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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1989-2000, 44 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1864-1900, 1 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1936, 5.5 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1998-2002, 4 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1946, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1878-1920 [bulk 1878-1900], 1.25 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1863-1947, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1762-2012 [bulk 1970-2012], 22 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1921-2012, 13 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

circa 1890-2012, 22 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1800-2012 [bulk 1930-2012], 11.33 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1934-1973, 0.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1968-1992, 36 linear feet

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale 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:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Title:
"The Reporter" photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1989-2000
Call Number:
02
Extent:
44 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. It was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. "The Reporter" photograph negatives, 1989-2000, consist of images captured by  The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film strip and color slide negatives.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
First National Bank of Lansdale
Title:
First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books
Date [inclusive]:
1864-1900
Call Number:
12
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank. The First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books, 1864-1900, consist of one ledger with indexes, 1899-1900, and two discount books that cover the years 1864 to 1873.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Title:
Jacob S. Geller business and estate records
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1936
Call Number:
07
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County. After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was briefly carried on by his family though its success diminished considerably. The bulk of Jacob S. Geller business and estate records, 1888-1936, is invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob Geller estate. Also included are incoming business correspondence to Jacob S. Geller and estate financial records.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Zepp, Ken
Title:
Ken Zepp slides
Date [inclusive]:
1998-2002
Call Number:
03
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a photographer for local newspapers The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life. The Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002, consist of slide negatives of sports teams and of local subjects taken for  Souderton Independent and  North Penn Life.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1946
Call Number:
10
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Founded in 1873, the Knights of the Golden Eagle is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders with emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888. The Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books, 1888-1946, consist of eight volumes.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Title:
Lansdale (Pa.) tax assessments
Date [bulk]:
1878-1900
Date [inclusive]:
1878-1920
Call Number:
13
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
23 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection is comprised of real estate valuations of the borough for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920 with several years missing.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Cemetery Association
Title:
Lansdale Cemetery Association records
Date [inclusive]:
1863-1947
Call Number:
08
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, ran Lansdale Cemetery, the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Originally a for-profit company, it was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery Inc. in 1964/1965. The Lansdale Cemetery Association records, 1863-1947, are comprised of various materials that document the history of the Lansdale Cemetery Association and the Lansdale cemetery, including minute books, financial records, employee records, deeds, and wills.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files
Date [bulk]:
1970-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1762-2012
Call Number:
06
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files, 1762-2012 (bulk 1970-2012), are comprised of newspaper clippings, copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents. Materials document churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection
Date [inclusive]:
1921-2012
Call Number:
01
Extent:
13 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection, 1921-2012, contains original and photocopied obituaries dating from the 1880s into the 21st century, especially for individuals buried in Lansdale Cemetery.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection
Date:
circa 1890-2012
Call Number:
05
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection, circa 1890-2012, consists of photographs that depict local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks
Date [bulk]:
1930-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1800-2012
Call Number:
09
Extent:
11.33 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
34 flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection, which documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents, consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books
Date [inclusive]:
1934-1973
Call Number:
11
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence, is a secret, nativist society dating from the late 19th century. The society, which was only open to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934. The Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books consist of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officer's roll books, 1946-1966.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Krieble, Willard
Title:
Willard Krieble photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1992
Call Number:
04
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-2002, consist of photograph negatives taken by Krieble for  The Reporter, organized chronologically and labeled with event, name or subject.
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Biography/History

The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. Founded by Frederick Wagner, the first issue of  The Lansdale Reporter was published on October 27, 1870. In its early years most of the short newspaper was pre-printed in Philadelphia, with only a page insert that included local news and advertisements. By the 1910s, it had become a legitimate information source.

In 1923 the newspaper's owner, Walter Sanborn, sold the paper to a competitor. It became The Republican-Review-Reporter, shortened to  The Reporter-Review. Sanborn bought the newspaper back in 1927 and changed its name to  The North Penn Reporter. Later, the name was shortened to simply  The Reporter.

The Reporter was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. As of 2012,  The Reporter is still in print, serving North Penn, Indian Valley, and neighboring communities in northwest Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Biography/History

The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank.

Bibliography:

Ninety-Second Annual Report of the Comptroller of the Currency (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1954), p. 56. Accessed November 27, 2012, http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/comp/1950s/1954/compcurr_1954.pdf

Hunsicker, Clifton Swenk. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: A History, vol. 1, p. 190.

Biography/History

Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County.

Initially purchasing most of the items for his store from Philadelphia businesses, Geller quickly branched out and conducted business with companies located in the tri-state area and beyond. Through Geller's many dealings, the emporium came to offer a vast array of goods, from silverware, hardware, and apparel to furniture and caskets. For his business, Geller adopted what he called the "Cash System" for customers. All bills were due within thirty days from the date of purchase. After that time, six-percent interest was added to overdue accounts.

Jacob S. Geller was born in Perkiomen Township, Pa., the son of Henry Geller, and Mary Stoll Geller. He worked for his father and held several odd jobs before he purchased a store in Hoppinsville in 1873. Along with this store, Geller also operated a business in Kulpsville. Realizing the strategic value of Lansdale as a business center because of its railroad connections, Geller moved there in 1878. He purchased property owned by John Kindig & Bro., located on Main Street, and subsequently built a three-story emporium which quickly gained success. While running the emporium, Geller was also involved in several other business ventures. He was in the undertaker business for a brief time, and was also involved in the dairy industry. Geller and his brothers bought dairy products in the area and sold them to customers in Philadelphia, including their largest customer, Girard College. Geller was also involved in real estate. In 1887, he and A. C. Godshall purchased farmland which they divvied up into building lots.

Geller served as a public official and was a director of several local businesses. He served as postmaster of Lansdale, as well as of Kulpsville and Hoppinsville. In the early 1880s, Geller was a member of the Borough Council and in 1888 became burgess. He served as Borough treasurer from 1914 until his death. He was an original member and director of the Lansdale Water Works. At the time of his death, he was director and vice president of the First National Bank of Lansdale. He was also a prominent member of several Masonic orders. Geller served as the first High Priest of the Royal Arch Lansdale Chapter. He was also a member of the Hutchinson Commandery of Philadelphia, and of Lu Lu Shrine where he played horn in the famous Lu Lu Band.

After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was carried on by his family, including Geller's son-in-law James M.C. Spiers, though its success diminished considerably. It has since had several owners, including Drissel and Badman and Bill Wilson. As of 2012, the business exists as Wilson's Hardware, and is owned by Joseph Flyzik.

Bibliography:

"Death of Jacob S. Geller." The Reporter, February 3, 1916.

Kinsey, Clarence. "A Brief History of Geller's Emporium." 2011.

Biography/History

Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He began working at The Reporter newspaper in 1972. He worked as photojournalist for  The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life before starting a family business, Zepp Graphical, in 2004.

Bibliography:

Zepp Graphical. "About Us." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.zeppgraphical.com/Pages/about1.html

Biography/History

Founded in 1873 by John Emory Burbage, the Knights of the Golden Eagle (K.G.E.) is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders. Members pass through three stages: Pilgrim, Knight, and Crusader. The society's motto is "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor," and rituals reflect the emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The female auxiliaries are known as "Ladies of the Golden Eagle."

At its height in 1900, the K.G.E. was active in twenty states with approximately 20,000 members. Membership began to decline with the onset of World War II. As of 2012, the organization has approximately 2,000 members, and is functioning in only three states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888; its first meeting was held in February of that year. Castle No. 244 was one of the more wealthy Castles of Pennsylvania. The K.G.E was the first fraternal organization to own its own meeting space in Lansdale; its Hall was located in the heart of Lansdale's business district.

Bibliography:

"25th Anniversary Knights of Golden Eagles." The Reporter, February 12, 1913.

Mill Valley Lodge #356 (Mill Valley, Calif.). "Knights of the Golden Eagle (KGE)." Accessed November 26, 2012. http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/marin_knights_golden_eagle.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Lansdale Cemetery is the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - more than 3,000 people are buried there. It was originally run as a for-profit company by the Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, until the original board of trustees passed on in the 1950s. In 1964/1965, the Association was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery, Inc. As of 2012, the cemetery still hosts burials and contains roughly 200 unoccupied plots.

Bibliography:

"Lansdale Looking into Cemetery Takeover." North Penn Life. Accessed November 26, 2012. http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/06/30/north_penn_life/news/doc4fedbbbeedca8230776680.txt

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence as of 2012, is a secret, nativist society and mutual benefit society dating from the late 19th century. It was founded in 1891 as a women's auxiliary of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, though it did not receive recognition from its male counterpart until 1926.

The first charter of the Daughters of America was issued in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania as the "The National Council Daughters of America." By 1930, it reported having over 160,000 members. The organization's numbers were reduced to about 19,000 in 26 states by 1978.

The society, open only to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. According to its 1978 regulations, the Daughters of America professed the following principles for its members:

1. Promoting and maintaining American interests by shielding the country from unrestricted immigration

2. Helping Americans find employment

3. Encouraging American businesses

4. Providing support for the American public school system in upholding Bible reading in the public schools

5. Opposing sectarian influences in state and national affairs

6. Promoting and advancing the Junior Order of United American Mechanics

7. Establishing the funds to support orphans of deceased members of the organization

8. Establishing funds to provide for the aged and infirm members of the order.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934.

Biography/History

Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked for the paper for 35 years and received more than 200 awards for his photography. He was twice named the Pennsylvania Press Photographer of the Year.

Bibliography:

Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. "Perkiomen Valley Twilight League Hall of Fame". Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.norristownsoftball.com/perky.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of images captured by The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film negatives arranged chronologically and color slide negatives arranged alphabetically by subject. The chronological film negatives are labeled with name, subject, date, and event.

There are also some boxes of slides depicting The Reporter staff members or newspaper activities, circa 1997.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one ledger (with indexes), 1899-1900, and two discount books: Discount book #1, 1864-1868, and Discount book #2, 1868-1873.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is a sampling of invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob S. Geller estate. The purchase invoices are organized into five subseries: newspaper and print advertising (alphabetical by business name), Lansdale businesses (alphabetical by business name), Pennsylvania businesses (alphabetical by town and then by business name), Philadelphia businesses (alphabetical by business name), and out-of-state businesses (alphabetical by state, town, and then business name).

There are also estate financial records in the collection: check stubs, cancelled checks, deposit tickets, and bank statements, circa 1915-1925.

Finally, this collection includes a large number of incoming business correspondence to Jacob Geller, 1907-1914.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of slide negatives taken by photographer Ken Zepp. It is divided into three series. The first series is sports images, circa 1990s, organized by sports team. The second series is images for Souderton Independent, and the last is images for  North Penn Life. The latter two series are organized chronologically into binders and labeled with subject terms.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains eight minute books, 1888-1946, and includes the first volume.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of Lansdale (East Ward and West Ward) real estate valuations for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920. There are substantial gaps within these years.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative and financial records of the Lansdale Cemetery Association. The administrative records consist of: minutes, 1880-1947; deeds, 1863-1933; rules and regulations, 1880; a railroad bond, 1900; and several wills. The financial records consist of: check stubs, 1888-1932; treasurer's book, 1880-1922; Social Security and unemployment wage records with payroll information, 1936-1943; and stock certificates, 1880-1944, and dividend book, 1897-1918. There are also records from the Association's Permanent Fund: subscription book, 1888-1918, and proceedings, 1888-1911.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. There are also materials relating to Hatfield and other neighboring Montgomery County towns. Subject files mostly consist of newspaper clippings, with copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents including a couple 18th century deeds. The subjects include churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies, schools, cemetery records and genealogies, and the newsletters of neighboring historical societies, as well as specific organizations, such as Fairmount Fire Company, North Penn Hospital, Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley, and Lansdale Library. Of special interest is a Campfire Girls of the First Baptist Church record book with membership information, circa 1925-1928.

The collection also includes binders of local history and genealogy are composed of clippings (mostly photocopies), pamphlets, photocopies of secondary articles, and a small amount of primary source materials including photographs. Of special interest is a scrapbook of ephemera from Lansdale's Diamond Jubilee (75 year anniversary), 1947.

Scope and Contents

The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection consists of original and photocopied obituaries of people who died in and around Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two series: Obituaries and Lansdale Cemetery Burials.

The Obituaries series, which is the larger of the two, contains clippings mostly from The Reporter. Most are original, but there are some photocopies, especially of the earlier obituaries. The series is organized in chronological order from 1890 to 2010. More recent obituaries are collected from local funeral homes in digital format.

The second series, Lansdale Cemetery Burials, consists of photocopies of printed obituaries from the 1880s to 2012, organized in chronological order. There is also one binder with obituaries of people buried in the Lansdale Mausoleum, arranged in alphabetical order.

Alphabetical indexes to this collection are available on site.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs depicting local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale. The bulk of the photograph collection is organized into binders, primarily by location. Some of the photographs are arranged by subject, including clubs and groups, families, the Lansdale Centennial, schools, churches, sports, aerial views, and bands and parades. There are some out-of-town photographs as well.

There are several sub-collections by known creators as well, including Robert J. Linden, Gordon Young, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Smith, and Dr. Leopoldo Montoya. The Montoya photographs depict the work of architect Milton B. Bean.

The collection also includes postcards, many of which were collected by local resident Verdie Landis, and slides. There are about two-dozen carousels of slides; many were created out of Lansdale Historical Society photographs for slide shows, but others appear to be originals.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials. As a whole, the collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. Items of special interest include: original 19th century Jenkins family deeds, photograph albums of The Reporter newspaper staff and facilities, Montgomery County Planning Commission documents, a Lansdale Knights of the Golden Eagle scrapbook, and a Nor-Gwyn Garden Club scrapbook. The collection consist of 32 boxes. A box-level inventory is shown below:

BOX INVENTORY

1-4 SCRAPBOOKS -- NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

5 NOR-GWYN GARDEN CLUB

6 AMERICAN OLEAN

7 SCRAPBOOKS - NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

8 SCRAPBOOKS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

9 HARRY GODSHALL/KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE

10 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

11 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- NEEDLEWORK GUILD

12 LOCAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES -- JAMES A. WILLIAMS ; LANSDALE- GANSER

13 MONTCO PLANNING COMMISSION; NEWSPAPER ARTICLES; HISTORICAL DATA RELATED TO MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP

14 PHOTO ALBUM - HARRY/RUBY MYERS

15 ORIGINAL JENKINS DEEDS; ALBERTA WERNER COLLECTION OF BIOGRAPHIES

16 COLLECTION OF ARTICLES (MANY OBITS) GOETTER

17 THE OLD TIMER, CLIPPINGS NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

18 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, LOCAL AND WORLD NEWS

19 LONGAKER HOTEL, FRED O. YOUNG

20 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OBITS - LOCAL/OLD NEWSPAPERS

21 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- PHOTO ALBUMS- VARIOUS ITEMS

22 LIFE MAG/ HISTORIC VALLEY FORGE/PHILA., PHONE DIRECTORIES

23 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS - MOSTLY LOCAL

24 AGNES BARTLETT COLLECTION, JUNE KECK COLLECTION

25 1968, 1969 PHONE BOOKS, ""LITTLE PEGGY MARCH"", VARIOUS, blueprint: Bean's Pink Palace

26 NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

27 LANSDALE DIRECTORIES, VARIOUS LOCAL ARTICLES/ITEMS

28 HYSON POSTCARD COLLECTION, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

29 NOTES AND RESEARCH - DIRKS & MATTHEWS LOCAL HISTORIES, OTHER

30 MORE ED MATTHEWS RESEARCH, COLLECTION OF MARTHA OLANDER

31-32 THE REPORTER

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officers' roll books, 1946-1966.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photograph negatives taken by Willard Krieble for The Reporter newspaper. The images are organized chronologically and are labeled with event, name or subject terms.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of The Reporter.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Geller estate, circa 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Ken Zepp, 2012.

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Gift of Lansdale Cemetery Association, 2012.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Obituaries collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Photographs collected at various times by the Lansdale Historical Society.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Nancy Wall, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Willard Krieble.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002.

Lansdale Historical Society: Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-1992.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Additional Geller invoices currently stored at the Society are destined to be processed or deaccessioned.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • First National Bank of Lansdale
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Banks and banking

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • A.C. Godshall and Co.
  • Geller's Emporium
Family Name(s)
  • Geller family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Subject(s)
  • Business
  • Department stores
  • Retail trade

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • North Penn Life
  • Souderton Independent
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Souderton (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Zepp, Ken
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photography of sports
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Real property surveys
  • Taxation
  • Valuation

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery managers

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fairmount Fire Company
  • Lansdale Library
  • Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley
  • North Penn Hospital
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Genealogy
  • Obituaries

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Bean, Milton B., 1849-1938
  • Linden, Robert J.
  • Montoya, Leopoldo
  • Smith, Alexander
  • Young, Gordon
Subject(s)
  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Local history
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
  • Nor-Gwyn Garden Club
  • North Penn Hospital
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Family Name(s)
  • Jenkins family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Daughters of America
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organization
  • Nativism
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Krieble, Willard
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1989-2000, 44 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1864-1900, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1936, 5.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1998-2002, 4 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1946, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1878-1920 [bulk 1878-1900], 1.25 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1863-1947, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1762-2012 [bulk 1970-2012], 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1921-2012, 13 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

circa 1890-2012, 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1800-2012 [bulk 1930-2012], 11.33 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1934-1973, 0.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1968-1992, 36 linear feet

02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale 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:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Title:
"The Reporter" photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1989-2000
Call Number:
02
Extent:
44 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. It was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. "The Reporter" photograph negatives, 1989-2000, consist of images captured by  The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film strip and color slide negatives.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
First National Bank of Lansdale
Title:
First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books
Date [inclusive]:
1864-1900
Call Number:
12
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank. The First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books, 1864-1900, consist of one ledger with indexes, 1899-1900, and two discount books that cover the years 1864 to 1873.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Title:
Jacob S. Geller business and estate records
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1936
Call Number:
07
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County. After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was briefly carried on by his family though its success diminished considerably. The bulk of Jacob S. Geller business and estate records, 1888-1936, is invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob Geller estate. Also included are incoming business correspondence to Jacob S. Geller and estate financial records.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Zepp, Ken
Title:
Ken Zepp slides
Date [inclusive]:
1998-2002
Call Number:
03
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a photographer for local newspapers The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life. The Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002, consist of slide negatives of sports teams and of local subjects taken for  Souderton Independent and  North Penn Life.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1946
Call Number:
10
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Founded in 1873, the Knights of the Golden Eagle is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders with emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888. The Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books, 1888-1946, consist of eight volumes.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Title:
Lansdale (Pa.) tax assessments
Date [bulk]:
1878-1900
Date [inclusive]:
1878-1920
Call Number:
13
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
23 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection is comprised of real estate valuations of the borough for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920 with several years missing.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Cemetery Association
Title:
Lansdale Cemetery Association records
Date [inclusive]:
1863-1947
Call Number:
08
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, ran Lansdale Cemetery, the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Originally a for-profit company, it was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery Inc. in 1964/1965. The Lansdale Cemetery Association records, 1863-1947, are comprised of various materials that document the history of the Lansdale Cemetery Association and the Lansdale cemetery, including minute books, financial records, employee records, deeds, and wills.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files
Date [bulk]:
1970-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1762-2012
Call Number:
06
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files, 1762-2012 (bulk 1970-2012), are comprised of newspaper clippings, copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents. Materials document churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection
Date [inclusive]:
1921-2012
Call Number:
01
Extent:
13 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection, 1921-2012, contains original and photocopied obituaries dating from the 1880s into the 21st century, especially for individuals buried in Lansdale Cemetery.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection
Date:
circa 1890-2012
Call Number:
05
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection, circa 1890-2012, consists of photographs that depict local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks
Date [bulk]:
1930-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1800-2012
Call Number:
09
Extent:
11.33 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
34 flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection, which documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents, consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
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Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books
Date [inclusive]:
1934-1973
Call Number:
11
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence, is a secret, nativist society dating from the late 19th century. The society, which was only open to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934. The Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books consist of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officer's roll books, 1946-1966.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Krieble, Willard
Title:
Willard Krieble photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1992
Call Number:
04
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-2002, consist of photograph negatives taken by Krieble for  The Reporter, organized chronologically and labeled with event, name or subject.
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Biography/History

The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. Founded by Frederick Wagner, the first issue of  The Lansdale Reporter was published on October 27, 1870. In its early years most of the short newspaper was pre-printed in Philadelphia, with only a page insert that included local news and advertisements. By the 1910s, it had become a legitimate information source.

In 1923 the newspaper's owner, Walter Sanborn, sold the paper to a competitor. It became The Republican-Review-Reporter, shortened to  The Reporter-Review. Sanborn bought the newspaper back in 1927 and changed its name to  The North Penn Reporter. Later, the name was shortened to simply  The Reporter.

The Reporter was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. As of 2012,  The Reporter is still in print, serving North Penn, Indian Valley, and neighboring communities in northwest Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Biography/History

The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank.

Bibliography:

Ninety-Second Annual Report of the Comptroller of the Currency (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1954), p. 56. Accessed November 27, 2012, http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/comp/1950s/1954/compcurr_1954.pdf

Hunsicker, Clifton Swenk. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: A History, vol. 1, p. 190.

Biography/History

Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County.

Initially purchasing most of the items for his store from Philadelphia businesses, Geller quickly branched out and conducted business with companies located in the tri-state area and beyond. Through Geller's many dealings, the emporium came to offer a vast array of goods, from silverware, hardware, and apparel to furniture and caskets. For his business, Geller adopted what he called the "Cash System" for customers. All bills were due within thirty days from the date of purchase. After that time, six-percent interest was added to overdue accounts.

Jacob S. Geller was born in Perkiomen Township, Pa., the son of Henry Geller, and Mary Stoll Geller. He worked for his father and held several odd jobs before he purchased a store in Hoppinsville in 1873. Along with this store, Geller also operated a business in Kulpsville. Realizing the strategic value of Lansdale as a business center because of its railroad connections, Geller moved there in 1878. He purchased property owned by John Kindig & Bro., located on Main Street, and subsequently built a three-story emporium which quickly gained success. While running the emporium, Geller was also involved in several other business ventures. He was in the undertaker business for a brief time, and was also involved in the dairy industry. Geller and his brothers bought dairy products in the area and sold them to customers in Philadelphia, including their largest customer, Girard College. Geller was also involved in real estate. In 1887, he and A. C. Godshall purchased farmland which they divvied up into building lots.

Geller served as a public official and was a director of several local businesses. He served as postmaster of Lansdale, as well as of Kulpsville and Hoppinsville. In the early 1880s, Geller was a member of the Borough Council and in 1888 became burgess. He served as Borough treasurer from 1914 until his death. He was an original member and director of the Lansdale Water Works. At the time of his death, he was director and vice president of the First National Bank of Lansdale. He was also a prominent member of several Masonic orders. Geller served as the first High Priest of the Royal Arch Lansdale Chapter. He was also a member of the Hutchinson Commandery of Philadelphia, and of Lu Lu Shrine where he played horn in the famous Lu Lu Band.

After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was carried on by his family, including Geller's son-in-law James M.C. Spiers, though its success diminished considerably. It has since had several owners, including Drissel and Badman and Bill Wilson. As of 2012, the business exists as Wilson's Hardware, and is owned by Joseph Flyzik.

Bibliography:

"Death of Jacob S. Geller." The Reporter, February 3, 1916.

Kinsey, Clarence. "A Brief History of Geller's Emporium." 2011.

Biography/History

Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He began working at The Reporter newspaper in 1972. He worked as photojournalist for  The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life before starting a family business, Zepp Graphical, in 2004.

Bibliography:

Zepp Graphical. "About Us." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.zeppgraphical.com/Pages/about1.html

Biography/History

Founded in 1873 by John Emory Burbage, the Knights of the Golden Eagle (K.G.E.) is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders. Members pass through three stages: Pilgrim, Knight, and Crusader. The society's motto is "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor," and rituals reflect the emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The female auxiliaries are known as "Ladies of the Golden Eagle."

At its height in 1900, the K.G.E. was active in twenty states with approximately 20,000 members. Membership began to decline with the onset of World War II. As of 2012, the organization has approximately 2,000 members, and is functioning in only three states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888; its first meeting was held in February of that year. Castle No. 244 was one of the more wealthy Castles of Pennsylvania. The K.G.E was the first fraternal organization to own its own meeting space in Lansdale; its Hall was located in the heart of Lansdale's business district.

Bibliography:

"25th Anniversary Knights of Golden Eagles." The Reporter, February 12, 1913.

Mill Valley Lodge #356 (Mill Valley, Calif.). "Knights of the Golden Eagle (KGE)." Accessed November 26, 2012. http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/marin_knights_golden_eagle.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Lansdale Cemetery is the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - more than 3,000 people are buried there. It was originally run as a for-profit company by the Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, until the original board of trustees passed on in the 1950s. In 1964/1965, the Association was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery, Inc. As of 2012, the cemetery still hosts burials and contains roughly 200 unoccupied plots.

Bibliography:

"Lansdale Looking into Cemetery Takeover." North Penn Life. Accessed November 26, 2012. http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/06/30/north_penn_life/news/doc4fedbbbeedca8230776680.txt

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence as of 2012, is a secret, nativist society and mutual benefit society dating from the late 19th century. It was founded in 1891 as a women's auxiliary of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, though it did not receive recognition from its male counterpart until 1926.

The first charter of the Daughters of America was issued in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania as the "The National Council Daughters of America." By 1930, it reported having over 160,000 members. The organization's numbers were reduced to about 19,000 in 26 states by 1978.

The society, open only to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. According to its 1978 regulations, the Daughters of America professed the following principles for its members:

1. Promoting and maintaining American interests by shielding the country from unrestricted immigration

2. Helping Americans find employment

3. Encouraging American businesses

4. Providing support for the American public school system in upholding Bible reading in the public schools

5. Opposing sectarian influences in state and national affairs

6. Promoting and advancing the Junior Order of United American Mechanics

7. Establishing the funds to support orphans of deceased members of the organization

8. Establishing funds to provide for the aged and infirm members of the order.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934.

Biography/History

Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked for the paper for 35 years and received more than 200 awards for his photography. He was twice named the Pennsylvania Press Photographer of the Year.

Bibliography:

Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. "Perkiomen Valley Twilight League Hall of Fame". Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.norristownsoftball.com/perky.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of images captured by The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film negatives arranged chronologically and color slide negatives arranged alphabetically by subject. The chronological film negatives are labeled with name, subject, date, and event.

There are also some boxes of slides depicting The Reporter staff members or newspaper activities, circa 1997.

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The collection consists of one ledger (with indexes), 1899-1900, and two discount books: Discount book #1, 1864-1868, and Discount book #2, 1868-1873.

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The bulk of this collection is a sampling of invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob S. Geller estate. The purchase invoices are organized into five subseries: newspaper and print advertising (alphabetical by business name), Lansdale businesses (alphabetical by business name), Pennsylvania businesses (alphabetical by town and then by business name), Philadelphia businesses (alphabetical by business name), and out-of-state businesses (alphabetical by state, town, and then business name).

There are also estate financial records in the collection: check stubs, cancelled checks, deposit tickets, and bank statements, circa 1915-1925.

Finally, this collection includes a large number of incoming business correspondence to Jacob Geller, 1907-1914.

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This collection consists of slide negatives taken by photographer Ken Zepp. It is divided into three series. The first series is sports images, circa 1990s, organized by sports team. The second series is images for Souderton Independent, and the last is images for  North Penn Life. The latter two series are organized chronologically into binders and labeled with subject terms.

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The collection contains eight minute books, 1888-1946, and includes the first volume.

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This collection is comprised of Lansdale (East Ward and West Ward) real estate valuations for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920. There are substantial gaps within these years.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative and financial records of the Lansdale Cemetery Association. The administrative records consist of: minutes, 1880-1947; deeds, 1863-1933; rules and regulations, 1880; a railroad bond, 1900; and several wills. The financial records consist of: check stubs, 1888-1932; treasurer's book, 1880-1922; Social Security and unemployment wage records with payroll information, 1936-1943; and stock certificates, 1880-1944, and dividend book, 1897-1918. There are also records from the Association's Permanent Fund: subscription book, 1888-1918, and proceedings, 1888-1911.

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The collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. There are also materials relating to Hatfield and other neighboring Montgomery County towns. Subject files mostly consist of newspaper clippings, with copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents including a couple 18th century deeds. The subjects include churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies, schools, cemetery records and genealogies, and the newsletters of neighboring historical societies, as well as specific organizations, such as Fairmount Fire Company, North Penn Hospital, Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley, and Lansdale Library. Of special interest is a Campfire Girls of the First Baptist Church record book with membership information, circa 1925-1928.

The collection also includes binders of local history and genealogy are composed of clippings (mostly photocopies), pamphlets, photocopies of secondary articles, and a small amount of primary source materials including photographs. Of special interest is a scrapbook of ephemera from Lansdale's Diamond Jubilee (75 year anniversary), 1947.

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The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection consists of original and photocopied obituaries of people who died in and around Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two series: Obituaries and Lansdale Cemetery Burials.

The Obituaries series, which is the larger of the two, contains clippings mostly from The Reporter. Most are original, but there are some photocopies, especially of the earlier obituaries. The series is organized in chronological order from 1890 to 2010. More recent obituaries are collected from local funeral homes in digital format.

The second series, Lansdale Cemetery Burials, consists of photocopies of printed obituaries from the 1880s to 2012, organized in chronological order. There is also one binder with obituaries of people buried in the Lansdale Mausoleum, arranged in alphabetical order.

Alphabetical indexes to this collection are available on site.

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This collection consists of photographs depicting local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale. The bulk of the photograph collection is organized into binders, primarily by location. Some of the photographs are arranged by subject, including clubs and groups, families, the Lansdale Centennial, schools, churches, sports, aerial views, and bands and parades. There are some out-of-town photographs as well.

There are several sub-collections by known creators as well, including Robert J. Linden, Gordon Young, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Smith, and Dr. Leopoldo Montoya. The Montoya photographs depict the work of architect Milton B. Bean.

The collection also includes postcards, many of which were collected by local resident Verdie Landis, and slides. There are about two-dozen carousels of slides; many were created out of Lansdale Historical Society photographs for slide shows, but others appear to be originals.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials. As a whole, the collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. Items of special interest include: original 19th century Jenkins family deeds, photograph albums of The Reporter newspaper staff and facilities, Montgomery County Planning Commission documents, a Lansdale Knights of the Golden Eagle scrapbook, and a Nor-Gwyn Garden Club scrapbook. The collection consist of 32 boxes. A box-level inventory is shown below:

BOX INVENTORY

1-4 SCRAPBOOKS -- NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

5 NOR-GWYN GARDEN CLUB

6 AMERICAN OLEAN

7 SCRAPBOOKS - NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

8 SCRAPBOOKS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

9 HARRY GODSHALL/KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE

10 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

11 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- NEEDLEWORK GUILD

12 LOCAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES -- JAMES A. WILLIAMS ; LANSDALE- GANSER

13 MONTCO PLANNING COMMISSION; NEWSPAPER ARTICLES; HISTORICAL DATA RELATED TO MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP

14 PHOTO ALBUM - HARRY/RUBY MYERS

15 ORIGINAL JENKINS DEEDS; ALBERTA WERNER COLLECTION OF BIOGRAPHIES

16 COLLECTION OF ARTICLES (MANY OBITS) GOETTER

17 THE OLD TIMER, CLIPPINGS NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

18 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, LOCAL AND WORLD NEWS

19 LONGAKER HOTEL, FRED O. YOUNG

20 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OBITS - LOCAL/OLD NEWSPAPERS

21 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- PHOTO ALBUMS- VARIOUS ITEMS

22 LIFE MAG/ HISTORIC VALLEY FORGE/PHILA., PHONE DIRECTORIES

23 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS - MOSTLY LOCAL

24 AGNES BARTLETT COLLECTION, JUNE KECK COLLECTION

25 1968, 1969 PHONE BOOKS, ""LITTLE PEGGY MARCH"", VARIOUS, blueprint: Bean's Pink Palace

26 NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

27 LANSDALE DIRECTORIES, VARIOUS LOCAL ARTICLES/ITEMS

28 HYSON POSTCARD COLLECTION, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

29 NOTES AND RESEARCH - DIRKS & MATTHEWS LOCAL HISTORIES, OTHER

30 MORE ED MATTHEWS RESEARCH, COLLECTION OF MARTHA OLANDER

31-32 THE REPORTER

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The collection consists of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officers' roll books, 1946-1966.

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This collection consists of photograph negatives taken by Willard Krieble for The Reporter newspaper. The images are organized chronologically and are labeled with event, name or subject terms.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of The Reporter.

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Gift of Geller estate, circa 1987.

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Gift of Ken Zepp, 2012.

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Gift of Lansdale Cemetery Association, 2012.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Obituaries collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Photographs collected at various times by the Lansdale Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Nancy Wall, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Willard Krieble.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002.

Lansdale Historical Society: Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-1992.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Additional Geller invoices currently stored at the Society are destined to be processed or deaccessioned.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • First National Bank of Lansdale
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Banks and banking

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • A.C. Godshall and Co.
  • Geller's Emporium
Family Name(s)
  • Geller family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Subject(s)
  • Business
  • Department stores
  • Retail trade

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • North Penn Life
  • Souderton Independent
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Souderton (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Zepp, Ken
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photography of sports
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Real property surveys
  • Taxation
  • Valuation

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery managers

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fairmount Fire Company
  • Lansdale Library
  • Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley
  • North Penn Hospital
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Genealogy
  • Obituaries

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Bean, Milton B., 1849-1938
  • Linden, Robert J.
  • Montoya, Leopoldo
  • Smith, Alexander
  • Young, Gordon
Subject(s)
  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Local history
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
  • Nor-Gwyn Garden Club
  • North Penn Hospital
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Family Name(s)
  • Jenkins family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Daughters of America
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organization
  • Nativism
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Krieble, Willard
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1989-2000, 44 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1864-1900, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1936, 5.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1998-2002, 4 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1946, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1878-1920 [bulk 1878-1900], 1.25 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1863-1947, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1762-2012 [bulk 1970-2012], 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1921-2012, 13 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

circa 1890-2012, 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1800-2012 [bulk 1930-2012], 11.33 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1934-1973, 0.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1968-1992, 36 linear feet

02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale 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:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Title:
"The Reporter" photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1989-2000
Call Number:
02
Extent:
44 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. It was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. "The Reporter" photograph negatives, 1989-2000, consist of images captured by  The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film strip and color slide negatives.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
First National Bank of Lansdale
Title:
First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books
Date [inclusive]:
1864-1900
Call Number:
12
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank. The First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books, 1864-1900, consist of one ledger with indexes, 1899-1900, and two discount books that cover the years 1864 to 1873.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Title:
Jacob S. Geller business and estate records
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1936
Call Number:
07
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County. After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was briefly carried on by his family though its success diminished considerably. The bulk of Jacob S. Geller business and estate records, 1888-1936, is invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob Geller estate. Also included are incoming business correspondence to Jacob S. Geller and estate financial records.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Zepp, Ken
Title:
Ken Zepp slides
Date [inclusive]:
1998-2002
Call Number:
03
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a photographer for local newspapers The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life. The Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002, consist of slide negatives of sports teams and of local subjects taken for  Souderton Independent and  North Penn Life.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1946
Call Number:
10
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Founded in 1873, the Knights of the Golden Eagle is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders with emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888. The Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books, 1888-1946, consist of eight volumes.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Title:
Lansdale (Pa.) tax assessments
Date [bulk]:
1878-1900
Date [inclusive]:
1878-1920
Call Number:
13
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
23 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection is comprised of real estate valuations of the borough for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920 with several years missing.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Cemetery Association
Title:
Lansdale Cemetery Association records
Date [inclusive]:
1863-1947
Call Number:
08
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, ran Lansdale Cemetery, the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Originally a for-profit company, it was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery Inc. in 1964/1965. The Lansdale Cemetery Association records, 1863-1947, are comprised of various materials that document the history of the Lansdale Cemetery Association and the Lansdale cemetery, including minute books, financial records, employee records, deeds, and wills.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files
Date [bulk]:
1970-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1762-2012
Call Number:
06
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files, 1762-2012 (bulk 1970-2012), are comprised of newspaper clippings, copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents. Materials document churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection
Date [inclusive]:
1921-2012
Call Number:
01
Extent:
13 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection, 1921-2012, contains original and photocopied obituaries dating from the 1880s into the 21st century, especially for individuals buried in Lansdale Cemetery.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection
Date:
circa 1890-2012
Call Number:
05
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection, circa 1890-2012, consists of photographs that depict local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks
Date [bulk]:
1930-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1800-2012
Call Number:
09
Extent:
11.33 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
34 flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection, which documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents, consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books
Date [inclusive]:
1934-1973
Call Number:
11
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence, is a secret, nativist society dating from the late 19th century. The society, which was only open to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934. The Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books consist of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officer's roll books, 1946-1966.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Krieble, Willard
Title:
Willard Krieble photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1992
Call Number:
04
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-2002, consist of photograph negatives taken by Krieble for  The Reporter, organized chronologically and labeled with event, name or subject.
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Biography/History

The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. Founded by Frederick Wagner, the first issue of  The Lansdale Reporter was published on October 27, 1870. In its early years most of the short newspaper was pre-printed in Philadelphia, with only a page insert that included local news and advertisements. By the 1910s, it had become a legitimate information source.

In 1923 the newspaper's owner, Walter Sanborn, sold the paper to a competitor. It became The Republican-Review-Reporter, shortened to  The Reporter-Review. Sanborn bought the newspaper back in 1927 and changed its name to  The North Penn Reporter. Later, the name was shortened to simply  The Reporter.

The Reporter was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. As of 2012,  The Reporter is still in print, serving North Penn, Indian Valley, and neighboring communities in northwest Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Biography/History

The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank.

Bibliography:

Ninety-Second Annual Report of the Comptroller of the Currency (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1954), p. 56. Accessed November 27, 2012, http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/comp/1950s/1954/compcurr_1954.pdf

Hunsicker, Clifton Swenk. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: A History, vol. 1, p. 190.

Biography/History

Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County.

Initially purchasing most of the items for his store from Philadelphia businesses, Geller quickly branched out and conducted business with companies located in the tri-state area and beyond. Through Geller's many dealings, the emporium came to offer a vast array of goods, from silverware, hardware, and apparel to furniture and caskets. For his business, Geller adopted what he called the "Cash System" for customers. All bills were due within thirty days from the date of purchase. After that time, six-percent interest was added to overdue accounts.

Jacob S. Geller was born in Perkiomen Township, Pa., the son of Henry Geller, and Mary Stoll Geller. He worked for his father and held several odd jobs before he purchased a store in Hoppinsville in 1873. Along with this store, Geller also operated a business in Kulpsville. Realizing the strategic value of Lansdale as a business center because of its railroad connections, Geller moved there in 1878. He purchased property owned by John Kindig & Bro., located on Main Street, and subsequently built a three-story emporium which quickly gained success. While running the emporium, Geller was also involved in several other business ventures. He was in the undertaker business for a brief time, and was also involved in the dairy industry. Geller and his brothers bought dairy products in the area and sold them to customers in Philadelphia, including their largest customer, Girard College. Geller was also involved in real estate. In 1887, he and A. C. Godshall purchased farmland which they divvied up into building lots.

Geller served as a public official and was a director of several local businesses. He served as postmaster of Lansdale, as well as of Kulpsville and Hoppinsville. In the early 1880s, Geller was a member of the Borough Council and in 1888 became burgess. He served as Borough treasurer from 1914 until his death. He was an original member and director of the Lansdale Water Works. At the time of his death, he was director and vice president of the First National Bank of Lansdale. He was also a prominent member of several Masonic orders. Geller served as the first High Priest of the Royal Arch Lansdale Chapter. He was also a member of the Hutchinson Commandery of Philadelphia, and of Lu Lu Shrine where he played horn in the famous Lu Lu Band.

After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was carried on by his family, including Geller's son-in-law James M.C. Spiers, though its success diminished considerably. It has since had several owners, including Drissel and Badman and Bill Wilson. As of 2012, the business exists as Wilson's Hardware, and is owned by Joseph Flyzik.

Bibliography:

"Death of Jacob S. Geller." The Reporter, February 3, 1916.

Kinsey, Clarence. "A Brief History of Geller's Emporium." 2011.

Biography/History

Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He began working at The Reporter newspaper in 1972. He worked as photojournalist for  The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life before starting a family business, Zepp Graphical, in 2004.

Bibliography:

Zepp Graphical. "About Us." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.zeppgraphical.com/Pages/about1.html

Biography/History

Founded in 1873 by John Emory Burbage, the Knights of the Golden Eagle (K.G.E.) is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders. Members pass through three stages: Pilgrim, Knight, and Crusader. The society's motto is "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor," and rituals reflect the emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The female auxiliaries are known as "Ladies of the Golden Eagle."

At its height in 1900, the K.G.E. was active in twenty states with approximately 20,000 members. Membership began to decline with the onset of World War II. As of 2012, the organization has approximately 2,000 members, and is functioning in only three states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888; its first meeting was held in February of that year. Castle No. 244 was one of the more wealthy Castles of Pennsylvania. The K.G.E was the first fraternal organization to own its own meeting space in Lansdale; its Hall was located in the heart of Lansdale's business district.

Bibliography:

"25th Anniversary Knights of Golden Eagles." The Reporter, February 12, 1913.

Mill Valley Lodge #356 (Mill Valley, Calif.). "Knights of the Golden Eagle (KGE)." Accessed November 26, 2012. http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/marin_knights_golden_eagle.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Lansdale Cemetery is the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - more than 3,000 people are buried there. It was originally run as a for-profit company by the Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, until the original board of trustees passed on in the 1950s. In 1964/1965, the Association was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery, Inc. As of 2012, the cemetery still hosts burials and contains roughly 200 unoccupied plots.

Bibliography:

"Lansdale Looking into Cemetery Takeover." North Penn Life. Accessed November 26, 2012. http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/06/30/north_penn_life/news/doc4fedbbbeedca8230776680.txt

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence as of 2012, is a secret, nativist society and mutual benefit society dating from the late 19th century. It was founded in 1891 as a women's auxiliary of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, though it did not receive recognition from its male counterpart until 1926.

The first charter of the Daughters of America was issued in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania as the "The National Council Daughters of America." By 1930, it reported having over 160,000 members. The organization's numbers were reduced to about 19,000 in 26 states by 1978.

The society, open only to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. According to its 1978 regulations, the Daughters of America professed the following principles for its members:

1. Promoting and maintaining American interests by shielding the country from unrestricted immigration

2. Helping Americans find employment

3. Encouraging American businesses

4. Providing support for the American public school system in upholding Bible reading in the public schools

5. Opposing sectarian influences in state and national affairs

6. Promoting and advancing the Junior Order of United American Mechanics

7. Establishing the funds to support orphans of deceased members of the organization

8. Establishing funds to provide for the aged and infirm members of the order.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934.

Biography/History

Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked for the paper for 35 years and received more than 200 awards for his photography. He was twice named the Pennsylvania Press Photographer of the Year.

Bibliography:

Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. "Perkiomen Valley Twilight League Hall of Fame". Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.norristownsoftball.com/perky.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of images captured by The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film negatives arranged chronologically and color slide negatives arranged alphabetically by subject. The chronological film negatives are labeled with name, subject, date, and event.

There are also some boxes of slides depicting The Reporter staff members or newspaper activities, circa 1997.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one ledger (with indexes), 1899-1900, and two discount books: Discount book #1, 1864-1868, and Discount book #2, 1868-1873.

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The bulk of this collection is a sampling of invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob S. Geller estate. The purchase invoices are organized into five subseries: newspaper and print advertising (alphabetical by business name), Lansdale businesses (alphabetical by business name), Pennsylvania businesses (alphabetical by town and then by business name), Philadelphia businesses (alphabetical by business name), and out-of-state businesses (alphabetical by state, town, and then business name).

There are also estate financial records in the collection: check stubs, cancelled checks, deposit tickets, and bank statements, circa 1915-1925.

Finally, this collection includes a large number of incoming business correspondence to Jacob Geller, 1907-1914.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of slide negatives taken by photographer Ken Zepp. It is divided into three series. The first series is sports images, circa 1990s, organized by sports team. The second series is images for Souderton Independent, and the last is images for  North Penn Life. The latter two series are organized chronologically into binders and labeled with subject terms.

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The collection contains eight minute books, 1888-1946, and includes the first volume.

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This collection is comprised of Lansdale (East Ward and West Ward) real estate valuations for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920. There are substantial gaps within these years.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative and financial records of the Lansdale Cemetery Association. The administrative records consist of: minutes, 1880-1947; deeds, 1863-1933; rules and regulations, 1880; a railroad bond, 1900; and several wills. The financial records consist of: check stubs, 1888-1932; treasurer's book, 1880-1922; Social Security and unemployment wage records with payroll information, 1936-1943; and stock certificates, 1880-1944, and dividend book, 1897-1918. There are also records from the Association's Permanent Fund: subscription book, 1888-1918, and proceedings, 1888-1911.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. There are also materials relating to Hatfield and other neighboring Montgomery County towns. Subject files mostly consist of newspaper clippings, with copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents including a couple 18th century deeds. The subjects include churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies, schools, cemetery records and genealogies, and the newsletters of neighboring historical societies, as well as specific organizations, such as Fairmount Fire Company, North Penn Hospital, Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley, and Lansdale Library. Of special interest is a Campfire Girls of the First Baptist Church record book with membership information, circa 1925-1928.

The collection also includes binders of local history and genealogy are composed of clippings (mostly photocopies), pamphlets, photocopies of secondary articles, and a small amount of primary source materials including photographs. Of special interest is a scrapbook of ephemera from Lansdale's Diamond Jubilee (75 year anniversary), 1947.

Scope and Contents

The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection consists of original and photocopied obituaries of people who died in and around Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two series: Obituaries and Lansdale Cemetery Burials.

The Obituaries series, which is the larger of the two, contains clippings mostly from The Reporter. Most are original, but there are some photocopies, especially of the earlier obituaries. The series is organized in chronological order from 1890 to 2010. More recent obituaries are collected from local funeral homes in digital format.

The second series, Lansdale Cemetery Burials, consists of photocopies of printed obituaries from the 1880s to 2012, organized in chronological order. There is also one binder with obituaries of people buried in the Lansdale Mausoleum, arranged in alphabetical order.

Alphabetical indexes to this collection are available on site.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs depicting local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale. The bulk of the photograph collection is organized into binders, primarily by location. Some of the photographs are arranged by subject, including clubs and groups, families, the Lansdale Centennial, schools, churches, sports, aerial views, and bands and parades. There are some out-of-town photographs as well.

There are several sub-collections by known creators as well, including Robert J. Linden, Gordon Young, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Smith, and Dr. Leopoldo Montoya. The Montoya photographs depict the work of architect Milton B. Bean.

The collection also includes postcards, many of which were collected by local resident Verdie Landis, and slides. There are about two-dozen carousels of slides; many were created out of Lansdale Historical Society photographs for slide shows, but others appear to be originals.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials. As a whole, the collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. Items of special interest include: original 19th century Jenkins family deeds, photograph albums of The Reporter newspaper staff and facilities, Montgomery County Planning Commission documents, a Lansdale Knights of the Golden Eagle scrapbook, and a Nor-Gwyn Garden Club scrapbook. The collection consist of 32 boxes. A box-level inventory is shown below:

BOX INVENTORY

1-4 SCRAPBOOKS -- NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

5 NOR-GWYN GARDEN CLUB

6 AMERICAN OLEAN

7 SCRAPBOOKS - NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

8 SCRAPBOOKS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

9 HARRY GODSHALL/KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE

10 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

11 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- NEEDLEWORK GUILD

12 LOCAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES -- JAMES A. WILLIAMS ; LANSDALE- GANSER

13 MONTCO PLANNING COMMISSION; NEWSPAPER ARTICLES; HISTORICAL DATA RELATED TO MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP

14 PHOTO ALBUM - HARRY/RUBY MYERS

15 ORIGINAL JENKINS DEEDS; ALBERTA WERNER COLLECTION OF BIOGRAPHIES

16 COLLECTION OF ARTICLES (MANY OBITS) GOETTER

17 THE OLD TIMER, CLIPPINGS NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

18 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, LOCAL AND WORLD NEWS

19 LONGAKER HOTEL, FRED O. YOUNG

20 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OBITS - LOCAL/OLD NEWSPAPERS

21 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- PHOTO ALBUMS- VARIOUS ITEMS

22 LIFE MAG/ HISTORIC VALLEY FORGE/PHILA., PHONE DIRECTORIES

23 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS - MOSTLY LOCAL

24 AGNES BARTLETT COLLECTION, JUNE KECK COLLECTION

25 1968, 1969 PHONE BOOKS, ""LITTLE PEGGY MARCH"", VARIOUS, blueprint: Bean's Pink Palace

26 NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

27 LANSDALE DIRECTORIES, VARIOUS LOCAL ARTICLES/ITEMS

28 HYSON POSTCARD COLLECTION, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

29 NOTES AND RESEARCH - DIRKS & MATTHEWS LOCAL HISTORIES, OTHER

30 MORE ED MATTHEWS RESEARCH, COLLECTION OF MARTHA OLANDER

31-32 THE REPORTER

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The collection consists of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officers' roll books, 1946-1966.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photograph negatives taken by Willard Krieble for The Reporter newspaper. The images are organized chronologically and are labeled with event, name or subject terms.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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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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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of The Reporter.

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Gift of Geller estate, circa 1987.

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Gift of Ken Zepp, 2012.

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Gift of Lansdale Cemetery Association, 2012.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Obituaries collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Photographs collected at various times by the Lansdale Historical Society.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Gift of Nancy Wall, 2010.

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Gift of Willard Krieble.

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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 Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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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 Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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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 Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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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 Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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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 Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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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 Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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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 Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002.

Lansdale Historical Society: Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-1992.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Additional Geller invoices currently stored at the Society are destined to be processed or deaccessioned.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • First National Bank of Lansdale
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Banks and banking

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • A.C. Godshall and Co.
  • Geller's Emporium
Family Name(s)
  • Geller family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Subject(s)
  • Business
  • Department stores
  • Retail trade

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • North Penn Life
  • Souderton Independent
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Souderton (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Zepp, Ken
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photography of sports
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Real property surveys
  • Taxation
  • Valuation

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery managers

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fairmount Fire Company
  • Lansdale Library
  • Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley
  • North Penn Hospital
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Genealogy
  • Obituaries

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Bean, Milton B., 1849-1938
  • Linden, Robert J.
  • Montoya, Leopoldo
  • Smith, Alexander
  • Young, Gordon
Subject(s)
  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Local history
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
  • Nor-Gwyn Garden Club
  • North Penn Hospital
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Family Name(s)
  • Jenkins family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Daughters of America
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organization
  • Nativism
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Krieble, Willard
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1989-2000, 44 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1864-1900, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1936, 5.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1998-2002, 4 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1946, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1878-1920 [bulk 1878-1900], 1.25 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1863-1947, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1762-2012 [bulk 1970-2012], 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1921-2012, 13 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

circa 1890-2012, 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1800-2012 [bulk 1930-2012], 11.33 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1934-1973, 0.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1968-1992, 36 linear feet

02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale 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:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Title:
"The Reporter" photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1989-2000
Call Number:
02
Extent:
44 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. It was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. "The Reporter" photograph negatives, 1989-2000, consist of images captured by  The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film strip and color slide negatives.
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
First National Bank of Lansdale
Title:
First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books
Date [inclusive]:
1864-1900
Call Number:
12
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank. The First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books, 1864-1900, consist of one ledger with indexes, 1899-1900, and two discount books that cover the years 1864 to 1873.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Title:
Jacob S. Geller business and estate records
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1936
Call Number:
07
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County. After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was briefly carried on by his family though its success diminished considerably. The bulk of Jacob S. Geller business and estate records, 1888-1936, is invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob Geller estate. Also included are incoming business correspondence to Jacob S. Geller and estate financial records.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Zepp, Ken
Title:
Ken Zepp slides
Date [inclusive]:
1998-2002
Call Number:
03
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a photographer for local newspapers The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life. The Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002, consist of slide negatives of sports teams and of local subjects taken for  Souderton Independent and  North Penn Life.
PDF Version:

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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1946
Call Number:
10
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Founded in 1873, the Knights of the Golden Eagle is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders with emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888. The Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books, 1888-1946, consist of eight volumes.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Title:
Lansdale (Pa.) tax assessments
Date [bulk]:
1878-1900
Date [inclusive]:
1878-1920
Call Number:
13
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
23 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection is comprised of real estate valuations of the borough for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920 with several years missing.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Cemetery Association
Title:
Lansdale Cemetery Association records
Date [inclusive]:
1863-1947
Call Number:
08
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, ran Lansdale Cemetery, the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Originally a for-profit company, it was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery Inc. in 1964/1965. The Lansdale Cemetery Association records, 1863-1947, are comprised of various materials that document the history of the Lansdale Cemetery Association and the Lansdale cemetery, including minute books, financial records, employee records, deeds, and wills.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files
Date [bulk]:
1970-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1762-2012
Call Number:
06
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files, 1762-2012 (bulk 1970-2012), are comprised of newspaper clippings, copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents. Materials document churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection
Date [inclusive]:
1921-2012
Call Number:
01
Extent:
13 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection, 1921-2012, contains original and photocopied obituaries dating from the 1880s into the 21st century, especially for individuals buried in Lansdale Cemetery.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection
Date:
circa 1890-2012
Call Number:
05
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection, circa 1890-2012, consists of photographs that depict local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks
Date [bulk]:
1930-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1800-2012
Call Number:
09
Extent:
11.33 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
34 flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection, which documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents, consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books
Date [inclusive]:
1934-1973
Call Number:
11
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence, is a secret, nativist society dating from the late 19th century. The society, which was only open to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934. The Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books consist of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officer's roll books, 1946-1966.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Krieble, Willard
Title:
Willard Krieble photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1992
Call Number:
04
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-2002, consist of photograph negatives taken by Krieble for  The Reporter, organized chronologically and labeled with event, name or subject.
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Biography/History

The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. Founded by Frederick Wagner, the first issue of  The Lansdale Reporter was published on October 27, 1870. In its early years most of the short newspaper was pre-printed in Philadelphia, with only a page insert that included local news and advertisements. By the 1910s, it had become a legitimate information source.

In 1923 the newspaper's owner, Walter Sanborn, sold the paper to a competitor. It became The Republican-Review-Reporter, shortened to  The Reporter-Review. Sanborn bought the newspaper back in 1927 and changed its name to  The North Penn Reporter. Later, the name was shortened to simply  The Reporter.

The Reporter was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. As of 2012,  The Reporter is still in print, serving North Penn, Indian Valley, and neighboring communities in northwest Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Biography/History

The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank.

Bibliography:

Ninety-Second Annual Report of the Comptroller of the Currency (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1954), p. 56. Accessed November 27, 2012, http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/comp/1950s/1954/compcurr_1954.pdf

Hunsicker, Clifton Swenk. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: A History, vol. 1, p. 190.

Biography/History

Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County.

Initially purchasing most of the items for his store from Philadelphia businesses, Geller quickly branched out and conducted business with companies located in the tri-state area and beyond. Through Geller's many dealings, the emporium came to offer a vast array of goods, from silverware, hardware, and apparel to furniture and caskets. For his business, Geller adopted what he called the "Cash System" for customers. All bills were due within thirty days from the date of purchase. After that time, six-percent interest was added to overdue accounts.

Jacob S. Geller was born in Perkiomen Township, Pa., the son of Henry Geller, and Mary Stoll Geller. He worked for his father and held several odd jobs before he purchased a store in Hoppinsville in 1873. Along with this store, Geller also operated a business in Kulpsville. Realizing the strategic value of Lansdale as a business center because of its railroad connections, Geller moved there in 1878. He purchased property owned by John Kindig & Bro., located on Main Street, and subsequently built a three-story emporium which quickly gained success. While running the emporium, Geller was also involved in several other business ventures. He was in the undertaker business for a brief time, and was also involved in the dairy industry. Geller and his brothers bought dairy products in the area and sold them to customers in Philadelphia, including their largest customer, Girard College. Geller was also involved in real estate. In 1887, he and A. C. Godshall purchased farmland which they divvied up into building lots.

Geller served as a public official and was a director of several local businesses. He served as postmaster of Lansdale, as well as of Kulpsville and Hoppinsville. In the early 1880s, Geller was a member of the Borough Council and in 1888 became burgess. He served as Borough treasurer from 1914 until his death. He was an original member and director of the Lansdale Water Works. At the time of his death, he was director and vice president of the First National Bank of Lansdale. He was also a prominent member of several Masonic orders. Geller served as the first High Priest of the Royal Arch Lansdale Chapter. He was also a member of the Hutchinson Commandery of Philadelphia, and of Lu Lu Shrine where he played horn in the famous Lu Lu Band.

After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was carried on by his family, including Geller's son-in-law James M.C. Spiers, though its success diminished considerably. It has since had several owners, including Drissel and Badman and Bill Wilson. As of 2012, the business exists as Wilson's Hardware, and is owned by Joseph Flyzik.

Bibliography:

"Death of Jacob S. Geller." The Reporter, February 3, 1916.

Kinsey, Clarence. "A Brief History of Geller's Emporium." 2011.

Biography/History

Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He began working at The Reporter newspaper in 1972. He worked as photojournalist for  The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life before starting a family business, Zepp Graphical, in 2004.

Bibliography:

Zepp Graphical. "About Us." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.zeppgraphical.com/Pages/about1.html

Biography/History

Founded in 1873 by John Emory Burbage, the Knights of the Golden Eagle (K.G.E.) is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders. Members pass through three stages: Pilgrim, Knight, and Crusader. The society's motto is "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor," and rituals reflect the emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The female auxiliaries are known as "Ladies of the Golden Eagle."

At its height in 1900, the K.G.E. was active in twenty states with approximately 20,000 members. Membership began to decline with the onset of World War II. As of 2012, the organization has approximately 2,000 members, and is functioning in only three states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888; its first meeting was held in February of that year. Castle No. 244 was one of the more wealthy Castles of Pennsylvania. The K.G.E was the first fraternal organization to own its own meeting space in Lansdale; its Hall was located in the heart of Lansdale's business district.

Bibliography:

"25th Anniversary Knights of Golden Eagles." The Reporter, February 12, 1913.

Mill Valley Lodge #356 (Mill Valley, Calif.). "Knights of the Golden Eagle (KGE)." Accessed November 26, 2012. http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/marin_knights_golden_eagle.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Lansdale Cemetery is the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - more than 3,000 people are buried there. It was originally run as a for-profit company by the Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, until the original board of trustees passed on in the 1950s. In 1964/1965, the Association was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery, Inc. As of 2012, the cemetery still hosts burials and contains roughly 200 unoccupied plots.

Bibliography:

"Lansdale Looking into Cemetery Takeover." North Penn Life. Accessed November 26, 2012. http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/06/30/north_penn_life/news/doc4fedbbbeedca8230776680.txt

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence as of 2012, is a secret, nativist society and mutual benefit society dating from the late 19th century. It was founded in 1891 as a women's auxiliary of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, though it did not receive recognition from its male counterpart until 1926.

The first charter of the Daughters of America was issued in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania as the "The National Council Daughters of America." By 1930, it reported having over 160,000 members. The organization's numbers were reduced to about 19,000 in 26 states by 1978.

The society, open only to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. According to its 1978 regulations, the Daughters of America professed the following principles for its members:

1. Promoting and maintaining American interests by shielding the country from unrestricted immigration

2. Helping Americans find employment

3. Encouraging American businesses

4. Providing support for the American public school system in upholding Bible reading in the public schools

5. Opposing sectarian influences in state and national affairs

6. Promoting and advancing the Junior Order of United American Mechanics

7. Establishing the funds to support orphans of deceased members of the organization

8. Establishing funds to provide for the aged and infirm members of the order.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934.

Biography/History

Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked for the paper for 35 years and received more than 200 awards for his photography. He was twice named the Pennsylvania Press Photographer of the Year.

Bibliography:

Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. "Perkiomen Valley Twilight League Hall of Fame". Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.norristownsoftball.com/perky.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of images captured by The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film negatives arranged chronologically and color slide negatives arranged alphabetically by subject. The chronological film negatives are labeled with name, subject, date, and event.

There are also some boxes of slides depicting The Reporter staff members or newspaper activities, circa 1997.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one ledger (with indexes), 1899-1900, and two discount books: Discount book #1, 1864-1868, and Discount book #2, 1868-1873.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is a sampling of invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob S. Geller estate. The purchase invoices are organized into five subseries: newspaper and print advertising (alphabetical by business name), Lansdale businesses (alphabetical by business name), Pennsylvania businesses (alphabetical by town and then by business name), Philadelphia businesses (alphabetical by business name), and out-of-state businesses (alphabetical by state, town, and then business name).

There are also estate financial records in the collection: check stubs, cancelled checks, deposit tickets, and bank statements, circa 1915-1925.

Finally, this collection includes a large number of incoming business correspondence to Jacob Geller, 1907-1914.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of slide negatives taken by photographer Ken Zepp. It is divided into three series. The first series is sports images, circa 1990s, organized by sports team. The second series is images for Souderton Independent, and the last is images for  North Penn Life. The latter two series are organized chronologically into binders and labeled with subject terms.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains eight minute books, 1888-1946, and includes the first volume.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of Lansdale (East Ward and West Ward) real estate valuations for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920. There are substantial gaps within these years.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative and financial records of the Lansdale Cemetery Association. The administrative records consist of: minutes, 1880-1947; deeds, 1863-1933; rules and regulations, 1880; a railroad bond, 1900; and several wills. The financial records consist of: check stubs, 1888-1932; treasurer's book, 1880-1922; Social Security and unemployment wage records with payroll information, 1936-1943; and stock certificates, 1880-1944, and dividend book, 1897-1918. There are also records from the Association's Permanent Fund: subscription book, 1888-1918, and proceedings, 1888-1911.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. There are also materials relating to Hatfield and other neighboring Montgomery County towns. Subject files mostly consist of newspaper clippings, with copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents including a couple 18th century deeds. The subjects include churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies, schools, cemetery records and genealogies, and the newsletters of neighboring historical societies, as well as specific organizations, such as Fairmount Fire Company, North Penn Hospital, Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley, and Lansdale Library. Of special interest is a Campfire Girls of the First Baptist Church record book with membership information, circa 1925-1928.

The collection also includes binders of local history and genealogy are composed of clippings (mostly photocopies), pamphlets, photocopies of secondary articles, and a small amount of primary source materials including photographs. Of special interest is a scrapbook of ephemera from Lansdale's Diamond Jubilee (75 year anniversary), 1947.

Scope and Contents

The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection consists of original and photocopied obituaries of people who died in and around Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two series: Obituaries and Lansdale Cemetery Burials.

The Obituaries series, which is the larger of the two, contains clippings mostly from The Reporter. Most are original, but there are some photocopies, especially of the earlier obituaries. The series is organized in chronological order from 1890 to 2010. More recent obituaries are collected from local funeral homes in digital format.

The second series, Lansdale Cemetery Burials, consists of photocopies of printed obituaries from the 1880s to 2012, organized in chronological order. There is also one binder with obituaries of people buried in the Lansdale Mausoleum, arranged in alphabetical order.

Alphabetical indexes to this collection are available on site.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs depicting local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale. The bulk of the photograph collection is organized into binders, primarily by location. Some of the photographs are arranged by subject, including clubs and groups, families, the Lansdale Centennial, schools, churches, sports, aerial views, and bands and parades. There are some out-of-town photographs as well.

There are several sub-collections by known creators as well, including Robert J. Linden, Gordon Young, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Smith, and Dr. Leopoldo Montoya. The Montoya photographs depict the work of architect Milton B. Bean.

The collection also includes postcards, many of which were collected by local resident Verdie Landis, and slides. There are about two-dozen carousels of slides; many were created out of Lansdale Historical Society photographs for slide shows, but others appear to be originals.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials. As a whole, the collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. Items of special interest include: original 19th century Jenkins family deeds, photograph albums of The Reporter newspaper staff and facilities, Montgomery County Planning Commission documents, a Lansdale Knights of the Golden Eagle scrapbook, and a Nor-Gwyn Garden Club scrapbook. The collection consist of 32 boxes. A box-level inventory is shown below:

BOX INVENTORY

1-4 SCRAPBOOKS -- NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

5 NOR-GWYN GARDEN CLUB

6 AMERICAN OLEAN

7 SCRAPBOOKS - NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

8 SCRAPBOOKS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

9 HARRY GODSHALL/KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE

10 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

11 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- NEEDLEWORK GUILD

12 LOCAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES -- JAMES A. WILLIAMS ; LANSDALE- GANSER

13 MONTCO PLANNING COMMISSION; NEWSPAPER ARTICLES; HISTORICAL DATA RELATED TO MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP

14 PHOTO ALBUM - HARRY/RUBY MYERS

15 ORIGINAL JENKINS DEEDS; ALBERTA WERNER COLLECTION OF BIOGRAPHIES

16 COLLECTION OF ARTICLES (MANY OBITS) GOETTER

17 THE OLD TIMER, CLIPPINGS NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

18 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, LOCAL AND WORLD NEWS

19 LONGAKER HOTEL, FRED O. YOUNG

20 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OBITS - LOCAL/OLD NEWSPAPERS

21 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- PHOTO ALBUMS- VARIOUS ITEMS

22 LIFE MAG/ HISTORIC VALLEY FORGE/PHILA., PHONE DIRECTORIES

23 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS - MOSTLY LOCAL

24 AGNES BARTLETT COLLECTION, JUNE KECK COLLECTION

25 1968, 1969 PHONE BOOKS, ""LITTLE PEGGY MARCH"", VARIOUS, blueprint: Bean's Pink Palace

26 NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

27 LANSDALE DIRECTORIES, VARIOUS LOCAL ARTICLES/ITEMS

28 HYSON POSTCARD COLLECTION, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

29 NOTES AND RESEARCH - DIRKS & MATTHEWS LOCAL HISTORIES, OTHER

30 MORE ED MATTHEWS RESEARCH, COLLECTION OF MARTHA OLANDER

31-32 THE REPORTER

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The collection consists of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officers' roll books, 1946-1966.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photograph negatives taken by Willard Krieble for The Reporter newspaper. The images are organized chronologically and are labeled with event, name or subject terms.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of The Reporter.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Geller estate, circa 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Ken Zepp, 2012.

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Gift of Lansdale Cemetery Association, 2012.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Obituaries collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Photographs collected at various times by the Lansdale Historical Society.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Nancy Wall, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Willard Krieble.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002.

Lansdale Historical Society: Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-1992.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Additional Geller invoices currently stored at the Society are destined to be processed or deaccessioned.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • First National Bank of Lansdale
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Banks and banking

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • A.C. Godshall and Co.
  • Geller's Emporium
Family Name(s)
  • Geller family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Subject(s)
  • Business
  • Department stores
  • Retail trade

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • North Penn Life
  • Souderton Independent
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Souderton (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Zepp, Ken
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photography of sports
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Real property surveys
  • Taxation
  • Valuation

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery managers

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fairmount Fire Company
  • Lansdale Library
  • Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley
  • North Penn Hospital
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Genealogy
  • Obituaries

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Bean, Milton B., 1849-1938
  • Linden, Robert J.
  • Montoya, Leopoldo
  • Smith, Alexander
  • Young, Gordon
Subject(s)
  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Local history
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
  • Nor-Gwyn Garden Club
  • North Penn Hospital
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Family Name(s)
  • Jenkins family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Daughters of America
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organization
  • Nativism
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Krieble, Willard
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1989-2000, 44 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1864-1900, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1936, 5.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1998-2002, 4 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1946, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1878-1920 [bulk 1878-1900], 1.25 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1863-1947, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1762-2012 [bulk 1970-2012], 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1921-2012, 13 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

circa 1890-2012, 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1800-2012 [bulk 1930-2012], 11.33 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1934-1973, 0.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1968-1992, 36 linear feet

02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale 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:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Title:
"The Reporter" photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1989-2000
Call Number:
02
Extent:
44 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. It was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. "The Reporter" photograph negatives, 1989-2000, consist of images captured by  The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film strip and color slide negatives.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
First National Bank of Lansdale
Title:
First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books
Date [inclusive]:
1864-1900
Call Number:
12
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank. The First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books, 1864-1900, consist of one ledger with indexes, 1899-1900, and two discount books that cover the years 1864 to 1873.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Title:
Jacob S. Geller business and estate records
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1936
Call Number:
07
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County. After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was briefly carried on by his family though its success diminished considerably. The bulk of Jacob S. Geller business and estate records, 1888-1936, is invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob Geller estate. Also included are incoming business correspondence to Jacob S. Geller and estate financial records.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Zepp, Ken
Title:
Ken Zepp slides
Date [inclusive]:
1998-2002
Call Number:
03
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a photographer for local newspapers The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life. The Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002, consist of slide negatives of sports teams and of local subjects taken for  Souderton Independent and  North Penn Life.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1946
Call Number:
10
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Founded in 1873, the Knights of the Golden Eagle is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders with emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888. The Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books, 1888-1946, consist of eight volumes.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Title:
Lansdale (Pa.) tax assessments
Date [bulk]:
1878-1900
Date [inclusive]:
1878-1920
Call Number:
13
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
23 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection is comprised of real estate valuations of the borough for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920 with several years missing.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Cemetery Association
Title:
Lansdale Cemetery Association records
Date [inclusive]:
1863-1947
Call Number:
08
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, ran Lansdale Cemetery, the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Originally a for-profit company, it was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery Inc. in 1964/1965. The Lansdale Cemetery Association records, 1863-1947, are comprised of various materials that document the history of the Lansdale Cemetery Association and the Lansdale cemetery, including minute books, financial records, employee records, deeds, and wills.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files
Date [bulk]:
1970-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1762-2012
Call Number:
06
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files, 1762-2012 (bulk 1970-2012), are comprised of newspaper clippings, copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents. Materials document churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection
Date [inclusive]:
1921-2012
Call Number:
01
Extent:
13 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection, 1921-2012, contains original and photocopied obituaries dating from the 1880s into the 21st century, especially for individuals buried in Lansdale Cemetery.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection
Date:
circa 1890-2012
Call Number:
05
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection, circa 1890-2012, consists of photographs that depict local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks
Date [bulk]:
1930-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1800-2012
Call Number:
09
Extent:
11.33 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
34 flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection, which documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents, consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books
Date [inclusive]:
1934-1973
Call Number:
11
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence, is a secret, nativist society dating from the late 19th century. The society, which was only open to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934. The Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books consist of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officer's roll books, 1946-1966.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Krieble, Willard
Title:
Willard Krieble photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1992
Call Number:
04
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-2002, consist of photograph negatives taken by Krieble for  The Reporter, organized chronologically and labeled with event, name or subject.
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Biography/History

The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. Founded by Frederick Wagner, the first issue of  The Lansdale Reporter was published on October 27, 1870. In its early years most of the short newspaper was pre-printed in Philadelphia, with only a page insert that included local news and advertisements. By the 1910s, it had become a legitimate information source.

In 1923 the newspaper's owner, Walter Sanborn, sold the paper to a competitor. It became The Republican-Review-Reporter, shortened to  The Reporter-Review. Sanborn bought the newspaper back in 1927 and changed its name to  The North Penn Reporter. Later, the name was shortened to simply  The Reporter.

The Reporter was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. As of 2012,  The Reporter is still in print, serving North Penn, Indian Valley, and neighboring communities in northwest Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Biography/History

The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank.

Bibliography:

Ninety-Second Annual Report of the Comptroller of the Currency (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1954), p. 56. Accessed November 27, 2012, http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/comp/1950s/1954/compcurr_1954.pdf

Hunsicker, Clifton Swenk. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: A History, vol. 1, p. 190.

Biography/History

Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County.

Initially purchasing most of the items for his store from Philadelphia businesses, Geller quickly branched out and conducted business with companies located in the tri-state area and beyond. Through Geller's many dealings, the emporium came to offer a vast array of goods, from silverware, hardware, and apparel to furniture and caskets. For his business, Geller adopted what he called the "Cash System" for customers. All bills were due within thirty days from the date of purchase. After that time, six-percent interest was added to overdue accounts.

Jacob S. Geller was born in Perkiomen Township, Pa., the son of Henry Geller, and Mary Stoll Geller. He worked for his father and held several odd jobs before he purchased a store in Hoppinsville in 1873. Along with this store, Geller also operated a business in Kulpsville. Realizing the strategic value of Lansdale as a business center because of its railroad connections, Geller moved there in 1878. He purchased property owned by John Kindig & Bro., located on Main Street, and subsequently built a three-story emporium which quickly gained success. While running the emporium, Geller was also involved in several other business ventures. He was in the undertaker business for a brief time, and was also involved in the dairy industry. Geller and his brothers bought dairy products in the area and sold them to customers in Philadelphia, including their largest customer, Girard College. Geller was also involved in real estate. In 1887, he and A. C. Godshall purchased farmland which they divvied up into building lots.

Geller served as a public official and was a director of several local businesses. He served as postmaster of Lansdale, as well as of Kulpsville and Hoppinsville. In the early 1880s, Geller was a member of the Borough Council and in 1888 became burgess. He served as Borough treasurer from 1914 until his death. He was an original member and director of the Lansdale Water Works. At the time of his death, he was director and vice president of the First National Bank of Lansdale. He was also a prominent member of several Masonic orders. Geller served as the first High Priest of the Royal Arch Lansdale Chapter. He was also a member of the Hutchinson Commandery of Philadelphia, and of Lu Lu Shrine where he played horn in the famous Lu Lu Band.

After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was carried on by his family, including Geller's son-in-law James M.C. Spiers, though its success diminished considerably. It has since had several owners, including Drissel and Badman and Bill Wilson. As of 2012, the business exists as Wilson's Hardware, and is owned by Joseph Flyzik.

Bibliography:

"Death of Jacob S. Geller." The Reporter, February 3, 1916.

Kinsey, Clarence. "A Brief History of Geller's Emporium." 2011.

Biography/History

Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He began working at The Reporter newspaper in 1972. He worked as photojournalist for  The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life before starting a family business, Zepp Graphical, in 2004.

Bibliography:

Zepp Graphical. "About Us." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.zeppgraphical.com/Pages/about1.html

Biography/History

Founded in 1873 by John Emory Burbage, the Knights of the Golden Eagle (K.G.E.) is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders. Members pass through three stages: Pilgrim, Knight, and Crusader. The society's motto is "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor," and rituals reflect the emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The female auxiliaries are known as "Ladies of the Golden Eagle."

At its height in 1900, the K.G.E. was active in twenty states with approximately 20,000 members. Membership began to decline with the onset of World War II. As of 2012, the organization has approximately 2,000 members, and is functioning in only three states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888; its first meeting was held in February of that year. Castle No. 244 was one of the more wealthy Castles of Pennsylvania. The K.G.E was the first fraternal organization to own its own meeting space in Lansdale; its Hall was located in the heart of Lansdale's business district.

Bibliography:

"25th Anniversary Knights of Golden Eagles." The Reporter, February 12, 1913.

Mill Valley Lodge #356 (Mill Valley, Calif.). "Knights of the Golden Eagle (KGE)." Accessed November 26, 2012. http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/marin_knights_golden_eagle.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Lansdale Cemetery is the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - more than 3,000 people are buried there. It was originally run as a for-profit company by the Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, until the original board of trustees passed on in the 1950s. In 1964/1965, the Association was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery, Inc. As of 2012, the cemetery still hosts burials and contains roughly 200 unoccupied plots.

Bibliography:

"Lansdale Looking into Cemetery Takeover." North Penn Life. Accessed November 26, 2012. http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/06/30/north_penn_life/news/doc4fedbbbeedca8230776680.txt

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence as of 2012, is a secret, nativist society and mutual benefit society dating from the late 19th century. It was founded in 1891 as a women's auxiliary of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, though it did not receive recognition from its male counterpart until 1926.

The first charter of the Daughters of America was issued in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania as the "The National Council Daughters of America." By 1930, it reported having over 160,000 members. The organization's numbers were reduced to about 19,000 in 26 states by 1978.

The society, open only to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. According to its 1978 regulations, the Daughters of America professed the following principles for its members:

1. Promoting and maintaining American interests by shielding the country from unrestricted immigration

2. Helping Americans find employment

3. Encouraging American businesses

4. Providing support for the American public school system in upholding Bible reading in the public schools

5. Opposing sectarian influences in state and national affairs

6. Promoting and advancing the Junior Order of United American Mechanics

7. Establishing the funds to support orphans of deceased members of the organization

8. Establishing funds to provide for the aged and infirm members of the order.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934.

Biography/History

Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked for the paper for 35 years and received more than 200 awards for his photography. He was twice named the Pennsylvania Press Photographer of the Year.

Bibliography:

Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. "Perkiomen Valley Twilight League Hall of Fame". Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.norristownsoftball.com/perky.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of images captured by The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film negatives arranged chronologically and color slide negatives arranged alphabetically by subject. The chronological film negatives are labeled with name, subject, date, and event.

There are also some boxes of slides depicting The Reporter staff members or newspaper activities, circa 1997.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one ledger (with indexes), 1899-1900, and two discount books: Discount book #1, 1864-1868, and Discount book #2, 1868-1873.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is a sampling of invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob S. Geller estate. The purchase invoices are organized into five subseries: newspaper and print advertising (alphabetical by business name), Lansdale businesses (alphabetical by business name), Pennsylvania businesses (alphabetical by town and then by business name), Philadelphia businesses (alphabetical by business name), and out-of-state businesses (alphabetical by state, town, and then business name).

There are also estate financial records in the collection: check stubs, cancelled checks, deposit tickets, and bank statements, circa 1915-1925.

Finally, this collection includes a large number of incoming business correspondence to Jacob Geller, 1907-1914.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of slide negatives taken by photographer Ken Zepp. It is divided into three series. The first series is sports images, circa 1990s, organized by sports team. The second series is images for Souderton Independent, and the last is images for  North Penn Life. The latter two series are organized chronologically into binders and labeled with subject terms.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains eight minute books, 1888-1946, and includes the first volume.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of Lansdale (East Ward and West Ward) real estate valuations for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920. There are substantial gaps within these years.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative and financial records of the Lansdale Cemetery Association. The administrative records consist of: minutes, 1880-1947; deeds, 1863-1933; rules and regulations, 1880; a railroad bond, 1900; and several wills. The financial records consist of: check stubs, 1888-1932; treasurer's book, 1880-1922; Social Security and unemployment wage records with payroll information, 1936-1943; and stock certificates, 1880-1944, and dividend book, 1897-1918. There are also records from the Association's Permanent Fund: subscription book, 1888-1918, and proceedings, 1888-1911.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. There are also materials relating to Hatfield and other neighboring Montgomery County towns. Subject files mostly consist of newspaper clippings, with copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents including a couple 18th century deeds. The subjects include churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies, schools, cemetery records and genealogies, and the newsletters of neighboring historical societies, as well as specific organizations, such as Fairmount Fire Company, North Penn Hospital, Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley, and Lansdale Library. Of special interest is a Campfire Girls of the First Baptist Church record book with membership information, circa 1925-1928.

The collection also includes binders of local history and genealogy are composed of clippings (mostly photocopies), pamphlets, photocopies of secondary articles, and a small amount of primary source materials including photographs. Of special interest is a scrapbook of ephemera from Lansdale's Diamond Jubilee (75 year anniversary), 1947.

Scope and Contents

The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection consists of original and photocopied obituaries of people who died in and around Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two series: Obituaries and Lansdale Cemetery Burials.

The Obituaries series, which is the larger of the two, contains clippings mostly from The Reporter. Most are original, but there are some photocopies, especially of the earlier obituaries. The series is organized in chronological order from 1890 to 2010. More recent obituaries are collected from local funeral homes in digital format.

The second series, Lansdale Cemetery Burials, consists of photocopies of printed obituaries from the 1880s to 2012, organized in chronological order. There is also one binder with obituaries of people buried in the Lansdale Mausoleum, arranged in alphabetical order.

Alphabetical indexes to this collection are available on site.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs depicting local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale. The bulk of the photograph collection is organized into binders, primarily by location. Some of the photographs are arranged by subject, including clubs and groups, families, the Lansdale Centennial, schools, churches, sports, aerial views, and bands and parades. There are some out-of-town photographs as well.

There are several sub-collections by known creators as well, including Robert J. Linden, Gordon Young, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Smith, and Dr. Leopoldo Montoya. The Montoya photographs depict the work of architect Milton B. Bean.

The collection also includes postcards, many of which were collected by local resident Verdie Landis, and slides. There are about two-dozen carousels of slides; many were created out of Lansdale Historical Society photographs for slide shows, but others appear to be originals.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials. As a whole, the collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. Items of special interest include: original 19th century Jenkins family deeds, photograph albums of The Reporter newspaper staff and facilities, Montgomery County Planning Commission documents, a Lansdale Knights of the Golden Eagle scrapbook, and a Nor-Gwyn Garden Club scrapbook. The collection consist of 32 boxes. A box-level inventory is shown below:

BOX INVENTORY

1-4 SCRAPBOOKS -- NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

5 NOR-GWYN GARDEN CLUB

6 AMERICAN OLEAN

7 SCRAPBOOKS - NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

8 SCRAPBOOKS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

9 HARRY GODSHALL/KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE

10 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

11 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- NEEDLEWORK GUILD

12 LOCAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES -- JAMES A. WILLIAMS ; LANSDALE- GANSER

13 MONTCO PLANNING COMMISSION; NEWSPAPER ARTICLES; HISTORICAL DATA RELATED TO MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP

14 PHOTO ALBUM - HARRY/RUBY MYERS

15 ORIGINAL JENKINS DEEDS; ALBERTA WERNER COLLECTION OF BIOGRAPHIES

16 COLLECTION OF ARTICLES (MANY OBITS) GOETTER

17 THE OLD TIMER, CLIPPINGS NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

18 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, LOCAL AND WORLD NEWS

19 LONGAKER HOTEL, FRED O. YOUNG

20 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OBITS - LOCAL/OLD NEWSPAPERS

21 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- PHOTO ALBUMS- VARIOUS ITEMS

22 LIFE MAG/ HISTORIC VALLEY FORGE/PHILA., PHONE DIRECTORIES

23 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS - MOSTLY LOCAL

24 AGNES BARTLETT COLLECTION, JUNE KECK COLLECTION

25 1968, 1969 PHONE BOOKS, ""LITTLE PEGGY MARCH"", VARIOUS, blueprint: Bean's Pink Palace

26 NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

27 LANSDALE DIRECTORIES, VARIOUS LOCAL ARTICLES/ITEMS

28 HYSON POSTCARD COLLECTION, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

29 NOTES AND RESEARCH - DIRKS & MATTHEWS LOCAL HISTORIES, OTHER

30 MORE ED MATTHEWS RESEARCH, COLLECTION OF MARTHA OLANDER

31-32 THE REPORTER

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officers' roll books, 1946-1966.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photograph negatives taken by Willard Krieble for The Reporter newspaper. The images are organized chronologically and are labeled with event, name or subject terms.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of The Reporter.

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Gift of Geller estate, circa 1987.

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Gift of Ken Zepp, 2012.

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Gift of Lansdale Cemetery Association, 2012.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Obituaries collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Photographs collected at various times by the Lansdale Historical Society.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Nancy Wall, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Willard Krieble.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002.

Lansdale Historical Society: Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-1992.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Additional Geller invoices currently stored at the Society are destined to be processed or deaccessioned.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • First National Bank of Lansdale
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Banks and banking

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • A.C. Godshall and Co.
  • Geller's Emporium
Family Name(s)
  • Geller family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Subject(s)
  • Business
  • Department stores
  • Retail trade

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • North Penn Life
  • Souderton Independent
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Souderton (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Zepp, Ken
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photography of sports
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Real property surveys
  • Taxation
  • Valuation

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery managers

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fairmount Fire Company
  • Lansdale Library
  • Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley
  • North Penn Hospital
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Genealogy
  • Obituaries

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Bean, Milton B., 1849-1938
  • Linden, Robert J.
  • Montoya, Leopoldo
  • Smith, Alexander
  • Young, Gordon
Subject(s)
  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Local history
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
  • Nor-Gwyn Garden Club
  • North Penn Hospital
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Family Name(s)
  • Jenkins family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Daughters of America
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organization
  • Nativism
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Krieble, Willard
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1989-2000, 44 linear feet

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1864-1900, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1936, 5.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1998-2002, 4 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1946, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1878-1920 [bulk 1878-1900], 1.25 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1863-1947, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1762-2012 [bulk 1970-2012], 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1921-2012, 13 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

circa 1890-2012, 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1800-2012 [bulk 1930-2012], 11.33 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1934-1973, 0.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1968-1992, 36 linear feet

02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale 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:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Title:
"The Reporter" photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1989-2000
Call Number:
02
Extent:
44 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. It was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. "The Reporter" photograph negatives, 1989-2000, consist of images captured by  The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film strip and color slide negatives.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
First National Bank of Lansdale
Title:
First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books
Date [inclusive]:
1864-1900
Call Number:
12
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank. The First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books, 1864-1900, consist of one ledger with indexes, 1899-1900, and two discount books that cover the years 1864 to 1873.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Title:
Jacob S. Geller business and estate records
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1936
Call Number:
07
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County. After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was briefly carried on by his family though its success diminished considerably. The bulk of Jacob S. Geller business and estate records, 1888-1936, is invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob Geller estate. Also included are incoming business correspondence to Jacob S. Geller and estate financial records.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Zepp, Ken
Title:
Ken Zepp slides
Date [inclusive]:
1998-2002
Call Number:
03
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a photographer for local newspapers The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life. The Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002, consist of slide negatives of sports teams and of local subjects taken for  Souderton Independent and  North Penn Life.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1946
Call Number:
10
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Founded in 1873, the Knights of the Golden Eagle is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders with emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888. The Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books, 1888-1946, consist of eight volumes.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Title:
Lansdale (Pa.) tax assessments
Date [bulk]:
1878-1900
Date [inclusive]:
1878-1920
Call Number:
13
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
23 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection is comprised of real estate valuations of the borough for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920 with several years missing.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Cemetery Association
Title:
Lansdale Cemetery Association records
Date [inclusive]:
1863-1947
Call Number:
08
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, ran Lansdale Cemetery, the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Originally a for-profit company, it was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery Inc. in 1964/1965. The Lansdale Cemetery Association records, 1863-1947, are comprised of various materials that document the history of the Lansdale Cemetery Association and the Lansdale cemetery, including minute books, financial records, employee records, deeds, and wills.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files
Date [bulk]:
1970-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1762-2012
Call Number:
06
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files, 1762-2012 (bulk 1970-2012), are comprised of newspaper clippings, copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents. Materials document churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection
Date [inclusive]:
1921-2012
Call Number:
01
Extent:
13 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection, 1921-2012, contains original and photocopied obituaries dating from the 1880s into the 21st century, especially for individuals buried in Lansdale Cemetery.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection
Date:
circa 1890-2012
Call Number:
05
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection, circa 1890-2012, consists of photographs that depict local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks
Date [bulk]:
1930-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1800-2012
Call Number:
09
Extent:
11.33 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
34 flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection, which documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents, consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials.
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Lansdale Historical Society
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Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books
Date [inclusive]:
1934-1973
Call Number:
11
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence, is a secret, nativist society dating from the late 19th century. The society, which was only open to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934. The Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books consist of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officer's roll books, 1946-1966.
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Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Krieble, Willard
Title:
Willard Krieble photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1992
Call Number:
04
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-2002, consist of photograph negatives taken by Krieble for  The Reporter, organized chronologically and labeled with event, name or subject.
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The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. Founded by Frederick Wagner, the first issue of  The Lansdale Reporter was published on October 27, 1870. In its early years most of the short newspaper was pre-printed in Philadelphia, with only a page insert that included local news and advertisements. By the 1910s, it had become a legitimate information source.

In 1923 the newspaper's owner, Walter Sanborn, sold the paper to a competitor. It became The Republican-Review-Reporter, shortened to  The Reporter-Review. Sanborn bought the newspaper back in 1927 and changed its name to  The North Penn Reporter. Later, the name was shortened to simply  The Reporter.

The Reporter was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. As of 2012,  The Reporter is still in print, serving North Penn, Indian Valley, and neighboring communities in northwest Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Biography/History

The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank.

Bibliography:

Ninety-Second Annual Report of the Comptroller of the Currency (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1954), p. 56. Accessed November 27, 2012, http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/comp/1950s/1954/compcurr_1954.pdf

Hunsicker, Clifton Swenk. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: A History, vol. 1, p. 190.

Biography/History

Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County.

Initially purchasing most of the items for his store from Philadelphia businesses, Geller quickly branched out and conducted business with companies located in the tri-state area and beyond. Through Geller's many dealings, the emporium came to offer a vast array of goods, from silverware, hardware, and apparel to furniture and caskets. For his business, Geller adopted what he called the "Cash System" for customers. All bills were due within thirty days from the date of purchase. After that time, six-percent interest was added to overdue accounts.

Jacob S. Geller was born in Perkiomen Township, Pa., the son of Henry Geller, and Mary Stoll Geller. He worked for his father and held several odd jobs before he purchased a store in Hoppinsville in 1873. Along with this store, Geller also operated a business in Kulpsville. Realizing the strategic value of Lansdale as a business center because of its railroad connections, Geller moved there in 1878. He purchased property owned by John Kindig & Bro., located on Main Street, and subsequently built a three-story emporium which quickly gained success. While running the emporium, Geller was also involved in several other business ventures. He was in the undertaker business for a brief time, and was also involved in the dairy industry. Geller and his brothers bought dairy products in the area and sold them to customers in Philadelphia, including their largest customer, Girard College. Geller was also involved in real estate. In 1887, he and A. C. Godshall purchased farmland which they divvied up into building lots.

Geller served as a public official and was a director of several local businesses. He served as postmaster of Lansdale, as well as of Kulpsville and Hoppinsville. In the early 1880s, Geller was a member of the Borough Council and in 1888 became burgess. He served as Borough treasurer from 1914 until his death. He was an original member and director of the Lansdale Water Works. At the time of his death, he was director and vice president of the First National Bank of Lansdale. He was also a prominent member of several Masonic orders. Geller served as the first High Priest of the Royal Arch Lansdale Chapter. He was also a member of the Hutchinson Commandery of Philadelphia, and of Lu Lu Shrine where he played horn in the famous Lu Lu Band.

After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was carried on by his family, including Geller's son-in-law James M.C. Spiers, though its success diminished considerably. It has since had several owners, including Drissel and Badman and Bill Wilson. As of 2012, the business exists as Wilson's Hardware, and is owned by Joseph Flyzik.

Bibliography:

"Death of Jacob S. Geller." The Reporter, February 3, 1916.

Kinsey, Clarence. "A Brief History of Geller's Emporium." 2011.

Biography/History

Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He began working at The Reporter newspaper in 1972. He worked as photojournalist for  The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life before starting a family business, Zepp Graphical, in 2004.

Bibliography:

Zepp Graphical. "About Us." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.zeppgraphical.com/Pages/about1.html

Biography/History

Founded in 1873 by John Emory Burbage, the Knights of the Golden Eagle (K.G.E.) is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders. Members pass through three stages: Pilgrim, Knight, and Crusader. The society's motto is "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor," and rituals reflect the emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The female auxiliaries are known as "Ladies of the Golden Eagle."

At its height in 1900, the K.G.E. was active in twenty states with approximately 20,000 members. Membership began to decline with the onset of World War II. As of 2012, the organization has approximately 2,000 members, and is functioning in only three states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888; its first meeting was held in February of that year. Castle No. 244 was one of the more wealthy Castles of Pennsylvania. The K.G.E was the first fraternal organization to own its own meeting space in Lansdale; its Hall was located in the heart of Lansdale's business district.

Bibliography:

"25th Anniversary Knights of Golden Eagles." The Reporter, February 12, 1913.

Mill Valley Lodge #356 (Mill Valley, Calif.). "Knights of the Golden Eagle (KGE)." Accessed November 26, 2012. http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/marin_knights_golden_eagle.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Lansdale Cemetery is the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - more than 3,000 people are buried there. It was originally run as a for-profit company by the Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, until the original board of trustees passed on in the 1950s. In 1964/1965, the Association was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery, Inc. As of 2012, the cemetery still hosts burials and contains roughly 200 unoccupied plots.

Bibliography:

"Lansdale Looking into Cemetery Takeover." North Penn Life. Accessed November 26, 2012. http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/06/30/north_penn_life/news/doc4fedbbbeedca8230776680.txt

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence as of 2012, is a secret, nativist society and mutual benefit society dating from the late 19th century. It was founded in 1891 as a women's auxiliary of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, though it did not receive recognition from its male counterpart until 1926.

The first charter of the Daughters of America was issued in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania as the "The National Council Daughters of America." By 1930, it reported having over 160,000 members. The organization's numbers were reduced to about 19,000 in 26 states by 1978.

The society, open only to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. According to its 1978 regulations, the Daughters of America professed the following principles for its members:

1. Promoting and maintaining American interests by shielding the country from unrestricted immigration

2. Helping Americans find employment

3. Encouraging American businesses

4. Providing support for the American public school system in upholding Bible reading in the public schools

5. Opposing sectarian influences in state and national affairs

6. Promoting and advancing the Junior Order of United American Mechanics

7. Establishing the funds to support orphans of deceased members of the organization

8. Establishing funds to provide for the aged and infirm members of the order.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934.

Biography/History

Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked for the paper for 35 years and received more than 200 awards for his photography. He was twice named the Pennsylvania Press Photographer of the Year.

Bibliography:

Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. "Perkiomen Valley Twilight League Hall of Fame". Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.norristownsoftball.com/perky.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of images captured by The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film negatives arranged chronologically and color slide negatives arranged alphabetically by subject. The chronological film negatives are labeled with name, subject, date, and event.

There are also some boxes of slides depicting The Reporter staff members or newspaper activities, circa 1997.

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The collection consists of one ledger (with indexes), 1899-1900, and two discount books: Discount book #1, 1864-1868, and Discount book #2, 1868-1873.

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The bulk of this collection is a sampling of invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob S. Geller estate. The purchase invoices are organized into five subseries: newspaper and print advertising (alphabetical by business name), Lansdale businesses (alphabetical by business name), Pennsylvania businesses (alphabetical by town and then by business name), Philadelphia businesses (alphabetical by business name), and out-of-state businesses (alphabetical by state, town, and then business name).

There are also estate financial records in the collection: check stubs, cancelled checks, deposit tickets, and bank statements, circa 1915-1925.

Finally, this collection includes a large number of incoming business correspondence to Jacob Geller, 1907-1914.

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This collection consists of slide negatives taken by photographer Ken Zepp. It is divided into three series. The first series is sports images, circa 1990s, organized by sports team. The second series is images for Souderton Independent, and the last is images for  North Penn Life. The latter two series are organized chronologically into binders and labeled with subject terms.

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The collection contains eight minute books, 1888-1946, and includes the first volume.

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This collection is comprised of Lansdale (East Ward and West Ward) real estate valuations for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920. There are substantial gaps within these years.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative and financial records of the Lansdale Cemetery Association. The administrative records consist of: minutes, 1880-1947; deeds, 1863-1933; rules and regulations, 1880; a railroad bond, 1900; and several wills. The financial records consist of: check stubs, 1888-1932; treasurer's book, 1880-1922; Social Security and unemployment wage records with payroll information, 1936-1943; and stock certificates, 1880-1944, and dividend book, 1897-1918. There are also records from the Association's Permanent Fund: subscription book, 1888-1918, and proceedings, 1888-1911.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. There are also materials relating to Hatfield and other neighboring Montgomery County towns. Subject files mostly consist of newspaper clippings, with copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents including a couple 18th century deeds. The subjects include churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies, schools, cemetery records and genealogies, and the newsletters of neighboring historical societies, as well as specific organizations, such as Fairmount Fire Company, North Penn Hospital, Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley, and Lansdale Library. Of special interest is a Campfire Girls of the First Baptist Church record book with membership information, circa 1925-1928.

The collection also includes binders of local history and genealogy are composed of clippings (mostly photocopies), pamphlets, photocopies of secondary articles, and a small amount of primary source materials including photographs. Of special interest is a scrapbook of ephemera from Lansdale's Diamond Jubilee (75 year anniversary), 1947.

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The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection consists of original and photocopied obituaries of people who died in and around Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two series: Obituaries and Lansdale Cemetery Burials.

The Obituaries series, which is the larger of the two, contains clippings mostly from The Reporter. Most are original, but there are some photocopies, especially of the earlier obituaries. The series is organized in chronological order from 1890 to 2010. More recent obituaries are collected from local funeral homes in digital format.

The second series, Lansdale Cemetery Burials, consists of photocopies of printed obituaries from the 1880s to 2012, organized in chronological order. There is also one binder with obituaries of people buried in the Lansdale Mausoleum, arranged in alphabetical order.

Alphabetical indexes to this collection are available on site.

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This collection consists of photographs depicting local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale. The bulk of the photograph collection is organized into binders, primarily by location. Some of the photographs are arranged by subject, including clubs and groups, families, the Lansdale Centennial, schools, churches, sports, aerial views, and bands and parades. There are some out-of-town photographs as well.

There are several sub-collections by known creators as well, including Robert J. Linden, Gordon Young, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Smith, and Dr. Leopoldo Montoya. The Montoya photographs depict the work of architect Milton B. Bean.

The collection also includes postcards, many of which were collected by local resident Verdie Landis, and slides. There are about two-dozen carousels of slides; many were created out of Lansdale Historical Society photographs for slide shows, but others appear to be originals.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials. As a whole, the collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. Items of special interest include: original 19th century Jenkins family deeds, photograph albums of The Reporter newspaper staff and facilities, Montgomery County Planning Commission documents, a Lansdale Knights of the Golden Eagle scrapbook, and a Nor-Gwyn Garden Club scrapbook. The collection consist of 32 boxes. A box-level inventory is shown below:

BOX INVENTORY

1-4 SCRAPBOOKS -- NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

5 NOR-GWYN GARDEN CLUB

6 AMERICAN OLEAN

7 SCRAPBOOKS - NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

8 SCRAPBOOKS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

9 HARRY GODSHALL/KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE

10 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

11 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- NEEDLEWORK GUILD

12 LOCAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES -- JAMES A. WILLIAMS ; LANSDALE- GANSER

13 MONTCO PLANNING COMMISSION; NEWSPAPER ARTICLES; HISTORICAL DATA RELATED TO MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP

14 PHOTO ALBUM - HARRY/RUBY MYERS

15 ORIGINAL JENKINS DEEDS; ALBERTA WERNER COLLECTION OF BIOGRAPHIES

16 COLLECTION OF ARTICLES (MANY OBITS) GOETTER

17 THE OLD TIMER, CLIPPINGS NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

18 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, LOCAL AND WORLD NEWS

19 LONGAKER HOTEL, FRED O. YOUNG

20 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OBITS - LOCAL/OLD NEWSPAPERS

21 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- PHOTO ALBUMS- VARIOUS ITEMS

22 LIFE MAG/ HISTORIC VALLEY FORGE/PHILA., PHONE DIRECTORIES

23 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS - MOSTLY LOCAL

24 AGNES BARTLETT COLLECTION, JUNE KECK COLLECTION

25 1968, 1969 PHONE BOOKS, ""LITTLE PEGGY MARCH"", VARIOUS, blueprint: Bean's Pink Palace

26 NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

27 LANSDALE DIRECTORIES, VARIOUS LOCAL ARTICLES/ITEMS

28 HYSON POSTCARD COLLECTION, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

29 NOTES AND RESEARCH - DIRKS & MATTHEWS LOCAL HISTORIES, OTHER

30 MORE ED MATTHEWS RESEARCH, COLLECTION OF MARTHA OLANDER

31-32 THE REPORTER

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The collection consists of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officers' roll books, 1946-1966.

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This collection consists of photograph negatives taken by Willard Krieble for The Reporter newspaper. The images are organized chronologically and are labeled with event, name or subject terms.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of The Reporter.

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Gift of Geller estate, circa 1987.

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Gift of Ken Zepp, 2012.

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Gift of Lansdale Cemetery Association, 2012.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Obituaries collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Photographs collected at various times by the Lansdale Historical Society.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Gift of Nancy Wall, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Willard Krieble.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002.

Lansdale Historical Society: Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-1992.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files

Related Archival Materials Note

Lansdale Historical Society: "The Reporter" negatives, 1989-2000.

Related Archival Materials Note

Additional Geller invoices currently stored at the Society are destined to be processed or deaccessioned.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • First National Bank of Lansdale
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Banks and banking

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • A.C. Godshall and Co.
  • Geller's Emporium
Family Name(s)
  • Geller family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Subject(s)
  • Business
  • Department stores
  • Retail trade

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • North Penn Life
  • Souderton Independent
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Souderton (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Zepp, Ken
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photography of sports
  • Photojournalism

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Real property surveys
  • Taxation
  • Valuation

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery managers

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Fairmount Fire Company
  • Lansdale Library
  • Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley
  • North Penn Hospital
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Genealogy
  • Obituaries

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Bean, Milton B., 1849-1938
  • Linden, Robert J.
  • Montoya, Leopoldo
  • Smith, Alexander
  • Young, Gordon
Subject(s)
  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Local history
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Knights of the Golden Eagle
  • Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
  • Nor-Gwyn Garden Club
  • North Penn Hospital
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Family Name(s)
  • Jenkins family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Genealogy
  • Local history

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
  • Daughters of America
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organization
  • Nativism
  • Secret societies

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Krieble, Willard
Subject(s)
  • Newspapers
  • Photojournalism

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"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1989-2000, 44 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1864-1900, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1936, 5.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1998-2002, 4 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1888-1946, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1878-1920 [bulk 1878-1900], 1.25 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1863-1947, 1 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1762-2012 [bulk 1970-2012], 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1921-2012, 13 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

circa 1890-2012, 22 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1800-2012 [bulk 1930-2012], 11.33 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1934-1973, 0.5 linear feet

02

"The Reporter" photograph negatives

1968-1992, 36 linear feet

02

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale 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:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa. : 1979- )
Title:
"The Reporter" photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1989-2000
Call Number:
02
Extent:
44 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. It was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. "The Reporter" photograph negatives, 1989-2000, consist of images captured by  The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film strip and color slide negatives.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
First National Bank of Lansdale
Title:
First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books
Date [inclusive]:
1864-1900
Call Number:
12
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank. The First National Bank of Lansdale ledger and discount books, 1864-1900, consist of one ledger with indexes, 1899-1900, and two discount books that cover the years 1864 to 1873.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Geller, Jacob Stoll, 1846-1916
Title:
Jacob S. Geller business and estate records
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1936
Call Number:
07
Extent:
5.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County. After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was briefly carried on by his family though its success diminished considerably. The bulk of Jacob S. Geller business and estate records, 1888-1936, is invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob Geller estate. Also included are incoming business correspondence to Jacob S. Geller and estate financial records.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Zepp, Ken
Title:
Ken Zepp slides
Date [inclusive]:
1998-2002
Call Number:
03
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a photographer for local newspapers The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life. The Ken Zepp slides, 1998-2002, consist of slide negatives of sports teams and of local subjects taken for  Souderton Independent and  North Penn Life.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Knights of the Golden Eagle. Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books
Date [inclusive]:
1888-1946
Call Number:
10
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Founded in 1873, the Knights of the Golden Eagle is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders with emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888. The Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244 (Lansdale, Pa.) minute books, 1888-1946, consist of eight volumes.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Montgomery County (Pa.). Commissioners
Title:
Lansdale (Pa.) tax assessments
Date [bulk]:
1878-1900
Date [inclusive]:
1878-1920
Call Number:
13
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
23 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection is comprised of real estate valuations of the borough for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920 with several years missing.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Cemetery Association
Title:
Lansdale Cemetery Association records
Date [inclusive]:
1863-1947
Call Number:
08
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, ran Lansdale Cemetery, the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Originally a for-profit company, it was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery Inc. in 1964/1965. The Lansdale Cemetery Association records, 1863-1947, are comprised of various materials that document the history of the Lansdale Cemetery Association and the Lansdale cemetery, including minute books, financial records, employee records, deeds, and wills.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files
Date [bulk]:
1970-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1762-2012
Call Number:
06
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society local history subject files, 1762-2012 (bulk 1970-2012), are comprised of newspaper clippings, copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents. Materials document churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection
Date [inclusive]:
1921-2012
Call Number:
01
Extent:
13 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection, 1921-2012, contains original and photocopied obituaries dating from the 1880s into the 21st century, especially for individuals buried in Lansdale Cemetery.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection
Date:
circa 1890-2012
Call Number:
05
Extent:
22 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. The Lansdale Historical Society photograph collection, circa 1890-2012, consists of photographs that depict local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Historical Society
Title:
Lansdale Historical Society small collections and scrapbooks
Date [bulk]:
1930-2012
Date [inclusive]:
1800-2012
Call Number:
09
Extent:
11.33 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
34 flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located. The Borough of Lansdale was incorporated on August 24, 1872. This collection, which documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents, consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Daughters of America. Mary Lincoln Council No. 168 (Lansdale, Pa.)
Title:
Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books
Date [inclusive]:
1934-1973
Call Number:
11
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence, is a secret, nativist society dating from the late 19th century. The society, which was only open to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934. The Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, Daughters of America (Lansdale, Pa.) minutes and officers' roll books consist of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officer's roll books, 1946-1966.
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Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Krieble, Willard
Title:
Willard Krieble photograph negatives
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1992
Call Number:
04
Extent:
36 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Willard Krieble photograph negatives, 1968-2002, consist of photograph negatives taken by Krieble for  The Reporter, organized chronologically and labeled with event, name or subject.
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Biography/History

The Reporter is a local newspaper based out of Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania since 1870. Founded by Frederick Wagner, the first issue of  The Lansdale Reporter was published on October 27, 1870. In its early years most of the short newspaper was pre-printed in Philadelphia, with only a page insert that included local news and advertisements. By the 1910s, it had become a legitimate information source.

In 1923 the newspaper's owner, Walter Sanborn, sold the paper to a competitor. It became The Republican-Review-Reporter, shortened to  The Reporter-Review. Sanborn bought the newspaper back in 1927 and changed its name to  The North Penn Reporter. Later, the name was shortened to simply  The Reporter.

The Reporter was sold to Gannett Corporation in 1980, and then sold again to the Journal Register Company in 2001. As of 2012,  The Reporter is still in print, serving North Penn, Indian Valley, and neighboring communities in northwest Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Biography/History

The First National Bank of Lansdale was chartered in 1864 with $100,000 in capital. On February 20, 1954, it was absorbed by the Philadelphia National Bank.

Bibliography:

Ninety-Second Annual Report of the Comptroller of the Currency (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1954), p. 56. Accessed November 27, 2012, http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/docs/publications/comp/1950s/1954/compcurr_1954.pdf

Hunsicker, Clifton Swenk. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: A History, vol. 1, p. 190.

Biography/History

Jacob Stoll Geller (1846-1916), a retail merchant, public official, and prominent Mason, founded and operated Geller's Emporium, a wholesale department store in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. By the late 19th century, the emporium came to serve as the largest retailer in the North Penn area of Montgomery County.

Initially purchasing most of the items for his store from Philadelphia businesses, Geller quickly branched out and conducted business with companies located in the tri-state area and beyond. Through Geller's many dealings, the emporium came to offer a vast array of goods, from silverware, hardware, and apparel to furniture and caskets. For his business, Geller adopted what he called the "Cash System" for customers. All bills were due within thirty days from the date of purchase. After that time, six-percent interest was added to overdue accounts.

Jacob S. Geller was born in Perkiomen Township, Pa., the son of Henry Geller, and Mary Stoll Geller. He worked for his father and held several odd jobs before he purchased a store in Hoppinsville in 1873. Along with this store, Geller also operated a business in Kulpsville. Realizing the strategic value of Lansdale as a business center because of its railroad connections, Geller moved there in 1878. He purchased property owned by John Kindig & Bro., located on Main Street, and subsequently built a three-story emporium which quickly gained success. While running the emporium, Geller was also involved in several other business ventures. He was in the undertaker business for a brief time, and was also involved in the dairy industry. Geller and his brothers bought dairy products in the area and sold them to customers in Philadelphia, including their largest customer, Girard College. Geller was also involved in real estate. In 1887, he and A. C. Godshall purchased farmland which they divvied up into building lots.

Geller served as a public official and was a director of several local businesses. He served as postmaster of Lansdale, as well as of Kulpsville and Hoppinsville. In the early 1880s, Geller was a member of the Borough Council and in 1888 became burgess. He served as Borough treasurer from 1914 until his death. He was an original member and director of the Lansdale Water Works. At the time of his death, he was director and vice president of the First National Bank of Lansdale. He was also a prominent member of several Masonic orders. Geller served as the first High Priest of the Royal Arch Lansdale Chapter. He was also a member of the Hutchinson Commandery of Philadelphia, and of Lu Lu Shrine where he played horn in the famous Lu Lu Band.

After Geller passed away in 1916, his business was carried on by his family, including Geller's son-in-law James M.C. Spiers, though its success diminished considerably. It has since had several owners, including Drissel and Badman and Bill Wilson. As of 2012, the business exists as Wilson's Hardware, and is owned by Joseph Flyzik.

Bibliography:

"Death of Jacob S. Geller." The Reporter, February 3, 1916.

Kinsey, Clarence. "A Brief History of Geller's Emporium." 2011.

Biography/History

Ken Zepp is a professional photographer based in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He began working at The Reporter newspaper in 1972. He worked as photojournalist for  The Reporter,  Souderton Independent, and  North Penn Life before starting a family business, Zepp Graphical, in 2004.

Bibliography:

Zepp Graphical. "About Us." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.zeppgraphical.com/Pages/about1.html

Biography/History

Founded in 1873 by John Emory Burbage, the Knights of the Golden Eagle (K.G.E.) is a fraternal organization with rituals based on those of the Crusaders. Members pass through three stages: Pilgrim, Knight, and Crusader. The society's motto is "Fidelity, Valor, and Honor," and rituals reflect the emphasis placed on the word of the Bible. In addition to giving moral and intellectual guidance, the society provides relief to sick or unemployed members and gives survivor benefits to widows and orphans. The female auxiliaries are known as "Ladies of the Golden Eagle."

At its height in 1900, the K.G.E. was active in twenty states with approximately 20,000 members. Membership began to decline with the onset of World War II. As of 2012, the organization has approximately 2,000 members, and is functioning in only three states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Castle No. 244, was established in 1888; its first meeting was held in February of that year. Castle No. 244 was one of the more wealthy Castles of Pennsylvania. The K.G.E was the first fraternal organization to own its own meeting space in Lansdale; its Hall was located in the heart of Lansdale's business district.

Bibliography:

"25th Anniversary Knights of Golden Eagles." The Reporter, February 12, 1913.

Mill Valley Lodge #356 (Mill Valley, Calif.). "Knights of the Golden Eagle (KGE)." Accessed November 26, 2012. http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/marin_knights_golden_eagle.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Lansdale Cemetery is the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - more than 3,000 people are buried there. It was originally run as a for-profit company by the Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, until the original board of trustees passed on in the 1950s. In 1964/1965, the Association was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery, Inc. As of 2012, the cemetery still hosts burials and contains roughly 200 unoccupied plots.

Bibliography:

"Lansdale Looking into Cemetery Takeover." North Penn Life. Accessed November 26, 2012. http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/06/30/north_penn_life/news/doc4fedbbbeedca8230776680.txt

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC=%7BDEE01716-0108-4F02-AA89-9E09497FC2E3%7D.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

Once inhabited by Lenni Lenape Indians, the area now called Lansdale became a boom town during the mid-19th century when a junction of the North Pennsylvania Railroad was established where the center of the town is now located.

The railroad brought much needed work into the area, creating the need for housing, businesses and hotels. In 1860, with the influx of people moving into the area, the federal government established Lansdale as a post office village. In less than 20 years, the community "grew from a muddy crossroads to a vibrant town," and became a commercial center in the North Penn section of Montgomery County.

The Borough of Lansdale, named after railroad engineer Philip Lansdale Fox, was incorporated on August 24, 1872.

Bibliography:

Borough of Lansdale. "History of Lansdale." Accessed November 21, 2012.

Lansdale Historical Society. "About the Jenkins Homestead." Accessed November 21, 2012. http://lansdalehistory.org/jenkins_homestead1.htm

Biography/History

The Daughters of America, still believed to be in existence as of 2012, is a secret, nativist society and mutual benefit society dating from the late 19th century. It was founded in 1891 as a women's auxiliary of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, though it did not receive recognition from its male counterpart until 1926.

The first charter of the Daughters of America was issued in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania as the "The National Council Daughters of America." By 1930, it reported having over 160,000 members. The organization's numbers were reduced to about 19,000 in 26 states by 1978.

The society, open only to white women of "good moral character," promotes extreme patriotism, the public school system, and the reading of the Bible in schools. According to its 1978 regulations, the Daughters of America professed the following principles for its members:

1. Promoting and maintaining American interests by shielding the country from unrestricted immigration

2. Helping Americans find employment

3. Encouraging American businesses

4. Providing support for the American public school system in upholding Bible reading in the public schools

5. Opposing sectarian influences in state and national affairs

6. Promoting and advancing the Junior Order of United American Mechanics

7. Establishing the funds to support orphans of deceased members of the organization

8. Establishing funds to provide for the aged and infirm members of the order.

The Lansdale, Pennsylvania chapter of the Daughters of America, Mary Lincoln Council No. 168, opened in 1934.

Biography/History

Willard Krieble was Chief Photographer for The Reporter, a local newspaper in Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He worked for the paper for 35 years and received more than 200 awards for his photography. He was twice named the Pennsylvania Press Photographer of the Year.

Bibliography:

Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. "Perkiomen Valley Twilight League Hall of Fame". Accessed November 21, 2012. http://www.norristownsoftball.com/perky.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of images captured by The Reporter staff photographers for use in newspaper stories. It contains film negatives arranged chronologically and color slide negatives arranged alphabetically by subject. The chronological film negatives are labeled with name, subject, date, and event.

There are also some boxes of slides depicting The Reporter staff members or newspaper activities, circa 1997.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one ledger (with indexes), 1899-1900, and two discount books: Discount book #1, 1864-1868, and Discount book #2, 1868-1873.

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The bulk of this collection is a sampling of invoices for goods purchased by Jacob S. Geller and, later, the Jacob S. Geller estate. The purchase invoices are organized into five subseries: newspaper and print advertising (alphabetical by business name), Lansdale businesses (alphabetical by business name), Pennsylvania businesses (alphabetical by town and then by business name), Philadelphia businesses (alphabetical by business name), and out-of-state businesses (alphabetical by state, town, and then business name).

There are also estate financial records in the collection: check stubs, cancelled checks, deposit tickets, and bank statements, circa 1915-1925.

Finally, this collection includes a large number of incoming business correspondence to Jacob Geller, 1907-1914.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of slide negatives taken by photographer Ken Zepp. It is divided into three series. The first series is sports images, circa 1990s, organized by sports team. The second series is images for Souderton Independent, and the last is images for  North Penn Life. The latter two series are organized chronologically into binders and labeled with subject terms.

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The collection contains eight minute books, 1888-1946, and includes the first volume.

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This collection is comprised of Lansdale (East Ward and West Ward) real estate valuations for school taxation purposes, 1878-1920. There are substantial gaps within these years.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative and financial records of the Lansdale Cemetery Association. The administrative records consist of: minutes, 1880-1947; deeds, 1863-1933; rules and regulations, 1880; a railroad bond, 1900; and several wills. The financial records consist of: check stubs, 1888-1932; treasurer's book, 1880-1922; Social Security and unemployment wage records with payroll information, 1936-1943; and stock certificates, 1880-1944, and dividend book, 1897-1918. There are also records from the Association's Permanent Fund: subscription book, 1888-1918, and proceedings, 1888-1911.

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. There are also materials relating to Hatfield and other neighboring Montgomery County towns. Subject files mostly consist of newspaper clippings, with copies of secondary research materials, some pamphlets and ephemera, and a very small amount of original primary documents including a couple 18th century deeds. The subjects include churches, community histories, people, organizations, businesses and local government agencies, schools, cemetery records and genealogies, and the newsletters of neighboring historical societies, as well as specific organizations, such as Fairmount Fire Company, North Penn Hospital, Lansdale Rail Road and Trolley, and Lansdale Library. Of special interest is a Campfire Girls of the First Baptist Church record book with membership information, circa 1925-1928.

The collection also includes binders of local history and genealogy are composed of clippings (mostly photocopies), pamphlets, photocopies of secondary articles, and a small amount of primary source materials including photographs. Of special interest is a scrapbook of ephemera from Lansdale's Diamond Jubilee (75 year anniversary), 1947.

Scope and Contents

The Lansdale Historical Society obituary collection consists of original and photocopied obituaries of people who died in and around Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two series: Obituaries and Lansdale Cemetery Burials.

The Obituaries series, which is the larger of the two, contains clippings mostly from The Reporter. Most are original, but there are some photocopies, especially of the earlier obituaries. The series is organized in chronological order from 1890 to 2010. More recent obituaries are collected from local funeral homes in digital format.

The second series, Lansdale Cemetery Burials, consists of photocopies of printed obituaries from the 1880s to 2012, organized in chronological order. There is also one binder with obituaries of people buried in the Lansdale Mausoleum, arranged in alphabetical order.

Alphabetical indexes to this collection are available on site.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs depicting local businesses, landmarks, and events in Lansdale. The bulk of the photograph collection is organized into binders, primarily by location. Some of the photographs are arranged by subject, including clubs and groups, families, the Lansdale Centennial, schools, churches, sports, aerial views, and bands and parades. There are some out-of-town photographs as well.

There are several sub-collections by known creators as well, including Robert J. Linden, Gordon Young, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Smith, and Dr. Leopoldo Montoya. The Montoya photographs depict the work of architect Milton B. Bean.

The collection also includes postcards, many of which were collected by local resident Verdie Landis, and slides. There are about two-dozen carousels of slides; many were created out of Lansdale Historical Society photographs for slide shows, but others appear to be originals.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photograph albums, deeds, letters, primary source documents relating to particular organizations, and other miscellaneous materials. As a whole, the collection documents the history of Lansdale, its organizations, and residents. Items of special interest include: original 19th century Jenkins family deeds, photograph albums of The Reporter newspaper staff and facilities, Montgomery County Planning Commission documents, a Lansdale Knights of the Golden Eagle scrapbook, and a Nor-Gwyn Garden Club scrapbook. The collection consist of 32 boxes. A box-level inventory is shown below:

BOX INVENTORY

1-4 SCRAPBOOKS -- NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

5 NOR-GWYN GARDEN CLUB

6 AMERICAN OLEAN

7 SCRAPBOOKS - NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

8 SCRAPBOOKS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (DML)

9 HARRY GODSHALL/KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE

10 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

11 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- NEEDLEWORK GUILD

12 LOCAL COMMUNITY HISTORIES -- JAMES A. WILLIAMS ; LANSDALE- GANSER

13 MONTCO PLANNING COMMISSION; NEWSPAPER ARTICLES; HISTORICAL DATA RELATED TO MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP

14 PHOTO ALBUM - HARRY/RUBY MYERS

15 ORIGINAL JENKINS DEEDS; ALBERTA WERNER COLLECTION OF BIOGRAPHIES

16 COLLECTION OF ARTICLES (MANY OBITS) GOETTER

17 THE OLD TIMER, CLIPPINGS NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

18 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, LOCAL AND WORLD NEWS

19 LONGAKER HOTEL, FRED O. YOUNG

20 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OBITS - LOCAL/OLD NEWSPAPERS

21 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS- PHOTO ALBUMS- VARIOUS ITEMS

22 LIFE MAG/ HISTORIC VALLEY FORGE/PHILA., PHONE DIRECTORIES

23 NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS - MOSTLY LOCAL

24 AGNES BARTLETT COLLECTION, JUNE KECK COLLECTION

25 1968, 1969 PHONE BOOKS, ""LITTLE PEGGY MARCH"", VARIOUS, blueprint: Bean's Pink Palace

26 NORTH PENN HOSPITAL

27 LANSDALE DIRECTORIES, VARIOUS LOCAL ARTICLES/ITEMS

28 HYSON POSTCARD COLLECTION, NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

29 NOTES AND RESEARCH - DIRKS & MATTHEWS LOCAL HISTORIES, OTHER

30 MORE ED MATTHEWS RESEARCH, COLLECTION OF MARTHA OLANDER

31-32 THE REPORTER

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The collection consists of five minute books, 1934-1973 (with some gaps), and two officers' roll books, 1946-1966.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photograph negatives taken by Willard Krieble for The Reporter newspaper. The images are organized chronologically and are labeled with event, name or subject terms.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of The Reporter.

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Gift of Geller estate, circa 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Ken Zepp, 2012.

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Gift of Lansdale Cemetery Association, 2012.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Obituaries collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Photographs collected at various times by the Lansdale Historical Society.

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Materials collected by the Lansdale Historical Society over time.

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Gift of Nancy Wall, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Willard Krieble.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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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 Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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.