Springfield Township Historical Society genealogy and subject files
Held at: Springfield Township Historical Society (Bucks County, Pa.) [Contact Us]2165 Route 212, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, 18036
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Springfield Township Historical Society (Bucks County, Pa.). 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 area now known as Springfield Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania was first inhabited by the Lenni Lenape. The first Caucasian settler arrived in 1728 and set up a trading post. He was followed by more English, Scotch, Irish, and German settlers. Lands were transferred from the Lenni Lenape inhabitants to white settlers as part of the Penn family's 1737 "Walking Purchase." The Township of Springfield was surveyed and laid out in 1743.
A stage coach first passed through Springfield in 1763, travelling the King's Highway between Bethlehem and Philadelphia. It was replaced by the Quakertown and Eastern Railroad in 1857.
By the 1840s, there were six villages within the Township of Springfield: Springtown, Pleasant Valley, Passer, Zion Hill, Gruversville, and Rocky Valley. As of 2013, only Springtown, Pleasant Valley, and Zion Hill still exist.
Springfield Township is the third largest municipality in terms of land area in Bucks County. For most of its history, the township was primarily a rural farming community. In 1964, farm lands and open fields accounted for 63.4% of its total acreage; woods and water comprised an additional 29.7%. Its population increased with suburbanization in the late 20th century.
Riter, Betty Gross and the Springfield Township Historical Society. "Springfield History & Trivia." Accessed July 16, 2013. http://www.springfieldbucks.org/uploads/history%20%20trivia%20sheet.pdf.
This collection is organized into two series: I. Genealogy; and II. Subject files. The genealogy series makes up the bulk of the collection and is organized alphabetically by family name. The subject files include vertical files and binders of information on local history topics.
The Genealogy series consists largely of secondary-source materials, such as research notes and family trees, research-related correspondence, narrative histories and biographies, copies of photographs and other original documents, copies of articles and newspaper clippings, and published genealogies. There are also some original documents mixed in such as deeds, photographs, and letters. The quality and quantity of documentation varies by family. Particularly robust are the files on the Ott, Trauger, Oberholtzer, and Strawn families.
The Subject files series documents primarily local topics, as well as some nearby areas (including New Jersey and New York) and topics of national interest (such as World Wars). It includes newspaper clippings, narrative histories, copies of newspaper articles, and research notes, with some original materials such as pamphlets and recent photographs. Of special interest to genealogists and property researchers are indexes and tombstone transcripts of local cemeteries; copies of burial (undertaker) records; copies of real estate assessment (including land parcel) records. There is also a large quantity of the Historical Society's planning materials for the 250th anniversary Springfield Township.
Some copies of maps (rolled, oversized) are also included in the collection.
Materials collected from various sources by the Springfield Township Historical Society.
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 Springfield Township Historical Society [Bucks] directly for more information.
- Springfield Township Historical Society (Bucks County, Pa.)
- 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.
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