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The Germantown Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and interpreting the rich and diverse history of the Germantown neighborhood. The society carries out its mission with a museum, library and archives, and visitors center.

General Contact Information

Germantown Historical Society
5501 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215)844-2831 (fax)
Hours: Tues., Thurs: 9-5; Sun.: 1-5

Specific Contacts

  • Librarian
  • Dr. Mary Dabney, Director


Records dating back to the 17th century to 1856 relating to Germantown Township (Germantown, Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill) and from 1856 to the present documenting the Germantown community. Included are archives of the Philadelphia-Germantown-Norristown Railroad, the African-American Genealogy Group, newspapers, maps, land records, deeds, and hundreds of individual and organizational inventories and records. The photograph collection includes thousands of glass plate negatives, daguerreotypes, and lantern slides. Other offerings include rare books, oral history interviews, and an extensive collection on the Wissahickon.


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