The Pennsylvania State Archives collects, preserves and makes available for study the permanently-valuable public records of the Commonwealth, with particular attention given to the records of state government. The State Archives also collects papers of private citizens and organizations relevant to Pennsylvania history.
A Treasure Trove of Historical Records: The Pennsylvania State Archives, an article by Sharon Hernes Silverman published in Pennsylvania Heritage magazine. Click here for part one (PDF, 91KB); click here for part two (PDF, 120 KB). (The article requires the Adobe Acrobat reader to be viewed or printed. The software is available free of charge from Adobe. If you are using a screen reader, Adobe also offers a free online document conversion service at http://access.adobe.com.)
Find out what African American records, manuscripts, photographs, and microfilm holdings are here at the State Archives in Ruth Hodge's 598-page comprehensive and invaluable Guide to African American Resources.