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Digital Collections at the State Library of Pennsylvania

Our mission is to preserve, digitize and provide widespread access to items of historical significance to Pennsylvania.

If you are not able to access a collection please go to the AccessPA Digital Repository.

hanging Abraham Lincoln
A representative sample of items on Abraham Lincoln in the State Library’s collection digitized to commemorate the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial.
ben franklin Benjamin Franklin Collection
Materials by and about Benjamin Franklin from the State Library collection, digitized in commemoration of his 300 th birthday.
colliery Coal Mining In Pennsylvania
Read the reports of the Department of Mines, 1897-1903, 1904-1930, and a separate 1908 bituminous report as well as the reports of the Twin Shaft mining disaster investigation (1896) and the Dar Mine Relief Effort (1907).
fort necessity Fort Necessity
A selection of documents on the battles of Fort Necessity and Braddock’s Campaign. Originally digitized to celebrate the 250 th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Necessity.
Freedman Miscellany Collection
Items include the Problem of the Irish in America Speech, 1886 and the Report of Friends Association of Philadelphia for the Aid and Elevation of the Freeman, 1866, as well as others.
capitol stairs Pennsylvania Capitol Centennial Collection
Historic descriptions and illustrated visitors' guidebooks to the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building.
asylum Pennsylvania Documents Collection
Contains historical reports of Pennsylvania State Agencies beginning in the late 1800's, including state penitentiary reports and state asylum reports.
lawyer Pennsylvania Genealogy Collection
Includes the
Harrisburg Newspaper Index; the Necrology Scrapbook (obituaries); Courts & Lawyers of Pennsylvania, a History, 1623-1923, and many other publications.
newspaper Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers
More information on the State Library’s collection of historic digitized Pennsylvania newspapers can be found here, as well as a list Pennsylvania newspapers that have been digitized by others.
indianwoman Pennsylvania Native Americans
This collection contains information about early Native American History in Pennsylvania, including the United States Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
soldier Pennsylvania Regimental Histories
Selected Pennsylvania Regimental Histories in the Civil War, with histories of Pennsylvania units from other wars to be added.
map United States Civil War
This collection contains more general Civil War literature and history.


World War I Digital Collection 
This is a collection of materials about World War I (1914-1918) from the State Library collection digitized in commemoration of the centennial of the Great War. More can be found on the State Library’s Internet Archive page.

For additional information, please contact:

William Fee | Digital Collections Librarian
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of State Library
607 South Drive. Forum Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
Phone: 717.783.7014 | Fax: 717.705.3798
wfee@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us