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Crefeld School Collection


Held at: Chestnut Hill Historical Society [Contact Us]8708 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19118

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Chestnut Hill Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Crefeld School, located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, was established in 1970 as a secondary school providing a "Progressive Education" focused on hands-on education and experiential learning. Crefeld was originally known as Miquon Upper School, but changed its name due to confusion with Miquon School, a nearby Progressive elementary school. The two schools were not formally affiliated, although the founder of Miquon Upper School (Crefeld) was formerly a teacher at the elementary Miquon School.

The mansion currently occupied by Crefeld School is also known as "Highfield." It was owned by the Rex family before it was converted for use as the Stevens School, a private all-girls institution, from 1922-1974.


Chestnut Hill Historical Society. "8836 Crefeld Street," from the John Samuel Naylor Photograph Collection. Accessed December 5, 2011.

The Crefeld School. "Mission and History." Accessed December 5, 2011.

The Miquon School. "History of the Miquon School. Accessed December 5, 2011.

This collection contains records of the Crefeld School dating from 1965 to 2011. These include Board materials, financial records, administrative files, correspondence, yearbooks, and several scrapbooks. Board-related materials, 1965-2009, are arranged chronologically. Financial records, circa 1980-2000, are arranged alphabetically and include bank statements, accounts payable, fundraising, financial logs, tuition records, mortgage records, and payroll records. Administrative files include insurance files, building management, mortgage information, and by-laws, as well as various forms of correspondence: family correspondence dating from 1980-2001, inter-staff correspondence dating from the 1980s, correspondence with other schools dating from the 1980s, and letters with Headmaster Barry Travor dating from 1978-1983. The collection also encompasses various forms of student records, such as student directories, newsletters dating from the 1980s, student questionnaires dating from the 1970s, graduation materials, and addresses of students and families. There is one box of yearbooks for Crefeld/Miquon Upper School dating from 1972 to 2011, as well as a small number of newspaper clipping scrapbooks.

Two linear feet of staff records, 1982-1995, are closed to researchers because they include social security numbers and other personal information.


Gift of Crefeld School and Ed Stainton, 2002.

Chestnut Hill Historical Society
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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Access Restrictions

Board records are closed for a period of 10 years. Personnel files are restricted due to personal information and social security numbers. Contact repository for more information about accessing this collection.

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