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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1800-1920
Creator:
Cresson, Anne H.
Extent: 3 linear feet
Anne Hannum Cresson was born around 1847 to Walter Cresson and Alice Hannum. The Cresson family of Philadelphia is descended from Pierre Cresson, a French Huguenot, born in 1609 or 1610. The Anne H. Cresson family papers, 1820-1900, contain the genealogical research of Anne H. Cresson, along with original papers from various family members. (View full finding aid.)
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Anne H. Cresson family papers
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Cresson, Anne H.
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HSMC.16
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3 linear feet
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1800-1920
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Anne Hannum Cresson was born around 1847 to Walter Cresson and Alice Hannum. The Cresson family of Philadelphia is descended from Pierre Cresson, a French Huguenot, born in 1609 or 1610. The Anne H. Cresson family papers, 1820-1900, contain the genealogical research of Anne H. Cresson, along with original papers from various family members.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1773-1915
Creator:
Donnaldson family
Extent: 1.25 linear feet
John Donnaldson (1754-1831) was a merchant and insurance broker who owned shares in the Canton, the first ship to sail from Philadelphia to China in 1785-1787. All of his five sons also had mercantile careers, and three of them--Edward Milner Donnaldson (1778-1853), Richard M. Donnaldson (1787-1873) and Hugh Donnaldson (1796-1819)--traveled to China. The Donnaldson family papers, 1773-1915, include documents relating to various family members, but principally Richard M. and Harriet Donnaldson. Documents include correspondence, land draughts, marriage certificates, etc. Of special interest are two original accounts of voyages to China, 1818-1819. (View full finding aid.)
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Donnaldson family papers
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Donnaldson family
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HSMC.45
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1.25 linear feet
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1773-1915
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John Donnaldson (1754-1831) was a merchant and insurance broker who owned shares in the Canton, the first ship to sail from Philadelphia to China in 1785-1787. All of his five sons also had mercantile careers, and three of them--Edward Milner Donnaldson (1778-1853), Richard M. Donnaldson (1787-1873) and Hugh Donnaldson (1796-1819)--traveled to China. The Donnaldson family papers, 1773-1915, include documents relating to various family members, but principally Richard M. and Harriet Donnaldson. Documents include correspondence, land draughts, marriage certificates, etc. Of special interest are two original accounts of voyages to China, 1818-1819.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1864-1939
Creator:
Reed, W. H. (Willoughby Henry), b. 1856
Extent: 2.67 linear feet
Willoughby H. Reed (b. 1856) was a doctor, pharmacist, and historian who lived in Norristown, Pennsylvania. His father-in-law, Samuel F. Jarrett (1825-1917), was the County Treasurer for Montgomery County, and a farmer. The Dr. W. H. Reed family papers, 1864-1939, include genealogical research on the Reed family by W. H. Reed, as well as personal papers of W. H. Reed and S. F. Jarrett. (View full finding aid.)
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Dr. W. H. Reed family papers
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Reed, W. H. (Willoughby Henry), b. 1856
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HSMC.34
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2.67 linear feet
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1864-1939
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Willoughby H. Reed (b. 1856) was a doctor, pharmacist, and historian who lived in Norristown, Pennsylvania. His father-in-law, Samuel F. Jarrett (1825-1917), was the County Treasurer for Montgomery County, and a farmer. The Dr. W. H. Reed family papers, 1864-1939, include genealogical research on the Reed family by W. H. Reed, as well as personal papers of W. H. Reed and S. F. Jarrett.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1938-1985
Creator:
Exchange Club of Norristown (Pa.).
Extent: 1.2 linear feet
The Exchange Club of Norristown was founded in 1938 as a civic organization focused on the betterment of the Norristown community. The Exchange Club of Norristown records, 1938-1985, contain administrative records, financial records, and scrapbooks. (View full finding aid.)
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Exchange Club of Norristown records
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Exchange Club of Norristown (Pa.).
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HSMC.22
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1.2 linear feet
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1938-1985
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The Exchange Club of Norristown was founded in 1938 as a civic organization focused on the betterment of the Norristown community. The Exchange Club of Norristown records, 1938-1985, contain administrative records, financial records, and scrapbooks.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1794-1989
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Fornance family
Extent: 26 linear feet (59 boxes and 4 volumes)
Joseph Fornance (1804-1852) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Norristown, Pennsylvania. Like the elder Joseph, his son Joseph Fornance (1841-1923) and grandson Joseph Knox Fornance (1882-1965) were lawyers involved with politics. The Fornance family papers, 1794-1989, is an extensive collection of correspondence, ledgers, diaries, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and documents covering several generations of one family. Family members were involved in numerous matters over more than one-and-a-half centuries, so among other subjects, there is rich documentation of military service during the Civil War and World War I, the election of Woodrow Wilson, and early efforts at historic preservation (the Fornance family home is considered the oldest in Norristown). (View full finding aid.)
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Fornance family papers
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Fornance family
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HSMC.46
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26 linear feet (59 boxes and 4 volumes)
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1794-1989
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Joseph Fornance (1804-1852) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Norristown, Pennsylvania. Like the elder Joseph, his son Joseph Fornance (1841-1923) and grandson Joseph Knox Fornance (1882-1965) were lawyers involved with politics. The Fornance family papers, 1794-1989, is an extensive collection of correspondence, ledgers, diaries, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and documents covering several generations of one family. Family members were involved in numerous matters over more than one-and-a-half centuries, so among other subjects, there is rich documentation of military service during the Civil War and World War I, the election of Woodrow Wilson, and early efforts at historic preservation (the Fornance family home is considered the oldest in Norristown).
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1794-1937
Creator:
Wanger, George Fremont Price, 1863-1938
Extent: 3.5 linear feet
George F. P. Wanger, 1863-1938, was an author, historian, and genealogist who published materials relating to his family and to the local history of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The bulk of the George F. P. Wanger genealogical research, 1794-1937, is comprised of research materials gathered by Wanger while compiling his family history. The collection also includes primary source materials such as marriage certificates and land deeds. (View full finding aid.)
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George F. P. Wanger genealogical research
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Wanger, George Fremont Price, 1863-1938
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HSMC.23
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3.5 linear feet
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1794-1937
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George F. P. Wanger, 1863-1938, was an author, historian, and genealogist who published materials relating to his family and to the local history of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The bulk of the George F. P. Wanger genealogical research, 1794-1937, is comprised of research materials gathered by Wanger while compiling his family history. The collection also includes primary source materials such as marriage certificates and land deeds.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
circa 1850-1970
Creator:
Historical Society of Montgomery County.
Extent: 60 linear feet
The Historical Society of Montgomery County photograph collection, circa 1850-1970, is comprised primarily of photographs, with a number of negatives, glass plates, daguerreotypes/cased photographs, tintypes, and printer's plates. The photographs depict people, places, events, and businesses in and around Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. (View full finding aid.)
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Historical Society of Montgomery County photograph collection
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Historical Society of Montgomery County.
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HSMC.38
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60 linear feet
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circa 1850-1970
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The Historical Society of Montgomery County photograph collection, circa 1850-1970, is comprised primarily of photographs, with a number of negatives, glass plates, daguerreotypes/cased photographs, tintypes, and printer's plates. The photographs depict people, places, events, and businesses in and around Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1839-1982
Creator:
Historical Society of Montgomery County.
Extent: 42 linear feet
The Historical Society of Montgomery County scrapbooks collection, 1839-1982, consists primarily of scrapbooks compiled by various individuals, along with some compiled by HSMC staff and volunteers. The majority have a local focus and consist primarily of newspaper clippings. There are scrapbooks devoted to prominent local citizens, nearby regions, or national events; and there are also numerous scrapbooks by named individuals with items of personal interest. (View full finding aid.)
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Historical Society of Montgomery County scrapbooks collection
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Historical Society of Montgomery County.
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HSMC.01
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42 linear feet
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1839-1982
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The Historical Society of Montgomery County scrapbooks collection, 1839-1982, consists primarily of scrapbooks compiled by various individuals, along with some compiled by HSMC staff and volunteers. The majority have a local focus and consist primarily of newspaper clippings. There are scrapbooks devoted to prominent local citizens, nearby regions, or national events; and there are also numerous scrapbooks by named individuals with items of personal interest.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1841-1995
Creator:
Historical Society of Montgomery County.
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Winfield S. Hancock (1824-1886) was a decorated Union General in the Civil War, and a native of Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Historical Society of Montgomery County Winfield S. Hancock collection, 1841-1995, includes papers from Winfield S. Hancock and his family members, as well as more recent materials relating to Hancock's tomb. The papers directly stemming from Winfield S. Hancock include letters and account books, and were primarily collected by Gen. Hancock's friend and attorney Benjamin E. Chain. (View full finding aid.)
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Historical Society of Montgomery County Winfield S. Hancock collection
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Historical Society of Montgomery County.
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HSMC.13
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2.5 linear feet
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1841-1995
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Winfield S. Hancock (1824-1886) was a decorated Union General in the Civil War, and a native of Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Historical Society of Montgomery County Winfield S. Hancock collection, 1841-1995, includes papers from Winfield S. Hancock and his family members, as well as more recent materials relating to Hancock's tomb. The papers directly stemming from Winfield S. Hancock include letters and account books, and were primarily collected by Gen. Hancock's friend and attorney Benjamin E. Chain.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
2004-2008
Creator:
Historical Society of Montgomery County.
Extent: 1 linear feet
The Historical Society of Montgomery County World War II Oral History Project, 2004-2008, consists of about 30 recorded interviews and about 50 file folders on World War II veterans in and around Norristown, Pennsylvania. (View full finding aid.)
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Historical Society of Montgomery County World War II Oral History Project
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Historical Society of Montgomery County.
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HSMC.49
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1 linear feet
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2004-2008
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The Historical Society of Montgomery County World War II Oral History Project, 2004-2008, consists of about 30 recorded interviews and about 50 file folders on World War II veterans in and around Norristown, Pennsylvania.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1931-1976
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Holland School.
Extent: 2 linear feet
The Holland School at Curren Terrace in Norristown, Pennsylvania opened around 1930 as the Martha Holland Day School. As of 2012, the Holland School was still operating as Tot Time Child Development Center. The Holland School scrapbooks, 1931-1976, consist of scrapbooks put together by classes, with thank-you notes to teachers, photographs, and descriptions of and ephemera from class trips. There are also some loose newspaper clippings and greeting cards in the collection, as well as three notebooks from class secretaries. (View full finding aid.)
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Holland School scrapbooks
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Holland School.
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HSMC.47
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2 linear feet
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1931-1976
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The Holland School at Curren Terrace in Norristown, Pennsylvania opened around 1930 as the Martha Holland Day School. As of 2012, the Holland School was still operating as Tot Time Child Development Center. The Holland School scrapbooks, 1931-1976, consist of scrapbooks put together by classes, with thank-you notes to teachers, photographs, and descriptions of and ephemera from class trips. There are also some loose newspaper clippings and greeting cards in the collection, as well as three notebooks from class secretaries.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1907-1994
Creator:
Thompson, John S., 1902-1997
Extent: 2.9 linear feet
John S. Thompson (1902-1997) was a life-long resident of Norristown, Pennsylvania. After retirement, he earned college degrees and volunteered with the Christ Church United Church of Christ, Norristown State Hospital, and Boy Scouts of America. The John S. Thompson papers, 1907-1994, consist of two boxes of materials relating to family history, local music, and community involvement. There are also photographs, correspondence, and music programs from time periods throughout his life. (View full finding aid.)
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John Stirling Thompson papers
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Thompson, John S., 1902-1997
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HSMC.29
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2.9 linear feet
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1907-1994
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John S. Thompson (1902-1997) was a life-long resident of Norristown, Pennsylvania. After retirement, he earned college degrees and volunteered with the Christ Church United Church of Christ, Norristown State Hospital, and Boy Scouts of America. The John S. Thompson papers, 1907-1994, consist of two boxes of materials relating to family history, local music, and community involvement. There are also photographs, correspondence, and music programs from time periods throughout his life.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1893-1962
Creator:
Knight, Harold G., 1880-1965
Extent: 1.67 linear feet
Harold Grove Knight (1880-1965) was a judge in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for 30 years, including over 20 years as president judge. The Judge Harold G. Knight diaries, 1893-1962, consist of over 40 volumes in which Knight meticulously recorded his daily activities over nearly 70 years. This collection also includes one volume of minutes from Knight's courtroom and one diary from his sister. (View full finding aid.)
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Judge Harold G. Knight diaries
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Knight, Harold G., 1880-1965
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HSMC.19
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1.67 linear feet
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1893-1962
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Harold Grove Knight (1880-1965) was a judge in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for 30 years, including over 20 years as president judge. The Judge Harold G. Knight diaries, 1893-1962, consist of over 40 volumes in which Knight meticulously recorded his daily activities over nearly 70 years. This collection also includes one volume of minutes from Knight's courtroom and one diary from his sister.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1928-1977
Creator:
Powel, Lucy
Extent: 1.25 linear feet
Lucy Powel, a resident of Norristown, Pennsylvania, was a teacher and avid short story writer. The Lucy Powel papers, 1928-1977, consist of manuscripts for short stories and articles by Powell, with accompanying editorial correspondence, invitations, and miscellaneous papers. (View full finding aid.)
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Lucy Powel papers
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Powel, Lucy
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HSMC.24
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1.25 linear feet
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1928-1977
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Lucy Powel, a resident of Norristown, Pennsylvania, was a teacher and avid short story writer. The Lucy Powel papers, 1928-1977, consist of manuscripts for short stories and articles by Powell, with accompanying editorial correspondence, invitations, and miscellaneous papers.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
circa 1920s-1930s
Creator:
Yost, Mallie M.
Extent: 1.2 linear feet
Mallie Mae Morris, born about 1883, married Walter Feather Yost and settled in Norristown, Pennsylvania. They owned the successful Walter Yost Rug and Awning Shop, located on the corner of Dekalb and Airy Streeets in Norristown. The Mallie M. Yost genealogy research files, circa 1920s-1930s consist of notes on individual Yost family members, clippings, correspondence, transcribed deeds and wills, and copies of historic documents. (View full finding aid.)
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Mallie M. Yost genealogy research files
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Yost, Mallie M.
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HSMC.30
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1.2 linear feet
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circa 1920s-1930s
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Mallie Mae Morris, born about 1883, married Walter Feather Yost and settled in Norristown, Pennsylvania. They owned the successful Walter Yost Rug and Awning Shop, located on the corner of Dekalb and Airy Streeets in Norristown. The Mallie M. Yost genealogy research files, circa 1920s-1930s consist of notes on individual Yost family members, clippings, correspondence, transcribed deeds and wills, and copies of historic documents.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1896-1968
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Marsella Photo Studio.
Extent: 12.3 linear feet
Julius Caesar Marsella (1913-1965) and his father Ercole Marsella (1887-1941) were proprietors of a photography studio in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The Marsella Photo Studio photographs, 1896-1968 [bulk 1950-1968], depict local businesses, colleges, churches, residences, people, etc. (View full finding aid.)
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Marsella Photo Studio photographs
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Marsella Photo Studio.
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HSMC.37
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12.3 linear feet
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1896-1968
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1950-1968
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Julius Caesar Marsella (1913-1965) and his father Ercole Marsella (1887-1941) were proprietors of a photography studio in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The Marsella Photo Studio photographs, 1896-1968 [bulk 1950-1968], depict local businesses, colleges, churches, residences, people, etc.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1894-1961
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Needlework Guild of America. Norristown Branch (Pa.).
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
The Needlework Guild of America, a charitable organization that collects and distributes articles of clothing to the needy, was founded in Philadelphia in 1885. The Norristown branch began in 1894 and disbanded in 1961. The Needlework Guild of America, Norristown Branch records, 1894-1961, include administrative and financial records spanning the life of the branch. (View full finding aid.)
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Needlework Guild of America, Norristown Branch records
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Needlework Guild of America. Norristown Branch (Pa.).
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1.5 linear feet
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1894-1961
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The Needlework Guild of America, a charitable organization that collects and distributes articles of clothing to the needy, was founded in Philadelphia in 1885. The Norristown branch began in 1894 and disbanded in 1961. The Needlework Guild of America, Norristown Branch records, 1894-1961, include administrative and financial records spanning the life of the branch.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1818-1991
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Childs family
Extent: 5.75 linear feet
The Childs and Moon families were long-time residents of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Nicholas Lewarne Childs (1940-2009) taught history and Asian studies in private secondary schools in New Jersey, Iran, and Singapore. The bulk of the Childs family papers, 1818-1991, relate to Nicholas L. Childs and date from about 1965 to 1991, but there are also older materials from Louis M. Childs II, Nicholas L. Moon, Jacob Childs, Lizzy Orchard, and other Childs and Moon family members. The collection is comprised of correspondence, travel journals, travel ephemera, lecture notes and slides, photographs, genealogical research, legal documents, vital records, and other miscellaneous papers. (View full finding aid.)
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Nicholas L. Childs family papers
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Childs family
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5.75 linear feet
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1818-1991
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The Childs and Moon families were long-time residents of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Nicholas Lewarne Childs (1940-2009) taught history and Asian studies in private secondary schools in New Jersey, Iran, and Singapore. The bulk of the Childs family papers, 1818-1991, relate to Nicholas L. Childs and date from about 1965 to 1991, but there are also older materials from Louis M. Childs II, Nicholas L. Moon, Jacob Childs, Lizzy Orchard, and other Childs and Moon family members. The collection is comprised of correspondence, travel journals, travel ephemera, lecture notes and slides, photographs, genealogical research, legal documents, vital records, and other miscellaneous papers.
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Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]
1921-1996
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Octave Club of Norristown.
Extent: 7 linear feet
The Octave Club of Norristown was founded in 1916 as a women's chorus. The organization quickly expanded to include various other forms of music and education. The Octave Club of Norristown closed in 2009, but the Junior Octave Club was still active as of 2012. The Octave Club of Norristown records, 1921-1966, are comprised of administrative and financial records, as well as scrapbooks and ephemera. (View full finding aid.)
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Octave Club of Norristown records
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Octave Club of Norristown.
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HSMC.39
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7 linear feet
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1921-1996
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The Octave Club of Norristown was founded in 1916 as a women's chorus. The organization quickly expanded to include various other forms of music and education. The Octave Club of Norristown closed in 2009, but the Junior Octave Club was still active as of 2012. The Octave Club of Norristown records, 1921-1966, are comprised of administrative and financial records, as well as scrapbooks and ephemera.
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