Research Archives


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The Hauck Research Archives

is a non-circulating repository for Lebanon County history and genealogy. Volunteers are always on duty to assist with genealogy research. There is a usage fee of $6.00 for adults for each session at the Archives. There is no charge for members of the Society or for students under 18. College students with ID $3.00.  Photocopy service is available at a nominal charge.

All researchers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the library.

Unfortunately, we cannot admit new researchers less than 45 minutes before closing.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

No digital or film camera may be used in the library.

Staff will answer brief, informational requests (such as: Do you have this book? or When was Lebanon County founded?) requiring ten minutes or less free of charge.

Research requests must be submitted by mail, along with payment.  Email requests submitted without payment will not be answered. We cannot accept research requests by phone. Please fill out the request form and mail it with payment based on estimated hours needed.  Most requests require two hours to complete, but the archivist can advise you by email with an estimated timeframe (


Hauck Research Archives

Among the holdings of the Archives are:

  • church histories, records, and cemetery surveys
  • federal census records
  • local newspapers on microfilm, including Pennsylvania German publications
  • historical maps and city business directories
  • county marriage records on microfilm from 1886 through 1949
  • several hundred compiled family histories
  • high school yearbooks
  • historical publications from the surrounding counties
  • a library of Pennsylvania history books
  • a variety of manuscripts, documents, photographs, and postcards


Hours of Operation

The building may be closed for inclement winter weather.

Monday 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
All Holidays CLOSED

Hours of operation are subject to change.  It is suggested that you call to confirm, especially if you are traveling a distance.

Current Fees (updated 1/8/16)

Research requests, non-members: $25/hour
Research requests, members: $20/hour
Floor research, members: Free
Floor research, non-members: $6/day
Floor research, college students with ID: $3/day
Floor research, students 18 and under with ID: Free
Copies, 10-page limit per item (book, article, or folder): $.50 each
Microfilm copies: $.50 each
Scans, low res 100 dpi, 5-page limit per item: $5 each
Scans, high res 300 dpi, 5-page limit per item: $20 each

Books for Sale

The Hauck Research Archives is not a lending library. The Historical Society does offer some books for sale in person or by mail. See the Publications page to see a list of LCHS publications. See the Gift Shop page for a partial list of other books of local interest. The Society also offers a unique collection of used, de-assessioned historic books and yearbooks for purchase.

Research by Mail

If you are unable to visit us in Lebanon, we offer research services for a prepaid fee. Please see the Research by Mail page for more details.

Donations of Historical Artifacts

The Lebanon County Historical Society cannot accept donations of historical items and documents except by appointment. Please call or email the Society office to make inquiry.

The Hauck Research Archives is named in honor of Mrs. Sarah Embich Hauck (1842 – 1934), who so graciously provided posthumously our Historical Society with its first wholly-owned facility at Sixth and Walnut Streets.