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James J. Reis Deed 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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James J. Reis, a commercial real estate broker in Ambler, Pennsylvania, began collecting old deeds around 1987. He turned the lobby of his business, James J. Reis Real Estate Inc. (located in the former Ambler borough building), into a museum space in 1993 to display the deeds. The Chestnut Hill Historical Society acquired a portion of his collection in 2004.


Lim, Paul J. "Deeds Dating to Colonial Era Will Get a Showplace: Realtor James Reis Will House Historic Documents and his Firm in the Former Ambler Borough Hall." The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 7, 1993. Accessed December 30, 2011.

Yanofsky, Beth E. "Museum Entertains Firm's Waiting Clients: 'The Documents Were Taking Up Too Much Space In My Home,' The Broker Said." The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 25, 1993. Accessed December 30, 2011.

This collection consists of 125 deeds for properties in the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Roxborough, Germantown, Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy, as well as Whitemarsh and Springfield townships in Montgomery County. The deeds, which date from 1717-1881, are organized into folders by region.

Purchase, 2004.

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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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