Tidd Collection

George N. Tidd (b. 1874, Barclay Mountain, Bradford County, PA) was a successful executive in Manhattan as well as a collector of rare books when he met Jessie Murray, the second director of the museum, and daughter of Louise Welles Murray. 

"You are doing a fine thing for the community in the work you were looking after. I hope they appreciate it.  I would hardly think that there were such interesting things so near at home. I have often watched them excavating in Egypt and Italy and always thought it was such interesting work.  One could lose themselves as many do in the past and I think it's such a relief to get a way from the present especially in these times.  I would like you to see my library sometime for I have many books which I believe would interest you. 15th-century Bibles and books of this character which I purchased abroad." 
  [George Tidd to Jessie Murray, 1934]
His library was donated to the Tioga Point Museum upon his death in 1954.    The volumes include many rare and first editions of the writings of the early American Republic, including letters from George Washington, William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and others.  A significant number of historical volumes about the British monarchy and 18th-century French history and culture are also included. 


The Tioga Point was founded in January 1895 as the Tioga Point Historical Society. The purpose of the museum as stated in the original incorporation was: "To collect and procure relics and records of local and general interest to the former and present inhabitants of Athens and vicinity; to collect and procure genealogical records of the first settlers and their descendants; and to provide proper care for, the preservation of the relics and records so collected by the maintenance of a museum where they are placed."  Over 120 years later, the Tioga Point Museum continues to live out that purpose.

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