Research Library

DCHS encourages residents to visit the Research Library in-person to conduct research. Our Collection Services Manager will guide visitors through the process of how to search the collection and provide researchers with all of the resources available.  A list of DCHS resources are below.
DCHS’s Research Library is open during listed business hours. The research visit fee is $15 and provides you access to our entire collection and up to 10 pages of printed copies. An additional charge of $.50 per page will apply if more than 10 copies are needed. Join as a Friend/Member of DCHS for $30, (see memberships), and will have unlimited access to the collection throughout the year!
 
Any questions or inquiries should contact the Research Library at dchs.pa.library@gmail.com or 610-359-0832
Online Research Requests:
 
Researchers who are not able to access the Library, can complete the Research Request Form on-line. Please provide as much detail as possible about the nature of your request. Please note that this service is primarily for individuals out-of-state or those unable to visit DCHS in-person. A minimum of a  $25 donation to DCHS is required for on-line research requests. Please allow up to 4 weeks for the research to be completed.
 
To make a payment for a research request, please use the "Donate" button with your research request form. 
Click here to complete the research request form. 

RESEARCH RESOURCES

  • ​4,500 books & rare documents

  • Dr. Anna Broomall Collection

  • Chester F. Baker Notebooks

  • Church Records

  • Birth Records

  • Borough Township Files

  • Census Information

  • Death records

  • Deeds/Indentures

  • Directories

  • Family Bible Collections

  • Genealogies

  • Handwritten Documents

  • Original Manuscripts

  • Maps & Atlases

  • Marriage Announcements and Death Notices

  • Microfilm

Chester Times

Delaware County Daily Times

Delaware County American

Delaware County Advocate

Delaware County Democrat

Ridley Park News

Rockdale Herald

Collection of other local and national historic papers

  • Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

  • Pennsylvania Archives

  • Pennsylvania's Colonial Records

  • Photographs

  • Tax Records

  • Yearbooks