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Malvern Historical Commission records


Held at: Malvern Historical Commission [Contact Us]Borough of Malvern, 1 East First Avenue, Suite 3, Malvern, PA, 19355

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Malvern Historical Commission. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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In the 17th century, Welsh immigrants settled in the area that would later be known as Malvern, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Originally part of Willistown Township as a village called West Chester Intersection, Malvern was the site of the Battle of Paoli in 1777, which took place during the American Revolution. This site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 as the Paoli Battlefield Site and Parade Grounds. In 1873, when the Pennsylvania Railroad laid its tracks through the village, it was renamed Malvern. Economic development in the small village led residents to officially incorporate in 1889 as the Borough of Malvern, separating it from Willistown Township. Following incorporation, the Borough of Malvern continued to grow, including the creation of the Malvern Fire Company, the Malvern water system, and other organizations. As of 2015, the Borough of Malvern remains a small town with a railway station and a variety of cultural and civic organizations, and as a result of recent revitalization efforts, boasts a wide assortment of local shops in its business district.

In 1983, the Malvern Borough Council passed an ordinance to create the Malvern Historical Commission. The Malvern Historical Commission was established to "locate, name, and preserve for posterity the significant architectural, natural, and other historic sites within the Borough of Malvern." One of the first tasks of the Historical Commission was to map the Borough in order to locate historical structures in the area. As of 2015, the Historical Commission has been "working with the Malvern Planning Commission to create an evaluation system to allow for the designation of historical structures of significant preservation interest." The Malvern Historical Commission also oversees the Malvern History Center, located in the Borough Administrative Building.


Quoted text from: Malvern Borough. "Historical Commission." Accessed on September 24, 2015.

Schmitt, Nancy B. A Century in Malvern. Malvern, PA: Malvern Historical Commission, 1989.

This collection consists of administrative records from the Malvern Historical Commission and reference materials used by the organization during the course of its work.

Administrative records include minutes and agendas from meetings of the Malvern Historical Commission, 1990s-2013, and correspondence, 1980s.

Other materials include reference materials for the Malvern Historical Commission, including information and research on the process of creating oral histories, preservation planning and historic properties, historic architecture, and preservation and restoration.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2014-2016 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Malvern Historical Commission directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Sarah Leu and Anastasia Matijkiw through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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