, Philip Syng, Sr. c. 1712. William Penn's baptismal font came from All Hallows Barking and is still used today as are pieces of liturgical furniture made by 18th and 19th century Philadelphia cabinetmakers. The Church's archives document its history starting in 1695 and include the parish registers that document the lives of past congregants who were baptized, married and buried from this National Historic Landmark.

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.