Genealogy: Pennsylvania, Library and society resource list

Pennsylvania, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (5)

  1. Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania:  http://www.genpa.org/
  2. Historical Society of Pennsylvania:  http://www.hsp.org/
  3. Pennsylvania Department of Education – Office of Commonwealth Libraries:  http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us/
  4. Pennsylvania State Archives:  http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/overview.htm?secid=3 1

University Archives and Collections (38)

  1. Bloomsburg University:   http://www.bloomu.edu/library/Archives/index.html
  2. Bucknell University:   http://www.isr.bucknell.edu/Collections_and_Borrowing/Special_Collections_University_Archives/index.html
  3. Carnegie Mellon University. Architecture Archives:   http://www.library.cmu.edu/Research/ArchArch/
  4. Carnegie Mellon University. Archives:   http://www.library.cmu.edu/Research/Archives/UnivArchives/index.html
  5. Carnegie Mellon University. Special Collections:   http://www.library.cmu.edu/Research/SpecialCollections/index.html
  6. Cheyney University:   http://www.cheyney.edu/cheyney.asp?page=Library University Archives&sec=Leslie Pinckney Hill Library
  7. Drexel University:   http://www.library.drexel.edu/archives/
  8. Duquesne University:   http://www.library.duq.edu/specialcollections/index.htm
  9. Indiana University of Pennsylvania:   http://www.lib.iup.edu/depts/speccol/index.shtm
  10. La Salle University:   http://www.lasalle.edu/library/speccoll.htm
  11. Lehigh University:   http://www.lehigh.edu/library/speccoll/specialcoll.html
  12. Juniata College, Beeghly Library: http://services.juniata.edu/library/navlink7.html
  13. Millersville University:   http://sc.millersville.edu/
  14. Penn State University, Abington:   http://www.abington.psu.edu/psasite/cs/shared/library/collections.html
  15. Penn State University, Harrisburg:   http://www.hbg.psu.edu/library/libamc.html
  16. Penn State University, Schuylkill:   http://www.hbg.psu.edu/library/ciletti/special.html
  17. Penn State University, University Park:   http://www.libraries.psu.edu/speccolls/
  18. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts:   http://www.pafa.org/archive.jsp
  19. Saint Joseph’s University:   http://www.sju.edu/libraries/drexel/archive/index.htm
  20. Temple University. Blockson Afro-American Collection:   http://astro.ocis.temple.edu/~masante/blockson.html
  21. Temple University. Special Collections:   http://library.temple.edu/collections/special_collections/
  22. Temple University. Urban Archives:   http://library.temple.edu/collections/urbana/
  23. Thomas Jefferson University:   http://jeffline.tju.edu/SML/archives/
  24. University of Pennsylvania Museum:   http://www.upenn.edu/museum/Collections/archives.html
  25. University of Pennsylvania. Annenberg Rare Book & Manuscript Library:   http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/rbm/
  26. University of Pennsylvania. Architectural Archives:   http://www.design.upenn.edu/archives/archives/index.html
  27. University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies:   http://www.library.upenn.edu/cajs/home.html
  28. University of Pennsylvania. Center for The Study of The History of Nursing:   http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history/
  29. University of Pennsylvania. University Archives and Records Center http://www.archives.upenn.edu/
  30. University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg:   http://www.pitt.edu/~upg/archives.html
  31. University of Pittsburgh. Archives Service Center:   http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/archives/archives.html
  32. University of Pittsburgh. Center for American Music:   http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/cam/cam.html
  33. University of Pittsburgh. Elizabeth Nesbitt Room:   http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/cam/cam.html
  34. University of Pittsburgh. Special Collections:   http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/special/special.html
  35. University of Scranton:   http://academic.uofs.edu/department/spcoll/
  36. Villanova University:   http://www.library.villanova.edu/services/depts/speccoll/index.html
  37. West Chester University:   http://www.wcupa.edu/library.fhg/SpecColl/SpecColl.htm
  38. Widener University:   http://www.widener.edu/Tools_Resources/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Archives/483

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (19)

  1. Allentown–Allentown Public Library:  http://www.allentownpl.org/links1.htm
  2. Bethlehem–Bethlehem Area Public Library, Bethlehem Room:  http://www.bapl.org/lochist.html
  3. Bloomsburg–Bloomsburg Public Library:  http://www.bloomsburgpl.org/Default.htm
  4. Butler–Butler Area Public Library:  http://www.bcfls.org/butler/
  5. Easton–Easton Area Public Library, Marx Room:  http://www.eastonpl.org/MarxRoom.htm
  6. Harrisburg–Dauphin County Library System:  http://dcls.org/w/r/gen.html
  7. Hershey–Hershey Community Archives:   http://www.hersheyarchives.org/
  8. Irwin–Norwin Public Library:  http://norwinlibrary.nb.net/
  9. Lancaster–County of Lancaster:   http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/Archhome.htm
  10. Philadelphia–Free Library of Philadelphia:  http://www.library.phila.gov/ssh/genealogy/guidelist.htm
  11. Pittsburgh–Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Allegheny Regional Branch:   http://www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/allegheny/collections.html
  12. Pittsburgh–Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Oliver Special Collections Room:   http://www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/oliver/
  13. Pittsburgh–Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania Department:   http://alphaclp.clpgh.org/CLP/Pennsylvania/
  14. Pittsburgh–Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:   http://www.clpgh.org/clp/Pennsylvania/
  15. Tarentum–Community Library of Allegheny Valley:  http://www.einpgh.org/ein/alvalley/local.html
  16. Washington–Citizens Library:   http://www.citlib.org/special2.html#Local History and Geneology
  17. West Chester–Chester County Archives:   http://dsf.chesco.org/archives/site/default.asp
  18. Williamsport–James V. Brown Library:  http://www.jvbrown.edu/genealogy.html
  19. York–York County Archives:   http://www.york-county.org/departments/archives/archives.htm

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives 5)

  1. Bucks County Historical Society:   http://www.mercermuseum.org/spruancelibrary/index.html
  2. Chester County Historical Society:   http://www.chestercohistorical.org/genealogy.html
  3. Cumberland County Historical Society:   http://www.historicalsociety.com/library.htm
  4. Historical Society of Berks County:   http://www.berkshistory.org/library/
  5. Historical Society of Pennsylvania:   http://www.hsp.org/default.aspx?id=2

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. POWER Library – Pennsylvania Online World of Electronic Resources:  http://www.powerlibrary.org/Interface/POWER.asp

Pennsylvania residents have access to thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people and more. Materials cover most subject areas for all age groups from young children to adults.

Digital Library Collections (21)

  1. Pennsylvania History Online:  http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us/libraries/cwp/view.asp?a=227&q=75694
  2. Philadelphia Historical Digital Image Library (PHDIL) :  http://jeffline.tju.edu/archives/phdil/
  3. PhillyHistory.org:  http://www.phillyhistory.org/PhotoArchive/Home.aspx
  4. Academy of Natural Sciences, Digital Collections:    http://www.acnatsci.org/library/collections/index.html
  5. Albert M. Greenfield Digital Imaging Center for Collections:    http://www.acnatsci.org/library/greenfield/index.html
  6. Digital Collections By Subject:   http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  7. Dickinson College, DEILA, the Dickinson Electronic Initiative in the Liberal Arts:   http://deila.dickinson.edu/
  8. Digital Collections By Subject:   http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  9. Historic Pittsburgh:    http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/
  10. Lehigh University Library and Technology Services, Digital Projects:    http://www.lehigh.edu/library/library.html
  11. Digital Collections By Subject  http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  12. Pennsylvania State University Libraries, Digital Resources Center:    http://www.libraries.psu.edu/crsweb/etext/etextctr.htm
  13. University of Pennsylvania, Digital Library Programs & Projects:    http://digital.library.upenn.edu/
  14. Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image:    http://www.library.upenn.edu/etext/
  15. The Online Books Page  http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#OnLineBooksPage#OnLineBooksPage
  16. A Celebration of Women Writers:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/general-collections-us.html#CelebrationWomenWriters#CelebrationWomenWriters
  17. Digital Collections By Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  18. University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library:    http://digital.library.pitt.edu/
  19. Digital Collections By Subject  http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  20. Life in Western Pennsylvania 1840 -1970:   http://www.lifeinwesternpa.org
  21. 75th Anniversary of the Free Library of Philadelphia:   http://libwww.library.phila.gov/75th/