Gerhard Family Scrapbooks, 1871-1909

Collection: The Scrapbook Collection

Call No.: MG-434, Boxes 064-066

Title: The Gerhard Family Scrapbooks, 1871-1909

Dates: 1871-1909

Extent: 3 volumes

Creators: Book 1: Jac. A. Gerhard; Book 2: M. U. Gerhard; Book 3: James A. Gerhard

Repository:  (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 22

System of Arrangement: 

Book 1: Scrapbook of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by Gerhard, 1871-1887

Book 2: Scrapbook of M. U. Gerhard, 15 October 1876-13 October 1880

Book 3: Scrapbook of the Gerhard Family, 1876-1909


Description:   The collection of scrapbooks known as The Gerhard Family Scrapbooks contains newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, obituaries and programs that provide information about this local family.  All three volumes contain articles about family weddings and deaths of family members.  The remaining items are on a variety of subjects.

Book 1 contributes articles pertaining to local Lancaster churches.  There is some information about the Gerhard family, but  very few items are about Harrisburg.  The majority of Jac. A. Gerhard’s scrapbook is about religion, religious ceremonies, the Missionary Society and churches.  Other topics within the book are the Goethean Literary Society, Linden Hall and poetry.

Book 2 has articles about M. U. Gerhard’s career at the State Lunatic Asylum and his associates such as Dr. John L. Atlee, Dr. J. G. Gerhard, Rev. Dr. C. S. Gerhard and Rev. Dr. John Williamson Nevin.  There are some interesting articles that discuss the rise of female doctors.  Wrightsville, Lancaster, Columbia, and Harrisburg are mentioned in some of the articles.

Book 3 displays the most information concerning family weddings and obituaries.  James A. Gerhard gathered newspaper clippings pertaining to his family’s social life, education, employment and private life.  An article of interest is about the children’s story, “The Night Before Christmas.”


Conditions for Access: Book 1: Please fill out a call slip for viewing; Book 2: Please fill out a call slip for viewing; Book 3: Please make an appointment with the archivist.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  May not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language: English

Source of Acquisition:  Book 2 is a gift of Miss Mary E. Gerhard, 1 October 1948. The source of acquisition for Books 1 and 3 is unknown.

Related Materials at Lancaster County Historical Society:  Gerhard Family. Family files.


Subjects:  Gerhard, Calvin S. (Calvin Seibert), 1845-1902.

Gerhard family.

Franklin and Marshall College.

Franklin and Marshall College. Goethean Literary Society.

Linden Hall (Lititz, Pa.)

Drexel Institute of Technology.

Church buildings — Pennsylvania — Lancaster County.

Marriage customs and rites.




Women physicians.


Marginalia (annotations)



Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)

Lancaster County (Pa.) — History, local.

Columbia (Pa.)

Harrisburg (Pa.)

Lancaster (Pa.)


Administrative/Biographical History:        The Gerhard Family

The Gerhard Family was local to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  M. U.

Gerhard was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was employed at the State Lunatic Asylum. Dr. Calvin Seibert Gerhard, William T. Gerhard, and Darius William Gerhard were local ministers. 


Custodial History:  Previously housed in the Scrapbook Collection, Books 103, 106, and 107.

Cataloged by: CRB, October 2007.

This project was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, ME60112, 2007-2008.