Cheltenham Police Department photographs
Held at: Old York Road Historical Society [Contact Us]
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.
Overview and metadata sections
"The Township Board of Commissioners created the Cheltenham [Pennsylvania] Police Department in February 1903, with an authorized strength of one Police Chief and 'not more than seven officers.' Duties included patrolling the small villages, large estates, and open countryside comprising the Township in those days.
"[As of 2013], the Cheltenham Township Police Department is the third largest Police Department in Montgomery County, PA. The Department serves a population of approximately 37,000 residents and responded to over 25,000 calls for service in 2008 alone."
Quoted text from Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania. Police Department. "About Us." Accessed May 8, 2013. http://cheltenhamtownship.org/pView.aspx?id=3125&catid=29
This collection of approximately 5,000 glass plate negatives, film negatives and a few prints, 1909-1922, contains official police department photographs of accident and crime scenes, mug shots, corpse and autopsy images, and fingerprints. The collection is organized by photograph type. 250 images have been cataloged in an on-site database.
Gift of Edward F. Black (Deputy Chief), 2006.
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.
- Old York Road Historical Society
- Finding Aid Author
- 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.
- Access Restrictions
Portions of this collection are restricted. Contact Old York Road Historical Society for information about accessing this collection.