MG 837 - Keller Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains 56 legal documents, 99 photographs, 1 photo album, 153 pieces of personal correspondence, 2 publications, 3 personal diaries, 12 newspapers, 1 bound scrapbook of news clippings, and 1 genealogy chart. It is a multi-generational collection spanning approximately 200 years of family history in Central Pennsylvania.

The legal papers include deeds, wills, agreements and releases, mortgages, tax receipts, canceled checks, estate papers, etc.

The photographs include daguerreotypes, prints, cabinet cards, stereoviews, and black and whites. Many of the photos have no names and no dates.

The genealogy information relates to the Kellers, Kunkel, Isbister, and Weills families.

Two diaries of Christian K. Keller are daily journals with financial accounts noted in the margins.

There are two house floor and site plans in the collection, one for a property at Second and Walnut Streets and one on North Front Street, both in Harrisburg.

Of special note are two Civil War era letters from a family member (C.K.K.) to Dr. John Keller describing the scene in Harrisburg just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. The letter provides local context to Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North in June, 1863. Confederate troops had reached Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Wrightsville in strength when the letter was written.

Background

William Croll Keller died in February, 2003. He was a graduate of Mercersburg Academy, Princeton University (class of 1929) and a vice president of Commonwealth National Bank in Harrisburg. He was active in civic organizations, a former treasurer and member of the board of Harrisburg Hospital, a trustee of Seidle Memorial Hospital and past president of the Harrisburg Chapter of the American Institute of Banking. He was also active in the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, the Historical Society of Dauphin County, and the Tuesday Club as well as a member of the vestry of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, of which his ancestors were founding members.

Date(s): 1760's-1960's

Extent: 2 cartons, 59 folders, 142 enclosures