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:
  2. Historical Society of Pennsylvania:
  3. Pennsylvania Department of Education – Office of Commonwealth Libraries:
  4. Pennsylvania State Archives: 1

University Archives and Collections (38)

  1. Bloomsburg University:
  2. Bucknell University:
  3. Carnegie Mellon University. Architecture Archives:
  4. Carnegie Mellon University. Archives:
  5. Carnegie Mellon University. Special Collections:
  6. Cheyney University: University Archives&sec=Leslie Pinckney Hill Library
  7. Drexel University:
  8. Duquesne University:
  9. Indiana University of Pennsylvania:
  10. La Salle University:
  11. Lehigh University:
  12. Juniata College, Beeghly Library:
  13. Millersville University:
  14. Penn State University, Abington:
  15. Penn State University, Harrisburg:
  16. Penn State University, Schuylkill:
  17. Penn State University, University Park:
  18. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts:
  19. Saint Joseph’s University:
  20. Temple University. Blockson Afro-American Collection:
  21. Temple University. Special Collections:
  22. Temple University. Urban Archives:
  23. Thomas Jefferson University:
  24. University of Pennsylvania Museum:
  25. University of Pennsylvania. Annenberg Rare Book & Manuscript Library:
  26. University of Pennsylvania. Architectural Archives:
  27. University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies:
  28. University of Pennsylvania. Center for The Study of The History of Nursing:
  29. University of Pennsylvania. University Archives and Records Center
  30. University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg:
  31. University of Pittsburgh. Archives Service Center:
  32. University of Pittsburgh. Center for American Music:
  33. University of Pittsburgh. Elizabeth Nesbitt Room:
  34. University of Pittsburgh. Special Collections:
  35. University of Scranton:
  36. Villanova University:
  37. West Chester University:
  38. Widener University:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (19)

  1. Allentown–Allentown Public Library:
  2. Bethlehem–Bethlehem Area Public Library, Bethlehem Room:
  3. Bloomsburg–Bloomsburg Public Library:
  4. Butler–Butler Area Public Library:
  5. Easton–Easton Area Public Library, Marx Room:
  6. Harrisburg–Dauphin County Library System:
  7. Hershey–Hershey Community Archives:
  8. Irwin–Norwin Public Library:
  9. Lancaster–County of Lancaster:
  10. Philadelphia–Free Library of Philadelphia:
  11. Pittsburgh–Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Allegheny Regional Branch:
  12. Pittsburgh–Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Oliver Special Collections Room:
  13. Pittsburgh–Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania Department:
  14. Pittsburgh–Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:
  15. Tarentum–Community Library of Allegheny Valley:
  16. Washington–Citizens Library: History and Geneology
  17. West Chester–Chester County Archives:
  18. Williamsport–James V. Brown Library:
  19. York–York County Archives:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives 5)

  1. Bucks County Historical Society:
  2. Chester County Historical Society:
  3. Cumberland County Historical Society:
  4. Historical Society of Berks County:
  5. Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. POWER Library – Pennsylvania Online World of Electronic Resources:

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:
  2. Philadelphia Historical Digital Image Library (PHDIL) :
  4. Academy of Natural Sciences, Digital Collections:
  5. Albert M. Greenfield Digital Imaging Center for Collections:
  6. Digital Collections By Subject:
  7. Dickinson College, DEILA, the Dickinson Electronic Initiative in the Liberal Arts:
  8. Digital Collections By Subject:
  9. Historic Pittsburgh:
  10. Lehigh University Library and Technology Services, Digital Projects:
  11. Digital Collections By Subject
  12. Pennsylvania State University Libraries, Digital Resources Center:
  13. University of Pennsylvania, Digital Library Programs & Projects:
  14. Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image:
  15. The Online Books Page
  16. A Celebration of Women Writers:
  17. Digital Collections By Subject:
  18. University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library:
  19. Digital Collections By Subject
  20. Life in Western Pennsylvania 1840 -1970:
  21. 75th Anniversary of the Free Library of Philadelphia: