African American Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives

  • Guide to African American Resources book coverThe Guide to African American Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives is available for purchase. The contents are also now available online.

    Written by Ruth E. Hodge, 2000, this guide is an easy-to-use reference book for identifying and locating information, in both manuscript and in print, on African Americans available at the Pennsylvania State Archives. This guidebook, although comprehensive in scope, represents only a sampling of the many record and manuscript groups and special collections containing information on the African American experience in the Commonwealth. The survey includes brief descriptions of individual record and manuscript groups and examples of the types of information they contain. Also included are photographs of individuals, documents, and buildings associated with Pennsylvania's African Americans. 598 pp. 6 x 9, index. paperback

  • An online overview of material related to slavery and the underground railroad, utilizing information contained in Mrs. Hodge's Guide, is available by following this link: Slavery and Underground Railroad page. Included on this page are newly-added Digital Records for files in Record Groups 47 and 48. Just follow the link at the top of the Slavery and Underground Railroad Page, and then click on the links marked "Images" to begin your online research.

If you need further assistance, you may contact an archivist at ra-statearchives@pa.gov