The Macculloch Hall Historical Museum Archives contain materials from some five generations of the descendants of George (1775-1858) and Louisa (1785-1863) Macculloch, United States Senator Jacob Welch Miller (1800-1862), famous Nineteenth Century cartoonist and illustrator Thomas Nast (1840-1902) and museum founder W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976).
Also a repository for local community history spanning over 200 years, the archive comprises many thousands of items: letters (personal and official), photographs, maps, illustrations and drawings, printed documents, certificates, presidential commissions and relevant books.
These reflect the family’s involvement in major events and movements of the 19th and 20th Centuries such as anti-slavery, the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, U.S. Naval History, women’s charitable and suffrage movements, as well as the personal stories and romances which offer windows into the daily life and customs of two centuries.
The histories of the Morris and Nicaragua (precursor to the Panama) Canals, and the founding of many civic, cultural, educational, political and relief organizations are traced here in the correspondence of generals, presidents, authors, family members and leading business figures. They range from George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison to J.P. Morgan, August Belmont, Alice Duer Miller and Theodore Roosevelt.
The museum also holds the personal papers of its founder, prominent businessman and philanthropist, W. Parsons Todd, President of the Quincy Mining Company, with materials that document the museum’s founding and history over the past 65 years.