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Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter Research Room and Archives

Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter Research Room and Archives - Coming April 2023

The research library and archives features over 5,000 square feet of archival storage with an accessible research room and library for visitors to explore the story of Gettysburg and Adams County, including  their own genealogy or the background of their historic property. We will also welcome visitors who wish to study the Battle of Gettysburg and any ancestral connections they may have to soldiers who fought here. ACHS will offer monthly seminars that focus on specific tools and techniques to conduct historical research in Gettysburg.

The Adams County Historical Society is closed until 2023 as we transition to our new Museum and History Center at 625 Biglerville Road. Our archival holdings are currently being packed for the move and reorganization into our new home, so we are not able to retrieve items or process research requests at this time. We are sorry for this inconvenience and hope you will check in with us next year when we can resume our normal services.

Our Headquarters

The new home of the Adams County Historical Society is located at 625 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, just north of the town. Our target opening is Spring 2023.

About Our Holdings

In addition to a large artifact collection, ACHS houses extensive archival holdings including selective birth and baptismal records, marriage licenses and church records, wills and estate files, death certificates, and compiled genealogical information such as family files, manuscripts, family collections, and published family histories. The collection also includes indexes to every newspaper published in Adams County, as well as their original bound volumes. For a list of pertinent finding aids and indexes, please click here

ACHS also provides a large body of information concerning historic homes and other significant sites around Gettysburg and Adams County. These resources include annual tax assessment books for each borough and township dating from 1800 through the mid 1950s, as well as original deed books and a large collection of unrecorded deeds and other land-related documents. 

ACHS is known for its Battle of Gettysburg Research Library where authors and Civil War enthusiasts utilize rare collections of Gettysburg-related materials. A highlight of this resource is our collection of over 300 civilian accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This compilation has been widely used by authors and students of the battle in hundreds of books, articles, and other published materials.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information or research assistance (e.g. individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities) may contact the USDA Hearing Impaired Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. 

Our Impact

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