PA County Histories to 1900

The Libraries are pleased to announce the acquisition of Pennsylvania County Histories to 1900. This database provides full-text access to PA county histories written during the late 19th Century. Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties all receive extensive coverage. Researchers will appreciate the inclusion of beautiful period maps, illustrations, and portraits of individuals. The histories are our main source of information about important local citizens, some of whom received little or no coverage in the regional and national press of the day. Observes Temple historian Greg Urwin, “Nineteenth century county histories customarily listed the names of all the men who enlisted in volunteer units, and often gave their service records. These books also often contained brief biographies of prominent locals (usually men) and descriptions of prominent businesses.” For more on the history of Philadelphia and surrounding counties, check out the following titles in the Diamond catalog: Berks County (Pa.) — History Bucks County (Pa.) — History Chester County (Pa.) — History Delaware County (Pa.) — History Montgomery County (Pa.) — History Philadelphia County (Pa.) — HistoryDavid C. Murray

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