Held at: Newtown Historic Association [Contact Us]Centre Avenue and Court Street, Newtown, Pennsylvania
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Newtown Historic Association. 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
Norman Curtis Kitchin (1908-2001), a carpenter, married Ida B. (Phillips) Kitchin (1916-2002) in 1937 in Clarkstown, New York and settled in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They were together for 64 years until Norman's death, and had two daughters.
Norman Kitchin was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 1462, the Newtown United Methodist Church, and the Newtown Historical Society. Ida Kitchin was an active member of the Newtown United Methodist Church, the Bucks County Association for the Blind, and the Newtown Century Club. The couple shared a love of local history and co-wrote the first book of "Newtown Then" in 1976. Norman was known for his collection of historic local photographs.
"Norman Curtis Kitchin." Bucks County Courier Times, March 26, 2001.
"The Kitchins Celebrate 50th Anniversary." Advance of Bucks County July 2, 1987.
This collection of over 500 original photographs was accumulated and donated to the Newtown Historic Association by the estate of Norman C. and Ida B. Kitchin. The photographs depict local Newtown-area subjects, buildings, and people.
An item-level inventory is available in a database on-site.
The Kitchins also donated two boxes of the newspaper Newtown Enterprise, 1886-1924 (incomplete).
Gift of Betty Duckett, 2001 (accession #2001.0057).
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.
Detailed, computerized inventories of all of the items in this collection are available on site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Newtown Historic Association 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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