Born in 1910 in Erie, Pennsylvania, Donald Harris Kent was the director of the Bureau of Archives and History of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission from 1961 to 1975. Prior to assuming the directorship, Kent served as a historian with the commission for more than twenty years, serving as associate state historian, 1945-1956, and as chief of the Division of Research and Publications, 1956-1961. He also edited Pennsylvania Heritage for a time and held leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Historical Association. His great interest in Native American history led him to become an expert witness in cases involving Eastern tribal groups. The collection consists of research notes and materials, correspondence, bibliographic note cards, and related papers. In the series Research Materials-Publications, [ca. 1894-1924] are: "A Black Bibliography: The Negro in the American Experience" (1968) by Daniel Walker, and the proceedings of the 1957 annual spring meeting of the American Ethnological Society entitled Cultural Stability and Change.

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