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State Library of Pennsylvania

We have original source documents as follows: The State Library of Pennsylvania collection of Pennsylvania newspapers is one of the largest in existence. It is comprised of more than 80,000 microfilm reels and over 2,000 bound volumes. Newspapers are found on microfilm reels or in their original format or both. Our earliest Pennsylvania newspaper is a December 22, 1719 issue of the American Weekly Mercury. This newspaper is reputed to be the first newspaper published in the middle colonies, and the fourth in order of time, published in America. It is preserved on microfilm. The earliest Pennsylvania newspaper we maintain in both formats (microfilm and original) is an April 25,1771 issue of the Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser. The Genealogy and Local History Collection of the State Library of Pennsylvania consists of a wide variety of indexes, genealogies, state and county histories, atlases, land warranty maps, ship lists, and compilations of church and cemetery records, as well as the Pennsylvania Federal Census records on microfilm. Of interest to genealogists and historians alike are such items as the Published Pennsylvania Archives series, the many regimental histories in the collection, research guides for ethnic and minority groups, and guides to genealogical research in foreign countries. This collection is the largest and most complete collection of Pennsylvania publications to be found anywhere. The oldest materials actually predate the founding of the Commonwealth, while the newest materials include the current publications of the various agencies. The majority of the approximately 50,000 titles in this collection are fully cataloged and included in the online catalog. The collection grows by approximately 2,500 new titles each year.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, 17126-1745

Contact Information: ra-reference@state.pa.us

Website: State Library of Pennsylvania

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Caryn Carr

Location Type: Facility