Library & Archives

Pat Henning Library and Archives

Discover your neighborhood, community, house or family in our Library & Archives! Research collections include a wealth of material from 1683 to the present day on the history of Greater Germantown (Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill). Our holdings include personal papers, manuscripts, business records and institutional archives as well as books, newspapers, church and cemetery records, maps, deeds and other land records, scrapbooks and oral history interviews. The image collection is especially rich and includes thousands of glass plate negatives, daguerreotypes and lantern slides, and well over 5,000 photographs depicting residents, streets and structures from the mid-19th century to the present. Collections of particular note include the archives of the African-American Genealogy Group, the Germantown Theatre Guild, Germantown Hospital and the Philadelphia, Germantown & Norristown Rail Road.

Research by Mail

In addition to on-site research visits, the Society offers a research service by mail for genealogical and historical inquiries related to the history of Greater Germantown. This service is offered for a fee of $50 for up to two hours of research and $30/hr for each additional hour up to four hours. Inquiries may be sent by fax, mail or email or by using the library’s order form. Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for a reply. If you have questions about the service, please contact the library staff for additional information.

Alexander Bartlett, Librarian & Archivist library@germantownhistory.org

Library Hours

Tuesdays 9AM - 1PM
Thursdays 1PM - 5PM
Please email library@germantownhistory.org to inquire about Sunday hours.
Fax: 215-844-2831

Admission Fees

Non-members $10.00; students $5.00
HG members receive free admission to the Library and Archives.

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