Wallace Family fonds

Fonds number


Name of Creator

Wallace, Paul Anthony Wilson

Name of Creator

Wallace, Edward Wilson, Jr.

Name of Creator

Wallace, Muriel Joy Wilson

Dates of Material

ca 1840-1996, predominant 1890-1940


Wallace Family fonds


1.53 m of textual records
865 photographs and negatives

Administrative History

Paul Anthony Wilson Wallace (1891-1967) was born in Cobourg, Ontario. He attended grade school in Toronto, and high school at Harbord Collegiate Institute in Toronto. He received a B.A. from Victoria University at the University of Toronto in 1915, an M.A. in 1923, and a Ph.D. in 1925. He was active in World War I as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force from 1916-1918. He was a teacher in a one room county school at Baraca, Alberta in 1915, and lectured in English at the University of Alberta from 1919-1922, and at the University of Toronto from 1922-1925. In 1925, he began as Chairman of the Department of English at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. From 1948-1967 he was a staff historian with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Wallace was a prolific writer and published many articles and books, mainly in the field of Pennsylvania and American Indian history, including biographies of Conrad Weiser, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg and his three sons, and Milton Hershey; a history of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania, Seed of a Nation; a history of Lebanon Valley College; and three works on the Indians of Pennsylvania and New York: The White Roots of Peace, The Indians of Pennsylvania, and Indian Paths of Pennsylvania. One of his books, "White Roots of Peace" an historical work on the founding of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, was selected for inclusion in the White House library.

He was married to Dorothy Eleanor Clarke in 1919; their two children are Anthony Francis Clarke Wallace and David Harold Wallace.

Administrative History

Edward Wilson Wallace, Jr is the son of Edward Wilson Wallace and Rose Wallace (Cullen), daughter of Rev. Thomas Cullen. He is the grandson of Francis Huston Wallace and Joy Wilson. EW Wallace Jr. was killed in action during WWII while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Administrative History

Muriel Joy Wilson Wallace (1885-1974) is the daughter of Francis Huston Wallace and Joy Wilson. She was a high school teacher in Peterborough, Ontario and at Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of various diaries, journals, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs/negatives, regarding travel, careers, school, and life. Includes documentation about travel to China, Europe, World War I, Go Home Bay and the Madawaska Club (cottage community associated with the University of Toronto).

Fonds has been divided into four series: 1 - Paul Anthony Wilson Wallace; 2 - Edward Wilson Wallace, Jr; 3 - Muriel Joy Wilson Wallace; 4 - Photographs.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

1997.014 - Photographs transferred from David H. Wallace (son of Paul Wallace).
2018.07V - Transferred from the United Church of Canada Archives in June 2018.

Finding Aids

Finding Aid 3170 from the United Church of Canada Archives is available on request.
Photographs described in Photograph Database: http://archival-photos.vicu.utoronto.ca/


No further accruals anticipated.

General Notes

See also the papers of Francis Huston Wallace (Fonds 2186) and Edward Wilson Wallace (Fonds 2020).


Students / Alumni Personal Papers


United Church of Canada Archives: Finding Aid 3170 - Francis Huston Wallace Fonds. Originally prepared by Mark Van Stempvoort, 1995. Updated by Alex Thomson, 1992, 2000 and by Laura Hallman, 2016.