The York County Heritage Trust Library and Archives has recently added four databases to the YCHT website.
For nearly 15 years YCHT has been entering cataloging and description information for its vast collections of manuscripts, photographs, postcards, books, objects and other items, such as architectural drawings, into PastPerfect. This software was developed for archival and museum collections and is used by thousands of institutions worldwide. For nearly as long, staff and volunteers have also been scanning the individual items and adding the digital images to the records.
These finding aids have only been available in house, but a recent grant from the Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation has made possible the purchase of on-line components needed for sharing many of these images with the world.
The first four collections, now available at www.yorkheritage.org are York City Streets and Alleys, Family Bible collection, the Dempwolf Architectural Drawing collection and the York County Postcard collection, four of the most used visual collections at YCHT.
The York City street scenes include streetscapes, individual buildings and events taking place on identified streets. The photos date from the 1870s until present, older ones being in the majority.
The postcard collection is a nice complement to the street scenes. They date from the late 1800s to well past the middle of the 20th century. Some are in color, showing some street scenes, landscapes, buildings, monuments and other items of interest throughout York County long before the widespread use of color photography.
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