Scots-Irish in Colonial America: Scotch-Irish Foundation
By Kyle J. Betit
The Scotch-Irish Foundation (PO Box 181, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010) was established as a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation in 1949, specifically to collect records relating to the Scots-Irish and to preserve their history. They collect published books, family histories, letters, journals, and other records relating to Scots-Irish immigration and settlement in America. Upon entrance, each member contributes a "Family Registration" form detailing information on his or her Scots-Irish ancestors. Membership in the foundation costs $10.00, after which there are no annual dues.
The Scotch-Irish Foundation's collections (including the family registrations) were housed at The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. In January 2002, The Balch Institute merged into The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The archival and library collections of The Balch have been fully integrated into the Society and relocated to 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The collection of the Scotch-Irish Foundation has been deeded to The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and is available for research through the Society's regular services (on-site research, Research by Mail). The Society does not participate in interlibrary loan services. The URL for the combined organization is hsp.org and the contact phone number is 215-732-6200. [See also www.scotch-irishcentral.org]
The foundation published a catalog, Library and Archives of the Scotch-Irish Foundation (1991), which includes bibliographies of their collections. At the back of the catalog are listed the "first authentic Scotch-Irish ancestor in America" from the family registrations filed with the foundation.