Our members have a wide range of interests or involvements in politics, journalism, writing, the arts and sciences.


Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to have won a Nobel, or even a Pulitzer, to qualify for membership in The Franklin Inn Club. True, the Inn originally limited membership to published authors and illustrators, but today, anyone interested in Philadelphia’s literary, artistic, or intellectual life is welcome.

Membership Process

The Inn’s membership process is relatively simple. Interested candidates are asked to provide a curriculum vitae or résumé for consideration by our membership committee. A sponsoring member, usually a friend or acquaintance of the candidate, then writes a letter of recommendation. These documents are posted for all club members. During the next ten days, the membership committee evaluates any feedback it receives before voting on a candidate.

For those who may not know any of our members, but who are attracted to the distinctive culture of The Franklin Inn Club, please contact the membership chair, Joe Jordan, at joejordan@comcast.net or by phone at (215) 523-7681.