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John Shrader photographs and slides


Held at: Wallace Township Archives [Contact Us]P.O. Box 670, Glenmoore, PA, 19343

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Wallace Township Archives. 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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John J. S. Shrader was born in 1914 in Freeland, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to John P. and Suzanne Shrader. He moved to Glenmoore, Chester County, Pennsylvania during the Great Depression. While living in a boarding house, he fell in love with his landlord's daughter, Lois Elberhar, and the couple married. Shrader worked a teacher at the Devereux Foundation, a private school, and also served as a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 79, Glenmoore. His passions included photography and archaeology; in both disciplines he was self-taught. He was an active member of the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA). SPA awarded him its top award for an amateur archaeologist, later included his name in the Shrader-George award for young students in archaeology, and named its Berks County-based branch after him (John Shrader Chapter #21). Shrader was also a member of St. Peter's Church, Glenmoore. He passed away in 2001.


Obituary of John J. S. Shrader. The Morning Call, November 22, 2001. Accessed February 25, 2014.

This collection consists of over 1,000 slides and two albums of captioned photographs, in black and white and in color. Depicted are Wallace Township and other nearby sites, especially historic sites such as Springton Manor, events, landscapes, and buildings such as houses and churches. The albums are organized by subject. Some slides are labeled and sorted in groups, some are not. There is a slide index available on-site, organized in numerical order and alphabetically by subject.

Gift of John Shrader.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 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 Wallace Township Archives directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Sarah Leu 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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