The Bookstore, Incorporated records
Held at: Old York Road Historical Society [Contact Us]
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The Bookstore was established in 1959 as a non-profit book selling business for the benefit of the Jenkintown Library. It was first located at the corner of Leedom and Greenwood Avenues, and moved to a more visible location in Jenkintown Square on Old York Road in 1976. In 1990, in an effort to better compete with Encore Books, it moved to an upper level location at Jenkintown Square and concentrated on offering children's books. With the arrival of Barnes and Noble, the business was no longer sustainable, and The Bookstore closed in 1993. Operated entirely by volunteers, it had raised over $200,000 for the Jenkintown Library.
This collection consists almost entirely of financial records. Account books, 1959-1988 (10 volumes) provide the most complete accounting for that period. From 1988 to 1993 a miscellaneous group of records have been retained that may give some idea of the store's financial activities. There are balance sheets, cancelled checks, and state sales tax records. There are also financial records related to the 1993 closing, including publisher refunds.
Among the other miscellaneous files are publicity/advertising material, 1959-1964, 1981-1983, 1991-1993.
Box 1: Account Books, 1959-1977
Box 2: Account Books, 1978-1988; Financial Statements, 1978-1986
Box 3: Checks and check stubs, 1988-1992
Box 4: Financial Records, 1991-1993
Box 5: Tax Records; Publicity/Advertisements; Miscellaneous
Gift of Joyce H. Root, 1994.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR), using data provided by the Old York Road Historical Society. The HCI-PSAR project 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 done in the HCI-PSAR project.
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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 the Old York Road Historical Society.
- This preliminary finding aid was created by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) using data provided by the Old York Road Historical Society. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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