Collections

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Representing more than three centuries of regional history, our collections include objects, manuscripts, published resources, and photographic archives.  CCHS also administers the Chester County Archives , the County's official government records, which are housed at the Government Services Center in West Goshen Township.

What We Have

Our Museum
Appreciated by the novice and the expert, CCHS’ well respected collections represent more than three centuries of regional history- the ordinary, the elegant, the unusual and the necessary. View examples from one of the finest spice box, furniture and decorative arts collections in the country. 

Chester County A to Z
This virtual exhibit tells the stories  that reveal something about the people and places where they lived. We save them in order to learn more about ourselves and our own community, wherever it is.

Our Library
The written record of the county’s history, whether created by hand or printing press, can be discovered in the letters, diaries, newspapers, genealogies, maps, books and journals available in our library. 

Visit http://chestercohistorical.org/finding-aids-all to view our Finding Aids.

Photo Archives
If historic photographs are what you seek, the CCHS collection of over 80,000 historical photographs spans the history of photography from daguerreotypes made in the 1840s to modern color images. CCHS collects photographs of Chester County landscapes, buildings, people, businesses, organizations and events.

Our Library
The written record of the county’s history, whether created by hand or printing press, can be discovered in the letters, diaries, newspapers, genealogies, maps, books and journals available in our library.

Photo Archives
If historic photographs are what you seek, the CCHS collection of over 80,000 historical photographs spans the history of photography from daguerreotypes made in the 1840s to modern color images. CCHS collects photographs of Chester County landscapes, buildings, people, businesses, organizations and events.