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.
|Types of Images in Our Collections|
|New Additions to the Collections|
Photo buffs and fans of Lancaster County's visual history will be thrilled by the recent addition of three new collections to the growing number of photographs at the Lancaster County Historical Society.
For the railroad aficionados, there's the John D. Denney, Jr. Collection. Denney, a Columbia native and well-known railroad historian, wrote several articles about railroads and trolleys for the society's Journal. This collection, from his estate, contains nearly 1,000 images of trains, trolleys, stations and railroading subjects from the county, the state and across the country.
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Welcome to Family Records and Other Intrigues. I'm Emily Jones, a rising junior at Grove City College and a summer intern at LancasterHistory.org. I am an English major, which may be why I like history for the stories it has to tell. I don't know Sir Winston Churchill's dates of birth and death or his specific contributions to the war effort, but I do know that he said many scandalous things and had a penchant for cats. My blog is about the gossipy, quirky, human things I find as I do historical research this summer.
Welcome to Learning, Living, Lancaster: a blog dedicated to bringing you both intriguing, long lost, & little known stories and information surrounding objects in the LancasterHistory.org collection! My name is Emily Miller, and I am a M.A. graduate student from the University of Delaware and a summer intern for LancasterHistory.org. Two new blog entries are posted every week! I hope you enjoy these curious tales of the collection!
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!