Philadelphia Area Archives Research Portal (PAARP)

Navigation Aids

Philadelphia Area Archives Research Portal (PAARP)
Search Finding Aids
 

Main Content

Newtown Historic Association photograph collection

circa 1870-2013, 38.5 linear feet

04

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Newtown Historic Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Newtown Historic Association
Creator:
Newtown Historic Association (Newtown, Bucks County, Pa.)
Title:
Newtown Historic Association photograph collection
Date:
circa 1870-2013
Call Number:
04
Extent:
38.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Newtown, the county seat of Bucks County from 1726 to 1813, is one of the most historic areas in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Newtown Historic Association photograph collection, circa 1870-2013, consists of roughly 15,000 original photographs organized by subject and format. Some of the subjects documented include agriculture, events, parks, people, streets, organizations, schools, and businesses. Special formats include large-format photographs, panoramas, tintypes, and glass plate negatives.
PDF Version:

Return to Top »

Biography/History

Newtown traces its roots back to William Penn, who purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) from the Lenni Lenape Indians in 1683. Situated where the Neshaminy River and the Newtown Creek meet, Penn named this land my "New Town," which gradually evolved to Newtown.

According to tradition, Penn had his surveyor Thomas Holme lay out Newtown in a fan shape of 16 tracts radiating out from a central square or common. Each land owner received a town lot of 20 to 50 acres that bordered on the common and a much larger country lot that ran from the town lot to the edge of the township. Newtown developed and prospered as an agricultural, industrial and trade center. Excellent examples of most styles of architecture can be seen in its buildings and structures.

Newtown served as the County Seat of Bucks County from 1726 until 1813, when the Court was moved to Doylestown. In 1838, the area comprising the commercial center, plus a number of homes, was incorporated into Newtown Borough. The Borough was enlarged four times since 1838 and now includes 640 acres.

Today, Newtown Township surrounds Newtown Borough and each has its own form of government. Newtown Borough is governed by a Mayor and a six member Borough Council, who are elected to serve four year terms. Newtown Township is governed by a five member Board of Supervisors; members are elected to serve 6 year terms.

An historic district was first established in 1969. In 1985, the Historic District was enlarged and added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Newtown still retains the much of its historic character.

Bibliography:

Borough of Newtown. "History." Accessed January 29, 2013. http://www.boroughofnewtown.com/History/.

Mayer, Thomas. A History of Land Ownership Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 1683-1850. Bedminster, PA: Adams Apple Press, 1999.

Newtown Township. “History” Accessed October 10, 2013. http://www.twp.newtown.pa.us/history.htm

Scope and Contents

The collection includes approximately 15,000 original photographs organized by subject. Some of the subjects documented include agriculture, events, parks, people, streets, organizations, schools, and businesses. Large-format photographs, panoramas, tintypes, and glass plate negatives are stored separately, and are organized by format. An item-level inventory is available in a database on-site.

Partial inventories of subjects and individuals and families included in the photograph collection are listed below:

Subjects:

  • A&P
  • AW &MW Watson Lumber Yard
  • Abbie Rice House
  • Acme
  • Agway
  • American Legion
  • Arbor Day
  • Balderston Farm
  • Bird-in-Hand
  • Brick Hotel
  • Bridgetown Mill
  • Bucks County Bankers Association
  • Bucks County Community College
  • Bunting House
  • Burns Hardware Store
  • Chancellor Street
  • Cologne Mill
  • Congress Street
  • Cornell Place
  • Cornwall House
  • Council Rock Concert Association
  • Council Rock Youth & Community Center
  • Council Rock School District
  • County Court House
  • County Seat
  • Court Inn
  • D. Russell Bond Brothers
  • Doan Brothers
  • Dolington
  • Eagle Road
  • Eastburn & Gray
  • Ed Grace Cigar Store
  • Edgemont
  • Ellenger, Photographer
  • E. J. Worthington Dry Goods
  • Everitt House
  • Excelsior Bobbin and Spool Company
  • Fairview Farm
  • Fenton Square
  • Finley House
  • Firman House
  • First Baptist Church
  • First National Bank & Trust Company of Newtown
  • Floods
  • Foley House
  • Fountain Farm
  • Fourth of July Celebration
  • Friends Boarding Home
  • Friends Meeting House
  • Friends Village
  • Frost Lane
  • Frost Watson Lumber Yard
  • Fuhrer Family
  • Gaine & Murfit Chevrolet
  • Garden Tour
  • General Francis Murray House
  • George School
  • German's Cut
  • Gilkyson's Sawmill
  • Godwin Building
  • Golden Acres
  • Goldenrod
  • Goodnoe Farms Dairy
  • Goodnoe Restaurant
  • Green Parrot Inn
  • Greene Street
  • Greenlee Service Station
  • Greenwood
  • H. Griffin Miller Store
  • H. S. Roberts Nursery
  • Haines Family
  • Half Moon Inn
  • Hanging Lamp Antiques
  • Harris House
  • Hart House
  • Harvey Farm
  • Heather Court
  • Hennessey BuildingHenry M. Pownall, Dealer in Harnesses
  • Henry VanHorn, Carpenter
  • Heston House
  • Hibbs Hardware
  • Hicks House
  • Hidden Valley Farm
  • Hillborn House
  • Hillborn Nurseries
  • Hogeland House
  • Hoover's Pharmacy
  • Horace A. Effrig's Store
  • Huber Brothers Gas Station
  • Hugh B. Eastburn, Realtor
  • Hurricane Diane
  • Hutchinson House
  • Ivory Hall
  • J. J. Burns Hardware Store
  • J. R. Ellinger, Photographer
  • J. Wilson Croasdale Dry Goods Store
  • Jack's Pioneer Market
  • Janney Plantation
  • Jean Pierre's Restaurant
  • Jefferson Street
  • Jefferson Street Bridge
  • Jenks Homestead
  • Jones' Ice Cream Store
  • Justice House
  • Keller Building
  • Keller's Barber Shop
  • King Family
  • Kirk Farm
  • Knights of Pythias
  • LaRue Apartments
  • Lasky House
  • Lavalle Aircraft Company
  • Lavender Hall
  • Leedom Farm
  • Lefferts House
  • Liberty Street
  • Light House Hill Cemetery
  • Lincoln Avenue
  • Lindenhurst Road
  • Linton Hill Farm
  • Linton Hill Road
  • Longshore House
  • Lovett Farm
  • Lower Dolington Road
  • Lower House
  • Lownes Chrysler & Mack Truck Dealer
  • Lownes Farm
  • Luff House
  • Lundy & Shinn, Stoves & Ranges
  • Lundy House
  • Luscombe Airplane Corporation
  • Macedonia Baptist Church
  • Madryn
  • Mardot Village
  • Marie's Colonial Kitchen
  • Mark Granite's General Store
  • Market Day
  • Martin Keron's Fine Boots & Shoes
  • Martindale Farm
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Mawson Brothers
  • McCart's Cigar Store
  • McDermott House
  • McGowan & Heurscher Wagon SHop
  • McKean, Photographer
  • McKinley-Hobart Club
  • McMaster's House
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Mercer Street
  • Merrick Insurance Company
  • Michelin House
  • Middle Store, Stapler & Carver
  • Milnor House
  • Monroe Morrell Antiques
  • Morrell Smith Post #440
  • Moyer Grove
  • Mudcats
  • Murray House
  • Musser's Drug Store
  • Nagel's Drug Store
  • Ned's Cigar Store
  • Neshaminy Creek
  • Neshaminy Valley Youth Center
  • Newell House
  • Newtown Academy and Free School
  • Newtown Agricultural Works
  • Newtown Bank and Trust Company
  • Newtown Baseball Team
  • Newtown Borough Council
  • Newtown Borough Hall
  • Newtown Businessmen's Association
  • Newtown Cemetery Association
  • Newtown China Company
  • Newtown Common Lots
  • Newtown Cooperative
  • Newtown Creek
  • Newtown Crossing
  • Newtown Electric Street Railway
  • Newtown Enterprise
  • Newtown Exchange Club
  • Newtown Fire Association
  • Newtown Friends Meeting
  • Newtown Friends Home
  • Newtown Grant
  • Newtown Hall
  • Newtown Hardware House
  • Newtown High School
  • Newtown Historic Association
  • Newtown Jewelers
  • Newtown Joint Historic Commission
  • Newtown Library Company
  • Newtown Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Newtown New Century Club
  • Newtown Place
  • Newtown Plaza
  • Newtown Post Office
  • Newtown Presbyterian Church
  • Newtown Producing Company
  • Newtown Railroad
  • Newtown Reliance Company
  • Newtown Rotary Club
  • Newtown Savings & Loan Association
  • Newtown Title & Trust Company
  • Newtown Township
  • Newtown Trolley Company
  • North State Street
  • Octagonal School House
  • Old Washy
  • Oldfields
  • Open House Tour
  • Ottersfield
  • Pancake Day
  • Paxson Memorial Home
  • Peaceable Kingdom
  • Pearson Farm
  • Penn Street
  • Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company
  • Phillips Court
  • Pickering Field
  • Pickering Manor Home
  • Pickering, Courts & Summerson
  • Pidcock Blacksmith Shop
  • Pownall House
  • Price Farm
  • Pumpkin Contest
  • Quakers
  • Radford House
  • Raguet Store
  • Randall Carriage Company
  • Randall Photography Studio
  • Raven's Day
  • Rempfer House
  • Renninger House
  • Revolutionary War
  • Rhodes Flower & Gift Shop
  • Richardson House
  • Aaron Ridge House
  • Robert's Tin Shop
  • Robert's Farm
  • Ryan's Corner
  • Savidge Brothers Store
  • Schofield Ford Bridge
  • Schofield House
  • Schorch's Bakery
  • Sculley Hill House
  • Sedia Park
  • Shakespeare Club
  • Skeer House
  • Smith & Emby Heaters & Stoves
  • South State Street
  • Spring Garden Mill
  • Steacker House
  • St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church
  • St. Mark's AME Zion Church
  • Steif, Waite, Grosse, Sagoskin & Gilman
  • Stenton
  • Sterling Street
  • Stockberger Chevrolet
  • Stocking Works
  • Stoopville Road
  • Stuckert Building
  • Sunderland Blacksmith Shop
  • Sunset Oak
  • Swamp Road
  • Sweet Land
  • Sycamore Street
  • T. H. Wynkoop Post #427 GAR
  • Temora Farms
  • Temperance House
  • Thomas B. Linton Memorial Fountain
  • Thomas Twining Farm
  • Thornton House
  • Time Capsule
  • Toll House
  • Torbert Dairy
  • Township House Restaurant
  • Township House Store
  • Tricentennial
  • Triumph Building
  • Twining Ford Bridge
  • Twining Farm
  • Tyler Estate
  • Tyler Park
  • U.S. Bobbin & Shuttle Company
  • Veterans
  • Veterans Plaza
  • Village at Newtown
  • Village Smith Antiques
  • Walker Burns Farm
  • Warner & McGowan Wagon Works
  • Washington Avenue
  • Washington's Headquarters
  • Watson's Sash & Blind Factory
  • Weaver House
  • Welcome Day
  • White Hall Hotel
  • William W. Fabian & Sons
  • Willow Grove Park
  • Willow Hill
  • Winn House
  • Wisteria House
  • Women's Christian Temperance Union
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Worstall House
  • Worthington Mill
  • Wright's Road
  • Yates House
  • Ye Old Bakery Delicatessen

Individuals and families:

  • Adams
  • Afflerbach
  • Afflerbach, Henry
  • Ahlum
  • Alcorn, Ruth
  • Anderson
  • Anderson, James
  • Applebaum
  • Arnwine
  • Armsworthy, Camilla
  • Atrkinson
  • Ayers
  • Bachman
  • Bachman, Vance
  • Baily
  • Baker
  • Balderston
  • Balderston Ann
  • Balderston, George
  • Balderston, Lester
  • Balderston, Jolly
  • Balderston, May
  • Balderston, William
  • Barash, Theodore
  • Barnes
  • Barnsley
  • Barnsley, Edward C.
  • Barnsley, J. Herman
  • Barnsley, Joseph
  • Barnsley, Ruth
  • Barnsley, William
  • Barone
  • Bartels, Ann
  • Bartels, Robert
  • Bassett, Raymond
  • Bateman, Edward
  • Beans
  • Beans, Esther
  • Beans, Ethel
  • Beans, Leonardo
  • Beans, Samuel
  • Beatty
  • Beatty, Reading
  • Beatty, Naomi
  • Beck, Kenneth
  • Bellmyer
  • Bennett
  • Bennett
  • Binkley
  • Bohmler
  • Bond
  • Bond, Amos
  • Bond, D. Russell
  • Briggs
  • Brown
  • Brown, Dorothy
  • Brown, Leland
  • Brown, Stacy B.
  • Buckman
  • Burns
  • Burton
  • Bye
  • Byelich
  • Caffey
  • Cahill
  • Callahan
  • Campbell
  • Carson
  • Carver
  • Cassar
  • Chamberlain
  • Chamberlain, James B.
  • Chambers
  • Chesner
  • Chesner, Peter
  • Church
  • Church, Eleazer
  • Clark
  • Cornell
  • Crewitt
  • Dafter
  • Dallas
  • Dineen
  • Donovan
  • Duckworth
  • Dunlevy
  • Eagle
  • Eby
  • Eckard
  • Effrig
  • Ermentrout
  • Erwin
  • Ettenger
  • Eyre
  • Fabian
  • Fabian, Frank
  • Fenton
  • Finley
  • Finney
  • Fitzgerald
  • Flagg
  • Fuhrer
  • Gallagher
  • Gish
  • Godwin
  • Goodnoe
  • Gordon
  • Gourley
  • Grace
  • Gray
  • Gray, Samuel
  • Gumpper
  • Halderman
  • Hampton
  • Harding
  • Hart
  • Hart, George
  • Heacock
  • Hennessy
  • Hillborn
  • Hofmeister
  • Hoover
  • Hoover, Richard
  • Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson, William
  • Ingram, Mercy
  • Janney
  • Jefferson
  • Jenks
  • Jenks, Phineas Dr.
  • Jenks, Michael
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Kassay
  • Keehn
  • Keith
  • Keller
  • Keller, Clayton
  • Kenderdine
  • Kenderdine, Robert
  • Kenderdine, Thaddeus
  • King
  • Krewson
  • Krusen
  • Leedom
  • Lovett
  • Lownes
  • Maher
  • Maher, Edward
  • Mahler
  • Mast
  • Mawson
  • Mayer
  • McKenney
  • McMaster
  • Merrick
  • Merrick, John
  • Milnor
  • Morrell
  • Morris
  • Mulhern
  • Nardo
  • Neeld
  • Noel
  • Nolan
  • Ogleby
  • Ott
  • Ott, Howard
  • Otto
  • Otto, George
  • Packer
  • Paff
  • Patterson
  • Pearson
  • Pentz
  • Peterson
  • Phillips
  • Pickering
  • Powell
  • Pownall
  • Pownall, Henry
  • Pugh
  • Pyle
  • Radford
  • Radford, John
  • Randall
  • Randall, J.V.
  • Randall, Meta
  • Randle, Helen
  • Real
  • Reeder
  • Reeder, Ada
  • Rempfer
  • Rice
  • Ridge
  • Ridge, Aaron
  • Robert
  • Roberts, W. A. Dr.
  • Roberts, Charles Dr.
  • Rook
  • Satterthwaite
  • Savidge
  • Savidge, Clarence
  • Savidge, Morris
  • Schneck
  • Schofield
  • Schorsch
  • Scott
  • Search
  • Sherman
  • Shields
  • Shuster
  • Skeer
  • Slack
  • Smith
  • Smith, Charles
  • Smith, Harold
  • Stapler
  • Steacker, Clayton
  • Stradling
  • Strathie
  • Stuckert
  • Stuckert, Homer
  • Stuckert, William
  • Stuckert, Maud
  • Swayne, Norman
  • Szwajkos, Robert
  • Talley
  • Taylor
  • Terry
  • Teschner
  • Trexler
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Thornton
  • Titus
  • Titus, Brian
  • Tomlinson
  • Tranter
  • Trego
  • Twining
  • Umstead
  • Urban
  • Urban, Charles
  • Valanti
  • VanArsdahlen
  • VanArtsdahlen
  • Vandergrift
  • VanHorn
  • Voorhees
  • Wall
  • Walton
  • Ward
  • Warner
  • Watson
  • Watts
  • Weasner
  • Weaver
  • Westgate
  • White
  • Wiley
  • Williams
  • Worstall
  • Wright
  • Yamamoto
  • Yardley
  • Yates
  • Yerkes
  • Zagorski

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Newtown Historic Association

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

Sponsor

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 Newtown Historic Association for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Photographs collected by Newtown Historic Association over time.

Processing Information Note

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.

Detailed, computerized inventories of all of the items in this collection are available on site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Newtown Historic Association directly for more information.

Return to Top »

Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Bucks County (Pa.)
  • Newtown (Bucks County, Pa. : Township)
  • Newtown (Bucks County, Pa.)
  • Newtown (Pa. : Borough)
Subject(s)
  • Local history
  • Photographs

Return to Top »