Bucks County Cultural Society's archival holdings date from 1686 to the present. Below you will find some of the areas and topics our holdings cover, along with an overview of some of our collections. Please Note: This is not a comprehensive list of our holdings.
For more information about our collections, as we are currently updating this page, please use the contact form on our homepage or the email address provided on this page.
Artists Represented in Our Collections: Heidi Bergmann, Erika Booner, T.M. Fowler, Katherine Grever Lichty, H. Heinrich, Dorothy Holcombe, Katia McGuirk, Kathleen Peyser, Francis Schmidt, Jennifer Spear, CJ White, and Norris White. Additionally, we hold title to George Sotter's 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition award certificate, as well as a ledger that belonged to the family of Bucks County artist Edward Redfield.
Families Represented in Our Collections: Basquette, Burr, Callum, Clay, Colmyer, Cope, Crouthamel, Davis, Deschamps, Doan, Doyl, Grim, Gutzlaff, Joos, Landes, Mercer, Meredith, Newman, Redfield, Ruth, Schmidt, Smith, Strassburger, Wehmeyer, and Weinreb.
Please send us an email, including your contact information (name, address, email, and phone), describing what you would like to donate.
We can be reached at the following address:
Or you can use the contact form provided on our homepage.
All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Daniel Brinson (planter) to John Wood (carpenter).
Recorded in 1686 on page 83 in Bucks County deed book Vol. I.
Note: A portion of this indenture is displayed on our homepage.
This collection consists of items related to the life of late actress and former Bucks County resident Lina Basquette. Collection includes one photograph, a book brochure, a typed book postscript, correspondence, newspaper articles, and a piece of Show Folks sheet music.
This collection contains numerous broadsides. More information will be posted, as this section is being updated.
A changing landscape.
If only for a moment, the planned sale of property provides a valuable window into the past.
This collection consists of items primarily related to the business activities of H.H. Cope. Dates range from the late 19th to the early 20th century. A five page typed sketch, dated March 1, 1943, is also present. This sketch contains information on Jacob Erdman Cope and the history of the Cope family.
This collection consists of items chiefly related to the life of Charles L. Doan of Yardleyville, PA. Contents of this collection include two diaries, one from 1957 and the other from 1960. Other items represented: 47 photos and various papers pertaining to the Mid Jersey Region Inc Model A Restorers Club.
This collection consists of ten items. The earliest document in the collection is a 1733 indenture, which is shown at the top of this page.
Please Note: More information will be posted, as this section is currently being updated.
This collection contains numerous images from Doylestown photographers. The above occupational CDV is by B. Billian. Please note: This section is being updated. More information will be posted.
Rare cased image by Doylestown photographer S.A. Smith.
Detail of a portrait of an unidentified lady. Acquired in Buckingham, PA. Our collection contains one other image from this studio.
This collection consists of items chiefly related to the General Greene Inn & the following families: Joos, Wehmeyer, and Wilson. Included are the storefront letters from Edna's Antique Shop, original art, business cards, two photo albums, loose photos, postcards, printer's block, yearbooks, and more.
Henry Mercer: Typed and signed draft letter on BCHS letterhead. Letter is dated February 25, 1925 and is addressed to J. Carroll Tobias Esq. of Bethlehem, PA. Mercer's two page letter was written in response to Mr. Tobias's letter of Feb. 23rd of the same year. In reply to Mr. Tobias, Mercer provides his opinion on the design and origin of a particular tomahawk.
Lela Mercer: Aldie RPPC sent to Her Excellency Lady Cartwright. Postcard was postmarked in Doylestown at 9 PM on Nov. 14, 1910. A portion of Lela's message is pictured to the left.
William Mercer: Collection of eight hand stamped 8x10 inch cards from Ornamental Concrete Works of Doylestown, PA. These cards feature numerous works in concrete by William Mercer. Cards are numbered in the upper righthand corner using Roman numerals. Collection is incomplete. Our holdings cover the following cards: I, II, III, IV, VI, VIII, IX, and XI.
This collection contains items relating to the life of Richard B. Newman, former Bucks County Manager. Contents include: ordination certificate, plaque, partially completed manuscript for book on barns, hundreds of images documenting barns, hundreds of family related images, newspaper clippings, and more.
Business logbooks covering the time period from 1968 to 2023. Absent from the collection are the following two years: 1981 and 2005. Collection also includes: original business property deeds, cards, menus, mixed ephemera, newspaper articles, photographs, poetry, etc.
This collection consists of items primarily related to the lives of J.A. Peter & Ralph Beaver Strassburger. Correspondence and photographs are present and illustrate the family's connection to Normandy Farm in Gwynedd Valley, PA, along with their connection to Ferne du Coteau-Deauville in France.
This collection contains club membership lists and newsletters from 2003 to 2016. It also includes vintage ephemera, postcards, trade cards, and more.
Leo Weinreb worked on the development of the video camera used by American astronauts to deliver (to network TV) the first live images of our planet from space. This collection contains many images relating to Weinreb and his family. Also included are items pertaining to Mr. Weinreb's education and career.