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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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The Abington Township Public Library was established in 1966 when the Township Commissioners hired a library director and appointed a board. It entered into contracted service with the Glenside and Abington Library Society (Jenkintown) libraries, assumed responsibility for the Roslyn Library, and established a bookmobile. In 1971 it rented part of a building formerly occupied by Best’s where the township’s first central library, Abington Free Library, was established.
These records are from the files of Earl W. Jenkins, Jr., who served on the Abington Township Public Library Board from August 1968 to August 1971, during which time he acted as treasurer. The records consist of minutes, correspondence, and other material that trace the development of the library in it early years, especially negotiations with the Abington Library Society to define their relationship and the efforts to secure the Best building. There are some files for bills, reflecting Jenkins position as treasurer. There is also additional background material for planning, including Glenside Library’s report on the need for a new building, 1966, and reports of the Planning Commission of Abington Township on “Population Trends,” “Community Facilities Plan,” “Physical Characteristics and Utilization of the Land,” and ‘The Economic Base,” 1960-1962.
Library directors during this period were Charles R. Dietz and Kent H. Young. Board presidents were Paul D. Remus and William MacLean.
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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