The Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania maintains an archive, a library collection, and a small collection of artifacts.

The Archives consist of Society publications, including its annual Yearbook and newsletters.  Some of the correspondence files date back to the earliest years of the Society.  We also maintain our membership application records and files, which can be of assistance for those conduction genealogical research or preparing membership application materials for a family member’s application.  The records can be accessed by contacting the Society’s Registrar via email at [email protected].

The Society’s library collection primarily contains books relating to the history of the War of 1812 with an emphasis on Pennsylvania’s participation.  The library also includes several volumes of the Pennsylvania Archives series that include War of 1812 records, company rosters, and official state records.  These are primarily reference volumes.

The Society’s small but important artifacts collections are on loan to the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.

These artifacts include:

  • The Stephen Decatur Tray, a silver serving tray presented to Decatur in appreciation of his war service by the citizens of Baltimore.
  • Silver Perry Medal presented to an Officer of Commodore Perry’s victorious Fleet.