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Delaware County Historical Society records


Held at: Delaware County Historical Society [Contact Us]408 Avenue of the States, Chester, Pennsylvania, 19013

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Delaware County 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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"Founded in 1895, Delaware County Historical Society is the oldest historical society in Delaware County [Pennsylvania]. Its mission is to acquire, preserve and make available documentation of Delaware County history; to provide and support educational programs on the history of Delaware County; and to publish materials relevant to this history.

"DCHS has two homes. Greenbank Farm in Marple and the historic old Delaware County National Bank building in Chester. Greenbank Farm, 991 Palmers Mill Road, Media, is an historic farm site as well as home to some of DCHS's administrative and Passport to History offices. The Delaware County National Bank building, 408 Avenue of the States, Chester, is the new home of the DCHS research library, our museum collections, the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Student Education Center and the ConocoPhillips computer laboratory."


Quoted text from: Delaware County Historical Society. "About DCHS: Welcome!" Accessed July 10, 2013.

This collection consists of the inactive records of the Delaware County Historical Society, including administrative records, financial records, publications, and materials relating to members, events, and programs. Additions are ongoing.

The administrative records include: board minutes, 1895-1996; a large quantity of President's papers, 1995-2000, and files from President, 1965-1973; materials relating to the library's move from the courthouse; legal agreements; bequests; materials relating to various committees; surveys; information about volunteers; grant applications; correspondence; and other documents.

The financial records include reports, treasurer's reports, data, check stubs, and cancelled checks, dating mostly from the 1960s to 2000.

Publications include DCHS bulletins, 1948-2000, and the "The History Ticket" newsletter, 2004-2007; there are also published proceedings of DCHS, 1902-1929.

There are also documents relating to events and programs, including planning materials as well as audiovisual recordings (CDs, DVDs, and VHS), and member lists and other membership materials.

Lastly, the collection includes minutes and financial papers of the Eastern Chapter of the Delaware County Historical Society, 1945-1975.

Materials created by the Delaware County Historical Society.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Delaware County Historical Society directly for more information.

Delaware County Historical Society
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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton 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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