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Archival Adventures in Small Repositories

The goal of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's "Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories" (HCI-PSAR) is to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections at small archival repositories in the five-county Philadelphia region. These include volunteer-run historical institutions, museums, fraternal and ethnic organizations, community groups, churches, clubs, and other non-profit organizations with important archival collections. The project is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This blog will document the adventures and experiences of Project Surveyors as they visit historical societies, museums, historic sites, and other small archival repositories in the five-county Philadelphia area.

 

 

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3/15/16
Author: Diane Biunno

Last month our survey team visited Christ Church Archives in Old City. Founded in 1695 as a condition of William Penn’s Charter, Christ Church was the first Anglican parish in Pennsylvania and later became the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church.

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2/16/16
Author: Diane Biunno

I was first introduced to the Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories project a year ago when I served as an intern. I processed archival collections at the Independence Seaport Museum and the Radnor Historical Society. You can learn all about my experiences by reading the blog post Pirates and Prima Donnas:  an Intern’s Adventures Archives.

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11/10/15
Author: Anastasia Matijkiw

Southampton Baptist Church, also known as the Old School Baptist Meetinghouse, is the oldest Baptist Church in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Located in Southampton, the Church can trace its origins to a dispute in 1691 between George Keith, a prominent Quaker, and the Society of Friends. Keith was of the opinion that the Friends should adopt a profession of Faith, while many members of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting opposed. This dispute eventually led to Keith and his followers, known as "Keithians," to worship separate from the Friends.

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11/4/15
Author: Anastasia Matijkiw

Have you been looking for a new cinnamon buns recipe? Or perhaps catsup? Or, even better, pickle for hams?

If so, you’re in luck. A handwritten recipe book at the Northampton Township Archives in Richboro, Bucks County, Pennsylvania has this, and more!

 

 

From 1905, this handwritten recipe book by Margaret A. Weiss includes instructions for making chocolate marble cake, catsup, and cinnamon buns. 

 

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10/29/15
Author: Anastasia Matijkiw

Looking for some inspiration for a last-minute Halloween costume? So are we!

Here at HCI-PSAR, we decided to take a look back at some of our small repositoried for inspiration. Perhaps they'll also help you!

A cat is always a classic choice! This kitty, from the Tri-County Heritage Society, looks particularly fluffy.

 

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10/13/15
Author: Sarah Leu

National History Day (NHD) is a great program to help students in grades 6-12 practice research and critical thinking skills, elements important to their future in the workplace and school. For students and teachers particularly interested in local history, or who live far from HSP and want to find primary-source documents close to home, a small repository may be a good place to do research. Below, see a couple of small repository collections we highlighted that relate to the NHD 2016 theme of "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange."

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10/6/15
Author: Anastasia Matijkiw

What is that which goes from Boston to New York without moving?

 

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9/29/15
Author: Anastasia Matijkiw

New London Township is a quaint little township nestled close to the Maryland border in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  The township grew from a large tract of land that was purchased by members of the London Company from William Penn in 1699. The Township, chartered in 1723, originally included areas that are now a part of the adjacent Franklin Township and nearby London Britain Township.

Topics : 18th century
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9/23/15
Author: Anastasia Matijkiw

Like the rest of the city, the staff of HCI-PSAR is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Pope Francis in Philadelphia this weekend. In preparation for His Holiness, we decided to take a look back at some of the more spiritual collections we’ve encountered through the project. From Episcopal research centers to Jewish synagogues to Christian missionaries, HCI-PSAR has surveyed a slew of small repositories with religious collections the Pope might be interested in paying a visit to. Check out a few of them below!

 

Topics : Religion
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9/21/15
Author: Anastasia Matijkiw

The School in Rose Valley can be found at the end of a winding, woody road in Delaware County on a farm-like campus, full of nature and life,where the school has been located since 1933. The campus includes not only classrooms, but a chicken coop, a wood shop, and gardens. As a progressive school for children in preschool through sixth grade, The School in Rose Valley places on emphasis on leaning through experience in their classrooms and throughout their wooded campus.

Topics : Education
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