Whitehall Historical Preservation Society has a genealogical
and historical research library with a collection of
information focusing on Whitehall Township in Lehigh County,
PA and surrounding areas. The
library is located in the Peter Grim Homestead house at the
intersection of Mickley and Lehnert Roads in Whitehall
Unlike other reference
libraries, ours is a LENDING library, however, some rare books
may not circulate. The library is open to the public by
or call 610-776-7280.
The collection includes:
Family Genealogies, Obituary Indexes, 1984-2000
Church Histories & Records, Immigrant Lists
Tax Lists, Census Records, Maps, Military,
Whitehall High School Yearbooks (1921-1982)
Photographs & Postcards
County & Township Histories
Iron, Cement, Geology,
Railroad & Trolley, Dent
Hardware, Lehigh Valley Dairy
Department, Water Supply, Civic Organizations
The resources listed on the website, especially the books, are a partial listing of what the Society has in its Library / Archives collections. In particular, recently aquired materials are not listed, partly because the Library is undergoing renovations. Among the most recent additions are the books BETHLEHEM STEEL in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: a photographic history and LOOKING BACK: A pictorial view at the Lehigh Valley and surrounding counties (1850-1920). Please email WHPS at WHPS@verizon.net or call about a local subject you may be interested in.
1. WHPS members in good standing
may borrow books for $1 fee per book for a period of up to one (1)
month. Books must be returned by the next WHPS monthly meeting
(last Wednesday of the month), unless otherwise approved by the
librarian. If not returned in a timely manner, a renewal fee of
$1 per month will be charged until the book is returned.
Identification may be required for borrowing. Borrowers are
required to return the book in the same condition as it was when
borrowed. WHPS reserves the right to bill borrowers for damaged,
lost, or unreturned books up to current replacement values.
2. Non-members may use the
library for a fee of $3 per day. Non-members may not borrow
3. There will be a fee of $.25
per page for photocopies or $.25 per page for computer printouts.
The librarian reserves the right to use his/her judgement in
honoring requests for photocopies, bearing in mind the condition
of the material to be copied and copyright laws.
4. Research inquiries received
via mail require a $5.00 processing fee as well as a research fee
of $10.00 per hour. Research will be completed after payment has
been received, and the information will be provided via mail or
email. Mail inquiries to: WHPS, P.O. Box 39, Whitehall, PA
18052-0039 or email