Archival Adventures in Small Repositories
Wallace Township Historical Commission
Established in 1975 by the township commissioners, the Wallace Township Historical Commission (Chester County, Pennsylvania) is charged with the responsibility of researching and recording the township's heritage. As custodian of this heritage, the Commission endeavors to preserve the historical integrity of the Township and maintain archives relating to the people, buildings, industries, landscape, and other pertinent information. The Archivist of Wallace Township is a position created by township ordinance and appointed by the Board of Supervisors to care for and grow the archival collection. The Wallace Township Archives is comprised of about 50 linear feet of archival materials dating from the late 1800s to the present, including scrapbooks, maps and blueprints, deeds, financial and administrative records, photographs, audio recordings, ephemera, correspondence, posters, and genealogy and property research materials. The Archives is also the repository for the Abraham R. McIlvaine correspondence, 1836-1857, on long term loan from the Friends of Springton Manor. McIlvaine (1804-1863) was a farmer and United States Congressman from Pennsylvania. In office from 1843-1849, he befriended future president Abraham Lincoln during Lincoln's only term in Congress.