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Guide to Discovery Tool Search Results

Our Discovery Tool combines data from several of our collections databases into one search function.  While all of this material is searchable via our in-house databases, this is the first time that much of this material has been accessible through the web.  To help you sort out the results, listed below is a description of some of the different types of materials you might find through this new tool.

Archives/Finding Aids

Manuscript Groups (MGs) are collections of materials which have a common theme or origin. They may be the records of a family, an individual, an organization, or a local business. These finding aids (the contents list) for each manuscript group provide patrons with a description of what each Manuscript Group holds.  In order to assisst us in locating the Manuscript Group for you during your visit or to provide you with reproductions of specific documents, please note the Manuscript Group Catalog Number, the Series Number, Box Number, Folder Number, and Item Number.



The Journal/Every Name Index

The Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (JLCHS) has been published continuously since 1896.  We do not currently provide access to digital versions of every Journal article, however a small selection is available through this Web site.  We do house a complete set in our Reading Room.  You may order Journal articles and Journal issues HERE.  Please note the Volume, Number, Page Numbers, and Article Title.



Items which are listed as being part of "Collections/Archives" are documents which are part of our County Records Collection.  You can find a complete description of the various types of documents found in this collection HERE.



The visual images of Lancaster County are captured in more than 30,000 photographs housed in the photographic collections of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Included are early tintypes, daguerreotypes, stereographs, cartes de visite, and cabinet cards taken by local nineteenth century photographers. Thousands of twentieth century commercial and amateur photographs depict the cultural and social landscape of Lancaster County.

The photographs in our collection that can be found via this search can be viewed in our Reading Room through our in-house databases.  You may also request reproductions of particular images HERE.  If you are interested in using any of these images for publication or exhibition, you may find the appropriate information HERE.



We will gladly provide you with any assistance in accessing our Object Collections.  To request an image of an object, more detailed information, or to request an appointment to see an object, please contact Wendell Zercher, Curator.



The Library of the Lancaster County Historical Society is a research facility of genealogical and local history materials for Lancaster County. Containing over 15,000 volumes, the collection also includes, maps, family files, subject information files, microfilm and CD’s. A reference collection consisting of indexes, journals and books is available for browsing. All other books are housed in closed stacks and must be requested at the reference desk.  You will find a more detailed description of its holdings HERE.  While the Discovery Tool will provide you with an overview of our Library holdings, users may find more detailed information using our Library Catalog.

Our Blogs

The History Bucket


Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog


Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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