Archives of Historical Books of Reading, PA and Berks County
A rare of collection of historical books of Reading, PA and Berks County. Searchable text PDF documents - full and advanced. Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view digital books. Because of the size, some of the books might not be able to be previewed in a browser. Links are provided below.
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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). Click here to view.
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. (913 pages). Click here to view.
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. (1020 pages). Click here to view.
The Illustrated Historical Atlas of Berks County Pennsylvania published in 1876 by the Reading Publishing House. 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.Click here to view or download book.
1884 Property and insurance atlas of the city of Reading, Berks County, Penna. from official records and actual surveys. Because of the size of the book (320Mb) the book might not be able to be previewed in a browser. It can be downloaded at the link below. Click here to view or download book.
Publisher: Office of the Superintendent of Schools in Berks County; First Edition edition (January 1, 1953) Click here to view.
Programme of events for dedication of City Hall, Reading, PA, July 10, 1929. (47 pages) Click here to view or download book.
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. (441 pages) Click here to view.
Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania, A History. By Cyrus T. Fox (1925). Three Volumes. Click here to view.
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. Click here to view.
Atlas of the city of Reading, Pennsylvania. Compiled & Published by Elvino V. Smith C.E. Philadelphia 1913. 32 color maps. Each color on the maps represents a different type of building: Pink is brick, brown is stone, yellow is wood, blue is steel. An X through a building indicates a garage or stable. A circle with a "t" is a fire hydrant. The numbers inside the building indicates the amount of stories. Click here to view or download book.
City of Reading Planning Commission report from 1980 outlining the findings of surveys and reserach, and presenting historic preservation policies and strategies for both public and private interests.
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).
The story of the first hundred years of St. Paul's Parish, Reading, PA.
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). Click here to view.
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).
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).
Celebrating The Centennial Of The Incorporation Of The Borough, 1815-1915 (247 pages).
Reading Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and Adjacent States, 1923 - 503 pages.
A History of the Development of the Wyomissing Industries. Textile Machine Works, Narrow Fabric Company, Berkshire Knitting Mills. (179 pages)
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.
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.
Reading Company, 1941. Illustrated with drawings and vintage photographs of historic locomotives on virtually every page. A pictorial and textual record of locomotives operated by the Reading Railroad for more than 100 years. (108 pages)
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.
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. Click here to view.
Written by Morton L. Montgomery. Scanned from 1894 edition(298 pages).
Compiled and written by Morton L. Montgomery. Printed by J. B. Rodgers Printing Co., 54 North Sixth St., 1889 (304 pages).
The 100th Anniversary of the Borough of Sinking Spring, PA, 1913-2013
The 75th Anniversary of the Borough of Sinking Spring, PA, 1913-1988
The Socialist Movement in Reading, Pennsylvania, 1896-1936: A Study in Social Change. By Henry G. Stetler (1943).
Compiled by A. E. Wagner, F. W. Balthaser, D. K. Hoch. Eagle Book and Job Press, 1916 (257 pages).
An Episode from the Plot Against Washington.
Author: Textile Machine Works. Pictorial views of the borough of Wyomissing in Berks County, Pennsylvania. (40 pages) >Click here to view or download book.
Wyomissing Hills, Weiler's Printing Reading, PA 1915, 1914 1. Octavo, pp. 20, richly illustrated w/ photographs and drawings. Extremely rare.