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Historical Society of Montgomery County school records collection


Held at: Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]1654 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA, 19401

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Montgomery County. 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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"For centuries, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania has been making history. From the dramatic re-shaping of Washington's Army at Valley Forge to the lesser known engagement of Lafayette at Barren Hill, this region played an important role in the nation's early history.

"Originally, part of Philadelphia County, this fertile land along the Schuylkill River became its own county in 1784. Booming industry and manufacturing, rich farm fields, advanced transportation, artistic endeavors and unique religious beliefs, contributed to the greatness of the county. However, no matter what its ideals or enterprises, it is the people of Montgomery County that remain her greatest asset. Birthplace of General Winfield S. Hancock, General John F. Hartranft and General Henry "Hap" Arnold, the county has sent tens of thousands of its sons and daughters to wars near and far. Abolitionists like Lucretia Mott, inventors like David Rittenhouse and Thaddeus Lowe and artists like Thomas Hovenden have all called Montgomery County home.

"It is the Historical Society of Montgomery County's mission to preserve the county's rich heritage and help tell the stories of the many people who have walked and tended its soil."


Quoted text from: Historical Society of Montgomery County. "Home." Accessed March 2, 2012.

This collection consists of miscellaneous records from schools in the vicinity of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. There is less than one linear foot of material, and sometimes less than an inch, for each of the schools included in the collection. Schools for which the records span one linear foot or more are described in separate finding aids.

Many different types of schools are represented in the collection, including public, private, and religious (both sunday schools and seminaries). The educational level ranges from primary, to secondary, to post-secondary. There are many types of records from both school districts and individual schools, including minute books, classroom attendance rolls, school catalogs and publications, teachers' monthly reports, etc.

A very rough inventory of the collection is provided below. It does NOT cover all the school records held by the Historical Society of Montgomery County, but provides a general sense of the types of material in the collection.

annual reports of common schools

annual reports of Mont Co Teacher's Institute 1881-1903,

Centre School, Whitpain Township, records, 1817-1844

East Greenville School District teachers' monthly reports, 1912-191? and teachers' monthly reports, 1911-1917 and teachers' monthly reports, 1904-1911 and teachers' monthly reports, 1904-19??

East Greenville School, teachers' monthly reports, 1893

East Norriton School District minute books (2) 1892-1920

Glen Wood Female Seminary memorabilia

Gwynedd School District, teachers' monthlY reports (4 volumes), circa 1870s

Hatfield School District account book, 1872-1914

Hatfield Township School District, secretery's record, 1896-1899 and teachers' monthly reports, 1898-1907

Hill School register (5 volumes (1894-1904))

Horsham Lyceum minute book (1872-1875)

India Field School, teachers' monthly reports, 1861

Managers of Penn Square Hall minute book (1847-1935)

miscellaneous school books (1814-1940)

Montgomery County Sabbath School Association, miscellaneous notes, reports (1895-1945), minutes (1895-1945), programs (1895-1945)

Moreland Township school director's secretary's book, 1843

Mount Pleasant Union Sunday School, ledger (1871-1897)

Norristown and county schools, miscellaneous pamphlets and notes

Norristown School District official director, 1896-1919

Norristown Sunday School Athletic Association, notes and rosters, records (1923-1932)

Notebook on reorganization of school districts in Montgomery County, 1953

Perkiomen Preparatory School notes and pamphlets

Perkiomen School District records, 1865-1870

Plymouth High School Alumni Review

Pottstown High School, minutes of Class of 1908

published Pennsylvania school laws,

Report on Juniata College, 1953

Ronald Heaton school papers, 1912-1917

Samuel Moore Gwynedd Boarding School (1831)

Sandy Hill School, teachers' monthly reports, 1873-187?

Schissler College of Business prospectuses, 1893-1897 and graduation exercises, 1896

school and college catalogs 1989,

Skippack Township school records (5 volumes), 1883-1913

Skippackville Union Sunday School minutes and roll, 1865

St. Luke's Sunday School Society (Trappe, PA) scrapbook, 1861-1863

Stewart [William Stewart] Fund Hall Association [7"] treasurer's book (1935-1940s),

Stewart Fund essays (circa 1948)

Swedesburg Public School register, 1861-1877

textbooks and ciphering books, 1822-1841

Treemount Seminary memorabilia

Treemount Seminary memoribilia

Union School of Upper Merion Township trustees book circa 1831 and trustees book 1890-1950,

Upper Providence School Board ledger, 1909

Ursinus College commencement day publications, 1891, "The Ruby," 1897, and tuition and room bill, 1887

Washington Hall boarding school in Trappe, PA notes

West Norriton taxable items, 1916

Whitpain Centre School teachers' monthly reports, 1885-1891 and check stubs, 1879-1886

Whitpain Township school director's records

unidentified teacher's roll book, 1906-1907

Miscellaneous Montgomery County school notes, documents, and announcements

Materials collected at various times by the Historical Society of Montgomery County.

Historical Society of Montgomery County
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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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