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David Contosta 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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David R. Contosta is a professor of history at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in 1945 in Lancaster, Ohio, he received his PhD in History from Miami University of Ohio. He has written over 15 books on local history and other topics, including Suburb in the City: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 1850-1990 (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1992), A Philadelphia Family: The Houstons and Woodwards of Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992), and A Venture in Faith: The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 1889-1989 (Philadelphia: The Church, 1988).


"David Contosta, Ph.D." Chestnut Hill College, 2010. Accessed December 28, 2011.

This collection consists of the research materials collected and generated by David Contosta while writing books about Chestnut Hill. Subject files are arranged alphabetically and focus on locally-significant businesses, individuals, buildings, etc. It includes newspaper clippings, photocopies of primary source documents, and interview notes and research notes by Contosta. One box contains about two-dozen audio cassettes.

This collection also features oral history interviews conducted by David Contosta in preparation for his book Suburb in the City, published by Ohio University Press in 1992. There are three boxes of audio cassettes, and transcriptions for many of the interviews.

Gifts of David Contosta, 2003 and 2011.

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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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