The Chester Collection
Crozer Library actively collects materials that pertain to the history of Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. If you have any such items that you would like to donate to the library, please contact us.
The following books are stored in our special Chester Collection, which is housed within the Reference section. Most of the books may be used in the library, but not borrowed. Copies can be made (10 cents per page for 8-1/2" x 11" paper).
The secret : a novel / Eva Hoffman
by Eva Hoffman
Call Number: F HOF
The Crozers of Upland, 1723-1926
by David A. MacQueen
Call Number: REF 920 MAC
This book details the genealogy of the area's famous family, including J. Lewis Crozer.
Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Bibliography
by Robert E. Carlson
Call Number: REF 974.81 CAR
This book contains a total of 2,294 entries that are arranged alphabetically under specific subject headings. It has a section on Chester (pp. 31-40; item nos. 506-630) and another section entitled Chester Township (pp. 40; item nos. 631-636).
Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Chester and Delaware counties, Pennsylvania
edited by Gilbert Cope and Henry Graham Ashmead
This item contains an alphabetic index of the names of persons included in the volume. Mr. Cope supplied information on Chester County and Mr. Ashmead on Delaware County.
Historical Sketch of Chester on Delaware
by Henry Graham Ashmead
Call Number: REF 974.8 ASH
This book contains maps and illustrations and a full account of the work of the General Committee of the Penn Bi-Centennial Association of Chester and other items. Printed at the Republican Steam Printing House
History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania
by Henry Graham Ashmead
Call Number: REF 974.814 ASH
In 1976, George Smith added an index to make this reference easier to use. This book has a total of 54 chapters, of which the following are noteworthy: The Revolutionary War, the Battle of Brandywine, the Civil War, and accounts of several cities, boroughs, and townships, including the City of Chester (p. 327-424). It also contains reproductions of portraits of numerous individuals of repute and other illustrations.
Politics and prejudice: a history of Chester, Pa. Negroes
by Richard E. Harris
Call Number: REF 974.814 HAR (in-library use), AA 974.814 HAR (borrowable)
The book includes a chapter entitled "First Negro Woman Appointed Mayor (1981-90)—Mrs. Willie Mae James Leake."