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LMHS.21: Lower Merion Historical Society photograph collection

circa 1870-2011 [bulk 1950-2011], 21 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:
Lower Merion Historical Society.
Title:
LMHS.21: Lower Merion Historical Society photograph collection
Date [bulk]:
1950-2011
Date [inclusive]:
1870-2011
Call Number:
21
Extent:
21 Linear feet
General Physical Description Note:
97 binders; 1 drawer in flat file; numerous framed items
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lower Merion Historical Society photograph collection, 1870-2011, contains photographs, slides, and negatives taken or collected by the Lower Merion Historical Society. The subjects include local schools, businesses, residences, churches, neighborhoods, parks, historic sites, railroads, and fire companies. The township of Lower Merion in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was first settled by Welsh Quakers in 1682. It is part of the "Main Line," a collection of affluent Philadelphia suburbs located alongside the Pennsylvania Railroad line that was built between Philadelphia and Harrisburg in the mid-19th century.
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Biography/History

In August of 1682, Welsh Quakers from the County of Merionethshire landed in Pennsylvania. These "Merioneth Adventurers" were bound for the "Welsh Tract," granted to them by William Penn. Today, the area is Lower Merion township and Narberth borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Lower Merion township has become known for two industrial giants, the Pencoyd Iron Works and the Autocar Company. The Pencoyd Ironworks was started by the Roberts family in 1852. The company became a major bridge and structural steel supplier. The Autocar company moved to Ardmore from Pittsburgh in 1900. Autocar was a manufacturer of commercial vehicles. The company moved to Exton, Pennsylvania in 1953.

In the mid-19th century, the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was constructed, running from Philadelphia to Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. The route passed through Lower Merion, and like other "Main Line" towns, the area developed into an affluent suburban community due to its convenient location. Bibliography:

Francis, Gerald A. "Celebrating William Penn's Vision and the First Welsh Settlement in Lower Merion and Narberth: 1682-2007." The Lower Merion Historical Society, 2007.

Lower Merion Historical Society. "Business and Industry." Accessed November 7, 2011. http://www.lowermerionhistory.org/texts/first200/business_5.html.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, slides, and negatives taken or collected by the Lower Merion Historical Society. Most are originals, although there are some reproduced photographs. The subjects include local schools, businesses, residences, churches, neighborhoods, parks, historic sites, railroads, and fire companies.

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

Photographs collected or created by the Lower Merion Historical Society.

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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)
  • Historic buildings
  • Local history
  • Schools

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