|Welcome to the Library|
The Library of Lancaster County's Historical Society is a research facility of genealogical and local history materials. Containing over 15,000 volumes, the collection also includes maps, family files, subject information files, microfilm, and CDs. Take a moment to orient yourself to our collections with a brief overview of What's in the Library. A reference collection consisting of indexes, genealogical and historical journals, and books is available for browsing. All other books are housed in closed stacks and must be requested at the reference desk. Author, title, and keyword access to library material is through the library catalog or our new Discovery Tool, which also allows searches of the historical societies archival, manuscript, photograph, and object collections.
Our new web site allows us to offer more features and access to more information. We've recently updated our research guides to assist patrons in identifying possible sources of information; we've added a list of periodicals and journals we currently receive, and we accept genealogical research requests via the web site. We invite patrons to explore our links to other local, regional, and out-of-state historical organizations and research resources.
If you have questions or comments regarding our collections, services, policies or procedures, or would like to donate material to the library, please don't hesitate to contact me. If you have a reference question, please contact the research desk.
We are pleased to announce that we have completed our project to digitize Lancaster city and county directories from 1847-1922. The most recent directories digitized were Lancaster city 1916-1922, the Farmers Directory of 1914, a 1916 directory for Lititz and for Columbia, directories from 1916-1919.
The complete set of directories can be searched online from the link on our website found under Collections – Online Newspapers and Directories. This link connects you to the ACCESS-PA website where you select what collection you want to search. Keyword searching provides access to the content of the directories; you might search for a surname, a street name or a business name all from your home computer.
We are grateful for funds provided through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries that paid for this project.
My name is Ashley Metzger and I am a graduate student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I received my B.A. in History with a minor in Anthropology in 2011 and will graduate with an M.A. in History and a focus in Public History in December 2012. I hope to become a museum educator when I graduate and would love to work with the history of fashion if I have a chance. I am an intern with LancasterHistory.org this summer and I know it will give me the skills that I will need for the future.
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, Assistant Director of 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!