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LMHS.24: Lower Merion Historical Society school ephemera collection

1927-2011, 86.5 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.24: Lower Merion Historical Society school ephemera collection
Date [inclusive]:
1927-2011
Call Number:
24
Extent:
86.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description Note:
12 feet in processing room, 45.5 feet in closet, 24 feet of unprocessed material.
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lower Merion School District was the first in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania to apply for establishing free "common" public schools under legislation passed in Harrisburg in 1834. The Lower Merion School District was established in 1836. As of 2011, it still serves the needs of the students of Lower Merion Township as well as the Borough of Narberth, and includes nine schools. The Lower Merion Historical Society school ephemera collection, 1927-2011, is made up of various items produced by schools, students, and teachers. It includes a large number of school newspapers, yearbooks, photographs, and event programs.
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Biography/History

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established a public school system in 1834. Before this time there were many schools already in existence in Lower Merion Township. These schools were consolidated in 1835 in response to the actions of the Commonwealth and the Lower Merion School District was established in 1836. The District still serves the needs of the students of Lower Merion Township as well as the Borough of Narberth and includes nine schools as of 2011.

Bibliography:

Goldsborough, Ted. "Public Schools in Lower Merion and Narberth." Accessed November 16, 2011. http://www.lowermerionhistory.org/texts/schools.html.

Lower Merion School District. "About LMSD." Accessed November 16, 2011. http://www.lmsd.org/sections/about/.

Scope and Contents

This is an assembled collection of ephemera collected by the Lower Merion Historical Society relating to the Lower Merion School District. The collection is made up of various items that were produced by the schools, students, and teachers. There are a large number of school newspapers ("Merionites" and "Harriton Forum") and yearbooks, class and sport team photographs, as well as event and commencement programs. There are also a large number of newspaper clippings scrapbooks compiled by Lower Merion Junior High School principal Edward H. Snow which date from 1923 to 1941. Of special interest to local sports enthusiasts will be scrapbooks and records of the Ardmore Junior High School relays and University of Pennsylvania Relays (which include high school participants); these records include results of events/races and date from 1895 to 2010.

The schools represented in this collection include: Ardmore Junior High School, Bala Elementary School, Bala Cynwyd Junior High School, Belmont Hills Elementary School, Cynwyd Elementary School, Fairview Elementary, Gladwyne Elementary School, Harriton High School, Haverford College, Haverford School for Boys, Lower Merion High School, Merion Elementary School, Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Narberth Elementary School, Pencoyd Elementary School, Penn Wynne Elementary School, and Welsh Valley Middle School.

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

Materials collected by the Lower Merion Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Art Hindle.

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Controlled Access Headings

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

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