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COVID-19 Update: The Archives is closed to the public until the pandemic is over. You can still contact us with any inquiries, which we will try to respond to in a timely way. All meetings of the MHAC are also cancelled for the duration. 

The Media Historic Archives Commission (MHAC) acts as custodian for archival materials relating to the Borough of Media and neighboring communities. Included in the archives are thousands of photographs, maps, scrapbooks, movies, tape recordings, newspapers, memorabilia, and other artifacts. The archives were created in 1987 from the personal collection of Frank Lees (1918-1999), a lifelong resident who donated this material to the Borough of Media before his death.

While the Lees material forms the basis of the archives, we are actively seeking to add new items to the collection. Contact us if you have anything to donate. If you are unwilling to part with your treasures at this time, consider loaning them to us. We'll scan them and return the originals along with high-resolution digital copies.

Since the archives started as a personal collection, it is not a comprehensive resource with information on every house, family, and event in Media’s history. To peruse a list of resources on the history of Media and Delaware County that go beyond the limited collection of the MHAC, see the FAQ (frequently asked questions) link above.

In normal times, the archives are open by appointment only. Email us at mediahistoricarchives@gmail.com to request an appointment or for other inquiries. While we will try to respond in a timely way to all inquiries that come our way, the five volunteer members of the MHAC have other jobs and responsibilities outside this commitment, so your patience is appreciated.

In normal times, MHAC meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month, are open to the public. No meeting is held in December. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the archives room on the second floor of the Media-Upper Providence Free Library (MUPFL), 1 East Front Street (at the corner of Jackson Street), in Media.

Members of the commission serve 5-year terms. The current commissioners are Adam Levine (Chairperson), Katherine LoRusso, Stephanie Gaboriault, Walter Cressler, and Addie Cianella. Sayre Dixon is liaison from Borough Council.