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Founded in 1880, Bucks County Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history and culture of Bucks County and the Delaware Valley Region. It operates the The Mercer Museum, Spruance Library and the Fonthill Museum. It is the custodian of a regionally and nationally significant collection of tools and artifacts which illuminate the history of pre-industrial America to c. 1850. The Library Collections also focus on two related subject areas: early American technology, culture, and folk art; and the life and work of Henry Chapman Mercer.

General Contact Information

Bucks County Historical Society
Spruance Library
84 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 345-0210
(215) 230-0823 (fax)
mmlib@mercermuseum.org
http://www.buckscountyhistorical.org/spruancelibrary
Hours: Tues. 1 p.m.-9 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Specific Contacts

  • Director of Library Services, Director of Library Services
    Phone number/extension: (215) 345 0210 x 19

Collections

The special research library contains more than 30,000 books pamphlets and periodicals. The manuscript collections (3,000 lin. ft.) includes diaries, letters, scrapbooks, account books, business, church, and military records. The Library is the depository for Bucks County government records from 1683 (2,500 lin. ft.). It houses the library collections of the Early American Industries Association, Inc. (3,000 items). There are other special collections including photographs, prints and drawings, maps and atlases, newspapers, memorabilia, microfilm, and more.

 

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