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Media Historic Archives Commission local manuscripts collection


Held at: Media Historic Archives Commission [Contact Us]Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 East Front Street, Media, Pennsylvania, 19063

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Media Historic Archives Commission. 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

The Borough of Media is the county seat of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, located about 12 miles outside of Philadelphia. The area was settled by Europeans beginning in the 1680s, Media became the county seat in 1850. A largely rural area prior to that point, the town grew rapidly in the second half of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century. The West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad was built through Media in 1854, and trolley service to 69th Street Terminal in Philadelphia opened in 1913.


Media Historic Archives Commission. "Media History." Accessed October 11, 2013.

This collection includes scrapbooks, ledgers, organizational records, bank records, film reels, postcards, audio and video cassettes, slides, blueprints, charters, broadsides, maps, atlases, and various other documents relating to the people, businesses, and organizations of Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Individual documents are on display or filed away. The manuscript volumes in this collection include the following: Documents from records in court house, 1855-1939 First National Bank of Delaware County capital stock certificates, circa 1940s-1950s Knights of Pythias minutes, 1888-1893 Media Borough bond registry, circa 1930-1960 Media Business Association minutes, dues, and records of cash, 1916-1961 Media Centennial scrapbook (created by David Jeffries), 1950 Media National Bank journal of mortgages, 1944 Media Title and Trust Company check stubs, 1925-1928 Minshall House scrapbook, 1975 Regiment National Guard of Pennsylvania, company roll books, 1878-1894 Road Drivers Association minutes, 1901-1903 Road Runners Association, 1901 Snowden, Henry C., Jr., scrapbook (50 years in business), 1880-1930 Trust Committee of the Board of Directors of Swarthmore National Bank, 1937-1953 Unidentified business journal, circa 1924 Unidentified ledger, 1895-circa 1914 Unidentified ledger books (perhaps from Media Borough), six volumes, circa 1950s Unidentified receipt book, 1923-1927 Woman's Club of Media scrapbooks and minute book, 1894-1966

Materials collected by the Media Historic Archives Commission at various times.

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 Media Historic Archives Commission 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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