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The Description of the Borough of Reading (Major William Stahle, 1841, 66 pages
Historical Sketch of Kutztown and Maxatawny, Berks County, Penn'a (John S. Ermentrout, 1876, 60 pages)
Glimpses of Reading, PA (Leinbach & Bro., Clothiers, About 1890-1900, 48 pages)
The City of Reading and Vicinity and Their Resources (J. H. Sutherland, 1896, 136 pages)
History of Reading 1748-1898 (Morton L. Montgomery, 1898, 334 pages)
Souvenir of Reading, PA (G. A. Schlechter & J. Geo. Hintz, ~1900, 14 pages)
Views of Reading (Schlechter’s, 1901, 53 pages)
[Souvenir of] Reading (L. H. Nelson Company, ~1905-1910, 33 pages)
Reading – Old and New (H. A. DeForest, 1909, 80 pages)
The Penn Street Viaduct (D. K. Hoch, 1914, 21 pages)
The Centennial History of Kutztown, Pennsylvania (Historical Committee of the Kutztown Centennial Association, 1915, 262 pages)
Annals of Womelsdorf, Pa. and Community 1723-1923 (Rev. P. C. Croll, 1923, 151 pages)
The Tulpehocken Bi-Centennial (Womelsdorf, Pa. Executive Committee, 1923, 260 pages)
The Official Pictorial Record of the 175th Anniversary of the Founding of Reading, PA (M. S. Graver, 1923, 109 pages)
Souvenir Program of the 175th Anniversary of the Founding of Reading, PA (1923, 165 pages)
Fifty Years of Fleetwood History (Alfred W. Blatt & Charles H. Esser, 1923, 93 pages)
Historic Reading From 1748-1923 (Anonymous, 1923, 31 pages)
Annals of the Oley Valley in Berks County, PA (Rev. P. C. Croll, 1926, 148 pages)
History of Leesport and West Leesport, 1840-1940 Official Souvenir (Nick Moser, 1940, 68 pages)
Rare and Early Prints of Reading (The Reading Eagle, 1968, 22 pages)
Hamburg and Northern Berks County, PA – ‘Pictorial of the Past’ Volume 1 (Hamburg Savings & Trust Co., ~1970’s, 52 pages)

 

This is a collection of various historical and genealogical reference works on Pennsylvania.  These references cover 1000's of individuals, and are an excellent way to start or continue research focused on PA. 

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The Description of the Borough of Reading (Major William Stahle, 1841, 66 pages)

This booklet is a very early look at the city of Reading in Berks Co., PA.  According to the title page it is a description of "its population, institutions, trade, manufactures &c, &c, with a notice of its first settlement, and many curious historical matters."

Table of Contents:
I. - Location and first settlements of Reading
II. - The census of Reading, list of houses, number of taxable citizens
III. - List of Churches, showing location, dates of erection, Pastors
IV. - Courts, Judges, Attorneys, County officers, Justice of the Peace, Surveyors, Sheriffs, Physicians and Apothecaries
V. - Merchants and traders, Mechanics, Business cards
VI. - List of Public Hotels and Inns, Streets, Bridges, Markets
VII. - Post Office, Printing Offices, Banks, Public buildings
VIII. - Manufactures and Public improvements, Iron Works, Canals and Rail Road, Water Company
IX. - Education, Reading Academy, Female Seminary, Private, Infant and Free Schools, Sunday Schools
X. - Societies, Charitable, and literary, Libraries
XI. - Government of the Borough of Reading, Watchmen, Fire Companies
XII. - Miscellaneous Matters, Conclusion

Historical Sketch of Kutztown and Maxatawny, Berks County,
Penn'a (John S. Ermentrout, 1876, 60 pages)

This publication begins with a brief history of the settlement and growth of Kutztown and Maxatawny, and also includes a description of the area's past military involvement and educational opportunities.  Another section focuses on the area's religious history, and gives a biography of a number of the local preachers: Johann Heinrich Helferich, Charles Gebler Herrmann, J. Sassaman Herrmann, Alfred J. Herrmann, Daniel Lehman, John Knoske, Daniel Kohler, J. C. Smith, G. A. Hinterleiter, George F. Spieker, Isaac Roeller, B. E. Kramlich, and Alfred D. Croll.

Glimpses of Reading, PA (Leinbach & Bro., Clothiers, About 1890-1900, 48 pages)
This is a pictorial souvenir of the city of Reading providing over 60 photographs of the city, its buildings, and surrounding attractions.

The City of Reading and Vicinity and Their Resources
(J. H. Sutherland, 1896, 136 pages)

This publication is a very rare historical and biographical volume on Berks County, PA.  It was written as a memorial to the citizens of Reading and its vicinity, and features biographical sketches of some of the city's prominent individuals.  Further sketches focus on some of the city's important businesses and trades.  Along with the sketches, there are dozens of photogravures of the sketch subjects and buildings of the area, as well as local business advertisements.  The majority of the information presented is found only in this publication, making this an excellent source for historical or genealogical research.

Surnames Indexed:
Adams, Ahrens, Althouse, Auerbach, Beears, Behrens, Blachman, Blimline, Blessing, Blome, Boyer, Briner, Brown, Carpenter, Croessant, Croll, Daniell, Deck, Drexel, Eberley, Edwards, Endlich, Ermentrout, Eshelman, Fehr, Flicker, Fisher, Frame, Fries, Godrey, Goldman, Goodman, Griesemer, Gring, Haage, Hafer, Hantsch, Heckman, Heim, Hendricks, Herbein, Heizmann, High, Himmelberger, Hintz, Hipple, Hodges, Hoffman, Horst, Hutchison, Johnson, Kahler, Keller, Keppelman, Kessler, Kintzer, Kissinger, Kremp, Lambert, Lance, Landis, Lease, Leinbach, Lerch, Levan, Lichty, Long, Luden, Lutz, McConnell, McGowan, McNurney, Miller, Mohn, Moyer, Mull, Myers, Norton, O'Brien, O'Rourke, Palm, Reber, Reeser, Remppis, Rickert, Roehrich, Romig, Schlechter, Schlegel, Schmeck, Shanaman, Smith, Stine, Stocker, Strunk, Spatz, Tate, Thompson, Van Reed, Wagenhorst, Weber, Weidner, Wertz, Wetherhold, Wickel, Wickert, Worley, Yoder, Young

History of Reading 1748-1898 (Morton L. Montgomery, 1898, 334 pages)
This is a Sesquicentennial History of the City of Reading, Berks County, PA, from 1748-1898.  It gives an account of the early history of the area, the settlement and foundation of the town, as well as a description of its growth in various ways down through the years.

Souvenir of Reading, PA (G. A. Schlechter & J. Geo. Hintz, ~1900, 14 pages)
This is a souvenir of the city of Reading, Berks County, PA.  It contains around 3 dozen illustrations of Reading's historic and important buildings or other scenes around Reading.

Views of Reading (Schlechter’s, 1901, 53 pages)
This publication was produced as a souvenir of the city of Reading, Berks County, PA.  It contains over 60 photographs of historic buildings or locations around the city.

[Souvenir of] Reading (L. H. Nelson Company, ~1905-1910, 33 pages)
This publication was produced as a souvenir of the city of Reading, PA, at the time the 4th largest city in the state.  It contains over three dozen photographs of historic buildings or locations around the city.

Reading – Old and New (H. A. DeForest, 1909, 80 pages)
This is a historic and photographic highlight of the city of Reading, Berks County, PA and vicinity.  The cover titles this publication "Herald of a New and Better Reading."  It begins with a brief history of Reading's foundation and expansion since, and then highlights it commercial, industrial and civic prospects.  The remaining portion of the publication is devoted to sketches of the business and industrial operations of Reading and Wyomissing.  This publication also contains over 200 photographs of Reading's important buildings, businesses and some of its leading citizens.

Sketches of Businesses and Business People:
Consumer's Gas Company, Norton Printing House, Lord & Gage Department Store, C. K. Whitner & Co. Department Store, J. O. Glase & Co., Edw. Pengelly & Brother, First National Bank, Leinbach & Bro., Abner S. Deysher, National Hook and Eye Company, Mansion House, Farmers' Hotel, G. M. Britton Co. Department Store, Consolidated Telephone Co.'s of Pennsylvania, Reading Cold Storage & Ice Co., George W. Beard & Co. Inc., E. R. Snyder, Lance Lumber Co., J. S. Bachman, Hafer & Bro., A. W. Wolfinger Co., Edmund J. Gable, Penna. Pretzel Co., Nolan Real Estate and Insurance Agency, Mrs. Frank Miller,  C. F. Heller Bindery, Allen D. Boady, A. F. Epler, Penn Troy Laundry, Evans' Jewelry Store, P. M. Ziegler Co., Reading Standard Company, Wm. F. Remppis Co., Reading Ribbon Badge Co., J. C. Miller, Wm. F. Rissmiller, Baer Building, J. Mould & Co., Louis Heilbron, Leinbach Box Company, Reading Trust Company, Pennsylvania Knitting Mills Co. of Reading, J. W. Holmes & Co., Penn Chain Works, Reading Electric Co., Reading Chandelier Works, J. G. Mohn & Bros., Luther G. Dauth, Stetler & Mengel, Pear and Isecovitz, Kline Eppihimer & Co., I. M. Beaver, Heny Martz, C. W. Behrle, Metropolitan Knitting Mills, Frank Harner, Loeper & Son, Reading Bell Telephone Service, Reading Mutual Life Insurance Company, A. R. Orth & Son, Banford A. Kemp, Standard Paper Box Manufacturing Co. LTD., Brehm Bros., H. Merget, Penn Nationals Bank, Wm. D. Wolfinger, J. G. Speidel, D. L. Reber, H. A. Brown, G. B. Kostenbader, F. S. Edwards, Jeremiah K. Grant, Mt. Penn Pattern Works, Samuel Mlodoch, Star Theatre, A. W. Haag & Co., E. M. Gingrich, Dr. A. Esenwein, H. J. Heck, American Iron and Steel Manufacturing Co., John G. McGowan Co., Gehris Herbine Co., Gaenzle & Regenfuse, Caleb Weidner, W. C. Borst, Reading Engraving Co., Bakers' Corporation Co., Farmers' National Bank, Reading Steel Casting Co., Reading Typographical Union No. 86, W. H. Schearer, Morgan Paint Co., A. B. Saylor Blome, F. H. Shaw, Koller's Ice Cream and Confectionary, Steiner & Talcott Silk Co., Ammon & Bro., C. W. Haas & Co., Berks Manufacturing Co., West Lawn Building Lots, W. M. Leinbach & Sons, Albright & Shenton, John B. Dampman, Berks Auto and Garage Co., John J. Kern, D. Benton Silvis, The Penn, E. M. Keller, John H. Stegman, E. W. Bosold, J. P. Sellers & Co., Jos. O. Flatt & Co., W. F. Stern, W. F. Bellemere, Reading Pants Mfg. Co., L. H. Focht & Son, Engle & Van Denberg, William T. Snyder, H. L. O'Brien, Arbogast & Bastian Company, J. F. Kachline, Oscar L. Woerner, Hospitable Hotel and Host City Hotel, T. P. Moore, Central Bowling Alleys, J. C. Bauder, Wm. H. Dechant Engineer, Reading Rug Works, W. W. Wunder, W. A. Sharp, Grand Union Tea Co., I. M. Francis, L. B. Barrel, Monarch Visible Typewritter, Warren F. Linderman, Wertz Milling Co., Wm. C. Rheinwalt, Noble A. Barnett, Textile Machine Works, Berkshire Knitting Mills, Arnolds Commercial Book Shop, Dives Pomeroy & Stewarts Department Store, B. W. Ziegler Art and Wall Paper Store, Nick F. Smith, Pennsylvania Trust Co., E. B. Lutz, Berthold Imhoff, John Kuebler & Co., Elmer E. Moore & Bro., Chas. H. Schlegel, American King Herb Co., Paul A. Russell, Dominic Maurer, Luria Bros. & Company, Bertolet & Hunter, John P. Kline, Reading Candy Kitchen, William Grieshaber, D. C. Kalbach & Bro., Geo. R. Maltzberger, A. J. Funk's Candy Kitchen, Wm. H. Rapp & Co., A. J. Brumbach, Keystone Badge Co., Heck Brothers, Keystone Electric, Geo. C. Pease, Second National Bank, Schuylkill Seminary, Howard E. Gerhardt, I. Rhoads, Reading Radiator Co., Daniel H. Hunter, E. B. Wolf, E. F. Wink & Co., Modern Shoe Reparing Co., White House Spring Water, Robert W. Madeira, F. E. Hafer, F. W. Woolworth & Co., Reading Waste Paper Co., Gottlieb Mayer, Herald Engraving Co., Irvin D. Neff, Maurice E. Roeder, Mrs. M. E. Boas, J. W. Clark, W. C. K. Fisher, Equitable Life Ins. Co., Jesse M. Sprecher, George I. Dengler, Yocum & Gring, Mrs. H. P. Dinsen, Reading Overall Supply Co., D. E. Hassler, Board of Health, A. C. Clauser, Queen Washer, Xander Machine and Supply Company, Dr. Hacker Specific Co., Irving Riggs, A. & E. Harvey, Adler Leaf Tobacco Co., D. H. Maurer, Strohecker's Rubber Tire and Carriage Works, Miss May Lowry

The Centennial History of Kutztown, Pennsylvania
(Historical Committee of the Kutztown Centennial Association, 1915, 262 pages)

This is a Centennial History of the borough of Kutztown, Berks County, PA from 1815-1915.  It contains a great deal of historical information on the town and surrounding area.  There is also a section that focuses in on some of the town's prominent families: Bieber, Deysher, Dietrich, Fister, eehr, Grim, Hottenstein, Kemp, Kutz, Levan, Schaeffer, Sharadin, Siegfried, Wink and Zimmerman.

Annals of Womelsdorf, Pa. and Community 1723-1923
(Rev. P. C. Crol, 1923, 151 pages)

This is a bicentennial history of the town and region of Womelsdorf, Berks County, PA.  It contains historical and personal accounts along with portraits and pictures of the area.

The Tulpehocken Bi-Centennial
(Womelsdorf, Pa. Executive Committee, 1923, 260 pages)

This is a history and program of the events of the Tulpehocken bi-centennial June 28th, 29th, 30th and July 1st, 1923.  It contains a series of historical sketches covering two hundred years from 1723-1923.

Main Topics:
Womelsdorf
The committees
Introduction
Vast Changes
Four-day program
Synopsis of the historical pageant
Two centuries in twenty-five year periods,
 - Period of Settlement (1723-1750)
 - The Stormy Period of War and Defense-(l750-1775)
 - Period of Revolution and National Independence (1775-1800)
 - Period 0f Internal Development (1800-1825).
 - Period 0f Expansion and Bitter Sectional Agitations (1825-1850)
 - Period 0f National and Local Prosperity (1875-1900).
 - The modern Period of Twentieth Century Civilization (1900-1923)
Documentary data concerning the Tulpehocken Settlement
Interesting historical data
The Tulpehocken community as others saw it
Tulpehocken offspring--The Penns Creek Settlement
The Hessian prisoners
Few pioneer families
Early educators of Womelsdorf
Tul-pi-wi-ha-ki Lodge
Diary of Rev. Fred. A. C. Muhlenberg
Church history of the Tulpehocken region for the two hundred years
Tulpehocken Bi-Centennial Pageant

The Official Pictorial Record of the 175th Anniversary of the
Founding of Reading, PA (M. S. Graver, 1923, 109 pages)

This is a pictorial record of the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Reading, showing dozens of photographs of the anniversary parade and those participating in the celebration.

Souvenir Program of the 175th Anniversary of
the Founding of Reading, PA (1923, 165 pages)

This is a program of the events associated with the 175th Anniversary celebration of Reading's Founding.  In addition to covering the events of the celebration, it provides a description of the town and its prominent members, a list of those involved in the celebration, views of various buildings of the city, and numerous ads for local businesses.

Historic Reading From 1748-1923 (Anonymous, 1923, 31 pages)
This booklet contains a series of brief snippets of Berks County history.

Fifty Years of Fleetwood History
(Alfred W. Blatt & Charles H. Esser, 1923, 93 pages)

This booklet was published as a brief history of the town of Fleetwood, Berks Co., PA, as well as a program of the events connected with its 50th Anniversary celebration.  This historical information covers Fleetwood's residents, businesses, industries, churches, social organizations and similar topics.

Historic Reading From 1748-1923 (Anonymous, 1923, 31 pages)
This booklet contains a series of brief snippets of Berks County history.

Annals of the Oley Valley in Berks County, PA
(Rev. P. C. Croll, 1926, 148 pages)

This publication is a history of the early settlers of the Oley Valley, and their contribution to the growth of the County.  It focuses especially on the families of Baumann, Bertolet, Boone, DeBenneville, DeTurck, Fisher, Greisemer, Guldin, Herbein, Hoch, Hunter, Kaufman, Leinbach, Lesher, LeVan, Lincoln, and Yoder.

History of Leesport and West Leesport 1840-1940
Official Souvenir (Nick Moser, 1940, 68 pages)

This is a centennial history of the towns of Leesport and West Leesport, Berks County, covering the period 1840-1940. It included details of the early history of the area, and the foundation and growth of the towns. It also includes a list of WWI soldiers from the area and a list of patrons who helped with the publication of the booklet.

Rare and Early Prints of Reading (The Reading Eagle, 1968, 22 pages)
This booklet is a collection of historic pictures pertaining to the city of Reading, Berks County, PA.

Hamburg and Northern Berks County, PA – ‘Pictorial of the Past’
Volume 1 (Hamburg Savings & Trust Co., ~1970’s, 52 pages)

This is  a collection of 50 antique photographs and postcards of Hamburg and vicinity, in northern Berks Co., PA.  It provides a nice souvenir of the area and its past.


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