Philadelphia Area Archives Research Portal (PAARP)

Navigation Aids

Philadelphia Area Archives Research Portal (PAARP)
Search Finding Aids
 

Main Content

LMHS.19: Lower Merion Realty Company minute book, photographs, and brochures

circa 1880-1952, 0.5 linear feet

19

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:
Lower Merion Realty Company.
Title:
LMHS.19: Lower Merion Realty Company minute book, photographs, and brochures
Date:
circa 1880-1952
Call Number:
19
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description Note:
One 3" binder of photographs and one volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
At the turn of the 20th century, the Roberts family of Lower Merion, Pennsylvania decided to consolidate its remaining farm land and form the Lower Merion Realty Company. The company successfully developed land along a new train line, conveniently constructed under the direction of Pennsylvania Railroad president George Brooke Roberts. The collection "Lower Merion Realty Company minute book, photographs, and brochures, circa 1880-1952," contains the minute book of meetings of Stockholders and Directors, 1906-1952, and one binder of photographs with two brochures.
PDF Version:

Return to Top »

Biography/History

From the 1830s the Reading Railroad prospered as its rail line brought anthracite coal to Philadelphia along the Schuylkill. 50 years later, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) bought nearby land and built a competing line, now truncated to South Eastern Pennsylvania Public Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Cynwyd line. As was the custom, the PRR bought more land than they needed and the Lower Merion Realty Company was established to develop the land and bring commuter traffic to the line, profiting some of their officers and family as well as the railroad.

Bibliography

Buten, Max, email message, July 3, 2012.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the minute book of meetings of Stockholders and Directors, 1906-1952, and one binder of photographs with two brochures.

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 the Roberts family.

Return to Top »

Related Materials

Separated Materials Note

This collection was separated from the Roberts Family Collection (also at Lower Merion Historical Society).

Return to Top »

Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)
  • Roberts family
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bala-Cynwyd (Pa.)
  • Lower Merion (Pa. : Township)
  • Main Line (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Real estate development
  • Real estate transactions

Return to Top »