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LMHS.10: W. Robert Swartz Photography Collection

1890-1996 [bulk 1950-1996], 4 linear feet

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lower Merion 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:
Lower Merion Historical Society
Creator:
Swartz, W. Roberts
Title:
LMHS.10: W. Robert Swartz Photography Collection
Date [bulk]:
1950-1996
Date [inclusive]:
1890-1996
Call Number:
10
Extent:
4 Linear feet
General Physical Description Note:
Part of the collection was being processed off-site at the time of surveying (October 2011), and a portion could not be measured.
Language:
English
Abstract:
W. Robert Swartz was a local historian and a photographer who owned a photography shop on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore for most of the second half of the twentieth century. The W. Robert Swartz Photography Collection, 1890-1996, largely consists of photograph negatives taken by Swartz, but it also includes some images dating from the turn of the twentieth century collected by Howard G. Kurtz and H. Parker Rolfe. The photographs are centered in Lower Merion Township and surrounding regions, and depict local landmarks, sports teams, events, accidents and natural disasters, covered bridges, and the Swartz family.
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Biography/History

W. Robert Swartz was a photographer who owned a photography shop on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore for most of the second half of the twentieth century. He was a former president of the Lower Merion Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

This collection largely consists of photograph negatives taken by local historian and former president of the Lower Merion Historical Society Robert Swartz. The photographs are centered in Lower Merion Township and surrounding regions, and depict local landmarks, sports teams, events, accidents and natural disasters, and the Swartz family. In addition, the collection includes some photographs of bridges collected by Howard G. Kurtz and some early photographs of the Main Line collected by H. Parker Rolfe, dating from the turn of the twentieth century and including some glass plate negatives.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Lower Merion Historical Society

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Lower Merion Historical Society for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Judy Swartz, 2009.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Ardmore (Pa.)
  • Bala-Cynwyd (Pa.)
  • Bryn Mawr (Pa.)
  • Gladwyne (Pa.)
  • Haverford (Pa. : Township)
  • Lower Merion (Pa. : Township)
  • Main Line (Pa.)
  • Merion (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
  • Narberth (Pa.)
  • Villanova (Pa.)
  • Wynnewood (Montgomery County, Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Local history

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