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Special Collections: State and Local History

Materials about state and local history found within the Special Collections Library.


Special Collections materials document the history of Pennsylvania and notable state-wide organizations.

Man guiding a cultivator and holding the reins of the horse harnessed to pull it.

Horse drawn cultivator. Pennsylvania State University Archives, Special Collections Library, University Libraries, The Pennsylvania State University.

Statewide Organizations

Records of statewide organizations include:


Family and Rural Life

An example of Special Collections materials on family/rural life in Pennsylvania that offers a unique perspective on Pennsylvania history is:

Digital Collections

Special Collection digitized materials further detail the history of Pennsylvania agriculture, industries, and daily life.