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Conshohocken Historical Society local history collection

1846-1979, 8.2 linear feet

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

Summary Information

Repository:
Conshohocken Historical Society
Creator:
Conshohocken Historical Society.
Title:
Conshohocken Historical Society local history collection
Date [inclusive]:
1846-1979
Call Number:
10
Extent:
8.2 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Conshohocken Historical Society local history collection, 1846-1979, consists of miscellaneous original records and papers from organizations and individuals based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. It includes scrapbooks, minute books, pamphlets, reports, ledgers, correspondence, blueprints, and maps.
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Biography/History

"The borough of Conshohocken, incorporated in 1850, is located on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, thirteen miles northwest of Philadelphia, on one square mile of land in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Its proximity to major transportation links, natural resources, and markets created a favorable environment for the rise of a virtually self-contained industrial, commercial, residential, civic and religious community. Perhaps best known for its great industrial firms, such as the Alan Wood Iron and Steel Company, whose roots date back to the early 1800s, and "Lee of Conshohocken," the automobile tire company founded in the early 1900s, Conshohocken played a major role in the industrial development of southeastern Pennsylvania. The growth of the town's industries brought together wealthy Quaker mill and landowners with immigrant laborers from Ireland, Poland, Italy, and other European countries to give the borough its distinctive character. As the town's industries expanded and moved outside the borough limits in the early twentieth century, Conshohocken evolved from an industrial leader into a primarily residential community."

Bibliography:

Quoted text from: Conshohocken Historical Society. "Conshohocken Historical Survey." Accessed May 18, 2012. http://www.conshohockenpa.org/visitor/history.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of miscellaneous original records and papers from organizations and individuals based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. It includes scrapbooks, minute books, pamphlets, reports, ledgers, correspondence, blueprints, and maps. The contents of this collection are listed below:

American Legion, John F. DeHaven Post #129 (Conshohocken) minute book, 1973-1979

Bate Boiler Efficiency Company cash book and letters, 1915-1916

County reports on Conshohocken redevelopment, 1960-2000

G. H. Cress, Spring Mill daybook, 1846-1897

Hamilton Paper Company blueprints, 1956-1968

John A. Harrold ledger, 1890-1905

John Wood Jr. letter book, 1896-1897

Recorder Publishing Company combined corporation record, 1895-1937

Scrapbook of Conshohocken people, places and things, 1950s [BOC 1]

Scrapbook of Conshohocken local events, 1908 to 1953 [BOC 2]

Scrapbook of Conshohockens in World War II, 1941-1942 [BOC 3]

Scrapbook of Conshohocken, 1942 [BOC 4]

Scrapbook of John Cresson: town notes, people, events, companies, 1882

Scrapbook of R. V. Maull: newspaper pages and clippings from Philadelphia newspapers, 1915-1925

Scrapbook, family coats of arms

Several atlases and tax assessment maps

Spring Mill School Parent Teacher Association minute books (3 volumes) and miscellaneous records, 1935-1952

United States Bicentennial in Conshohocken pamphlets, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and other materials, circa 1976

Washington Fire Company letters and bills, 1890s

Washington Hose and Steam Fire Engine Company #1 visitors log, 1894-1921

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Conshohocken Historical Society

Finding Aid Author

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

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 Conshohocken Historical Society for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials collected at various times by the Conshohocken Historical Society.

Processing Information Note

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 Conshohocken Historical Society directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Conshohocken Historical Society: Conshohocken Historical Society subject files.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Hamilton Paper Company.
  • Springmill Elementary School (Conshohocken, Pa.). Parent Teacher Association.
  • Washington Fire Company #1 (Conshohocken, Pa.).
Geographic Name(s)
  • Conshohocken (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Local history
  • Scrapbooks
  • World War, 1939-1945

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