Bookshelf provides descriptions and notices of recent publications on Pennsylvania subjects.

Barns of Chester County Pennsylvania: A Bicentennial Overview: “So Your Children Can Tell Their Children”
by Berenice M. Ball
published by the Women’s Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital, 1974, contains 256 pages with 378 illustrations including original art and photographs

The book’s profit will also benefit Chester County Historical Society. The author, Mrs. Bell, considers the Historical Society as her “other organization.” “Bernie” Ball believes that the idea of publishing a book on local history could be profitable to other societies it they can find someone to write it for them.

Barns, a hard-bound book, will be limited to 5,000 copies and can be ordered by sending a check for $12.95 payable to BarnsĀ­ – Chester County Day. Mail to: Barns, Box 1, West Chester, Pa. 19380, including your full address and zip code.


The Potter County Historical Society has the following books for sale: New Edition Ole Bull Colony in Potter County by Mary Waifing, $1.00, The Life and Times of Major Isaac by Robert R. Lyman, $4.25; History of Roulet by Robert R. Lyman, $5.00; Early History of Coudersport and Early Families by Mary Waifing, $.60. The society’s headquarters are at 308 North Main St., Coudersport; books can be ordered by sending checks there.


The Clearfield County Historical Society is publishing a reproduction of Caldwell’s Illustrated Historical Combination Atlas of Clearfield County, originally published in 1878. It may be ordered by sending a check for $14.00 to Clearfield County Historical Society, 104 East Pine St., Clearfield.


A two-volume set of The History of York County by George R. Prowell was published in Chicago in 1907. A reprint of over 100,000 name references will be prepared as a separate volume and is expected to exceed 600 pages.

The two volumes and index can be ordered by sending a check payable to the Historical Society of York County for $55.00. Send the order to Prowell’s History, c/o The Historical Society of York County, 250 E. Market St., York, Pa. 17403.


The Blair County Historical Society is selling facsimile reprint editions of J. Simpson Africa’s History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, Pennsylvania. The book, containing 761 pages, is illustrated and was originally published in 1883. It can be ordered by writing to the society, Box 1083, Altoona.

The Snyder County Historical Society now has available all of the Bulletins issued since its organization in 1898 through 1972. The Bulletins comprise a set of three volumes and contain over 1600 pages of studies by area historians of events, places and personalities in the Snyder County area of the Susquehanna Valley, dating beck to the pre-Revolution period.

The volumes also contain pictures and maps and are available at $35.00 plus sales tax per set, with mailing charges of $1.04 per set. Orders should be sent to Brian W. Kauffman, secretary, Snyder County Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 125, Middleburg, Pa. 17842.


Indian Trails to Super Highways by William P. Shank is the second edition of a 300-year history of the development of modern highways and contains sixty-eight pages and sixty sketches, maps and photos. The book can be ordered by sending $3.00 (plus $.21 sales tax for Pennsylvania residents) to: American Canal and Transportation Center, 809 Rathton Rd., York, Pa. 17403.


A Quiet Man from West Chester: Memoirs, by G. Raymond Rettew, 1974. The book containing sixty-four pages and twenty-nine illustrations, is being published by the Chester County Historical Society through W. Howard Green, life-long friend and former business associate of the late Rettew, one of Chester County’s outstanding citizens.

Books can be ordered by sending checks or money orders to Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street, West Chester, Pa. 19380.


Oaths of Allegiance in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1777-1785 are oaths as recorded by Justices of the peace in Chester County, published by the Chester County Historical Society. The original lists are In the Historical Society Library, and give only the signature of the persons. Through researching library records, the society has added to the list of the Colonials in the township in which the person lived.

Approximately 5,550 names are Indexed. Cost is $12.50; checks can be sent to Chester County Historical Society at 225 North High St., West Chester 18916. Pennsylvania residents should add six percent sales tax.

Other publications of the Society are Records of Chester County Pennsylvania, Vol. 2 at $15.00 and Enterys of the Orphans Court, Chester County Pennsylvania, Vol. 3 at $12.50.


The Warren County Historical Society is publishing a facsimile reprint of J. S. Schenk’s History of Warren County. The book was first published by D. Mason and Co., Syracuse. With this publication, a complete index, not originally included, will be bound together with the 810-page history.

Price of the publication will be $15.00. Warren County residents may pick up their copies at Warren County Historical headquarters after Nov. 20. Other pre-sale orders will be mailed direct from the publisher in Evansville, Ind.