Pennsylvania History (64 collections)

  • Abraham Lincoln Collection

    A representative sampling of valuable items on Abraham Lincoln in the State Library's collection that have been digitized to commemorate the Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009. Items more

  • Altoona Area Public Library – Historic Photographs

    This collection contains photos documenting the history of Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.

  • American Marketplace Collection

    American Marketplace chronicles the development of the industrial expansion of the United States following the Civil War, and the parallel emergence of the consumer products reflecting more

  • Andrew Carnegie Online Archive

    This collection contains primary resources about Carnegie's bequests along with supporting explanatory text, that teachers will be able to use a part of their curriculum.

  • Architecture—Practical and Theoretical

    This collection is a digitized copy of the book ArchitecturePractical and Theoretical by the Beezer Brothers (1894). The Beezer brothers (Louis and Michael J.) were famous more

  • Benjamin Franklin Collection

    Materials by and about Benjamin Franklin from the State Library collection digitized in commemoration of his 300th birthday.

  • Buhl Foundation Photographs

    The Buhl Foundation Photographs collection contain photographs of Chatham Village, the Buhl Foundation’s $2 million housing development located in Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood. The photographs, dating more

  • Cambria County Immigration Declarations

    This collection includes scans of immigration declarations registered in Cambria County from 1835-1991. Information includes name, place of departure, country of origin, and age.

  • Cambria County Library – Johnstown, PA History Books

    Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was originally formed as a town in 1800. The city has experienced three major floods throughout its history and later became the site of more

  • Cambria County Library – Johnstown, PA Postcards

    This collection contains postcards from the early 20th century of Johnstown, Pennsylvania area landmarks.

  • Cambria Memory Project

    This collection features items collected from the public that focus on the immigrant and ethnic heritage of Cambria County.

  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Industry, Mining, & Technology Journals

    Pittsburgh’s heritage is strongly rooted in iron, steel, mining and related industries. This section of the Pittsburgh Iron & Steel Heritage Collection is a compilation of more

  • Carnegie Mellon University Historic Image Archive

  • Colonial Formularies Collection

    This collection provides access to two rare dispensatories and receptures that illuminate the therapeutic practices and medical orientation of two dispensing physicians in the multilingual colonial more

  • Cresson Sanatorium

    In 1900, there were 34 sanatoriums in the United States. By 1925 there were 536. The Cresson Sanatorium was one of the earlier sanatoriums and provides more

  • Eichleay Engineering Corporation Photographs

    The Eichleay Engineering Corporation Photographs document the company’s business operations through images that depict house raising and moving, structural engineering, industrial construction, and mechanical installation.

  • Fort Necessity

    A selection of documents on the battles of Fort Necessity and Braddock's Campaign, along with background on French and English relations as well as their interactions more

  • Historic Books

    The Historic Books collection contains local history and books of historical nature from around the Lehigh Valley. This collection also contains unpublished family history research records more

  • Historic Images and Documents

    A collection of Sewickley, Pennsylvania and Quaker Valley region historic images and documents from the history collections of the Sewickley Public Library.

  • Historical Photographs

    This collection contains historical photographs of the Lehigh Valley.

  • Lancaster County – City Directories 1843 – 1900 Collection

    This collection consists of Lancaster City and County residential and commercial directories, 1843-1900. These directories provide valuable information regarding the population of Lancaster City and County, more

  • Lancaster County – City Directories 1901 – 1914 Collection

    Welcome to the's Lancaster County City Directories 1901 - 1914 Collection, a part of the POWER Library: PA Photos and Documents. This collection consists of more

  • Lancaster County – City Directories 1914 – 1922 Collection

    Welcome to the's Lancaster County City Directories 1901 - 1914 Collection, a part of the POWER Library: PA Photos and Documents. This collection is the more

  • Lancaster Public Library – Local History

    This is a collection of documents, photographs, and monographs relating to the history of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

  • Local History Collection

    Welcome to the Keystone College Local History Collection, a part of the POWER Library: PA Photos and Documents. This collection a large number of photos and more

  • Lycoming College – Lycoming County Women’s History Collection

    Williamsport Women: Voices, Images, Actions Source material related to the history of women in Lycoming County from Lycoming College, the Lycoming County Historical Society, and the J.V. more

  • Lycoming County Digital Photo Archive

    Over two thousand (2,000) local historical photographs, drawings and images of old Lycoming County, PA. can be found here. Images are shown in a small version more

  • Meadville Local History Collection

    The Meadville Local History Collection is a condensed sketch of the early history of Meadville, Pennsylvania which covers the city's natural resources and a portrayal of more

  • Milton Hershey School Hershey News Collection

    Hershey News, published from 1953 until 1964, reported news and events throughout the Township of Derry, Pennsylvania (informally known as Hershey). A small town newspaper, there more

  • Minutes of the Town Council Collection

    Minutes of the Town Council of the Borough of Conshohocken, Volume 1, July 1850 - March 1874 Collection.

  • Miscellany Collection

    Items include a report on the 1907 Dar Mine Disaster relief efforts; the Twin Shaft mining disaster investigation, 1986, Early Indian history along the Susquehanna River, more

  • New Castle Directories 1872-1899

    This collection contains a selection of various directories from 1872-1899 (not exhaustive), covering the Mahoning, Shenango, and Beaver valleys, as well as Lawrence County and the more

  • New Castle Directories 1900 -1910

    This collection contains City of New Castle directories covering all years, 1900-1910.

  • New Castle Directories 1911-1918

    This collection contains City of New Castle directories covering all years, 1911-1918 (not exhaustive).

  • New Castle Directories 1921-1928

    This collection contains City of New Castle directories covering all years, 1921-1928.

  • New Castle Public Library 100th Anniversary

    A selection of photographs and video clips from the New Castle Public Library's 100th Anniversary celebration, October 21, 2010.

  • Old Economy Village Archive Collection

    The Harmonists, a Christian Communal society, founded Old Economy Village in 1824. They were known for their piety, as well as for their economic successes in more

  • Pennsylvania Capitol Centennial Collection

    Pennsylvania Capitol Centennial Collection Historic descriptions, explanations, and illustrated visitors' guidebooks to the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of more

  • Pennsylvania Documents Collection

    Contains reports of Pennsylvania State Agencies such as the Annual Reports of the Eastern and Western State Penitentiaries from the 1800's - early 1900's; Reports of more

  • Pennsylvania Geological Survey Historical Photograph Collection

    This collection includes photographs from the Pennsylvania Geological Survey Historical Photographs Collection.

  • Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers

    This collection of Pennsylvania newspapers includes incomplete runs of the following titles:  Christian Observer (1840-1850), Colonization Herald, Lancaster Intelligencer/Intelligencer and Journal (1830-1852), Lewistown Republican/Republican (1840-1844), Mansfield more

  • Pennsylvania Native Americans Collection

    This collection contains periodicals, both newspaper and magazine in format, from the United States Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, as well as Pennsylvania State documents and more

  • Pennsylvania Regimental Histories

    Selected Pennsylvania Regimental Histories in the Civil War, with histories of Pennsylvania units from other wars to be added.

  • Pennsylvania State Archives – Board of Fish Commission Minutes, 1924-1969

    The Fish and Boat Commission has its origins in fish protection legislation of 1866 that created a Commissioner of Fisheries empowered to force dam builders on more

  • Pennsylvania State Archives – Board of Pardons Minutes, 1974-1999

    This collection contains meeting minutes of the Office of the Lieutentant Governor's Board of Pardons dealing predominantly with commutation and pardon decisions. Each entry provides the more

  • Pennsylvania State Archives – Pardon Books, 1874-1934

    Applications made to, and proclamations issued by, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. Grouped into applications and proclamations and then arranged chronologically by date of action. more

  • Pennsylvania State Archives – Postcards

    This collection of approximately 29,000 postcards from the 1880s to the 1970s includes images from across the U.S. and all 67 Pennsylvania counties and highlights cities, more

  • Pennsylvania State Archives – Posters

    This is a collection of posters of varying size, color and medium pertaining to the U.S. and Pennsylvania from before the start of the Civil War more

  • Pennsylvania State Archives – Sportsman Advisory Councils Files, 1996-2003

    This collection contains files relative to the Governor's Sportsman Advisory Council and Governor's Youth Sportsmen Advisory Council. These groups were created by the Governor's Office, and more

  • Pennsylvania State Archives – State Tax Equalization Board Minutes, 1947-1999

    The State Tax Equalization Board was established by the General Assembly in Act 447 PL 1046, 1947, to compensate for the lack of assessment uniformity statewide more

  • Pennsylvania State Archives – World War I Posters

    This collection is of World War I era posters of varying size, color and medium pertaining to the U.S. and Pennsylvania. The posters are manufactured for more

  • Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Journal

    Pennsylvania State House of Representative Journal contains an address to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives on 2/22/1861 which includes a speech given by then President-Elect more

  • Philadelphia Flower Show Collection

    This collection consists of documentation related to the Philadelphia Flower Show from 1829 to the present including tickets, advertisements, posters and high-quality photographs to exhibits and more

  • Pittsburgh Iron & Steel Heritage Collection

    Pittsburgh’s heritage is strongly rooted in iron, steel, mining and related industries. The Pittsburgh Iron & Steel Heritage Collection is a digital compilation of books, journals, more

  • Samuel and Rosa Kern Letters

    The Samuel and Rosa Kern Letters collection spans a time frame from 1879 - 1887. These letters cover a broad range of topics spanning sports, social more

  • Summerville Story Project

    The Summerville, Pennsylvania Story Project is a collection of documents, photos, and other memorabilia intended to present the human side of Summerville. The collection material dates more

  • The Builder Collection

    The Builder is an architectural publication that was published in Pittsburgh from 1901 to 1919. Its subtitle is: "Devoted to Architecture". The Builder is a highly more

  • The Johnstown Flood of 1889

    On May 31, 1889, the breaking of the South Fork Dam caused the single greatest natural disaster in the history of the United States: the Great more

  • United States Civil War Collection

    A wide variety of Civil War literature, including a report on the battle of Gettysburg, preparations for the internment of the remains of the dead at more

  • Warren Library Association – Historic Flood Control (1943)

    An archive of papers examining historical flood control and new proposals under construction during the 1930's and 40's.

  • Warren Library Association – Historic Photographs

    An archive of over 300 digital images from the library's Historic Warren Photograph Collection.

  • Warren Library Association – The Allegheny Pilot

    Provides a detailed navigational study of the river during the era of early rafting and lumbering.

  • Warren Library Association – The Carnival, First Presbyterian Church, 1899

    The Carnival was a weeklong fundraiser event of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, PA, featuring internationally and hobby themed booths, meals, and a daily publication. more

  • World War I Collection

    Welcome to the State Library of Pennsylvania's World War I Collection, a part of the POWER Library: PA Photos and Documents. A collection of Materials about more