Held at: Upper Moreland Historical Association [Contact Us]117 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA, 19090
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Upper Moreland Historical Association. 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
Anita Smiley (1915-2007) was a local historian and sixth-grade teacher at Cold Spring Elementary School in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Born in Willow Grove to Eugene and Anita Rothwell, she married Morrill Adelbert Smiley. After attending West Chester State Teachers' College (now West Chester State University), she began teaching in Upper Moreland schools in 1935. Smiley was an avid local historian with memberships in the Upper Moreland Historical Association and the Old York Road Historical Society. She was particularly interested in the Willow Grove Amusement Park, and contributed her photographs and expertise on the park for a 1993 episode of the PBS television show of "Things That Aren't There Anymore."
"Anita Rothwell Smiley." The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.), February 15, 2007.
This collection is comprised of eight scrapbooks compiled by Anita Rothwell Smiley (1915-2007) on Upper Moreland Township and Willow Grove. The materials relate to local history and include mostly clippings with a few photographs. There is a large amount of material in one volume on Willow Grove Park, including pamphlets and ephemera as well as photographs and clippings. Item-level indexes for each volume are available on site.
Gift of Smiley family.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot 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 Upper Moreland Historical Association directly for more information.
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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.
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