Donating Historical Items


The Historical Society seeks donations of:

  • historical artifacts
  • photographs
  • yearbooks
  • majolica
  • materials related to the history of Phoenixville and the surrounding area

We also seek genealogy information from the public as well as old photographs of the area, schools, churches, community organizations, etc.

Photos do not have to be donated to the Society because HSPA can borrow your photos or negatives for scanning into our Photo Archives. All original photos or negatives will be returned if so requested.

old yearbooks

We have a collection of Phoenixville High School Yearbooks since they were first published in 1930. Researchers visiting our library find these publications to be valuable resources for family history. We would like to fill the “holes” in our collection and would welcome donations of yearbooks for the following years: 1986, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018.

Prior to 1930, Phoenixville High School published smaller booklets called “Purple and White” as commencement issues and additional issues in some years. We seek issues of the “Purple and White” for the following years: 1905, 1912,1914, 1915, and 1916. None were published from 1917 to 1920.

We also have Phoenixville Area Junior High School Yearbooks. We would like to have donated yearbooks for the years 1962 to 1966, 1974, and 1983 to 1992.

We also have yearbooks from the Northern Chester County Technical School (now known as Cat-Pickering) covering some of the years 1982 to 1989. We would appreciate donations of yearbooks covering the following years: 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2000 to the present.

Collecting Scope:
In evaluating potential donations, HSPA considers artifacts, documents, and photographs that have potential use for future exhibits or programs gaps in our current holdings or add to our knowledge of people, Organizations, places, and events in the history of the Phoenixville area.

Items Not Collected:
As a general practice, HSPA does not collect the following types of items that are:

  • In Poor or Damaged Condition
  • Hazardous materials
  • Copyright Restricted
  • LocaI Newspapers (Note: HSPA has the Daily RepubIican/Phoenix on microfilm.)
  • Photocopies (HSPA will scan photos and documents to be returned to you)
  • Family Memorabilia, Keepsakes, or Mementos
  • Family BibIes (HSPA will accept genealogical information from within them.)

If you are interested in donating historical items to HSPA, please print a donation form below to be submitted with your item when dropping it off at the Historical Society.

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