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Pennsylvania German Society records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 003-MS 53

Scope and Contents

Membership application ledgers, history of organization, correspondence (1957-1965), minutes (1960-1963), programs (1951-1979), photographs, brochures, and a photocopied index to the membership applications from 1891 to 1917. ‡b The records consist primarily of membership applications sent to the Pennsylvania German Society from 1891 to 1966.  Prior to 1966, applications required documentation of Pennsylvania German ancestry from one or both sides of the family.  After 1966, the ancestry requirement was discontinued and the strict application process restructured.


  • 1891-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Archives and Special Collections of Ganser Library will reproduce Special Collections material to the extent that physical condition and copyright or other legal restrictions permit. Reproduction is available in the form of photocopies and digital images. All reproduction requests must be approved by a member of the professional staff. Decisions will take into account the type and condition of the binding, the brittleness of the paper, the size and the general size and fragility of the item.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives and Special Collections adheres to the provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act and amendments, and follows the minimum standards of educational fair use established under Section 107. In applying these standards, Archives and Special Collections will copy up to 10% of a copyrighted work if the copy is to be used for the purpose of private study, scholarship or research. The department will not copy for the purpose of public performance. Physical condition permitting, the department will copy more than 10% of a copyrighted work only with the written permission of the copyright holder. Multiple copies are not permitted under fair use. For authored works created since 1978, copyright lasts from the creation of the work until 70 years after the author's death. The expiration term for corporate, anonymous, or pseudonymous works is 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever occurs first. For works published before 1978, with a copyright notice, the maximum duration of copyright protection is 75 years. Works published before 1978 without a copyright notice are assumed to be in the public domain. Since March 1, 1989, a copyright notice is no longer necessary. Archives and Special Collections reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


8.00 boxes

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Arrangement Note

8 boxes ; 13 x 26 x 39 cm. or smaller.  Ledgers Organized into three groupings by date: I. 1891, April 15-1917, April 23. II. 1918, Jan. 18-1960, May 13.  III. 1958, Oct. 25-1966, April 25; First grouping arranged chronologically by date received, second and third groupings arranged alphabetically.

Technical Access Requirements

The processing fee for photocopying or scanning requests is $10.00/request. There is no charge for Millersville University students, faculty, or staff.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

MS 384. A brief account of the events which inspired the founding of the Pennsylvania German society in 1891 by H.F. Diffenderffer

Related Publications

"Proceedings and addresses (Pennsylvania-German Society)"; "The first one hundred years : an index of publications of the Pennsylvania German Society (1891-1990) including the yearbooks of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society (1936-1966)" / compiled by Earl C. Haag; "The Pennsylvania German Society : A summary of the Society's proud history and its purposes"; "What the Pennsylvania Germans have done for America since 1683: a great historical institution" / by Ralph Beaver Strassburger; "Es Elbedritsch : newsletter of the Pennsylvania-German Society"; "Der Reggeboge. (The Rainbow)"; "Constitution and by-laws, founders, annual meetings, officers and members during the first twenty-five years of its existence :  Narrative and critical history and church records published in the first twenty-five volumes of its Proceedings."

Processing Information

Originally processed as MG11 in August 1990.

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Repository Details

Part of the Millersville University Special Collections Repository

9 North George Street
McNairy Library, PO Box 1002
Millersville University
Millersville 17551-302 US