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Newtown Historic Association collection on Newtown schools


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.

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Newtown, the county seat of Bucks County from 1726 to 1813, is one of the most historic areas in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

"Records of Newtown's earliest school and school masters may be lost to antiquity; however, we do know that the citizens of Newtown did place an advertisement (for a teacher) in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette on June 28, 1764. Public and private schools flourished in Newtown during the 19th century including the Newtown Academy and Free School, Wesley Hall, Cottage School, Yellow School, Good Intent School, West School, Prospect Hill School, Silver Lake School, Ann Buckman School, Newtown High School, George School and Bucks County Community College. One of the most important schools in the county was the Bucks County Academy, which opened its doors in 1794. In 1946, as mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Newtown became part of the extensive Council Rock School District."


Quoted text from Newtown 1684-1984. New York: Jostens, Inc., 1983.

This collection consists of materials donated to Newtown Historic Association by the school district or by individuals who attended Newtown schools. It includes records of the School Board, including minute books, 1922-1957; records, 1917-1931; account books, 1946-1952; and treasurer's records, 1910-1927. There are also a significant number of photographs of buildings, activities, students, and graduating classes as well as a collection of photographs of most of the one room school houses in Bucks County. Also included are lists of graduates. Newtown Historic Association also has yearbooks, and readers and textbooks used in the Newtown schools.

Materials collected by or donated to Newtown Historic Association 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.

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 staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by Newtown Historic Association
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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