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Archives and Research

The Downingtown Area Historical Society strives to provide the Downingtown area community with access to images, maps and articles related to local history.  Our mission to provide stewardship of our rich local culture and history is central to our lives. We offer a number of services and features to help you learn more about our history as well as yours.

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We have thousands of photographic images in archives.  If you are looking for a particular subject please let us know and we can see if it is in one of our collections.

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Research your family's Downingtown area history in our 14,000+ record Family File database.


We have thousands of newspaper clippings and other archival items related to Downingtown area businesses, schools, churches, organizations, and events.


See our collection online collection of maps and aerial photographs of the Downingtown area.


We have several historic directories of Downingtown online.

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Personal recollections of Downingtown

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If you are unable to come in to the Historical Society we may be able to research your area of interest for you for a small fee.

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