Bookshelf

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

Interviewing the People of Pennsylvania: A Conceptual Guide to Oral History, by Carl Oblinger, focuses on oral history inter­viewing strategies. Use of the techniques are demonstrated in four subject areas: black migration to the state, European immigrants, life of WASP working class families and small town and community village life. Published by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, this 94-page illustrated paperback also contains practical guides for the application of these interviewing strategies and can be ordered from the Commission at the William Penn Memorial Museum Building, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120. The price is $2.50.

 

The Germantown Historical Society is selling “A Map of His­toric Germantown.” The map is 19 by 25 inches in size and is available in black and white for $10.00 and a hand-covered edition for $40.00. Orders can be mailed to the Germantown Crier, 5208 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19144.

 

The Warren County Historical Society, P.O. Box 427, Warren 16365, has a number of valuable items for sale including Ernest C. Miller’s, Tintypes in Oil ($5.00), Atlas of Warren County, Pa., 1878 ($14.50), and Historic Buildings in Warren County, Volumes 1-4 ($3.00 each).

 

A reprint of the History of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter Counties (1890) is available for $35.00 plus $1.00 for mailing from the Elk County Historical Society. Orders should be mailed to Mr. Henry P. Devittorio, 101 East Avenue, Ridgway 15853.

 

Inns, schools, mills, tanneries, and distilleries are all covered in A Rare and Pleasing Thing: Radnor by Katharine Hewitt Cummin. Copies are $20.00 and can be secured by writing A Rare and Pleasing Thing: Radnor, 111 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova 19085.

 

An intriguing account of outstanding individuals associated with a leading Pennsylvania educational institution can be found in Gladly Learn and Gladly Teach, Franklin and His Heirs at the University of Pennsylvania by Martin Meyerson and Dilys Pegler Wine­grad (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978 – $14.00).

 

All historical society libraries should purchase a copy of Emid T. Thompson, Local History Collections: A Manual for Librarians. The volume is $5.75 and available from the American Association for State and Local History, 1400 Eighth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.

 

Anyone interested in the history of Northeastern Pennsylvania will want to order a reprint of History of Wayne, Pike, and Monroe Counties, Pa. which was first published in 1886. Copies will cost $45.00 and are available from Local Heritage, Box 27, Honesdale 18431.

 

Johan Jacob Eichholtz, 1712-1760, by Janice Eichholtz Rodriquez, is a study of this pioneer settler of Lancaster and his descendants to 1977. This 400-page hard-covered limited edition is anno­tated, cross-referenced and fully indexed and includes genealogical information, local history and biographies. It can be ordered for $20.00 plus $1.00 postage and handling from the author at 301 E. Jefferson St., Media 19063. Pa. residents should also include $1.20 for state tax.

 

J.H. Battle’s History of Columbia and Montour Counties, origi­nally published in 1887, has been reprinted as two separate county histories. The 1887 History of Columbia County, Pennsylvania with 542 pages and 1887 History of Montour County, Pennsyl­vania with 220 pages. are now available in this reprinted edition from The Bookmark, Knightstown, IN 46148. The cost is $19.60 for the Columbia County edition and $12.65 for the Montour County volume plus $1.00 postage for each or $1.50 for both.

 

Another shipment was received of The Beaver County Bicentennial Atlas, edited by Denver L. Watson and published by the Beaver County Bicentennial Commission. In addition, copies are still available of the Beaver County Genealogical Society’s project, Biographical Sketches of Beaver County edited by Helen Clear. Either book can be ordered from the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation, Historical Research Office, Courthouse, Beaver 15009. The price of the Atlas is $16.00 plus $1.50 for postage. The Biographical Sketches can be purchased for a flat rate of $20.00 (cost is $10.00 if purchaser’s family name appears within).

 

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, 4338 Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh 15213, has available several important pub­lications. Volume III, A List of Immigrants who Applied for Natu­ralization in the District Courts of Allegheny County, Pennsyl­vania 1856-1869 (1978), compiled by the Western Pa. Genealogical Society, 120 pages. over 4,600 immigrants’ names, over 1,900 spon­sors’ names (total over 6,500 names); hard cover. After September 1 $15.00 post-paid; Pa. residents $15.84 post-paid. Scheduled mailing of Volume III: November 1978.

Volume II, A List of Immigrants who Applied for Naturalization in the District Courts of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 1841-1855 (1978), compiled by Western Pa. Genealogical Society, 146 pages, over 6,000 immigrants’ names, over 1,800 sponsors’ names (total over 7,800 names); hard cover. $16.00 post-paid; Pa. residents $16.90 post-paid.

Volume I, A List of Immigrants who Applied for Naturalization in the District Courts of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 1798-1840 (1978), compiled by Western Pa. Genealogical Society, 118 pages, over 4,700 immigrants’ names, over 1,600 sponsors’ names (total over 6,300 names); hard cover. $13.50 postpaid; Pa. residents $14.28 post-paid.

Index for: History of Washington County, Pa. by Boyd Crumrine, compiled by Western Pa. Genealogical Society (1975), 148 pages. 25,000 names, hard cover. $10.50 post-paid; Pa. residents $11.10 post-paid.

History of Allegheny County, Pa. by A. Warner. 1889, reprint 1977, with new index compiled by Western Pa. Genealogical Society, 30,000 names; Volume I contains 762 pages plus index. including 91 full page portraits and other illustra­tions. Volume II contains 786 pages plus index, including 31 full page portraits. Sold only by the two-volume set. Hard cover. 2 Vol­ume set: $41.00 post-paid; Pa. residents $43.46 post-paid.

 

The American Library Association in Chicago has recently published a most useful reference tool entitled the Directory of State and Local History Periodicals. This listing compiled by Milton Crouch and Hans Raum consists of 124 pages (pages 77-82 include the entries for Pa.) and can be ordered from the Association’s Order Department, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. for $5.50.

 

The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest, by Monroe H. Fabian, published by The Main Street Press. is a definitive illus­trated history of these popular folk-art pieces. This 224-page book includes 250 illustrations, one-quarter of which are in color. The price of the volume is $25.00 and can be ordered from Universe Books, 381 Park Ave. South, New York. NY 10016.

 

The Distelfink Country of the Pennsylvania Dutch, by Mildred Jordon, is a 250-page hard-covered volume just released on the customs, traditions. history and possible future of different Pennsylvania Dutch sects. For $12.95 it can be purchased from Crown Publishers, Inc., 1 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016.

 

Alan Tully investigates what he found to be the stability and tranquility of the years 1726-1755 in Pennsylvania in his William Penn’s Legacy: Politics and Social Structure in Provincial Pennsyl­vania, 1726-1755. His findings contradict the generally accepted interpretation of political confrontation. This 255-page book may be obtained from the Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD 21218, at the cost of $14.00.

 

A History of the Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania by George Donehoo, written in 1928, has been reprinted by Gateway Press, Inc., in a 290-page edition. The price is $12.50 and the book can be ordered from the publisher at 111 Water St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

 

The effect of the Industrial Revolution on the people of a cotton-manufacturing town in Delaware County, Pa. between the years of 1825 and 1865 is the main theme of Anthony F. C. Wal­lace’s latest work, Rockdale. The publisher of this 553-page hard-covered book with illustrations is Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., at 201 E. 50th St., New York, NY 10022. The book can be purchased directly from the publisher for $17.50.

 

Burton Hersh recently completed The Mellon Family: A Fortune In History, an illustrated volume published by William Morrow and Company, Inc. This 640-page history deals with the economic growth of the family and the development of the personalities of its members. The price of the book is $14.95 and is available from the publisher’s Sales Dept., 105 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016.

 

Clockmakers of Lancaster County and Their Clocks, 1750-1850, by Stacy B.C. Wood, Jr. and Stephen E. Kramer III, With a Study of Lancaster County Clock Cases, by John J. Snyder, Jr., can be purchased for $16.50. This 224-page book can be ordered from the publisher, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., at 450 W. 33rd St., New York, NY 10001.

 

Quaker Ways: Pictures of Meeting Houses in Current Middle Atlantic America, by Ruth E. Bonner, shows three hundred up-to-date pictures of Friends’ Meeting Houses, schools and retirement homes in the eastern states. Descriptive and historical commentary is provided on worship, wedding and funeral practices. The book may be ordered from The Friends’ Book Store, 152 North St., Philadelphia 19102, for $9.95 plus $.60 tax.