What Do We Have?

Hershey Bears HockeyThe Hershey Community Archives collects a variety of materials documenting Hershey’s corporate and community history. The Archives is the repository for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, The Hershey Company, Hershey Trust Company and The M.S. Hershey Foundation (The Hershey Story, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Theatre).

A variety of finding aids exist for many of the collections. Researchers may use the Collections Database to locate descriptions of select holdings. A consultation with the Archives’ staff is strongly recommended to assist in identifying records pertinent to your research.


The Hershey Company Collection

Includes, but is not limited to, advertising, product packaging materials, financial records, annual reports, correspondence, press releases, sales and marketing materials, brochures, pamphlets, photographs, slides, film, videotapes, and audio recordings. The Hershey Company [formerly known as Hershey Chocolate Company; Hershey Chocolate Corporation; and Hershey Foods Corporation] collection dates from 1894 to the present. This collection also includes records related to the company’s subsidiaries and acquisitions such as: H.B. Reese Candy Company; Y&S Candies; Peter Paul; Leaf (includes Jolly Rancher); Luden’s; and Hershey Pasta Group. Access to portions of this collection must be preceded by a written request to the Archives stating the purpose of the research and records requested. Contact the Archives for more information.

Hershey Trust Company Collection

Consists primarily of financial records, land records, real estate files, correspondence and legal documents, dated from 1903 to the present. Bulk of the records were created by: John E. Snyder; Milton S. Hershey; Ezra F. Hershey; William S. Crouse; Percy A. Staples; John B. Sollenberger; and Arthur R. Whiteman. The Trust Company Collection also includes records related to the activities of The Hershey Company [formerly known as Hershey Chocolate Company; Hershey Chocolate Corporation; and Hershey Foods Corporation], Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company [formerly known as Hershey Estates and HERCO, Inc.], The M.S. Hershey Foundation, Milton Hershey School [formerly Hershey Industrial School], Hershey National Bank, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey’s Cuban operations, and early construction in Derry Township. Access to this collection must be preceded by a written request to the Archives stating the purpose of the research and records requested. Contact the Archives for more information.

The M.S. Hershey Foundation Collection

Financial records, press clippings, film, videotapes, photographs, and slides. Includes records of Hershey Theatre, Hershey Gardens, and The Hershey Story [formerly Hershey Museum]. Theatre records document: performances; classic films; educational programs; activities of the Hershey Educational and Cultural Center; and Miss Pennsylvania Pageants. Museum records document: exhibits; public programming; educational programs; and general museum administration. The Gardens collection consists of marketing materials, press clippings, photographs, administrative records, and planting plans and drawings. Access to portions of these collections must be preceded by a written request to the Archives stating the purpose of the research and records requested. Contact the Archives for more information.

Community Organizations

The Archives actively collects the records of local organizations. Some of these collections include the records of the Hershey Rotary Club, Hershey Area AARP, Hershey Figure Skating Club, Hershey Area Playhouse, Hershey Partnership, The Optimist Club of Hershey, and the American Association of University Women (Hershey branch). Use the Collections Database to search our holdings.

 

Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company Collection

Includes, but is not limited to, event programs, brochures, marketing materials, press releases, press clippings, newsletters, correspondence, financial records, maps, plans and drawings, photographs, slides, film, videotapes, and audio recordings. Materials date from 1903 to the present. Records document attractions in Hershey such as: Arena, Hersheypark, Lodge and Convention Center, Hotel Hershey, Stadium, and the Zoo. Also documented are events and recreational activities, Hershey Bears Hockey, Dutch Days, golf courses and tournaments. Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, [formerly known as HERCO, Inc. and Hershey Estates], operated most of the community services during the first half of the 20th Century. The collection includes records related to Hershey Estates subsidiaries such as: Hershey Lumber Company; Hershey Laundry; Hershey Bakery Company; Hershey Transit Company; and Hershey Department Store. Access to portions of this collection must be preceded by a written request to the Archives stating the purpose of the research and records requested. Contact the Archives for more information.

Visual Materials

The Hershey Community Archives’ collection contains over 23,000 images that document all aspects of Hershey life. In this collection researchers can find images of Milton S. Hershey, building construction, community events, chocolate factory production, Hersheypark, and other Hershey subjects. Researchers may use an in-house database to search for images related to their research. Select photographs are available online. Use the Collections Database to search for images.

Oral History Collection

Since 1988, the Archives has conducted interviews with executives, workers, community leaders, educators and residents in order to document Hershey’s unrecorded history. These oral history interviews offer a wealth of information about Milton S. Hershey, the businesses and the community he established. The collection now contains over 500 interviews. Over two-thirds have been transcribed. Select transcripts are available online. Access to the interviews is governed by individual gift agreements. Use the Collections Database to search our holdings.

Maps and Plans

The Archives holds over 11,000 maps and plans that document the growth and development of the community and its industries from 1903 to the present. The collection includes United States and Pennsylvania Geological Survey maps of the region including Hummelstown, Lebanon, Lancaster and much of Eastern Pennsylvania, 1891-1974. Also included are plans developed and drawn by the Hershey Lumber Company and HERCO Engineering for company facilities, town buildings, private residences, street plans, sewer layouts, and utilities. Contact the Archives for more information.