Access Archives Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 1

In this Issue:

  • Charter Check-Up
  • Governor Edward G. Rendell Honors Civil Rights Champion
  • Student Interns Help and Learn at the State Archives
  • Walter Lyon Papers Now Available for Research
  • The Pennsylvania Civil War Muster Rolls Project
  • and more...

Pennsylvania Charter

Pennsylvania’s 325 year-old Charter received an examination and check-up on May 23, 2006, from Joan Irving of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. The Charter is the 1681 grant from King Charles II of England to William Penn for the land that became Pennsylvania. It is permanently stored in a high security vault in the Pennsylvania State Archives and only publicly displayed once a year around March 4, its (and therefore Pennsylvania’s) birthday. A checkup once every five years is recommended by conservators to ensure that the iron gall inks are not flaking and that all four pages of the seventeenth-century parchment are not warping.

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Published online, biannually by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PA State Archives
State Archivist: David A. Haury
Editor: Linda A. Ries

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