Tyndall: Richard Tyndall Papers, 1942-2013

Call Number: MG-702

1 box     6 folders, 19 items, 111 pages     .15 cubic feet

Repository: LancasterHistory.org (Organization); PV7

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 15

Scope and content: This collection contains documents regarding the Tyndall and Boehm families. Many of the items are associated with Roy and Reba Tyndall, including photographs of their home in Mount Joy and information about the amoeba, Acanthamoeba royreba, which was named in their honor. Genealogical information about the Boehm and Tyndall families includes ancestor Reverend John Phillip Boehm, a family tree, and photocopies of marriage certificates, naturalization papers, and an indentured servant’s contract.

Biographical and Historical Note: William Tyndall came to the United States from Ireland in November 1887, at the age of 17, as an indentured servant. In 1890, he completed his service, and in 1897 he became a citizen of the United States. Two years later, in 1899, William Tyndall married Elizabeth Jones of Philadelphia, PA, in Lebanon. Elizabeth and William’s son, William Leroy (Roy), is Richard’s father. William and Reba (Ream) Tyndall resided in Mount Joy with their four children: Robert L., 1927-17 June 2013; Patricia J., b. 1930; John (Jack), 1931-2008; and Richard, b. 1933. Roy Tyndall bought the house at 82 East Main Street, Mount Joy in the 1920s. The house was built in 1841 and is on Mount Joy’s list of historic homes.

The Boehm family originally came from Germany. Elizabeth Jones is the grand-daughter of Reverend John Boehm, who presided over her and William’s wedding. An article about Boehm can be found in Folder 3, along with a brief history of the Boehm family.

Richard Tyndall testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Veteran’s Affairs in 1957. Hearings on Veteran’s benefits titled “Servicemen’s Readjustment Assistance” were dated March 18, 19, 22, 27, 29; April 5; June 3, 6, 1957 before the “Subcommittee on Veteran’s Affairs of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare United States Senate Eighty-Fifth Congress First Session.” The context in which Richard Tyndall spoke pertained to education funding for veterans.

Creator: Tyndall, R. L.

Conditions for Access: Please see Director of Archival Services to view DVD in Folder 4.

Conditions Governing Reproductions: Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language: English

Source of Acquisition: Gift of Richard Tyndall, 17 October 2013, in memory of his parents, Roy and Reba Tyndall.

Related Materials: See the LancasterHistory.org Photograph Collections for photographs of Roy and Reba Tyndall and his childhood home in Mount Joy. See photograph collections.

Subject Headings:

Tyndall, R. L. (LHo-LOC n 82021689)

Acanthamoeba royreba.

Boehm, John, 1830-1918.

Processing History: Processed and finding aid prepared by RA, April 2015. Finding aid was created following DACS conventions.


Folder 1 Photocopy of diary belonging to Reba Tyndall. 1942 (1 item, 23 pages)

Folder 2 Scanned images of interior of Richard Tyndall’s childhood home at 82 East Main Street, Mount Joy. No Date (8 items, 8 pages)

Folder 3 Genealogy of Boehm/Tyndall family, as well as an article about Rev. John Boehm and a brief history of the Boehm family. 2013 (4 items, 5 pages)

Folder 4 Information regarding Acanthamoeba Royreba, discovered by Tyndall at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge TN. (3 items: 1 DVD, 35 pages)

Acanthamoeba royreba sp.n. from a Human Tumor Cell Culture,” by E. Willeart, A. R. Stevens and R. L. Tyndall. Reprinted from The Journal of Protozoology, Vol. 25, no. 1, February 1978.

“Cocultivation of Legionella pneumophila and Free-living Amoebae,” by R. L. Tyndall and E. L. Domingue. 1982.

Folder 5 Descendant chart for Rev. John Boehm. No Date (1 item, 36 pages)

Folder 6 Information regarding William Tyndall’s marriage, indentured service, and naturalization. (3 Items, 4 pages)

Application for Marriage of William Tyndall and Elizabeth Jones, filed in Lebanon County. 19 June 1899

Naturalization Certificate for William Tyndall, filed in Lebanon County. 8 June 1897

Indentured Service Contract for William Tyndall outlining 3 years and 7 months of indentured service to be completed in 1890. (See archives staff for digital copy) 4 November 1887