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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania State Archives


MG-286
PENN CENTRAL RAILROAD COLLECTION
Series Descriptions

As part of a special project, narrative series descriptions for the State Archives' records of the Pennsylvania Railroad have been entered into "PILOT", an online library catalog. (Few other State Archives holdings are represented in this catalog; for information about other Record Groups and Manuscript Groups, please use the State Archives website.). The information in this catalog is of a general nature--simple, narrative summaries of the nature of each series and the overall categories of information that a researcher could expect to find therein. It is a way to narrow down which of the 1,500-some series in MG-286 might pertain to your research needs.

Searching instructions for the "PILOT" Catalog via the link above:

  1. Click on the "Guided Search" tab.

  2. Click on the "Set More Limits" button (near bottom right). From the "Location" limits category (third from the top), use the "down" arrow to find "State Archives" and click on that. Then confirm your choice by clicking the "Set Limits" button (near top right of the dark gray background block).

  3. You can search for up to 3 words or phrases in combination. Type a word or phrase each of the three "Search for" boxes provided, and make sure the operators (and, or, not) are displaying the way you want them to. It is best to leave the prompts for "as a phrase" and "Keyword Anywhere" as they are. Unless you are already certain precisely how the creator and title information were entered into the catalog, choosing either of those search types is likely to result in a failed search.

  4. Here are some sample searches:
  5. To activate your search, click on the "Search" button (centered, beneath the green background containing the variable boxes).
  6. Remember to re-select the search limit of "State Archives" for any subsequent searches you do during your search session.
  7. Remember, the information in this catalog is of a general nature--narrative summaries of the nature of each series and the common categories of information that a researcher could expect to find therein. You cannot use this catalog to access detailed container listings nor transcriptions of the actual documents. Those have not been automated. It is unlikely that a word search here for specific towns, locomotive classes or general employees will produce many or any results. If this happens, to you, try searching for more general terms that would reflect the nature of the corporate activity rather than the identity of individual persons, places or equipment.

PA State Archives Hours, Directions, & Fees Research Topics Finding Aids for Collections Land Records