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David J. Schmidt Collection
Joseph Price Diary
Lower Merion & Narberth Postcards
The First 300
  • The First 300: The Amazing and Rich History of Lower Merion (2000)

    Edited by Dick Jones. 284 pages of our fascinating history authored by more than 85 local experts and filled with over 800 vintage photographs and lithographs.

    The First 300

  • Lower Merion & Narberth Postcards (2010)

    Edited by Jerry Francis and Sarah Francis, part of the Postcard History Series published by Arcadia Publishing Company. 128 pages with more than 200 historical images.

    Lower Merion & Narberth Postcards

  • Joseph Price Diary (1788-1828)

    The complete 1,211 pages of the 40-year diary of a prominent local Quaker. Transcribed by Mary Wood of the Lower Merion Historical Society; includes a topic finder.

    Joseph Price Diary

  • History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (1884)

    By William J. Buck. Chapter 1, Lower Merion Township.

    History of Montgomery County

  • Manufacturing Industries (1884)

    By Theodore W. Bean. A description of manufacturing locations in Lower Merion, paper, powder and cotton mills as well as Pencoyd Iron Works.

    Manufacturing Industries

  • A Brief History of Lower Merion Township (1888)

    By Perry L. Anderson. This handwritten history of Lower Merion was transcribed by the Lower Merion Historical Society in 2001.

    A Brief History of Lower Merion Township

  • Lower Merion Academy (1888)

    By Perry L. Anderson. This handwritten history of Lower Merion Academy, home of the Lower Merion Historical Society, was transcribed by the Historical Society in 2007.

    Lower Merion Academy

  • Glimpses of Lower Merion (1958)

    By Charles R. Barker. Planned as a series of newspaper articles, but never published.

    Glimpses of Lower Merion History

  • Montgomery County: The Second Hundred Years (1983)

    Lower Merion

    Chapter 25, by Phyllis Maier

    Narberth

    Chapter 33, by Victoria Donohoe

    Rich Men and Their Castles

    Chapter 109, by Phyllis Maier. The lives of the wealthy and the mansions they built along the Main Line in Lower Merion.

  • Biographies (1988)

    Edited by Mary Wood. Brief biographies of 350 notable residents of Lower Merion.

    Biographies

  • Lower Merion Academy: A Legend in Learning (1997)

    the academy seen from the track below

    By Jo Anne Debes and Gerald A. Francis.A history of the oldest schoolhouse in the county, in continuous use for educational purposes since 1812.

    Lower Merion Academy

  • Public Schools in Lower Merion and Narberth (2004)

    Pencoyd school, 3 stories with pointed cupola

    By Ted Goldsborough. A brief history of our public schools.

    Public Schools in Lower Merion and Narberth

  • David J. Schmidt Collection (2000-03)

    By David Schmidt. A collection of articles for Main Line Life; Schmidt received the 2001 Historical Architectural Review Board Journalism Award for Outstanding Service.

    David J. Schmidt Collection

  • The Lower Merion Society for the Detection and Prosecution of Horse Thieves and the Recovery of Stolen Horses (2016)

    horse rider with pitchfork shouts 'Stop thief', circle border, top half blue with white stars, bottom red

    By Jerry Francis. The history of this ancient Lower Merion tradition, founded in 1818, and still in existence.

    The Lower Merion Society for the Detection and Prosecution of Horse Thieves and the Recovery of Stolen Horses