Welcome to our new online Collections Gallery. This will be an evolving collection of archives and information that will provide an outline of what is at your access at the Heritage Museum.
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Our Archives close at 3:30.
Saturdays: We are now on our winter schedule when the library is open two Saturdays per month or on average every other Saturday. Our Archives are closed on Saturdays.
The Library will be OPEN:
Saturday, February 13: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Library is closed 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Our Archives are closed on Saturdays.
The Library and Archives are closed Sundays & Mondays.
In case of inclement weather, please call us at 610-435-1074 to be sure we’re open before coming.
Museum, Library, and outlying sites are normally closed major holidays.
Highlights of the archives and library collections, with their
respective call numbers in parentheses, include the following:
Archives and Manuscripts (MSS and MSS/PF):
Personal, family, and business papers and records, including
ledgers, correspondence, diaries, drawings, scrapbooks, social
invitations and programs, passports and immigration materials,
financial and business records, and legal papers. These materials
are all cataloged and open to the public, although some restrictions
may apply due to the fragile nature of such items.
Photographs (PHOB and PHOTO):
Architectural and Technical Drawings:
Drawings by the architectural firm of Ruhe and Lange,
circa 1900-1920; drawings by miscellaneous firms; blueprints
of public buildings and residences; railroad drawings;
engineering drawings of roads, bridges, and railroads.
Church and Cemetery Records (284.1):
Over 800 volumes of baptismal, burial, pastoral and cemetery
records for Lehigh and neighboring counties; approximately
300 volumes for Lehigh County. Over 250 baptismal certificates
(including fraktur), late 1700s through the early 1900s, indexed.
For a list of our Lehigh County holdings, see the Church Records
section of our website.
The library serves as repository for many of the county's early
records. Of particular interest are the Orphans Court, tax, and
prison records. Orphans Court records, with index, 1815-1915.
Lehigh County tax records, 1813-1817, 1835, late 1840s-1970s.
Prison records: 1869-1912, 1916-1917, 1926-1930, 1938-1939,
partial index. Through the support of the Pennsylvania Historical
and Museum Commission, the LCHS has been able to catalog
our early county records holdings and microfilm the early tax records.
European Church and Legal Records for
Germanic Families (929.4):
Gerhard Hein: Church and legal records of Alsace (Hirschland,
Diedendorf, Drulingen, Rauweiler, Sieweiler, Gorlingen, Hangweiler,
Kirberg, Burbach, Lixheim, & Pisdorf). Rudi Jung: Familienbuch
der Evangelische Pfarrei Wolfersweiler und ihrer Filialen. Ella
Gieg: Auswanderungen aus dem Odenwaldkreis.
Compiled Family Histories (929.2):
Over 800 volumes.
Local German- and English-language newspapers,
1812-1919. Welt Bote, 1854-1916.
Vital Records (microfilm; card index):
City Directories (917.482): Allentown, 1860-current.
Wills (microfilm; 929.3):
Wills and estate records, 1812-1916, indexed (microfilm).
543 wills, 1812-1890, translated from the German Sitterlin
script by Lewis W. Donat (929.3).
Approximately 1,550 deeds, surveys, and warrants, dating from
the mid-1700s through the mid-1800s, partially indexed.
Military records (929.3):
Lehigh County Veterans Grave Registrations.
Immigration and Ship Lists:
(REF 929.2; microfilm; compact disc):
Federal records for Lehigh and Northampton Counties,
1790-1920; indexed for the years 1790-1870. Records
for other neighboring counties, depending on the year.
Maps (912 and MPD):