A wide variety of manuscript documents, Lancaster County records and Lancaster City records are available for research. We have documents for historians, scholars and genealogists. More than 600 manuscript groups contain records of individuals, families, businesses and social organizations. The majority of these records date to the incorporation of the county in 1729 and continue to the present. Letters, diaries, estate papers, business records, trade cards, Civil War muster rolls, Valentines, and court records combine to tell the stories of families and communities. And many more documents hold the answers to your questions or will fill that gap in your family tree.
We look forward to assisting you in your research!
Archival collections can be located using the Library Catalog, our new Discovery Tool, in-house databases, or online finding aids. Most archival items may be used in the Reading Room and should be requested at the Research Desk. However, the staff may photocopy some documents due to their fragile condition and some items may require staff supervision.
Archives Collections are available:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-7:00pm
was created “to take due notice of visitors and other friends, and special occasions such as the Charlotte Street Soup” at the home of John and Sally Jarvis. It served primarily as the guest register and is filled with mementoes such as invitations, poetry, cards, photographs and personal notes.
Gift of Sally Jarvis.
Because the world is a bucketful of questions. And someone's gotta answer them
While working with the object collections of LancasterHistory.org we come across many questions. Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.
The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at LancasterHistory.org never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections. Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!
Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.
You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!
One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History
I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past six years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!