Clarissa Smith local history research
Held at: Marple Historical Society [Contact Us]PO Box 755, Broomall, PA, 19008
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Clarissa Smith (1904-1980) was a local historian and journalist based in Broomall, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She was a founding member of the Marple-Newtown Historical Society and was also instrumental in the preservation of the 1696 Thomas Massey House. She worked as a correspondent for several newspapers including Upper Darby News. Her husband was Rolland H. Smith.
This collection consists of eleven volumes compiled by Clarissa Smith on local history topics in the vicinity of Marple Township (Delaware County, PA). Eight smaller binders contain mostly handwritten and typed research notes and document transcriptions, with a few newspaper clippings, research related correspondence, at least one map, and other materials. Organized by topic, subjects covered include: Marple chronology; Marple churches, schools, industries, buildings, and post offices; local people and families, including Massey, Lawrence, Lewis, Smith, Wayne, and others; adjacent counties; and more general topics, such as American Indians, Underground Railroad, and textiles. There are also three larger binders containing newspaper articles written by Smith, with some drafts and notes for the articles.
Gift of Phyllis Stevens, circa 1980.
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.
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