The First 300: the Amazing and Rich History of Lower Merion

The First 300: The Amazing and Rich History of Lower Merion – Edited by Dick Jones (2000)
284 pages of our fascinating history authored by more than 85 notable local experts and filled with over 800 vintage photographs and lithographs!

Lower Merion & Narberth

Authored by The Lower Merion Historical Society and edited by Jerry Francis and Sarah Francis; it is part of the Postcard History Series that is published by Arcadia Publishing Company. It is 128 pages with more than 200 historical images.

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Joseph Price Diary (1789-1828)
The complete text, comprising 1,211 pages of this 40 year diary of a prominent local Quaker.

History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania by William J. Buck (1884)
Chapter 1, describing the history of Lower Merion Township.

Manufacturing Industries by Theodore W. Bean (1884)
A description of manufacturing locations in Lower Merion, paper, powder and cotton mills as well as Pencoyd Iron Works.

A Brief History of Lower Merion Township by Perry L. Anderson (1888)
This handwritten history of Lower Merion was transcribed by the Lower Merion Historical Society in 2001.

Lower Merion Academy by Perry L. Anderson (1888)
This handwritten history of Lower Merion Academy was transcribed by the Lower Merion Historical Society in 2007.

Glimpses of Lower Merion by Charles R. Barker. Planned as a series of newspaper articles, but never published.

Montgomery County – The Second Hundred Years – edited by Jean B. Toll and Michael J. Schwager (1983)
Portion of this volume, published by the Montgomery County Federation of Historical Societies, concerning Lower Merion Township.

Rich Men and Their Castles edited by Phyllis Maier (1983)
A description of the lives of wealthy residents of Lower Merion and the mansions they built along the Main Line.

Biographies – edited by Mary Wood (1988)
Brief biographies of 350 notable residents of Lower Merion.

Lower Merion Academy: A Legend in Learning by Jo Anne Debes and Gerald A. Francis (1997)
A history of this 1812 schoolhouse, which has been in continuous use for educational purposes.

Public Schools in Lower Merion and Narberth – by Ted Goldsborough (1999, revised 2004)
Brief history of public schools.

David J. Schmidt Collection – A collection of articles by journalist and history specialist for Main Line Life David Schmidt. Recipient of the 2001 Historical Architectural Review Board Journalism Award for Outstanding Service.