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Johannes Schwalm Historical Association Collection

Identifier: MS 052


This collection consists of research materials gathered by the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association an organization dedicated to the history of the Hessian soldiers who became citizens of the new United States after the American Revolution and their German-American descendents. Available to interested researchers are mostly secondary materials such as journals, monographs, family histories, articles, dissertations and manuscripts documenting German-American families, history and culture.


  • 1776-present,
  • Majority of material found within 1975-present


Restrictions on Access

Access partially restricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..


37 Linear feet (92 boxes)

82 Books (82 books)

.10 Linear feet (.5 flat drawers)

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Collection: Organized into several broad groups corresponding to type of material. Group 1- Journals; Group 2- Genealogical Research files; Group 3- Articles, pamphlets, dissertations, manuscripts; Group 4- Published/transcribed diaries; Group 5- Books; Group 6- Photographs, microfilm, fraktur, maps.

Ownership and Custodial History

Prior to its donation to Franklin and Marshall College in 2001, The JSHA Collection had been deposited at the Gratz Historical Society in Gratz, Pa. Additional materials, received in 2002 were in the possession of JSHA Secretary Mark Schwalm, President Rich Barth and member Bob Webler. In 2003 materials were received from Association officers Rich Barth, N. Daniel Schwalm, and James E. Swalm. Additional materials were received in 2004 and 2007. A portion of the collection (microfilm of British military records from the UK National Archives and 29 other reels of microfilm of archives relating to Hessian soldiers in the American Revolution) was transferred in 2010 to the David Library of the American Revolution.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, Inc. Address--Pennsauken, NJ. Method of acquisition--Gift (ongoing); Date of acquisition--2001-.

Processing Information

Processing completed 2003.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States