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Nancy Hubby 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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Nancy L. Hubby (1937-2003) was one of the three "Founding Mothers" of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, along with Anne Spaeth and Shirley Hanson.

Hubby was a graduate of George School and received bachelor's degrees from Wellesley College and Yale University. In 1972, she earned a master's degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently worked for two Philadelphia architectural firms as director of planning.

She was instrumental in saving the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Chestnut Hill, which led to the founding of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society the following year in 1967. Hubby contributed to the book Chestnut Hill: An Architectural History, published in 1969, and co-wrote the 1983 book Preserving and Maintaining the Older Home. In 1986, Hubby received the "Chestnut Hill Award" from the Chestnut Hill Community Association in recognition of her work.


Pray, Rusty. "Nancy L. Hubby, 66, preservationist." Philadelphia Inquirer, February 24, 2003. Accessed December 6, 2011.

The Nancy Hubby Collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Chestnut Hill Historical Society Files; Series II. Subject Files; Series III. Clippings and More; Series IV. Photographs and Negatives.

Series I. Chestnut Hill Historical Society Files includes a large amount of correspondence, some minutes, newsletters from 1968 to 2002, by-laws, and Board member lists. There are also files on particular subjects, including building maintenance, fundraising, the 1968 Historic Survey, and the establishment of a National Historic District in Chestnut Hill.

Series II. Subject Files are arranged alphabetically, and pertain to architectural preservation and conservation, the Realty Trust, specific historic sites, and local controversies. Materials include pamphlets, correspondence, and financial records.

The bulk of Series III. Clippings and More, is comprised of newspaper clippings arranged into alphabetical subject files. There are also some files on individuals, with newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other materials.

Series IV. Photographs and Negatives mostly document buildings and events. Items are arranged into folders by subject, in alphabetical order.

Gift of Nancy Hubby Estate, 2003.

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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.
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