Available in the Research Center Archives
The Lansdale Historical Research Center has an extensive collection of records and artifacts that predate the incorporation of Lansdale Borough in 1872.
The centerpiece of the center’s collection is its newspaper archives, which includes 150 years of Lansdale (North Penn) Reporter issues that are preserved in bound volumes, on microfilm, unbound in boxes, on CD-ROMs and digital files. Also included in the collection are volumes of the North Penn Republican and Review, and North Penn News, competitors of The Reporter.
Our collection, which is in the process of being data-based, also includes more than 400,000 negatives and slide images from The Reporter newspaper, as well as many century-old photographs and postcards depicting old-time Lansdale and vicinity that have been donated.
In addition, the Research Center includes high school yearbooks, tax records, old maps, data-based obituaries, family genealogies, business directories, county, regional and local histories, Lansdale Cemetery records and many more specialized documents.
A goal of the Lansdale Historical Society is to make local history readily available and affordable for all residents of the North Penn region. We do not have an admission charge for use of the research center.
In most cases, access to our resources is free to all society members in good standing. Non-members may be granted free access on a case by case basis with preference given to students, educators, non-profit community organizations.
Typical rates for non-members are:
- Use of microfilm viewer/copier, $10 per hour.
- Research assistance by staff members, $20 per hour.
- Reproduction of materials by: Copier $.35 per page; computerized scanner, $5 per item; personal flash drives, $5 per file.
We may allow limited photographing of archival material using digital cameras with prior permission from the research center director on duty.
INTERNET OR E-MAIL FEES
The Lansdale Historical Society welcomes internet and e-mail inquiries for research.
Rates will be determined on a case-by-case basis. A $1.50 postage and handling fee will be imposed for all mailing requests. Items requiring additional postage will be processed accordingly.
Requests for research information should be made to our E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.