MS-119: Glatfelter Collection of Pennsylvania Hall Research

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MS – 119: Glatfelter Collection of Pennsylvania Hall Research

(1 box, .20 cubic foot)

Inclusive Dates: October 1965- February 1971

Bulk Dates: July 1970-October 1970

Processed by: G. Ronald Couchman

Spring 2011

Link to Full Finding Aid - PDF


Gift from Charles H. Glatfelter class of 1946

March 8, 2011 Accession #2011-0973

Collection History

“The purpose of this account is to tell the story of Pennsylvania Hall, or Old Dorm, the earliest building to be erected on the campus of Gettysburg College…. The account is prompted by the fact that, after 131 years of use, first in a major way and then almost entirely, as a dormitory; the building underwent a complete interior renovation in 1969-1970 and was converted into an administrative center.”  Thus begins Dr. Charles Glatfelter’s history of Pennsylvania Hall.  The renovation of the building and the writing of its history were inexorably linked with the dedication of the building and the publication of the history both occurring in October 1970.  Dr. C. Arnold Hanson, President of Gettysburg College 1961-1977 asked Dr. Glatfelter, Chairman of the College’s History Department and former Dean of the College, to write the history of the building as the first work in a planned Gettysburg College History Series. Professor Glatfelter believes that his efforts to research the history of this building led eventually to the establishment of the Gettysburg College Archives, housed in the Special Collection section of the College’s Library. For a fuller biography for Dr. Glatfelter see the finding aid for MS-059: The Papers of Charles Glatfelter (Class of 1946). 

Scope and Content Notes

The collection consists primarily of correspondence from and to Dr. Charles H. Glatfelter during the summer and fall of 1970 documenting his attempts to gain important information in preparation for a History of Pennsylvania Hall.  The collection is arranged chronologically with the bulk dating from July through October 1970.  The correspondence reveals research efforts in the following areas:

  • John Cresson Trautwein, building architect
  • Tradition of flying the U.S. flag from the cupola in both day and night
  • Calvin Blythe, first President of the College Board of Trustees
  • Henry Winemiller, building contractor
  • Correspondence between General O.O. Howard and Professor Michael Jacobs regarding the use of the building during the Gettysburg battle
  • Restoration planning and completion
  • Book publication issues

Link to Full Finding Aid - PDF