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Stevens School Collection


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

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The Stevens School was founded in 1868 by Miss Mary E. Stevens, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1924. It offered education for girls from kindergarten through twelfth grade and was well-regarded as a college preparatory school. The school was located on West Chelten Avenue in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, except for a period from 1953-1974, during which time it occupied "Highfield," the Rex family house at 8836 Crefeld Street in Chestnut Hill. The Stevens School closed in 1982. The building at 8836 Crefeld Street currently houses the Crefeld School.

Well-known film actress Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco (1929-1982) graduated from The Stevens School in 1947.


Keels, Thomas H. And Elizabeth Farmer Jarvis. Images of America: Chestnut Hill. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2002. Page 89.

The Stevens School Collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Yearbooks, 1912-1980; Series II. Photographs, circa 1896-1970s; Series III. Records, 1905-circa 1995.

Series I. Yearbooks contains scattered yearbooks dating from 1912 to 1980.

Series II. Photographs contains: framed photographs of headmistresses; loose photographs of people, alumni, buildings, and graduation classes; and three photograph albums.

Series III. Records includes financial and fundraising records, alumni information and newsletters, student reports, teacher recommendations, commencement programs, admissions information, donation records, by-laws, newspaper clippings, legal records, Board of Directors correspondence, Board Meeting agendas, etc. Subject files are arranged alphabetically.

Gifts of Margaret H. Jones, 1999 and Elizabeth Neu, 2008.

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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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