Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kinds of materials does the Archives hold?

A: Hershey Community Archives is a non-profit educational institution that serves both as a community repository for the records of local businesses, organizations and individuals and as a corporate archives to Milton Hershey’s corporations (The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, Hershey Trust Company). The Archives collects and preserves books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, plans, newspapers, films, videos and memorabilia that document Milton Hershey and his legacies: the businesses and the community that bear his name. For more information regarding our collections, please click here.

Q: Can the collections be photocopied or scanned?

A: The Archives does permit duplication with some restrictions. For more information regarding the Archives’ policy for photocopying and duplication of collections, please click here.

Q: Are digital cameras permitted?

A: Digital cameras or scanners are not permitted in the Archives.

Q: What resources for genealogists are available?

A: Most of the Archives’ collections reflect the activities of Hershey businesses and organizations. The Archives does maintain genealogical records for Milton Hershey and his parents, Veronica “Fanny” Snavely and Henry Hershey. Please contact the Archives for more information.

A local volunteer organization, the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society, does collect and maintain family files for local family history. Contact the Historical Society for more information.

Q: I found an old milk chocolate bar wrapper. How old is it?

A: There are a number of clues to help date milk chocolate bar wrappers. The company was named Hershey Chocolate Company until 1927. In October 1927, the company was renamed Hershey Chocolate Corporation. In February 1968, the company’s name changed to Hershey Foods Corporation. In April 2005, it was renamed The Hershey Company.

Click here to see a visual history of milk chocolate bar wrappers.

Q: How do I donate material to the Archives?

A: To donate materials to the Archives please contact the Archivist for information regarding our collecting policy and donation procedures.