(Researchers and residents are encouraged to make use of the society's resources and services.)
The Lansdale Historical Research Center has an extensive collection of records and artifacts that predate the incorporation of Lansdale Borough in 1872.
The centerpiece of the center's collection is its newspaper archives, which include 133 years of Lansdale (North Penn) Reporter issues that are preserved in bound volumes, on microfilm, unbound in boxes, and on CD-ROM. Also included in the collection are volumes of the North Penn Republican and Review, and North Penn News, competitors of The Reporter.
Our collection, which is in the process of being data-based, also includes more than 100,000 negatives and slide images from The Reporter newspaper, as well as many century-old photographs and postcards depicting old-time Lansdale and vicinity that have been donated.
In addition, the Research Center includes high school yearbooks, tax records, old maps, data-based obituaries, family genealogies, business directories, county, regional and local histories, Lansdale Cemetery records and many more specialized documents.
The society welcomes donations of old photographs, postcards, maps books and other memorabilia that are unique to Lansdale and surrounding communities. Contributors should contact the society in advance to discuss possible acquisitions.
We do not allow patrons to photograph archival material. Copying and reproducing archival material by patrons using digital cameras or other media is strictly prohibited.
The Lansdale Historical Society welcomes Internet and E-mail inquires for research.
The same rates listed for ON-SITE apply for Internet and E-mail users. A $1.00 postage and handling fee will be imposed for all requests. Items requiring additional postage will be processed accordingly.
Requests for research information should be made to our E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be as specific as possible about the information you are requesting. A minimum research charge of $20.00 will be imposed on all electronic requests.
We will advise if the information cannot be obtained within an hour and give an estimate of how much additional research time is necessary.
Persons requesting research data will be advised of the final cost via E-mail, by telephone (locally), or by mail. Data will not be mailed until payment is received.