Search the Photo Collection
THE LOWER MERION HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTO COLLECTION
The Historical Society's Library consists of two distinct collections
housed at the Lower Merion Academy. The photographs are available to the
public for use only in the Reference Room of the Lower Merion Academy.
They are considered Reference Materials and do not circulate without
Due to the age and fragile nature of these images, patrons are asked to
exercise caution when working with these resources. To avoid
inadvertently marking this material, the public is requested to use
pencil (instead of ink) while taking notes.
1. The W. Robert Swartz Photo Collection
This collection consists of
over 800 photographs and lithographs reproduced from the Lower Merion
Historical Society's archives and those of other organizations in the
area. These photographs were printed in the book "The First 300: The
Amazing and Rich History of Lower Merion" published by The Lower Merion
Historical Society in 2000 (ISBN 0-7881-8500-4). This book may be
purchased from Diane Publishing Company, or in Lower Merion area
book stores. The images in this collection are available online.
2. The Houses & Estates Collection
This collection consists of over 800
photographs and fact sheets that encompass over 150 houses and estates in the Lower
Merion area. The majority of this material was the research papers of
William Alan Morrison who was the author of the book "The Main Line:
Country Houses of Philadelphia's Storied Suburb, 1870-1930" published by
Acanthus Press, N.Y. in 2002 (ISBN 0-926494-21-X). This book may be
purchased in local area book stores.
The images in this collection are
not available online.