Germantown Historical Society pamphlet boxes
Held at: Germantown Historical Society [Contact Us]5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19144
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Germantown Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Germantown, a neighborhood in the northwest section of Philadelphia, was the site of several nationally significant events. It was settled in the late 1600s by Mennonite and Quaker German-speaking emigrants and incorporated as a borough in 1689. Germantown is sometimes called the home of the American anti-slavery movement, because the first organized protest against slavery in the Americas was begun by four members of the Germantown Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1688. In 1777, the courage displayed by American troops at the Battle of Germantown helped to spur the French to assist the United States in the Revolutionary War. During the yellow fever outbreak of 1793, government officials escaping the epidemic in Philadelphia relocated to Germantown, and it served as the temporary home of George Washington and the First Bank of the United States.
Germantown was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia in 1854.
This collection is composed of subject files on various topics relating to Germantown and surrounding areas. Subjects include: ethnic groups, including African-Americans, Italians, and Jews; local professionals, including artists, authors, dentists, and doctors; religious groups and Germantown churches; local businesses and schools; wars, especially the Battle of Germantown; and social clubs and groups. The most common document type in the collection is pamphlets. The collection also includes mailings and circulars, ephemera and invitations, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. There is a small amount of original manuscript materials scattered throughout the collection.
Item inventories are included in certain boxes.
Materials collected by the Germantown Historical Society at various times.
- Local history
- Religious institutions
- Small business
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Battlefields
- Germantown Historical Society
- Finding Aid Author
- 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.
- Access Restrictions
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