Archives of Historical Books of Reading, PA and Berks County
A rare of collection of historical books of Reading, PA and Berks County. Books were personally hand scanned one page at time at a resolution of 600dpi paying careful attention to detail. The quality of the books are unmatched.
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1876 Illustrated Historical Atlas of Berks County, Pennsylvania
The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Berks County Pennsylvania published in 1876 by the Reading Publishing House is now available for download at the link provided below. The book is watermarked to prevent others from profiting off my work. Let's face it, others would rather profit off of this historical book rather than make it available to the general public. The authors of the book were F. A. Davis and H. L. Kochersperger. Because of the size of the book (278Mb) the book might not be able to be previewed in a browser. It can be downloaded at the link below.
1884 Property and Insurance Atlas of the City of Reading, Berks County, PA
1884 Property and insurance atlas of the city of Reading, Berks County, Penna. from official records and actual surveys.
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History of Reading and Sesquicentennial 1748 - 1898
Compiled by Morton L. Montgomery for the Executive Committee. Privately printed in Reading, PA by Times Book Print, 1898. The book has terrific illustrations and photos of historic Reading. (328 pages).
Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, PA, Volume 1
Embracing a Concise History of the County and Genealogical and Biographical Records of Representative Families. Compiled By Morton L. Montgomery. Published by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1909. The Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania, Volume I and II by Morton Montgomery is considered by many to be the essential starting point for Berks County, Pennsylvania genealogy research. The Annals updates the 1886 History of Berks County, Pennsylvania by Morton Montgomery. Well over 50,000 Berks County residents are mentioned in this work between the historical and biographical sections. (913 pages).
Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, PA, Volume 2
Embracing a Concise History of the County and Genealogical and Biographical Records of Representative Families. Compiled By Morton L. Montgomery. Published by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1909. The Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania, Volume I and II by Morton Montgomery is considered by many to be the essential starting point for Berks County, Pennsylvania genealogy research. The Annals updates the 1886 History of Berks County, Pennsylvania by Morton Montgomery. Well over 50,000 Berks County residents are mentioned in this work between the historical and biographical sections. (1020 pages).
Replanning Reading: An Industrial City of a Hundred Thousand
Prefatory Note: This report, undertaken by John Nolen at the invitation of the Civic Association of Reading, is the result of a study of some of the problems connected with the growth of the city. It is illustrated with photographs, and some of its more important recommendations are enforced by simple plans and sketches. While their practicability in general has been tested, they are not offered as final plans that can be executed without additional study; nor is it expected that all of the recommendations will be carried out at one time. Some demand ear1y action: others can wait. But the economy to be secured by the early acquisition of land for playgrounds, parks, etc., should not be lost sight of, and it should be remembered that the purchase of land is an investment that justifies the issue of bonds. The recommendations taken together form a general program of city making which is respectfully submitted for the consideration of the people and their representatives in the City Government. The execution of the plans will depend naturally upon a number of local factors and upon the availability of the funds. (121 pages, plus two large maps of the General Plan for The Future City of Reading, PA). (122 pages).
The Story of Berks County (Pennsylvania)
Compiled by A. E. Wagner, F. W. Balthaser, D. K. Hoch. Eagle Book and Job Press, 1916 (257 pages).
History of Berks County Pennsylvania in the Revolution from 1774-1783
Written by Morton L. Montgomery. Scanned from 1894 edition(298 pages).
The Berks County Story
Publisher: Office of the Superintendent of Schools in Berks County; First Edition edition (January 1, 1953)
Industrial History of Berks County
Compiled and written by Lew C. Hulhizer. Published in 1907. Includes Reading, Boyertown, Mohnsville, Hamburg, and general information. Business directory: p. 270-280. Many Photos. (280 pages).
The Centennial History Of Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Celebrating The Centennial Of The Incorporation Of The Borough, 1815-1915 (247 pages).
Lutherans in Berks County: Two Centuries of Continuous Organized Church Life, 1723-1923
Reading Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and Adjacent States, 1923 - 503 pages.
School History of Berks County in Pennsylvania
Compiled and written by Morton L. Montgomery. Printed by J. B. Rodgers Printing Co., 54 North Sixth St., 1889 (304 pages).
Indians of Berks County, PA
Written by D. B. Brunner A. M., and published in 1897, this book is the Second and Revised Edition of the book originally published in 1881. The book contains a summary of all the tangible records of the Aborigines of Berks County, with cuts and descriptions of the varieties of relics found within the County (214 pages).
Two Hundredth Anniversary, Tulpehocken Settlement, 1723-1923
The Tulpehocken Bi-Centennial commemorated in a four-day celebration at Wolmelsdorf, PA. Being a series of Historical Sketches covering Two Hundred Years copiously illustrated (212 pages).
Conrad Weiser and the Indian Policy of Colonial Pennsylvania
Written by Joseph Solomon Walton. Published by George W. Jacobs & Co., 1900. (420 pages). A very detailed well documented history of the colonial period in the mid Atlantic region reflecting the tremendous service Conrad Weiser rendered to the Six Nations, the proprietors of PA, and the colonial government of PA. Abundant quotes from contemporary materials shed light on the views of different participants as well as documenting the events. (441 pages)
A History of the Development of the Wyomissing Industries. Textile Machine Works, Narrow Fabric Company, Berkshire Knitting Mills. (179 pages)
1923 Official Program - 175th Anniversary of Reading, PA<
Official program of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Reading, PA and the 150th anniversary of the Reading volunteer fire department, Sept. 30th to Oct. 6th, 1923.
Discovering the 6th Ward's History & Architecture
This book was published by the Neighborhood Housing Services of Reading (PA). Features information on the 6th ward area of Reading, PA, which is bounded by Penn St. on the South, 4th St. on the East, Lebanon valley railroad tracks, above Buttonwood St. on the North & the Schuylkill River on the West. Features the history & photos of businesses & homes in the area.
The Penn Street Viaduct Spanning the Schuylkill River at Reading, PA, 1914
History of Penn Street Bridges and the movement that led to the erection of the present structure. Compiled by County Controller D. K. Hoch, as a Supplement to this Annual Report.
Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania, A History. Three Volumes.
Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania, A History. By Cyrus T. Fox (1925). Three Volumes.
The Socialist Movement in Reading, Pennsylvania
The Socialist Movement in Reading, Pennsylvania, 1896-1936: A Study in Social Change. By Henry G. Stetler (1943).
Industrial Berks County
1748-1948: Presented to: the People of Reading and Berks County on the Occasion of the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the City of Reading (Pennsylvania).
Wyomissing Hills, a Residence Suburb of Reading, PA
Wyomissing Hills, Weiler's Printing Reading, PA 1915, 1914 1. Octavo, pp. 20, richly illustrated w/ photographs and drawings. Extremely rare.
Reading - Old and New
A city with a noble past, a glorious present and a splendid future. Compiled by H. A. DeForest. Published by the Reading Herald, 1909 (80 pages). This is a historic and photographic highlight of the city of Reading, Berks County, PA and vicinity. The cover titles this publication "Herald of a New and Better Reading." It begins with a brief history of Reading's foundation and expansion since, and then highlights it commercial, industrial and civic prospects. The remaining portion of the publication is devoted to sketches of the business and industrial operations of Reading and Wyomissing. This publication also contains over 200 photographs of Reading's important buildings, businesses and some of its leading citizens.