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Borough of Trappe records


Held at: The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley [Contact Us]301 West Main Street, Trappe, Pennsylvania, 19426

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley. 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

"According to the 2010 census, 3,381 people call Trappe Borough home. The Borough is located in central Montgomery County, about a one-hour drive from Center City, Philadelphia. While primarily a bedroom community, the Borough possesses modest agricultural, industrial, and commercial uses. The Borough's main thoroughfare, West Main Street, boasts many retail and specialty shops... reminiscent of the quaint country villages that once dotted the Pennsylvania landscape.

"The Borough was settled in 1717 and formally incorporated in 1896. The Augustus Lutheran Church, the oldest unchanged Lutheran Church building in continuous use in the United States, is located in the Borough, as is the homestead of Frederick Muhlenberg, signer of the Bill of Rights and first Speaker of the United States House of Representatives."


Quoted text from: Borough of Trappe Pennsylvania. "Borough Info." Accessed March 30, 2012.

This collection is comprised of municipal records from the Borough of Trappe, Pennsylvania. Most of the records date from 1962 to 1994, although there are some dating back to 1896. The bulk of the records are related to taxation: real estate tax notices, 1979-1989; county and borough tax records; tax reports; unpaid tax reports; occupational and per capita taxes; tax assessment roll books, 1962-1980; and tax collector checks.

The remaining records in this collection relate to finances, administration, and municipal planning. The financial records include: receipt books; check stubs, cancelled checks, and bank check records; bank deposits; treasurer's reports; mortgage lists; payroll records; bills and invoices from contractors; bonds and interest coupons, 1903-1931; and a box of Borough of Trappe Water Department payment stubs, circa 1975-1990. The administration/city planning records include: correspondence with Borough of Collegeville, circa 1965-1980; studies and reports on city planning and infrastructure; census records, 1982-1991; property liens; Building Inspector/Zoning Officer Reports; Collegeville-Trappe Municipal Authority meeting minutes, 1981-1983; zoning maps; maintenance manuals; utilities and improvements documents, 1899-1933; and ordinances, 1897-1935.

Of special interest are Trappe Borough Council minutes, 1896-1925.

There are rough inventories provided in some of the boxes in the collection.

Gift of Trappe Borough.

Gift, May 6, 1997

The Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley
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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza 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

Contact Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville, Perkiomen Valley for information about accessing this collection. The payroll files are closed to researchers for a limited time due to the presence of social security numbers.

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