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Special Collections: Pennsylvania Business History

Materials about major types of Pennsylvania industries and businesses and their histories found within the Special Collections Library.


Special Collections has a variety of primary source materials documenting the daily operations of the railroad industry in Pennsylvania. These collections include both personal papers and business records ranging from correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs, to office files, memoranda, and reports.

Drawing of trains on parallel tracks approaching the deep curve of Horse Shoe Curve from opposite directions.

Pennsylvania Railroad Scenery: Horse Shoe Curve, looking west. Album of Pennsylvania R.R. scenery, Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, The Pennsylvania State University.