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Archives and Special Collections at Penn State Harrisburg

This guide provides an overview of the resources available from Archives and Special Collections in the Madlyn L. Hanes Library, part of the Penn State University Libraries, at Penn State Harrisburg.

Welcome to Archives and Special Collections at Penn State Harrisburg

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Welcome to Archives and Special Collections at the Madlyn L. Hanes Library in Middletown, PA. The archives is located on the 3rd floor of the library, Room 303.  The archives welcomes anyone to explore our collections, including current faculty, staff, and students in the Penn State community, Penn State Alumni, members of the local community, as well as visitors from around the world.  Please Note:  During Summer 2024, the archives is open by appointment only. 


Reading Room in Archives and Special CollectionsThis guide contains detailed information for visitors, such as hours, address and directions to the archives, and parking on campus, as well as information about the repository, reference and research services, instruction services, exhibits and outreach, our ten archival collections and finding aids (guides to the collections), digital collections, social media and blogs.  Before your visit, it is strongly advised that researchers consult---in advance---with the archivist.  Please contact Heidi Abbey Moyer, Archivist and Humanities Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections, at for more assistance.


Penn State Harrisburg Capitol Campus SignLooking for specific photographs, facts, or more information about Penn State Harrisburg?  Did you attend Penn State Harrisburg in the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s when it was known as the "Capitol Campus"?  Or, are you one of over 40,000 alumni of Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College?  Archives and Special Collections is home to the largest archival collection of materials that document the history of the college from 1966 to the present day, as well as collections that focus on pre-Penn State Harrisburg history, including Camp Meade during the Spanish-American War of 1898, the U.S. Olmsted Air Force Base, and the surrounding communities of Highspire and Middletown.  See the separate section of this guide for information about the Penn State Harrisburg College History Archives.  A course guide with even more information about the history of Penn State Harrisburg is coming in 2023! 


Interior of Archives and Special CollectionsNeed Research Help?   Please contact Heidi Abbey Moyer, Archivist and Humanities Reference Librarian, at, for additional information.