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African American Collection
MG-072: The African American Collection contains information about the abolition and anti-slavery movement. Information about the McClintock Slave Riot, led by a white abolitionist John McClintock and local Underground Railroad ...
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Bazelon, Bruce Collection
Description: The Bruce Bazelon collection consists mainly of personal correspondence between Charles Kent and his wife Helen. Charles served during World War I and many of the letters he wrote during ...
Beetem, Charles Gilbert Collection
MG-019:  Charles Beetem was a historian whose collection contains both information on his family’s history and more general Carlisle history. There is a history of Jacob Zollinger who was an ...
Big Spring Historical School Records
MG-108:   Collection of Records from the one room schools of the current Big Spring School District – Newville Borough, West Pennsboro Township, Penn Township, North Newton Township, South Newton Township, ...
Brass Shelf Clock
Brass shelf clock labeled on the white face Seth Thomas, with an exterior beveled glass case displaying the workings of the clock. Key is present and is in the bottom ...
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Carlisle Area School District Collection
MG-013: This collection chronicles the development of schools in Carlisle beginning with private and church affiliated schools to the establishment of local government run public schools including the closing of ...
Carlisle Garden Club Collection
MG-002: The Club was formed on July 10, 1929, meeting for the first time in Mrs. Allan D. Thompson's garden, and chose the Three-Leafed Clover as their insignia. The membership ...
Carving, Wilhelm Schimmel Eagle
Description:Large pine wooden carved Schimmel spread wing eagle.  Frowning beak, crest on head.  Original paint has been stripped, showing traces of contemporary maroon and silver paint.  Wings contain reverse side ...
Confederate Cast Iron Grape Shot
Cast iron grape shot artillery shell from a Confederate raid during the Civil War, found near Sporting Hill on the Eberly Farm, Cumberland County, following an engagement between Jenkis' Confederate ...
Cornman, Nellie C. Collection
MG-005:  The Nellie C. Cornman Collection contains a variety of materials on a variety of local organizations. A large portion of the collection deals with the Daughters of the American ...
Cumberland County Chapter, American Red Cross
MG-007:  The Cumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross provides many services to people involved in the military protection of the United States. This collection details some of those ...
Cumberland County Schools Collection
MG-015:  This collection contains information mainly about the Cumberland County School System. It includes such things as directories and information about the Teachers Local Institute as well as selections of ...
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Dum, Blanche L. Collection
MG-014: Blanche L. Dum was a teacher at the Carlisle Indian School. This collection includes artifacts from her time as an employee including newspapers, lists of students, and commencement programs. ...
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First Families of Cumberland County
Each map and book showing the location of land ownership in 18th Century Cumberland County.Volumes can be found in the Historical Society Library and can be purchased via the online ...
First Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Historical Note: The First Presbyterian Church of Carlisle ranks with Silver Spring (Mechanicsburg), Big Spring (Newville), and Middle Spring (Shippensburg) Presbyterian Churches as Cumberland County’s oldest churches.  All four date from ...
Frey Collection
MG-008: The Frey collection contains many documents from the Dum family. They include records of George Dum’s business, which sold wood, coal, feed and lumber. Also included are many school ...
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James R. and Lorraine H. Humer Collection
James R. and Lorraine H. Humer Collection, MG-167.  This collection consists mainly of records of the Continental Army’s Quartermaster office in Carlisle, Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. These records include ...
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Library Manuscript Collections
The following are manuscript groups in the collections of the Cumberland County Historical Society that are not included in separate highlighted collections on this site. The following does not include ...
Lydia Baird Home Papers
MG-001 Historical Note:The Lydia Baird Home for Aged Women was a facility operated by the Female Benevolent Society of Carlisle established in 1828. The Lydia Baird Home provided rent-free lodgings for ...
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Machine, Peanut Roasting
Description: Peanut cart with an iron and brass roasting machine. Provenance: Charlie Veto sold peanuts at ball games, auctions, and on the sidewalks of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Medical Society of Cumberland County Collection
MG-011: The Medical Society of Cumberland County was an organization began in 1866. Physicians all over Cumberland County met to discuss interesting medical cases and different possible treatments. This collection ...
Middle Springs Picnic, c.1895
Description: Picnicking at Middle Spring in the 1890s. Print Size: 5" x 7" Additional Information: This is a modern print of an earlier photograph.
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Painting, Jim Thorpe
Description:Framed oil portrait of Jim Thorpe in football uniform by Paul Bloser in 1959.Provenance:This painting was hung in the James Wilson Hotel by its manager Richard Cummings. Currently hanging in ...
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Shriver, Colonel A. J. Collection
MG-009: Andrew Jackson Shriver, Jr. served in the United States army for 30 years, 5 months, retiring on 1 October, 1948 as a colonel. This collection is of his personal ...
Soldiers Home Relief Fund Collection
MG-012: The Soldiers Home Relief fund was created to aid all those affected by military service. Especially during WWI the organization contacted family members and others affected by the service ...
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Carlisle, PA
Historical Note: The history of the Episcopal church in Carlisle began in 1751 when Richard Peters, an agent for the Penn family, reserved a lot on the town square, measuring 180 ...
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Thompson, D. W. Collection
MG-010: David Wilson Thompson (1899-1986) was a local historian, author of the book, Early publications of Carlisle, Pennsylvania 1785-1835, and past president of the Hamilton Library association. This collection, which ...
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Zimmerman Estate Collection
MG-006: The Zimmerman collection contains information ranging from agricultural references to the Cumberland County Teachers Institute. It also holds information pertaining to the graduation of Irva Evelyn Zimmerman from Dickinson ...

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