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The York County History Center's Library & Archives business collections
include original records (correspondence, ledgers, daybooks, etc.) of local
firms, organizations, and business leaders. The availability of records will
greatly increase the chance of a successful business request. To inquire about
records of a particular business before submitting an inquiry, please contact Adam
Bentz at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are able to answer some
business inquiries with standard reference sources such as Newspapers.com, Polk
city directories, and Sanborn insurance maps. Inquiries that require fewer than
10 minutes to complete are complimentary, but answered subject to staff
Please see the full research prospectus for a
list of the nine resources we will consult. When filling out our online or
print form, we ask that you supply us with the business name, approx. years of operation, its location in York County,
and its product(s) (if known). We also ask that you specify the question
you are trying to answer, such as, how long did Company X manufacture Product
Y, or, why did Company X relocate from Glen Rock to York? Alternately, you may
ask us to compile a short (approx. 2-page) history of the firm, with some
supporting evidence such as copies of correspondence, ads, product brochures,
etc. as appropriate. The $50 fee will include up to 15 total pages, with
additional copies (up to 20 pages) billed at 50¢ per page. Please allow 6 to 8
weeks for a reply.
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