The visual images of Lancaster County are captured in more than 65,000 photographs housed in the photographic collections of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Included are early tintypes, daguerreotypes, stereographs, cartes de visite, and cabinet cards taken by local nineteenth century photographers. Thousands of twentieth century commercial and amateur photographs depict the cultural and social landscape of Lancaster County.
Of particular note is the vintage Darmstaetter Collection making up more than a third of the photographs in the collection. These early twentieth century images, taken by a commercial photographer, document a myriad of subjects including:
The photographs in our collection can be searched by a database housed in the library and through our new Discovery Tool.
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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, 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!