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West Chester in the 1960s

by Jim Jones

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In the fall of 2011, a
class of West Chester University students is examining the history of West Chester during the 1960s. Using newspapers, public records, interviews and other sources, they are researching topics of their choosing and creating final projects for class credit. The best of those projects will be posted on this website.

You can help! If you know of an unusual historical source (like a scrapbook or collection of letters, or have memories that you'd be willing to share in an interview, send an email to Dr. Jim Jones and tell him about it.

Notes on Primary Sources

Year Borough
1959   [X]   [X]
1960 [X] [X]   [X]
1961 [X] [X]   [X]
1962 [X] [X]   [X]
1963 [X] [X] [X] [X]
1964 [X] [X] [X] [X]
1965 [X] [X] [X] [X]
1966 [X] [X] [X] [X]
1967 [X] [X] [X] [X]
1968 [X] [X] [X] [X]
1969 [X] [X] [X] [X]
1970 [X] [X] [X] [X]

Other yearbooks from West Chester University and its predecessors are available at the WCU Digital Archives).

West Chester
State College police. Source: 1969 Serpentine (yearbook)
West Chester State College police. Source: 1969 Serpentine (yearbook) photo

Other Sources

* Excerpts from the Area Code Handbook (Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania, 1962)
* Full text (PDF file) of Dr. Russell L. Sturzebecker, Centennial History of West Chester State College, 1871-1971 (West Chester, PA: Tinicum Press, 1971)
* 1958 Housing Ordinance of West Chester
* 1960 population distribution map of West Chester
* 1966 Zoning District map and 1966 Zoning Ordinance of West Chester
* 1969 Future Plan prepared for the West Chester Regional Planning Commission
* Description of the United Political Action Committee papers at the Chester County Historical Society

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