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Old York Road Historical Society small collections


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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Old York Road 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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Montgomery County, situated in southeastern Pennsylvania, was established in 1784 out of the western portion of Philadelphia County. Part of the Welsh Tract, an area of Pennsylvania settled by Quakers from Wales, it is located along the Schuylkill River. Montgomery County has played an important role in U.S. history, including being the site of such Revolutionary War events as the dramatic reshaping of Washington's Army at Valley Forge and the lesser-known engagement of General Lafayette at Barren Hill. Among its significant residents are military figures Winfield S. Hancock, John F. Hartranft (also Governor of Pennsylvania), and Henry "Hap" Arnold; abolitionist Lucretia Mott; inventors David Rittenhouse and Thaddeus Lowe; and artist Thomas Hovenden. Since its founding, Montgomery County has experienced "booming industry and manufacturing, rich farm fields, advanced transportation, artistic endeavors and unique religious beliefs."

The Old York Road Historical Society studies and preserves the history and folklore of the communities along and adjacent to Old York Road from Philadelphia to New Hope. In particular, the Society's collection documents the area of eastern Montgomery County including the townships of Abington (incorporated 1704), Cheltenham (established 1682), Lower Moreland (incorporated 1917) and Upper Moreland (incorporated 1916) and the boroughs of Bryn Athyn (incorporated 1916), Hatboro (established 1740), Jenkintown (incorporated 1874) and Rockledge (incorporated 1893).


Historical Society of Montgomery County. "Home." Accessed May 7, 2013.

This collection consists of numerous small manuscript collections that document various individuals, families, businesses, and organizations of eastern Montgomery County, from circa 1870 to circa 2010.

The sub-collections included in this collection are as follows:

Abington Community Association (Acc. # 2008.037) Alexander, Robert papers (Acc. # 2009.006) Bolton House (Heidelberg/Kerlin Farm) papers, photographs, deeds, and wills (Acc. # 2004.089) Chelten Hills School (Heacock) (Acc. # 1000.004.24; 1000.004.01) Comly, T. Elwood, Montgomery County Justice of the Peace at Horsham, Court Docket, 1856-1862 (Acc. # 1001.034v) Cozens, Joshua mason work, 1853-1854 (Acc. # 1985.001; 1001.045v) Hallowell family (bride book and guest book) (Acc. # 1000.001.01.1) Harman (Dr. Allen C. Harman, Gene Harman, 301 E. Moreland Rd.) (Acc. # 1000.001.01.1) Harmer, John M. ledger and journals, 1870-1891 (Acc. # 1001.037v) Harper, Smith expenses and sales ledgers, 1902-1906 (Acc. # 1001.035v) Huntingdon Valley Athletic Association (Acc. # 1000.008.21) Jarrett family papers (Acc. # 2011.016) Jenkintown Project (musical based on oral histories), circa 2007 (Acc. # 2010.039) Jenkintown School District collection, 1874-1995 (Acc. # 2003.179) Justa Farm / Lester Lenhart card files, 1947-1949 (Acc. # 2004.039) Kerlin Farm family papers (Acc. # 2010.028) Kerlin Farm miscellaneous family documents, 1930s-1980s (Acc. # 2010.028) Lloyd family papers (Acc. # 2006.103) Lower Moreland Huntingdon Valley Library records (Acc. # 2008.063) Mayer, Kurt papers Miscellaneous small manuscript collection (alphabetical) Nice Ball Bearings (Nicetown, Pa.) pamphlets and blueprint Old York Road Genealogical Society records, 1981-2008 Pitcairn Aircraft correspondence, 1928-1948 (Acc. # 2010.001.11) Puff, Charles F. Jr., engineer and constructor (Jenkintown, Pa.) papers, 1927-1937 (Acc. # 2010.001) Randall, Roy material order forms, 1924-1925 and time sheets, 1928 (Acc. # 2006.101) Rufe and Logan family papers (Acc. # 2011.049) Silverman, Stephen H. papers (Acc. # 2005.049) Snyder sketches and drawings (Acc. # 2008.048) Springhouse, Northampton Town, and Bethlehem Turnpike president's book, 1813-1843 (Acc. # 1962.004; 1001.043v) Steever, Harold A. papers (Acc. # 2007.037) Stevens, W. John order book, 1932-1941 (Acc. # 1974.001; 1001.039v) Tyson Pear Questers records (Acc. # 2001.025) VNA Community Services, Inc. records (Acc. # 2008.046) Weitzel, Mary Harris diaries, 1931-1978 (Acc. # 1001.002.1) Woods, Ann Baessler personal checks (Acc. # 2012.019) Worley, Jane Livesey scrapbooks, 1936-1942 (Acc. # 2009.002.1) Worrall, Margaret photographs and memorabilia (Acc. # 2010.037) Wyncote Civic Association files and minutes (Acc. # 2011.58)

Materials acquired by Old York Road Historical Society at various times from various sources.

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 Old York Road Historical Society 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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