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Doylestown Historical Society collection on Doylestown and Central Bucks West high schools


Held at: Doylestown Historical Society [Contact Us]56 S Main St., Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 18901

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Doylestown 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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In 1889, a public school was built in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania at the corner of Broad and Court streets. It was enlarged with additions in 1912 and 1925. It is remembered as Doylestown High School, even though the secondary school classes were held in the annexes; younger students attended classes in the main building.

Ground was broken for Central Bucks West High School (originally Central Bucks Joint High School) in 1950. Doylestown High School closed in 1951; high school students were transferred to Central Bucks West High School in 1952. The younger students moved to Linden Elementary School in 1960 and Doyle Elementary School in 1966.

The school building at Broad and Court Streets became the Bucks County Administration Annex after it was sold to the County in 1966. Several years later, in 1973, it was destroyed by a fire.


Kristofic, Christina. "Firefighters Remember Battling the Blaze at the Old Doylestown High School.", February 24, 2013. Accessed July 22, 2013.

This collection contains materials relating to Doylestown High School, Central Bucks West High School, and their respective students. It consists primarily of clippings, photocopies of clippings, programs, newsletters, copies of photographs, ephemera, historical notes, narrative histories, copies of commencement programs, and a few original photographs. Most materials are organized into files by class year; there is also some historical information about each school, such as clippings, pamphlets/brochures, information about the schools' openings, exterior and interior floor plans, and copies of aerial views. For Doylestown High School, there is also a cash ledger, 1941-1947. For Central Bucks West High School, there are also Hall of Fame programs from 2000 onward.

The Society also holds a collection of original yearbooks (and some copies of older yearbooks) for both schools, 1916-2012.

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 Doylestown 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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