Archival Adventures in Small Repositories
Charles E. Ulmann
The Christian C. Sanderson Museum, located in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1967. The museum exhibits the eclectic collection of historical relics, artifacts, and memorabilia acquired over a period of more than 75 years by Christian Sanderson (1882-1966), an historian, collector, teacher, musician, lecturer, and radio broadcaster who spent most of his life in the Chadds Ford area. The Museum's mission is to interpret United States history through one manB!B/s life and through his collection, by providing a captivating and personal museum experience in an historic 19th century home, for families, students, historians, and educators. In addition to three-dimensional objects, the museum holds about 100 linear feet of archival materials dating from 1842 to 1966. These documents were created by Sanderson, by organizations in which he was involved, or by his family members; or were collected by Sanderson from various sources. Included are diaries, correspondence, ephemera, notes, postcards, scrapbooks, slides and scripts from lectures given by Sanderson, photographs, financial records, and more. Of particular interest are paintings and materials relating to the Wyeth family of artists -- N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, and others -- who lived in Chadds Ford and befriended Sanderson.