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

Lower Merion – A Portrait, written by Carl E. Doebly and edited by Phyllis C. Maier, is a publication of the Lower Merion Historical Society, Montgomery County.

The book is 7″ x 9″, hard-back and sells for $12.50. The story analyzes the rich architectural history of Lower Merion from the time of the original Welsh tract to the present. The book contains 34 photographs and floor plans of many famous Lower Merion homes and buildings by world-famous architects.

The book can be purchased by sending checks payable to the Lower Merion Historical Society, Mrs. Stuart Mason, president, P.O. Box 51, Ardmore, Pa. 19003.


A 60-page book, Made of Mud-Stoneware Potteries in Central Pennsylvania 1834-1929, complemented an exhibit of central Penn­sylvania stoneware at Bucknell University in May [1977].

The book has 42 black and white photographs with over 60 highly decorated pieces never before published. It is available for $6.50 plus $1.00 handling charge from the Union County Bicenten­nial Commission, Court House, Lewisburg 17837.


Charles L. Blockson has written with Ron Fry, a book designed to help blacks trace their ancestry. The book, Black Genealogy, was published in April by Prentice-Hall.

Black Genealogy offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to tracing one’s black ancestors back through time. Problems unique to blacks – including many new names slaves took after emancipa­tion, intermarriage with whites and Indians, the often-destroyed plantation and slave ship records – are discussed in full, as well as the little-known archives and resources that any blacks can use – Underground Railroad records, censuses of black families, Freedman’s” Bureau archives, slave cargoes insured by Lloyd’s of London and more.

Blockson has over 7,000 rare books and pamphlets in his personal library.


Early Architecture in Upper Allen Township is a catalog of 100 pre-Civil War houses in the township. Researched and written by the Upper Allen Heritage Committee, the 64-page book has 85 photographs and many drawings.

A non-profit enterprise, the book costs $5. Remittances should be mailed to: Upper Allen Heritage Committee, 1216 South York Street, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055.


Indians of Clinton County, by the late Louis S. Winner, has been published by the Annie Halenbake Ross Library, Lock Haven. It is available for $3.00 per copy.

The book is illustrated with color photographs of significant examples of Indian projectile points, chosen from the 4,000 artifacts Winner had collection in Clinton County.

The book has been published by Winner’s family as a memorial. Proceeds will benefit the Ross Library, 232 West Main Street, Lock Haven, Pa. 17745 .