Lycoming County Women's History Collection


The Lycoming County Women’s History Collection is an online archive of source material relating to the history of women in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. This collection, all from local archives, includes photographs, correspondence, minute books, diaries, scrapbooks, recipe books, newspaper stories, and much more. The documents highlight the history of local women in volunteer and reform organizations, education, the arts, the workplace, and in their private lives. The majority of the materials are from the time period 1875-1925.

The project is a cooperative effort of Lycoming College Snowden Library, the James V. Brown Library, the Lycoming County Historical Society, and Pennsylvania College of Technology Madigan Library. Other partners include the Williamsport Home, the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, and the YWCA of Northcentral PA.   

The project is directed by Snowden Library and the website is hosted by Lycoming College.





Women of Distinction

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette published a special issue of West Branch Life, celebrating historical women of Lycoming County. Women of Distinction features richly illustrated stories from the “Williamsport Women” newspaper series authored by Mary Sieminski, Janet Hurlbert, and Judith Gouldin.

In his introduction, publisher Bernard Oravec states, “What is history? To many, history means simply a series of dates, names, and events of national or international importance, dryly chronicled in textbooks to preserve a basic timeline of our past.”

“Today, we hope to change this view by sharing the stories of local women who have lived interesting and sometime extraordinary lives right here in Lycoming County.”

Women of Distinction is available at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, Otto’s Book Store, Lycoming College Bookstore, and the Sun-Gazette offices. All proceeds from sales will be donated to the Lycoming County Historical Society to support the project.


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