LMHS.12: The Main Line Country Houses Collection
Held at: Lower Merion Historical Society [Contact Us]506 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Box 2602, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, 19004
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lower Merion 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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The "Main Line" is a collection of affluent suburbs northwest of Philadelphia. The name comes from the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which was built in the mid-19th century and ran from Philadelphia to Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The convenient transportation encouraged the economic development of areas along its route.
The Main Line: Country Houses of Philadelphia's Storied Suburb, 1870-1930 was written by William Morrison, with an introduction by Mark Alan Hewitt. Part of the Suburban Domestic Architecture Series, it was published by Acanthus Press (New York, N.Y.) in 2002.
The Main Line Country Houses Collection consists of photographs and fact sheets collected by William Alan Morrison for his 2002 book The Main Line: Country Houses of Philadelphia's Storied Suburb, 1870-1930. For each estate included in his book, Morrison filled out a data sheet with basic information about the property. This collection includes over 800 original and copy photographs and data sheets describing over 150 properties, as well as scattered architectural schematics, photograph negatives, newspaper clippings, and copies of secondary source articles.
Gift of William Alan Morrison.
- Lower Merion 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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