Johannes Schwalm Historical Association Selects Kutztown University as New Home of Digital Military Archives

Representatives standing around computer desk

(L to R): Dr. Michael Gabriel, department chair, History; Ross Schwalm, president, Johannes Schwalm Historical Association; Dan Schwalm, vice president, Johannes Schwalm Historical Association; Dr. Steve Lem, interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Sue Czerny, department chair, Rohrbach Library.

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University has been selected to be the new home of a military archive collection from the American Revolution, courtesy of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association. Rohrbach Library manages the digital collection, which launched in August. The collection is made up of thousands of pages of original documents from the United States, Britain and Germany.

The Johannes Schwalm Historical Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching those German auxiliary troops (generically called Hessian) who remained in America after the Revolutionary War, became loyal citizens, made cultural contributions and were the progenitors of any thousands of Americans living today.

Researchers from across the world can now access these digital archives through Kutztown University’s Rohrbach Library at Questions can be directed to Dr. Michael Gabriel, department chair, History, at