Major Research Tools

Historical Maps of the Lehigh Valley

Visual Resource

Collection of digital map images documenting the history of the Lehigh Valley, as well as a centralized registry of the physical maps available for in-person research at area institutions.

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission


The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission's site for statistics, charts, and interactive maps broken down by themes such as Economy, Education, House, and more.


Digital news platform covering Lehigh and Northampton Counties, run by Lehigh Valley Public Media.

Morning Call via ProQuest

Coverage: 1984-present

The full text of the Morning Call, Allentown's local daily newspaper.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Economy at a Glance


Bureau of Labor Statistics employment and labor force data for the Lehigh Valley.



Online home for content from The Express-Times, an Easton based newspaper covering the Lehigh Valley.

Lafayette (college newspaper)


Coverage: 1870-present

Searchable full-text database of Lafayette's college newspaper.

Northampton County Election Results


Local election results for Presidential, state, and local positions. Lafayette College's precinct can be found under Easton City 3-3 (3rd ward, 3rd district).

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1867-1970 - Pennsylvania

Visual Resource

Digitized maps of towns or cities in Pennsylvania originally created for use by fire insurance companies. Maps are drawn to a scale of 50 feet to an inch; list street blocks and building numbers; and are coded for building materials used. For color versions of those maps, see the collection hosted by Penn State's map library. For Sanborn Maps in areas other than Pennsylvania, see Sanborn Maps from the Library of Congress.

Specialized Collections

Bethlehem Digital History Project


Collection of documents related to the development of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from 1741 to 1844. Includes community records, personal papers, visitors' accounts and maps.

Beyond Steel


Digitized collection of letters, oral histories, books, photos, and maps focusing on the changing businesses and culture of Bethelehem throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Easton Library Company Database

Coverage: 1811-1862

Digitized patron, loan, and business records from the Easton Library Company.

Lafayette College Archives Image Collection

Visual Resource
Coverage: 1858-present

Over 1,100 searchable images highlighting buildings, people, and events important to the history of the College.

Pennsylvania State Archives Digital Collections

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Portal for the state archive's digital collections, such as land records, birth/death indices, photographs, military records, etc.