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Pennsylvania State Archives

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Records of the DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS



The Office of the Secretary of Internal Affairs was created by the Constitution of 1874. Under the Constitution and subsequent legislation, the Secretary's Department was assigned all the duties of the Surveyor General, as well as duties involving the supervision of the activities of business organizations and charitable institutions, and responsibility for establishing a Bureau of Industrial Statistics, which later became part of the Department of Commerce. The Department also included a Bureau of Mines, which was abolished upon the creation of the Department of Mines in 1903.

The Department of Internal Affairs contained five major bureaus at the time of its abolition in 1968, and these were transferred to other agencies. The Justice Department received the Bureau of Standard Weights and Measures, while the Bureau of Statistics became part of the Department of Commerce. The Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey was initially transferred to the State Planning Board, and later in 1971 to the Department of Environmental Resources. The Bureau of Land Records became part of the Department of Community Affairs, which had also received the Bureau of Municipal Affairs from Internal Affairs in 1967.

A More Detailed History of this department is available.

Office of the Secretary

Bureau of Statistics

Bureau of Municipal Affairs

Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey

Bureau of Standard Weights and Measures


Last processing update: 1/31/2011, acc. #3946


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