Isaac Clarence Kulp Photo Collection
MHEP.Hist.Mss.436.4

Summary Information

Repository
Mennonite Heritage Center
Creator
Kulp, Isaac Clarence, 1938-2007
Title
Isaac Clarence Kulp photo collection
ID
MHEP.Hist.Mss.436.4
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1900-2000
Date [inclusive]
1865-2006
Extent
4.5 Linear feet (8 boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
Isaac Clarence Kulp (1938-2007) was an historian, antiquarian, and folk artist of Vernfield, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. In the 1960s he was one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania German folk culture research in the Goschenhoppen region of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. His collection of folklore notes, tape recordings, books, paintings, photographs and other manuscripts has been preserved at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The I. C. Kulp Photo Collection: Mr. Kulp amassed an important collection of over 3,200 photographic images (an item-level inventory is available at http://www.mhep.org/files/inventories/HM436photoinventorydetailed.pdf). Many of the photos are local, including groups from the Kulp, Gottshall, Cassel, Foutz, Harley, Custer, Kriebel, and Metzger families. The most notable part of the collection is a unique group of 35 glass negatives from young photographer Jonas H. Nyce in the years 1900-1910. These are original images that give a rare view into life on the Indian Creek in central Montgomery County, Pennsylvania at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mennonite Heritage Center 2008

565 Yoder Road
Harleysville, PA
215.256.3020
library@mhep.org

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Cassel
  • Custer
  • Foutz
  • Gottshall
  • Harley
  • Kulp

Genre(s)

  • Glass negatives
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Cassel, Abraham Harley, 1820-1908
  • Metzger, Allen G., 1865-1946
  • Nyce, Jonas H., 1884-1948

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Collection Inventory

Series A. Personal and family photos 

Subseries A1. Personal interest photos 

Box Folder

Apple Butter Frolic, Harleysville, PA--4 photos 1985-2002 

39 1

Artifacts--89 photos 

39 2

Delp's Meetinghouse (Herrehaus), Harleysville--49 photos 1900-2000  (Bulk, 1957-2000)

39 3

Donald Shelley--5 photos 1997 

39 4

Frick's Meetinghouse, Hatfield, PA--3 photos 1985-1990 

39 5

Gemeinschaft 1723 (play)--8 photos 1973 

39 6

Goschenhoppen Historians--35 photos 1964-1993  (Bulk, 1964-1975)

39 7

Goschenhoppen Sing-Gemeinde/Sing-Schieler--4 photos 1977-1997 

39 8

Heckler Plains, Harleysville--16 photos 1976-1980 

39 9

Isaac Clarence Kulp artwork--24 photos 1972-1998  (Bulk, 1992-1995)

39 10

Klein's Meetinghouse and Harley Burial Ground, Harleysville--37 photos 1956-2006 

39 11

Kolb-Kulp-Culp Reunion--24 photos 1919-1982  (Bulk, 1966-1973)

39 12

Kutztown (PA) Pennsylvania German Festival--14 photos 1959-1970 

39 13

Methacton Cemetery, Fairview Village, PA--5 photos 1992-1995 

39 14

Rudy's Country Kitchen Restaurant, Harleysville--11 photos circa 1995 

39 15

Schaefferstown, PA--60 photos 1963-1982 

39 16

William Kulp (1811-1880) clock--3 photos 1979 

39 17

The "Wisdom Table", Energy Station Restaurant, Vernfield, PA--15 photos 1992-1999 

39 18

Subseries A2. Family photos 1890-2003 

Scope and Contents note

Over 600 photos from I. C. Kulp's immediate and extended Kulp and Gottshall families, including the photo collection of his grandmother Elizabeth Garges Gottshall (numerous cabinet cards, circa 1890).

Box Folder

Family photos 

39 19-22

Family photos 

40 1-6

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Series B. Acquired photo collections 

Subseries B1. Benner, Joseph D. and Sallie Landis--69 photos 1890-1970 

Biographical/Historical note

Joseph D. (1882-1946) and Sallie Landis Benner (1883-1974) lived in Souderton, PA and are buried in Souderton Mennonite Cemetery. These photos are mostly identified, and include a collection from Sallie's mother, Elizabeth Price Landis.

Box
40
Folder
7-10

Subseries B2. Cassel, Abraham H. and Elizabeth Rhoads--52 photos 1870-1932 

Biographical/Historical note

Abraham H. Cassel (1820-1908) was a well-known Brethren antiquarian and book collector. He and his wife Elizabeth Rhoads Cassel (1823-1898) lived near the Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, Vernfield, PA, where they were members. This album contains photos of their family.

Subseries B3. Foutz, Rebecca--294 photos 1880-1955 

Biographical/Historical note

Rebecca Foutz (1885-1955) was a Brethren woman, originally of Waynesboro, PA and later of Philadephia, PA. She never married, and her extensive collection of photographs came to I. C. Kulp through Lincoln G. Nyce. These are photos of Ms. Foutz's family and friends, and are nearly all identified.

Box
40
Folder
11-18

Subseries B4. Grater, Elias T. and Sarah Bergey--4 photos 1900-1910 

Biographical/Historical note

Elias T. (1858-1939) and Sarah Bergey Grater (1861-1955) lived in Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, PA and are buried in Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery.

Box
40
Folder
19

Subseries B5. Harley, Elizabeth--86 photos 1865-1930 

Biographical/Historical note

Elizabeth Harley was historian of the Harley Family Association. She gave these photos to I. C. Kulp. Most are of descendants of Jacob S. (1801-1882) and Sarah Price Harley (1804-1882), including a multi-generational collection from the family of national Women's Rights leader Flora Harley Britten (b. 1864).

Box
40
Folder
20-21

Subseries B6. Johnson, Ralph W. and Ella Custer--34 photos 1885-1935 

Biographical/Historical note

Ralph W. (1898-1981) and Ella Custer Johnson (1902-1977) lived in Creamery, Montgomery County, PA and are buried in Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery. These are mostly photos from the Custer family, and most are identified.

Box
40
Folder
22-24

Subseries B7. Metzger, Howard K.--186 photos 1890-1925 

Scope and Contents note

Most of these photos are from the studio of Howard Metzger's father, photographer Allen G. Metzger (1865-1946) of Harleysville, PA. Many tintypes, including an album from the Kriebel-Metzger family.

Box
40
Folder
26-29

Subseries B8. Nyce, William G. photos 1890-1955 

Biographical/Historical note

William G. Nyce (1888-1958) was founder of Nyce Printing Company and a member of Hatfield (PA) Church of the Brethren. This collection includes many glass negatives and prints of local photography by Jonas H. Nyce of Vernfield and Souderton, circa 1900-1910. For additional Jonas Nyce photography, see folders 41-14 and 46-3.

Box Folder

William G. Nyce photos--44 photos 1890-1955 

41 1

Jonas H. Nyce photograpy (prints)--89 photos 1900-1910 

41 2-3
Box

Jonas H. Nyce photography (glass negatives)--35 negatives 1900-1910 

42-43

Subseries B9. Shup, John and Sarah Bealer--8 photos 1865-1900 

Biographical/Historical note

John (1832-1907) and Sarah Bealer Shup (1838-1924) lived in Milford Township, Bucks County, PA. These are unidentified photos from their family Bible.

Box
41
Folder
5

Subseries B10. Sundry local photos 

Box Folder

Local photos--646 photos 1880-1995 

41 7-14
Box

Local glass negatives--37 negatives 

Scope and Contents note

Images of Sumneytown, Green Lane and Ridge Valley, circa 1900, photographer unknown.

44-45

Subseries B11. Unidentified photos (481 photos) 

Box
41
Folder
15-22

Subseries B12. Copy prints 

Box Folder

Published in Heckler Plains (1977)--16 photos circa 1976 

46 1

Published in Pennsylvania Folklife 12:2 (1961)--8 photos of local meetinghouses by Peter Macinskas circa 1961 

46 2

Reprints of historic Brethren images--58 photos 

46 3

Subseries B13. Oversize and framed photos (38 photos) 1880-2005  (Bulk, 1880-1930)

Box
47-48

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