j. welles henderson research center
Welcome to the J. Welles Henderson Research Center at Independence Seaport Museum!
Welcome to the J. Welles Henderson Research Center at Independence Seaport Museum! Our collections is one of the largest holdings of regional maritime research material in the nation. The collections target a deeper understanding, appreciation, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways. Geographically, this includes the Delaware River watershed, including the major commercial ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington. Other areas include the New Jersey and Delaware coastal regions that have, and continue to, leave their imprint on the maritime culture of the area. We strive to collect and manage art, artifacts, documents, and reference material that tie our museum to the public through the lenses of history, art, science, and community.
Archival and Artifact Collections
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