With an abundance of raw materials, readily available sources of power, a willing work force, and an advantageous location for commerce, York County was destined to become a center of business and industry. The Trust's collection includes many original records of local businesses, organizations and business leaders.
In 1999, the Agricultural and Industrial Museum of York County merged with the Historical Society of York County, forming the York County Heritage Trust. The large business records collection of the Agricultural and Industrial Museum joined the records already amassed by the Historical Society. Even more records were acquired through a merger with the Fire Museum of York County, making the identification, cataloging and preparation of finding aids for the combined business records collections even more imperative. A grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission made it possible to survey the records, and to identify, arrange and describe them. The project included the development of a searchable database available at the bottom of this page. This project made it possible to preserve the correspondence, ledgers, daybooks and sundry materials that document York County's rich history. In addition, the machines - from gristmills to wire cloth looms - that go with the business record collection are now on exhibit at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum.
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