The Archives

Providing for the discovery and care of community heritage

The Archives at the Chestnut Hill Conservancy


The Chestnut Hill Conservancy maintains a rapidly growing, professionally managed collection of more than 20,000 items documenting the community’s architectural and social history from the 1680s to the present. The collection contains architectural drawings and other records; more than 8,200 photographic images; maps including real estate atlases from the 1870s through the 1930s; prints, drawings, deeds, diaries, genealogical materials, books, taped and transcribed oral histories, and selected objects. The collection is available to the public for research purposes.


  • Wednesdays: 9:30 – 2:30
  • Thursdays: 9:30 – 12:30
  • Saturdays: 11:00 – 4:00

Appointments are preferred, and you can make one using the “Contact the Archives” form at the bottom of this webpage. We welcome you to drop in without an appointment during our First Saturdays program, 1:00 – 3:00. (No First Saturdays during July and August.)



The admission and research fee is $15 per visit; free for Chestnut Hill Conservancy members (become one now). Inquiries about our holdings, as well as ready-reference questions, will be answered without charge by phone. Photocopies are $0.25 per page.



For those who live at too great a distance to visit the Archives, staff can conduct research at a fee of $35 (paid in advance) for up to two hours; $15 per hour thereafter. This service includes up to 10 photocopies and up to $2 postage for delivery; additional photocopies and postage will carry additional charge. Research fees apply whether or not relevant information is found. Contact us using the “Contact the Archives” form below, and please include your phone number, email address, and mailing address.



Copies of images from the Archives can be reproduced for publication, websites, framing, etc. Staff will scan the images, or, as needed, retain a photographer to make the print. Alex Bartlett, Archivist, can assist you with regard to fees, permissions, and photograph selection: or 215-247-9329 x 206.



If you are interested in donating an item to the Archives at the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, please contact Curator/Archivist Liz Jarvis: or 215-247-9329 x205.

Contact the Archives

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