The George F. Heckler Archives at the Williamson College of the Trades was named for George F. Heckler, the first college archivist. Mr. Heckler was a graduate from the class of 1942, an instructor and President of the College from 1979-1984. Mr. Heckler had an interest in preserving Williamson College’s history from his first years here when he was a member of the camera club and a staff member of The Mechanic, the Williamson College of the Trades yearbook.
A finding aid for the archives collection, with box lists, is available at the archives. A summary finding aid is online through the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) at http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/index.html.
Our largest collection is the “Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades records”. We also have the “Cornelia Hennigan research on the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades” and the “Isaiah V. Williamson financial papers”. Another uncatalogued collection is “Alumni Association records”.
Our digital archive is available publically through Pennsylvania’s POWERlibrary project: http://digitalcollections.powerlibrary.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/awsmt-wtsh this project will be added to on a weekly basis.
Research appointments, to use the archival materials on site, can be made by e-mailing Williamson’s archivist, Lesley Carey, firstname.lastname@example.org.