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LIBRARY & ARCHIVES - Dempwolf Architectural Drawings Collection

Dempwolf Architectural Drawings

Through a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the York County Heritage Trust Library & Archives arranged for the photographing of nearly 2,000 original architectural drawings dating from the 1880's to the 1930's. The drawings are of buildings and bridges designed by two York County architectural firms, J.A. Dempwolf, and Charles A. Williams. They are invaluable for restoration and historical research. Johnson Imaging Systems, Inc., in Camp Hill, PA, used an Opti-Copy camera system to photograph the collection and produce an easily handled macromaster set. Each drawing was photographed, and a macromaster negative was created from which a positive contact print was made. The prints increase public accessibility to the drawings while preserving the originals.
The database is complete and a searchable version of it is available below. Please note that most projects were originally identified by the architect using the name of the individual or organization the building was to be built for, rather than identifying the building with a street address.

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