This document signed by James Logan is the oldest piece in the Dr. Thomas Brumbaugh Collection of Pennsylvania Governors’ Signatures. It is a deed for two plots of land in historic Center City, Philadelphia. The National Constitution Center now sits on this land. Image courtesy of Allison-Antrim Museum
Every four years, coinciding with the inauguration of the Pennsylvania governor, Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle exhibits its Dr. Thomas Brumbaugh Collection of Pennsylvania Governors’ Signatures.
The collection, displayed this past January, is believed to be the largest of its kind outside the possession of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Brumbaugh collection includes this letter signed by John Stuchell Fisher, an 1886 graduate of Indiana State Normal School. Fisher was Pennsylvania’s governor from 1927 to 1931. Image courtesy of Allison-Antrim Museum
Thomas Brumbaugh ’43 donated the collection when the museum opened in 1998. At that time, the collection he began as a high school student comprised 42 signatures.
Even after making the gift, Thomas continued to build on the collection, adding signatures from Thomas Mifflin, Thomas McKean, and George Bryan in 2001 and Ed Rendell in 2003.
The collection consists of about 80 documents with 50 different signatures.
A former professor of fine arts at Vanderbilt University and a veteran of World War II, Thomas died in December 2011.
In an article about the collection from a 1940 issue of Collector magazine, Thomas said, “Although most of these items have no special rarity, the romantic associations which they suggest make them irreplaceable.”
See the full Collector magazine article, courtesy of Allison-Antrim Museum.
Find more information about the Dr. Thomas Brumbaugh Collection of Pennsylvania Governors’ Signatures on the Allison-Antrim Museum website.