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Germantown Historical Society records


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.

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"Founded in 1900 as the Site and Relic Society of Germantown, the Germantown Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and diverse history of the historic German Township (now Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill) in northwest Philadelphia. The Society currently serves as the home of Historic Germantown, a partnership between fourteen Germantown organizations joined by a common mission to provide knowledge and resources to help preserve Germantown's historic sites, interpret them to the public, and incorporate them into the life of the local community."


Germantown Historical Society. "About Us." Accessed March 13, 2012.

This collection consists of the archival records of the Germantown Historical Society; no active records were surveyed. The collection is comprised primarily of minute books, visitor registers, correspondence, and financial records. The minute books include Board minutes, 1900-1980, as well as annual meeting minutes (1916). The correspondence dates from about 1913 to about 1987, and there is also a secretary's letterbook, 1910-1913. The visitors registers date from 1904-1984, and list visitors to the Concord School House, Vernon Building, and Historical Society. The financial records include financial ledgers, check stubs, account books, bills, and receipts. Rounding out the collection are a small number of photographs from the 1952 Historic American Buildings Survey of Germantown, and copies of the journal of Germantown Historical Society, 1917-1932.

Germantown Historical Society
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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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