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Dublin Historical Society local history collection


Held at: Dublin Historical Society [Contact Us]100 N Main Street, Dublin, PA, 18917

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Dublin 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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Dublin Borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is situated at the intersection of five roads, just northwest of Doylestown, the county seat. The earliest European settlers who came during the late 17th century were of English and Scotch-Irish decent. The name "Dublin" came from "Double Inn," a term residents used to refer to two adjacent, competitive taverns that were founded during the 1760s and eventually merged.

Located in a prosperous farming area in Bedminster and Hilltown Townships, the village of Dublin "became the center of community interests with the establishing of a store, post office, clothing factory, taverns; wheelwright, blacksmith, tinsmith, and machine shops." After 80 years of petitioning beginning in 1832, Dublin was incorporated as an independent municipality in 1912.

Dublin experienced a fair amount of development and population growth throughout the 20th century, though the borough continues to remain a fairly small and quaint town.


50th Anniversary, Dublin Borough, Bucks County, Pa., 1912-1962. Pamphlet located on site.

This collection consists of various materials such as ledgers, photographs, papers, and ephemera that document individuals, families, organizations, and businesses of Dublin, Pennsylvania. It includes the following:

Ahlum, William H., undertaker book, 1899-1931

Dublin Pants Factory ledger and employees, 1933-1935 and undated

Feed Mill journal, 1948-1955

Kooker, Jacob M., family papers (including 1885 deed, a few letters, receipts, and a tintype album), 1885-1945

Kooker's Store documents and research notes, circa 1915-1990

Loux, Leidy H. (Dublin, Pa.) ledger, 1898-1945

Moyer, Cliff and Marie, photograph collection, circa 1890-1980

Stauffer's Store legal documents, 1924-1972

Various photographs (original and reproduction) of Dublin area people, businesses, organizations, and scenery (labeled and unlabeled), circa 1890-2012

Various photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, ephemera, certificates, and other assorted documents on display

Various receipts and ephemera (mostly Schuler and Kooker families), circa 1915-1940

The collection also includes a couple DVD versions of films that were made locally, including a film produced by the Dublin Fire Company in 1954 that provides documentation of local events such as the laying down of Route 313. The Society has the original 16mm reel.

Materials acquired at various times from various sources by the Dublin 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 Dublin Historical Society directly for more information.

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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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