COVID-19 Update: The Archives is closed to the public until the pandemic is over. You can still contact us with any inquiries, which we will try to respond to in a timely way. All meetings of the MHAC are also cancelled for the duration.
The Media Historic Archives Commission maintains a collection of historical material relating to the Borough of Media and neighboring communities. Included in the archives are thousands of photographs, maps, scrapbooks, movies, tape recordings, newspapers, memorabilia, and other artifacts. Besides the many items displayed on this website, a sampling of the collection can be seen in two display cases on the second floor of the Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St. (at the corner of Jackson St.), in Media.
The archives are open by appointment only. Contact us if you would like to set up a visit, make an inquiry, or have historic material you would like to donate.
Also contact us if you have any information on any of the items in our collection. We're especially looking for IDs for the many Appleton photographs marked UNKNOWN. We'll acknowledge your contribution, as we did for the folks who helped us ID the featured photos below. Thanks!
Baby Parade winners
World War I Peace Parade, 1919
Aerial view of Media
I. Frank Lees Photograph Collection
The I. Frank Lees Collection forms the backbone of the collections of the Media Historic Archives Commission, and is its reason for being. MHAC--an…
Stephen H. Appleton Photograph Collection
The Appleton Collection includes more than 2,000 glass photographic negatives, taken in Media, Pennsylvania and vicinity from 1888 to 1909. Media…
Francis F. Zimmerman Photograph Collection
This collection focuses mainly on the Media Centennial Celebration, which ran from June 3-10, 1950 and included thousands of participants and…