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


RG-13
RECORDS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION
Series Descriptions

Bureau of Archives and History

The Bureau of Archives and History is responsible for the collection, care, preservation, interpretation, promotion, and publication of the permanently valuable records of state government and its political subdivisions. It is also responsible, to a lesser extent, for the private papers and records of individuals, families, businesses and organizations that possess statewide historical significance. The Bureau administers a wide range of public history, archival, and public records programs. In addition, it provides services and publications for both the scholarly community and the general public and supports regional, county, and local history organizations. The Bureau consists of the Division of History, Division of Archives and Manuscripts, Division of Archival and Records Management Services, and Division of Publications and Sales. The bureau director serves as the Pennsylvania State Archivist.

The Division of History organizes public history programs that build working relationships between university-based scholars, local historians, and the general public. This division serves as the agency's liaison with scholarly and professional historical organizations and also conducts professional research, writing, and editing services. It manages the Commonwealth's historical city and roadside marker program, the scholars-in-residence program, African-American history program, oral history program, and industrial history program.

The Division of Archives and Manuscripts maintains the State Archives and acquires, preserves, and describes public records and private papers relating to the history of the Commonwealth. This Division provides reference services to scholars, students and the general public and also prepares and publishes, in paper and electronic format, manuscript collection and record group guides and finding aids. The Division also maintains microfilm copies of records and historical papers, the originals of which are held at the state, county, and municipal levels of government, as well as records of private groups and individuals, in order to preserve historical information and provide greater access to this information by researchers.

The Division of Archival and Records Management Services provides mandated information management services to state, county, and municipal government agencies and school districts. These services are designed to ensure the proper preservation of historical records and to help public officers avoid needless information storage and retrieval costs. This Division administers executive branch agency records scheduling, operates the State Micrographic and Records Centers, evaluates state agency requests to acquire microfilm equipment, and contracts for filming services. It also prepares and issues local government records schedules, processes local officer requests to dispose of records, appraises public records, and arranges transfer of historical records to the State Archives. In addition, it operates the security microfilm storage program and promotes the administration of public records by sponsoring educational sessions and providing consultative services to public and private institutions.

The Division of Publications and Sales publishes Commission books and the Commission's quarterly magazine, Pennsylvania Heritage. It also provides printing management, design, and editorial services to the Commission and directs the sale of Commission publications through the State Bookstore.


Abstracts of Acts Relating To The Military,
1777-1875.
(1 box)

{#13.20} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by type of material and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of document.

Abstracts of Acts passed by the General Assembly relating to military affairs. Information provided is title of the legislation, date passed, and a description of the provisions of the legislation. Topical folders are entitled Acts Other Than Pension for Military Service (1785-1874), General Pension Laws (1777-1815), Private Acts for Pensions of Individual Soldiers (1783-1811), Act for Relief of Widows and Children of War of 1812 (1815-1816), Private Acts for Pension for Soldiers (23 January 1811 to 24 March 1812), and Private Acts for Pension of Individual Soldiers of the Revolutionary War (1811-1817). Finally, there are fourteen folders containing pension acts passed 1816-1875.

Administrative and Correspondence Files of the Bureau Director,
1943-2002.
(33 cartons, 1 box)

{series #13.21} [Holdings]

Grouped by name of bureau director and arranged thereunder alphabetically by subject or surname of correspondent.

Minutes, budget reports, inventories, evaluations, drafts of procedures and regulations, agendas, staff reports, ethnic culture surveys, and correspondence files of the Bureau of Archives and History Directors Sanford W. Higginbotham (1956-1961) and Donald H. Kent, (1961-1975). Also present are ethnic culture survey materials covering the period 1966-1981. The ethnic culture surveys contain oral history interviews, written histories of Pennsylvania's ethnic groups, and microfilm copies of ethnic newspapers published in Pennsylvania. Among the subjects covered are the Harmony Society, the Civil War centennial, historical marker program, historic site leaflets and guide maps, Pennsbury Manor, Pennsylvania Federation of Junior Historians, Pennsylvania Historical Association, Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies, William Penn Memorial Museum, and the mobile museum.

Administrative and Correspondence Files of the Division of Folklore,
1948-1956.
(4 cartons)

{series #13.22} [Holdings]

Administrative Files are arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically; the General Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by surname of correspondent.

Articles, news releases, correspondence, and transcripts of addresses delivered by Senior Folklorist Henry W. Shoemaker. Prominent among the correspondents were Executive Director Donald A. Cadzow, Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader, and Ira E. Foutz, Publicity Secretary for the Tuberculosis and Health Society. Also found are the Pennsylvania Folklore Society's weekly news releases, 1950, 1952-1953; material gathered by Pennsylvania Folklore Society Secretary Victoria I. Smallzel; book orders, 1949-1950; Pennsylvania Folklore Society minutes, 1954; and the tape recording of a testimonial luncheon ceremony, 1952.

Administrative and Correspondence Files of the State Archivist,
1945-1975, 1985-2005.
(17 cartons)

{#13.23} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by tenure of State Archivist and arranged thereunder alphabetically by subject or surname of correspondent.

Reports, budgets, inventories, memoranda, policy and procedure manuals, legislation, transcripts of speeches, travel vouchers, publications, requests to dispose of records and correspondence files of State Archivists Henry W. Shoemaker (1945-1948), Henry H. Eddy (1948-1961), Frank B. Evans (1961-1963), William H. Work (1963-1971), and Harry E. Whipkey (1972-1975). Among the files of State Archivist Henry Howard Eddy are eight photographs of archives cataloging and storage facilities in the Forum Building, Harrisburg, 1947. Among the files of State Archivist Harry E. Whipkey are sixty-five black and white and color prints showing staff salvaging documents and cleaning up following Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Subject titles include Civil Defense, Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, National Records Management Council, Society of American Archivists, William Penn Memorial Building, Institute of Life and Culture, and Archival Restoration Associates, Inc. Reports include "Pennsylvania Politics, 1872-1877: A Study in Leadership Without Responsibility" by Frank B. Evans (1962), "Preliminary Inventory of Internal Revenue Tax Assessment Lists for Pennsylvania, 1862-1865" compiled by Frank B. Evans (undated), "Summary Guide to the Pennsylvania State Archives in the Division of Public Records" compiled by Frank B. Evans and Martha L. Simonetti (1962), and After Agnes, A Report on Flood Recovery Assistance by Harry E. Whipkey (Harrisburg: 1973).

Administrative and Correspondence Files of the State Historian and Staff,
1945-1973.
(10 cartons, 2 boxes)

{#13.24} [Holdings]

Grouped by historian and thereunder arranged alphabetically according to subject or surname of correspondent.

Articles, transcripts of addresses, budget reports, memoranda, purchase orders, expense vouchers, telegrams, leaflets, newspaper clippings, photographs, television scripts, manuscripts, and correspondence of the historians employed by the Bureau of Archives and History. Records exist for State Historian Sylvester K. Stevens (1945-1956), Associate Historian Donald H. Kent (1948-1954), Assistant Historian Norman B. Wilkinson (1948-1954), Assistant Historian Irwin Richman (1965), and Research Assistant and then Associate Historian Autumn L. Leonard (1949-1973). Topics addressed are the Historical Marker Program, Liberty Bell Replica, Archives of Pennsylvania Newspapers, Pennsylvania Week, Reading Railroad, Pine Mountain, and the first annual Conference on Black History in Pennsylvania (1978). Among the records is a Preliminary Catalog of Historical Buildings, Sites and Remains - All Pennsylvania Counties by the Joint State Government Commission (1949), Historical Manuscript Depositories in Pennsylvania compiled by Irwin Richman (1965), and Pennsylvania at War, 1941-1945 by S. K. Stevens (1946). Included in Autumn L. Leonard's files are photographs of the October 19, 1949 dedication of flags in the War Trophy Hall of the State Museum and a 1945 publicity photograph of staff members posing with the statue of George Washington at the site of Fort LeBoeuf.

Bicentennial Commission of Pennsylvania File,
1970-1976.
(1 carton)

{series #13.5} [Holdings]

Grouped according to document type (reports, minutes, publications, etc.), and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of document.

Publications are arranged alphabetically by title. Reports, minutes, agendas, project proposals, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, programs, news releases, memoranda, invitations, membership and attendance lists, and various publications of the Bicentennial Commission of Pennsylvania. Files concern preparations for the celebration of the American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976. Many of the documents were written by Ethnic Studies Historian John Bodnar and concern the progress of the Bicentennial and the Historical Commissions' plans and arrangements for the event. Publications include The Bicentennial Chronicle, 1970-1975; The Bicentennial Newsletter, 1973-1974; The Bicentennial Times, 1974; Pennsylvania Bicentennial News, 1975-1976; USA 200, American Bicentennial Newsletter; The Settler, the Bicentennial Commission Historical Society quarterly magazine; the State Library's Bicentennial Informational Newsletter, a Calendar of Events in Pennsylvania, 1976; a National Bicentennial Ethnic Racial Council flyer; and leaflets for other Bicentennial events. Also present is a project grant application of the Public Committee for the Humanities in Pennsylvania to organize state-wide programs to commemorate the freedom earned through the Revolution and a proposal made by the Bicentennial Commission called "Project 1976." Finally, there is a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Education entitled A Bicentennial Heritage Project in Oral History, 1974.

Centennial Book Project File,
2002-2003.
(1 carton)

{series #13.119}
[Holdings]

Grouped by type of material.

Project file containing annotated preliminary drafts having original footnotes, records of digital scans, photographs, Commission publications, and miscellaneous materials used in preparing Documenting Pennsylvania's Past, The First Century of the Pennsylvania State Archives (Harrisburg 2003) that was published on the ocassion of the centennial of the Pennsylvania State Archives. The book, that was awarded the Phillip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award by the Society of American Archivists in 2004, traces the history of the Archives from its beginnings as the Division of Public Records in the State Library in 1903 to the present day callenges involved in managing records created by 21st Century technologies. The central emphasis, however, was on representative documents contained in the collections such as maps, photographs, posters, land surveys, legal records, journal entries, letters, and architectural records. These documents were scanned in house and narrative texts authored by the state archivists to describe the historical background of each document.

Correspondence Relating to National Endowment for the Humanities and National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants,
1947-1983.
(1 carton)

{series #13.25} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of material and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of record.

Grant applications, grant guidelines, budget records, assessments of grant proposals, and correspondence relating to National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Rockefeller Foundation grant for Ethnic Studies. The National Endowment for the Humanities grant (1973-1982) provided funds to assist the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in providing its member institutions with instruction on long range preservation planning. In addition to the grant application and guidelines, lists of grant fellowship awards, and newsletters, there is also related correspondence of State Archivist Harry E. Whipkey and Bureau of Archives and History Director Donald H. Kent with the staff at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The applications, monthly reports, budget proposals, progress reports, newsletters, and correspondence documenting the grant application process with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (1947-1983) include funding requests to support publication of the The Papers of Henry Bouquet and for microfilming records at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Correspondents include National Historical Publications Commission Executive Director E. Berkley Tompkins. Monthly reports submitted by Associate Historian Louis M. Waddell to Division of History Chief John E. Bodnar also concern publication of The Papers of Henry Bouquet.

Expense reports, invoices, purchase requests, contracts, and correspondence document the implementation of the grant for the Ethnic Studies Program from the Rockefeller Foundation. This grant supported a research project on the history of ethnic groups in Pittsburgh that involved recording oral histories and collecting statistical data from the United States Manuscript Census of 1900. Among the correspondents are History Division Chief John E. Bodnar for the Ethnic Studies Program and Peter H. Wood for the Rockefeller Foundation.

County Records Alphabetical Inventory,
1984.
(2 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 3987-3988

{#13.26} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by County, thereunder by Office, and then thereunder by Department or function.

Microfilm copies of physical inventory of records held be every county in Pennsylvania to determine their condition, importance for preservation of informational content and need for conservation treatment. The original county records survey database was located on the Department of education mainframe and this information was then converted to seven silver negative microfiche and to four negative rolls of 35mm microfilm. Printed versions were also placed in binders. The microfiche, microfilm and binders are all accessible in the search room. The information was collected for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission funded Pennsylvania County Records Survey and Planning Study, 1984-1985. Information provided for each series is name of records, name of creating office, title of record group, the date span covered, cubic footage, location code, and VASM number (a unique numbering system used during the project to sort data for computer use).

County Records Inventory by Office,
1984.
(2 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 3985-3986

{#13.27} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by Office and then by record series.

Microfilm copies of inventory sheets generated from data originally on computer tape. These were also converted to seven silver negative microfiche, to four silver negative 35mm microfilm, and paper copies were printed and placed in binders. The microfiche, microfilm and binders are all accessible in the search room. The computer tape was used to run a program produced by the Department of Education. The information was collected for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission funded Pennsylvania County Records Survey and Planning Study, 1984-1985. Information provided for each record group is title, date span, cubic footage, location code, and VASM number (a unique numbering system used during the project to sort data for computer use).

Ethnic Culture Survey File,
1948-1976.
(6 cartons, 1 box)
Rolls 271-278

{#13.28} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of material and thereunder arranged alphabetically by title, subject or surname and thereunder chronologically by date of document or interview.

Brochures, magazines, pamphlets, annual reports, bulletins, sound recordings and correspondence relating to the Ethnic Culture Survey and Ethnic Studies Program of the Division of History. The records consist of the files of Folklorists Henry Glassie (1967-1969), David J. Hufford (1969-1970), and John Bodnar (1971-1976). The correspondence includes extensive material on African American history and correspondents include J. J. (Marie) Kocyan, Louis Sesher, and Folklorist Henry W. Shoemaker.

Publications include The Accokeek Foundation, Elan International Folk Theater, Ethnic News, Journal of American Folklore, New York Folklore Quarterly, Newport Folk Festival, Commerce Comments on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1968), PHMC Newsletter (1967, 1969), Pennsylvania Heritage (1967-1969), Pioneer America Society Newsletter, Sourdough Crock (newsletter of the California Folklore Society), (1967-1968), and Ulster Commentary.

Sound recordings include Gaelic folk songs, the 1967 Junior Historian Convention, and addresses on a variety of subjects by J. J. (Marie) Kocyan, David A. Walton, B. J. Crawford, and Louis Sesher. Subjects include, background on Pennsylvania riverboats, boat building, boat models, riverboat tales, tall tales, and folk cures. Also present is a copy of A Guide for Collectors of Oral Traditions and Folk Cultural Materials in Pennsylvania by MacEdward Leach and Henry Glassie (1967).

Index to Philadelphia Register of Deaths,
1803-1860.
(15 microfilm rolls)
Rolls 3497-3511

{series #13.29} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of deceased.

Transcript of index prepared under Works Progress Administration Project #11791 from original Philadelphia Department of Public Health records deposited with the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania at 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia. The index covers three types of records: returns by sextons of churches and superintendents of cemeteries that were accompanied by physician's certificates, registers of deaths without information on place of burial (1833-1837), and registers of deaths providing information on place of burial (1836-1860). Information provided is the name of the deceased person, name of cemetery, occasionally the names of parents, date and cause of death, age at death in years and months, and name of physician. Note that the records do not cover all parts of the city, though an increasing number of cemeteries are represented beginning in the 1850s.

Inventory of Canal Commissioners' Maps in the Pennsylvania State Archives,
1968.
(1 microfilm roll)
Roll 381

{#13.30} [Holdings]

Arranged sequentially by page number on which map is referenced in Pennsylvania Board of Canal Commissioners' Records with Allied Records of Canal Companies Chartered by the Commonwealth, Descriptive Index by Hubertis M. Cummings.

Microfilm copy of inventory of the Board of Canal Commissioners' Map Books, 1810-1881 prepared by Division of Archives and Manuscripts Associate Archivist Martha L. Simonetti. Information provided is a detailed listing of the canal commission maps in the Records of the Board of Canal Commissioners among the Records of the Land Office (RG-17). The inventory is keyed to the descriptive guide by Hubertis M. Cummings published in 1959 under the title Pennsylvania Board of Canal Commissioners' Records with Allied Records of Canal Companies Chartered by the Commonwealth, Descriptive Index. Information provided is the map number, title, date, dimensions, name of designer or draftsmen, and the page number upon which the map is described in Pennsylvania Board of Canal Commissioners' Records with Allied Records of Canal Companies Chartered by the Commonwealth, Descriptive Index. A paper copy of this inventory will be found in the Search Room in a binder labeled "Canal Maps."

For related materials on canals see also Canal and Navigation Company Accounts, 1818-1852, 1872 {series #2.5} in the Records of the Auditor General, Harris Family Papers, 1768-1849 (Manuscript Group 67), Schuylkill Navigation Company Records, 1815-1951 (Manuscript Group 110), Susquehanna Canal Company Records, 1835-1897 (Manuscript Group 122), Hubertis M. Cummings Collection, 1929-1957 (Manuscript Group 163), Historical Society of Berks County Deposit of Union Canal Company of Pennsylvania Papers, 1792-1885 (Manuscript Group 174), Lehigh Valley Railroad Company Records, 1849-1962 & undated (Manuscript Group 274), Penn Central Railroad Collection, [ca. 1853-1938] (Manuscript Group 286), Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Company Deposit, 1832-1968 (Manuscript Group 300), Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company Records, 1792-1978 (Manuscript Group 311), and Delaware and Hudson Railway Company Collection, 1887-1959 (Manuscript Group 401).

Historical Marker Files,
1914-1995.
(36 cartons, 1 box)

{series #13.112} [Holdings]

Grouped by subseries, and thereunder arranged variously (usually alphabetically by county).

Agency purchase requests, inventory of historic places, historical marker guidelines, historical marker request forms, historical marker policies, data sheets, marker specifications, reports, catalogues, county records, and texts appearing on historical markers erected across the Commonwealth. The search room finding aid identifies the contents of each folder in this series.

Bureau Director's Subject File,
1950-1993.
(18 cartons, 2 boxes)

{#13.113} [Holdings]

Grouped by bureau or division, and thereunder arranged alphabetically by subject

Topics covered include: Bureau, Bureau Office, Division of Archival and Records Management Services, Division of Archives and Manuscripts, Division of History, and Division of Publications and Sales. Types of documents found include policies and procedures, legislation, training programs, evaluations and surveys of archives holdings, history programs and projects, historical marker dedications and recommendations, articles and information concerning Pennsylvania Heritage, endorsements and agreements regarding publications, and retention and disposition policies regarding local government records, state records and electronic records. Topics covered include a 1976 evaluation of each division, an Archives Resource Kit for the Columbus Quintcentennial, Black History Programs from 1976-1990, and expansion projects and renovations for the State Archives building in 1989. The search room finding aid identifies the contents of each folder in this series.

Map Photostat File of the Division of History,
[ca. 1950].
(75 folders)

{#13.31} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of original map.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by subject in an accompanying card index.

Photostat copies of historical maps relating to Pennsylvania held by diverse institutions in the United States, Canada, England and France. The Photostat copies are of varying size and were collected for research purposes over many years by the Division of History. Now in the custody of the Division of Archives and Manuscripts of the Bureau of Archives and History, this series was also long known as the "MG-11 Photostats." Originals of these maps will be found at the American Philosophical Society, Archives du Seminaire de Quebec, the British Museum, Bureau de Service Hydrographique, Bibliotheque Nationale, Carnegie Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Library of Congress, New York Public Library, New York State Library, Public Archives of Canada, London Public Record Office, Pennsylvania State Library, and the William L. Clements Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Information on the reverse of most copies provides the title of the map, date of origin, where the copy was made, and whether it is a negative or positive copy.

The index cards give the map titles, the actual or approximate date of the original, locations depicted, the locations of the originals, and how many negative or positive copies are in the folders. Short descriptions of the maps or histories of the region depicted, copies of inscriptions, names of engravers or compilers, and the names of the larger publications from which the originals were taken are often also provided. Numbers in the top right corners of the cards match numbers placed on the maps when cataloged by the Library of Congress.

Marriage Bond Index Cards,
1784-1786.
(1 box)

{#13.32} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname.

Index to the Marriage Bonds (1784-1786) published in Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume VI, beginning on page 285. Information provided includes names of bride and groom, county where bonded, and the volume and page numbers where entries were recorded in the original three volumes. Though the original volumes have not been located, the published version in the Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series frequently also gives the groom's occupation, the bride's county of residence, the date of the license, the amount of the bond, and the names of the witnesses and the bondsman.

Military Reference Index Cards,
[ca. 1776-1870].
(1/3 box)

{#13.33} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by subject, rank or surname.

Index card file to sources containing information on military service by individuals and also definitions of military terms and quotations from letters and other documents. For many of names and subjects, volume and page references are provided to the Pennsylvania Archives series.

Personal information frequently given about soldiers is place of birth, education, occupation, names of wife and any children, and any political involvement. Military information frequently indicates the county of service, date of commission or appointment; position in which served, name of employer, appeals, and any exoneration granted. Other information sometimes given includes salaries, amount of gratuity claimed by invalids, how and where deaths occurred, and dates of resignation. Cards for widows usually give the husband's name, position held, county of service, and date of death.

Militia Law Index Cards By Unit,
[ca.1782-1870].
(1/6 box)

{#13.34} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by division or brigade for the 1st through 20th Divisions and a separate section on the Statutes at Large is arranged numerically by statute.

Index of militia laws passed by the General Assembly giving the subject of the law, date passed, occasionally names of persons affected by the law, and the volume and page number where the law is recorded in the Pamphlet Laws (P.L.) or the Statutes at Large (S.L.). These laws have been published under the titles Laws of the General Assembly of the State of Pennsylvania and The Statutes at Large of Pennsylvania. Types of information given include troop payments, dates and names of individuals for whom resolutions were passed and any restrictions, and the authorization of new military units together with the number of troops to be raised. Also noted are former names of military units, the scheduling of new election for military officers, quantity of arms furnished, promotions of officers, and special privileges granted. See also Militia Law Chronological Index Cards, [ca.1791-1870] {#13.35} for the same information arranged chronologically instead of numerically by military unit.

Militia Law Chronological Index Cards,
[ca.1791-1870].
(1/6 box)

{#13.35} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date militia law was passed.

A chronological index containing the same information as Militia Law Index Cards By Unit [ca.1782-1870] {#13.34}. Information provided is subject of the law, date passed, occasionally names of persons affected by the law, and the volume and page number where recorded in the Pamphlet Laws (P. L.) or the Statutes at Large (S. L.). These have been published under the titles Laws of the General Assembly of the State of Pennsylvania and The Statutes at Large of Pennsylvania. Types of information given include troop payments, dates and names of individuals for whom resolutions were passed and any restrictions, and the authorization of new military units together with the number of troops to be raised. Also noted are former names of military units, the scheduling of new elections for military officers, quantity of arms furnished, promotions of officers, and special privileges granted.

Militia Officers Index Cards,
1775-1800.
(2 boxes)

{#13.36} [Holdings] [Images]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of officer.

Index card file of the names of Pennsylvania militia officers who served during the American Revolution, in Indian campaigns in northwestern Pennsylvania, and in quelling the Whiskey Rebellion. Information provided is name, county, rank, company or battalion, dates of service, township, and occasionally district within township. In rare cases, other pertinent information is provided such as place of burial, wounds received, names of children, names of any expeditions or campaigns, name of person whom they succeeded, and date discharged.

Militia Unit Identification Cards,
[ca.1776-1830].
(1/3 box)

{#13.37} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by war, thereunder grouped by county and arranged alphabetically and numerically by name of militia unit.

Identification cards for militia units serving from the American Revolution and through the War of 1812. Information provided is name of military unit, active dates, and name of commander. Occasionally noted is location where served, names of previous commanders, names of succeeding officers, previous names of the military unit, and other details.

Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous Records of the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies,
1930-1974, 1979-1985.
(9 cartons)

{#13.38} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of record and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of document. Records of the member societies of the federation are grouped alphabetically by name of member society and thereunder chronologically by date of document.

Minutes, reports, transcripts of addresses, annual reports, annual meeting registration lists and programs, and correspondence of the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies. Originally chartered on January 10, 1907, the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies retained that name until it became the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations in 1989. Governed by a board of directors representing museums and historical organizations throughout the Commonwealth, the Federation acts as an advocate at the state and federal level by monitoring legislation, serving as a resource for elected and appointed officials, and building alliances between the public and private sector. It currently manages the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Technical Assistance Grant Program for museums and historical organizations with Federation staff reviewing and selecting grant proposals for funding and matching recipients with their consultants. Its larger mission is to assist member organizations in expanding their capacity to serve the public and to build alliances between its members, state agencies, and related organizations.

The General Correspondence commences with the files of Federation Secretary Hiram H. Shenk who served 1920-1933 and covers the period 1932-1933. The correspondence for the period 1932-1961 contains legislative information, transcripts of a Works Progress Administration History of Luzerne County, Year Book Questionnaires, a copy of Pennsylvania Cavalcade, and materials on the Pennsylvania 300th Anniversary Commission and Pennsylvania Week. There is also material on several committees including those set up for the Bicentennial of Colonel Armstrong's Expedition against Kittanning, the Pennsylvania Canal, Constitutional Committee, Executive Committee, and Committee for Judging Publications Contest. Finally, there is a copy of the original charter of the organization, folders on each of the member societies, a bibliography of publications issued by member museums and historical organizations, and a copy of the constitution and by-laws.

Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous Records of the Pennsylvania Historical Association,
1937-1974.
(1 carton)

{#13.39} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by presidential term and grouped thereunder alphabetically by subject.

Minutes, reports, pamphlets, membership and mailing lists, financial statements, newspaper clippings, annual meeting programs, and correspondence of Pennsylvania Historical Association Presidents Sylvester K. Stevens, James A. Barnes, and Donald H. Kent. The Pennsylvania Historical Association is an association of scholars and historians that has published a quarterly journal called Pennsylvania History since 1934 for the purpose of promoting professional research in Pennsylvania history. It also holds annual conferences at which scholars present papers on their latest work and publishes the popularly styled Pennsylvania History Studies series. Among the titles of the latter are Pennsylvania's Decorative Arts by Irwin Richman, The Quakers by William W. Comfort, Pennsylvania Transportation by George Swetnam, Pennsylvania Boundaries by William A. Russ, Pennsylvania Reformers by Ira V. Brown, Pennsylvania's Painters by Irwin Richman, Pennsylvania's Architecture by Irwin Richman, and Pennsylvania's Oil Industry by Ernest C. Miller.

This series contains extensive correspondence with Lawrence H. Gipson of the Department of History and Government at Lehigh University, and a Report and Recommendations of the Committee of the American Historical Association on the Historian and the Federal Government (1952). Also present is an "Agenda for the Program Committee," (1956), manuscripts for Ernest Miller's Pennsylvania Oil Industry, 3rd ed., a cassette tape labeled "Status of History in the Schools" (1975), and a copy of "Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors."

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Regrant Project Files,
1980-1990.

(1 carton, 1 box)

{#13.40} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by name of institution.

Project reports, budgets, consultant reports, archival finding aides and inventories, newsletters from institutions requesting grants, bibliographies, guideline evaluation sheets, lists of consultant candidates, grant applications, and correspondence relating to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission Repository Regrant Program. The Pennsylvania College and University Archival and Manuscript Repository Regrant Program operated under auspices of the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board. The files of this program contain documentation on the grants funded under these programs.

The final project reports give the name of the institution, name of project director, project title, project number, project dates, amount of grant, name of authorizing official, narrative description of project, and financial breakdown of costs. Final reports are present for grants to Bloomsburg University, Bryn Mawr College, Clarion University, Gannon University, Holy Family College, Gettysburg College, Lehigh University, Lincoln University, Marywood/Scranton, Millersville University, Pierce College, The Pennsylvania State University, and St. Francis College. These reports are accompanied by correspondence, a report by the archival consultant, a response to the consultant's report, invoices, copies of canceled checks, feasibility studies, appendices, newspaper articles regarding grants funded, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Regrant Proposal budget. Also present are evaluation sheets for the College and University Regrant Review Committee including notes and evaluations by board members.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Project Files,
1980-1987.
(1 carton)

{#13.41} [Holdings]

Grouped numerically by survey grant number and by type of material.

Background materials, records survey forms, county evaluation reports, photographs, press releases, grant proposals, and correspondence of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the County Records Survey and Planning Study. Also included are materials on Phase III of the Northeast Pennsylvania Records Cooperative (1983) that was funded in part by grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Penn Central Railroad Records Appraisal and Disposition Project Files,
1981-1987.
(2 boxes)

{#13.42} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of material and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of document.

Hagley Museum and Library Steering Committee minutes, articles, pamphlets, reports, correspondence, deposit agreements, and related records of the Penn Central Railroad Records Appraisal and Disposition Project. In 1968 the Pennsylvania Railroad Company (1846-1968) merged with the New York Central Railroad Company (1853-1968) to form the Penn Central Transportation Company (1968-1978). As a condition of the merger, the new company was also required to absorb the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company (1872-1968). In 1971 the federal National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) was formed to ensure the continuity of long distance passenger service and in 1973 the United States Congress also created the United States Railway Association to engineer a reorganization of Penn Central in order to protect the public interest. This resulted in the formation of the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) on April 1, 1976 to take over the viable portions of Penn Central and five smaller bankrupt northeastern rail lines. What remained of Penn Central was then reorganized as the Penn Central Corporation to manage the remaining non-rail properties and investments.

In 1976 the Hagley Museum and Library obtained a grant to appraise the records of the Erie & Lackawanna Railroad, the Lehigh Valley Railroad; the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the Reading Railroad, and the Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad and the majority of these records subsequently were placed with local archives. In 1982, Michael H. Nash, curator and head of manuscripts at Hagley, began work on the Penn Central Railroad records then stored in seven decaying warehouses located near the railroad tracks on Merion Avenue in West Philadelphia. A $168,000 National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant to the Eleutherian Mills Historical Library made it possible for Nash and his colleagues to embark upon a two-year project to appraise and divide the 360,000 linear feet of records belonging to the Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroads. Under agreements with Penn Central Corporation, by 1985 the records deemed to have permanent archival value were being parceled out to various institutions. These included the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bentley Historical Library at University of Michigan, Urban Archives at Temple University, Ohio Historical Society, New York Public Library, Pattee Library at The Pennsylvania State University, Baker Library at Harvard University, New Jersey State Archives, and the Hagley Museum and Library.

This series contains the Final Consortium Proposal for Arrangement and Description (May 13, 1985) and the Final Report (1987). Included is a copy of the Penn Central Corporation 1981 annual report, newspaper clippings describing the research project to preserve the records, and a copy of the grant proposal submitted by Michael H. Nash to the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1987. Reports include "Documenting Strategy and Structure: Appraising the Penn Central Archive" by Christopher T. Baer (August 30, 1986), "Report on Activities, May-October, 1986" to the Steering Committee of the Hagley Museum and Library by Christopher T. Baer (October 28, 1986), and the inventory of records transferred to the Pennsylvania State Archives. Correspondence (1981-1986) consists primarily of exchanges between Hagley Museum and Library Project Director Michael Nash and Appraisal Archivist Christopher Baer with representatives of the various archives that were recipients of the records.

The Penn Central Collection [ca. 1835-1938] {Manuscript Group 286} contains the Penn Central records transferred to the Pennsylvania State Archives. These are on deposit for 20 years with an automatic 20-year extension should no termination notice be received six months prior to the end of the initial 20-year period. These are available for research purposes except for the personnel files that are closed until 25 years after the death of the employee. Copyright on all deposited records remains with the Penn Central Corporation. Any person seeking to quote extensively from any page, or to publish a reproduction of any page, of the documents must secure written permission from the Penn Central Corporation.

Minutes, Reports, and Miscellaneous Records of the Pennsylvania Federation of Junior Historians and Pennsylvania Social Studies Council,
1940-1945, 1957-1978.
(17 cartons and 1 reel)

{series #13.43} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of material and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of document.Correspondence files are grouped by name of officer and arranged thereunder alphabetically by surname of correspondent.

Minutes, constitution, constitutional amendment ballots, reports, resolutions, proclamations, membership applications, directories, publications, conference materials, and correspondence of the Pennsylvania Social Studies Council, sponsor of the Pennsylvania Federation of Junior Historians. Publications include The Federation Advisor (1967-1973), From the Chairman's Desk (1961-1964), Manual for the Organization and Conduct of the High School History Club by Leonard M. Brockman (1941), The Junior Historian and the War by S. K. Stevens (1942), A Guide for the Organization of Junior Historian Chapters (1959), Junior Historian Guide (1953), The Junior Historian (1946-1965), The Pennamite (1966-1967, and The Pennsylvania Junior Historian (1961-1975). Correspondence files are present for State Advisory Council Chairman Alfred E. Sumberg (1957-1972), History Education Advisor Clarence Stephenson (1957-1959), Executive Secretary Autumn L. Leonard (1959-1965), Executive Secretary Dennis T. Lawson, (1966-1969), Executive Secretary Daniel MacGilvary (1966), Executive Secretary Andrew S. Babinchak (1969-1973), and Executive Secretary Carl Oblinger. Six cartons of program files are arranged alphabetically by subject or junior historian chapter and contain materials on state conventions, activity reports, membership lists, workshop materials, and service awards. Also present are approximately 250 photographs, most taken by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission photographer Terry Musgrave depicting Junior Historians visiting the State Museum, the Mobile Museum, various historic properties, and annual meetings held at Seven Springs Resort and Mount Airy Lodge among others. The Pennsylvania Federation of Junior Historians became the Student Historians of Pennsylvania in 1978 and their activities are documented in the Records of the Student Historians of Pennsylvania (Manuscript Group 475). This organization ceased to exist in 1999.

Photographs for Publications,
1910-1990.
(6 boxes and 783 items)

{series #13.44} [Holdings]

Grouped by bureau or division and thereunder alphabetically by subject.

Photographs of staff members, exhibits, dioramas, Pennsylvania Institute of Life and Culture, museum artifacts, museum and archive facilities, and public ceremonies selected for use in publications.

Photographs of Commission Properties for Publications,
1950-1990.
(9 boxes)

{series #13.45} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by name of historic property.

Photographs of monuments, historic structures, museums, battlefields, museum collections, museum artifacts, reenactments, restoration work, and ceremonies at historic sites and museums selected for publication. Photographs exist for Admiral Perry Park, the Anthracite Complex, Daniel Boone Homestead, the Bradford House, Brandywine Battlefield, Brown's Mill School, Bushy Run Battlefield, Cornwall Furnace, the Nathan Denison House, Drake Well Museum, Ephrata Cloister, the Erie Custom House, Flagship Niagara, Fort Augusta, Fort Le Boeuf, Fort Pitt Museum, French Azilum, the Robert Fulton Birthplace, Graeme Park, Highlands, Hope Lodge, Hopewell Gorge, Johnston's Tavern, Lumber Museum, the McCoy House, the Morton Homestead, Old Economy Village, the Old Stone House, Peace Church, Pennsbury Manor, Pennsylvania Farm Museum, Phillips Rangers Memorial, Pottsgrove Mansion, Joseph Priestley House, Governor Printz Park, Railroad Museum, Searight's Toll House, Somerset Historical Center, Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop, Tuscarora Academy, Twenty-Eighth Division Shrine, Warrior Run Church, Washington Crossing, and Conrad Weiser Homestead.

Provenance File, Harmony Society Records,
1904-1982.
(1 microfilm roll)
Roll 3431

{series #13.46} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of acquisition.

Microfilm copy of records relating to the provenance of the collections of Harmony Society records and artifacts acquired by Old Economy Village. This is a restricted security microfilm for which no user copy is currently available. To view the original, contact the Chief of the Bureau of Archives and History.

Records of the County Records Committee and Local Government Records Committee,
1964-1998.
(5 cartons)

{series #13.47} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of record and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of document.

Minutes, bulletins, retention and disposition schedules, copies of laws and manuals, legislation and miscellaneous records of the County Records Committee and the Local Government Records Committee. Information generally provided in the minutes is dates and locations of meetings, names of those present, and a description of the discussion and actions taken. Retention and disposition schedules reveal periods for which various types of records must be retained prior to destruction or transfer to a more permanent archive. The copies of legislation and manuals document the implementation procedures followed in carrying out the legal concerns and legislative mandates for records management.

Reports, Correspondence, and Research File Relating to the War History Program,
1938-1947.
(36 cartons)

{series #13.48} [Holdings]

Grouped into seven broad subcategories and arranged variously within the subcategories, but frequently alphabetically by name of person or entity or chronologically by date of document as appropriate.

Research files, budgets, organizational charts, procedures, reports, surveys, published articles, photographs, and correspondence of the War History Program directed by State Historian Sylvester K. Stevens and Assistant Historian Marvin H. Schlegel. The War History Program collected records used to document Pennsylvania's involvement in World War II and resulted in publication of three volumes. These were Pennsylvania's First Year at War, December 7, 1941-December 7, 1942 by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission (Harrisburg: 1943), Pennsylvania's Second Year at War, December 7, 1942-December 7, 1943 by S. K. Stevens, Marvin W. Schlegel, and Joseph T. Kingston (Harrisburg: 1945), and Pennsylvania At War, 1941-1945 by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (Harrisburg: 1946). The research file contains a rich assortment of original records that are divided into the subcategories labeled Economic Aspects, Social Aspects, Governmental and Political Aspects, Personalities, Industrial Contributions to War Production, Newspapers, and War Casualties. Types of records include a large number of mounted newspaper clippings and complete issues of newspapers such as Wings Over Olmsted, Victory News, and Pennsylvania Defense Council News.

The records relating to industrial contributions to the war effort contain approximately eighty photographic prints depicting women working in factories, construction of armored vehicles at the Autocar Company in Ardmore, and the "Ordinance for Victory Show" sponsored by John Wanamaker in 1943. Other scenes show Dravo Corporation employees launching a naval transport at Neville Island, Erie Corrugated Box Company employees making boxes for aircraft wing tanks, and Henry Dieston and Sons employees making armored steel plate. In addition to the above firms, records are present for the Continental Rubber Works in Erie, Copperworld Steel Company, Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Dodge Steel Company, Duquesne Light Company, Erie Enameling Company and the E. I. Dupont de Nemours & Co. Philadelphia Works. Also present are Office of Price Administration publications and reports concerning corporate profits during the war and rationing and price control records. In addition, there are raw materials such as annual reports, correspondence, photographs, and literature relating to the contributions of colleges and universities, Pennsylvania Women's Clubs, volunteer agencies, teacher shortages, Civil Air Patrol, State Council of Defense, war production training, sabotage and subversion activities, conscientious objectors, and post-war planning. Records relating to war casualties include World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing of the State of Pennsylvania issued by the United States War Department (Washington, D.C.: 1946) and State Summary of War Casualties (Pennsylvania), U.S. Navy issued by the Casualty Section of the Office of Public Information of the United States Navy (Washington, D.C.: 1946) together with several folders of published casualty updates.

Research Correspondence, Notes and Miscellaneous Records of Associate State Historian,
1939-1961.
(3 cartons)

{series #13.49} [Holdings]

Grouped by project or type of material and grouped thereunder alphabetically by subject or surname of correspondent.

Research correspondence, memoranda, notes, and miscellaneous materials of State Historian Donald H. Kent relating to such topics as the Contrecoeur Papers, French Invasion of Western Pennsylvania, William Penn Remembrance, Map Project, and Resource Collections.

Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File,
1785-1893.
(145 boxes)
(Rolls 4444-4497)

{series #13.50} [Holdings] [Images]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of soldier.

Abstract card file containing transcriptions of data extracted from original records in the custody of the Pennsylvania State Archives concerning Revolutionary War service in the Pennsylvania Militia, Pennsylvania Line, and the Navy. All pertinent information has been included on the cards and accurately reflects the information contained in the original records. (Note that duty after November 1783 is not considered Revolutionary War service.) Information provided is name and rank of soldier, whether active or inactive duty, county of residence, battalion in which served, and record from which information was extracted. Also noted are whether soldier was delinquent and fined or whether militia fines were abated.

The entry "Active Duty" indicates that the soldier saw active duty in either the Pennsylvania Militia or the Pennsylvania Line while "Inactive Duty" indicates that the soldier did not necessarily see active duty. Associators were volunteers who comprised the Military Association, a civilian reserve designed to repel any invasion of Pennsylvania until the collapse of the Association in the winter of 1776-1777. The Pennsylvania Militia was organized under an Act of the Assembly of March 17, 1777 that required compulsory enrollment by constables of all able-bodied white males between the ages of 18 and 53 to repel invaders. The "Flying Camps" were special battalions of Pennsylvania Line troops recruited from the Pennsylvania Associators. Rangers were soldiers who served long periods of enlistment to protect the frontier against Indian incursions. Entries for Depreciation Pay Certificates apply to soldiers who served 1777-1780 when the currency was depreciating and were paid in Continental Bills of Credit that quickly lost value. To compensate for such depreciation, each soldier of the Pennsylvania Line who remained in service in 1781 was awarded a substantial sum in Depreciation Pay Certificates which were both interest bearing and negotiable. In addition, at the end of the war arrears and allowances due were met by issuing to each soldier still in service a number of interest-bearing final settlements called Pierce's Certificates (named after the paymaster who dispensed them).

Some cards show a certificate number that relates to the Militia Loan of 1784-1785. This loan was established to pay individuals for services and goods provided during the Revolutionary War that had not been reimbursed at that time. For additional information on a given certificate number go to Microfilm Roll 4497 which contains certificate numbers. Go to the certificate number to determine the name of the captain. Then go to the county section and look alphabetically for the name of the captain to find the dates of service and amount reimbursed. Note that not all certificate numbers give additional information.

Related records on Revolutionary War service will be found on microfilm in Revolutionary War Rolls (National Archives) 1775-1789 (Rolls 1733-1738), Donation and Depreciation Lands Granted to Veterans of the Pennsylvania Line {series #17.166} (Roll 3429), Records of Pennsylvania's Revolutionary Governments, 1775-1790 {RG 27} (Rolls 689-741), Lieutenant General von Knyphausen Report on the Battle of Brandywine to Court of Hesse-Kassel, Sept. 11, 1777 (Roll 3003), Sol Feinstine Collection of the American Revolution, 1739-1859 (Rolls 1290-1292), Lyman Copeland Draper Papers, 1542-1916 (Rolls 1202-1239), and Miscellaneous Manuscripts of the Revolutionary War Era, 1771-1791 {MG-275} (Roll 2984). Revolutionary War pension records will be found in Revolutionary War Pension Index Cards, 1785-1893 {series #13.51}, Military Pension Accounts and Related Papers, ca. 1789-1883 {series #2.53} and Revolutionary War Pension Files and Related Accounts, 1785-1809 {series #4.52}. Related published information will also be found in the Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth and Sixth Series (Rolls 2069-2074, 3568-3569).

Records relating to the Donation and Depreciation Land programs that benefited Revolutionary War veterans will be found in Pennsylvania Line Entitled to Donation Land, [ca. 1780-1794] {series 17.165}, Donation Lands Granted to the Pennsylvania Line, [ca. 1780-1830] {series 17.166}, Muster Rolls (Actually Lists of Unpaid Militia Fines for Absent Soldiers), 1782-1834 {series #17.167}, Donation Claimant Papers and Miscellaneous Patents, [ca. 1785-1810] {series #17.168}, Donation Land Patents, [ca. 1785-1810] {series #17.169}, Register of Donation Land Patenting Fees, 1786-1796 {series 17.170}, Lists of Donation Land Lots Lying in New York, 1791-1796 {series #17.171}, Donation Land Book, 1791-1808 {series 17.172}, Claimants for Donation Lands [ca. 1792-1799] {series 17.173}, Donation Land Register, [ca. 1794] {series #17.174}, Transmittals of Patents for Donation Lands, 1803-1809 {series #17.175}, Lists of Donation Lands for the Pennsylvania Line, 1813 {series 17.176}, Applications for Donation Lands Lots, 1813-1868 {series #17.177}, Lists of Donation Land Claimants, [undated] {series #17.178}, and in the Records of Depreciation Land Program in Records of the Land Office (RG-17).

Revolutionary War Pension Index Cards,
1785-1893.
(9 boxes)

{series #13.51} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of pensioner.

An index to the Auditor General's Military Pension Accounts and Related Papers, ca. 1789-1883 {series #2.53} and also to the Comptroller General's Revolutionary War Pension Files and Related Accounts, 1785-1809 {series #4.52}. The index was created at the State Library and some entries refer to volume and page numbers in the published Pennsylvania Archives. Each card provides the name of the veteran and a volume reference for pension information. In many cases the county is listed and in some cases the veteran's rank, dates of service, amount and date of last pension payment, and date of death are also given.

A Revolutionary War Pension database was constructed to replace this series by compiling information about pensioners in Record Group 2 (Records of the Auditor General), Record Group 4 (Records of the Comptroller General), Record Group 7 (Records of the General Assembly) and Record Group 33 (Records of the Supreme Court). A report entitled "Revolutionary War Pensions," generated from the database and arranged alphabetically by name of pensioner will be found in a three-ring binder at the Search Room reference desk. To use this index, locate the name of the pensioner and identify the record group in which the record of the pension is found. Entries will give a Pack Unit, designating "V" for volume or "C" for container. This will help determine which of the series to use within a record group. Those series entitled "Accounts" are found in volumes and series entitled "Files" are found in containers. Due to a change in the numbering system, the volume numbers given in the index will not correspond directly to the labels on the microfilm rolls. Use the chart in the front of the Revolutionary War Pensions binder to transpose the volume number. Pension records of individuals found in Record Group 7 (Records of the General Assembly) date after 1790. These records are not on microfilm and the original House File must be consulted. The index gives the number of the container in which these records are found.

The pension records will by found in the following series:

· Revolutionary War Pension File (Accounts), [ca. 1790-1883] {series #2.60} Rolls 2-5.

· Revolutionary War Pension File, 1809-1893 {series #2.60} Rolls 20-22

· Revolutionary War Pension File (Accounts), 1785-1809 {series #4.52} Roll 240

· Revolutionary War Pension File, 1785-1889 {series #4.52} Rolls 191-195

· Revolutionary War Pension List Book, 1834-1837 {RG-18} Roll 240

· Revolutionary War Soldiers Claims and Related Papers. 1786-1789 (Eastern District) {series #33.98} Roll 836

· House File, 1790-1903 {series #7.11}

For related Revolutionary War service records see also Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File,1785-1893 (Rolls 4444-4497) {series #13.50}, Revolutionary War Rolls (National Archives) 1775-1789 (Rolls 1733-1738), Donation and Depreciation Lands Granted to Veterans of the Pennsylvania Line {series #17.} (Roll 3429), Records of Pennsylvania's Revolutionary Governments, 1775-1790 {series 27.} (Rolls 689-741), Lieutenant General von Knyphausen Report on the Battle of Brandywine to Court of Hesse-Kassel, Sept. 11, 1777 (Roll 3003), Sol Feinstine Collection of the American Revolution, 1739-1859 (Rolls 1290-1292), Lyman Copeland Draper Papers, 1542-1916 (Rolls 1202-1239), and Miscellaneous Manuscripts of the Revolutionary War Era, 1771-1791 {MG-275} (Roll 2984). Related published information will also be found in the Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth and Sixth Series (Rolls 2069-2074, 3568-3569).

Road and Turnpike Papers Card Index,
[undated].
(4 boxes)

{series #13.118} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of turnpike road.

An incomplete index for records pertaining to roads and road/turnpike companies that was prepared and compiled in the twentieth century, presumably by staff of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission or its predecessor agency. Cards show the title of the company or road, the county, the date, and a brief description and citation of the record in which more information can be found. Included are references to charters, subscription lists, financial reports, petitions, acts of incorporation, and letters patent found in the published laws of Pennsylvania as well as in various record series held by the State Archives, primarily {#2.34} Road and Turnpike Accounts, 1809-1840, 1872 and {#26.111} Letters Patent 1814-1874, 1902-1927.


Statutes at Large Project Files,
1967-1984.
(2 cartons)

{series #13.52} [Holdings]

Grouped by topic and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of document.

Case files of Gail M. Beckman vs. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, et al. In the this suit, author Gail M. Beckman sought reimbursement from the American Philosophical Society and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for expenses incurred by her in privately publishing a Vantage Press edition of Volume 1 of Pennsylvania's Statutes at Large. The plaintiff claimed that she had both a written and oral contract with the American Philosophical Society to research and write the manuscript and that the Society failed to publish her manuscript and failed to reimburse her for expenses incurred in its preparation. She further contended that this contract was subsequently assigned to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission that also failed to publish the manuscript. The defendants, however, contended that no such contract for reimbursement of expenses ever existed, that the submitted manuscript still required substantial correction and refinement before it would meet the standards required for publication, and that the plaintiff had become uncooperative in efforts to move forward with the project that had begun life as her doctoral dissertation. In addition to copies of testimony, briefs, a statement of the case, and other case-related documents, the files contain correspondence between Defendant Donald H. Kent with Plaintiff Beckman, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission editor Lois W. Bobb, Defendant Whitfield J. Bell, Jr. of the American Philosophical Society, and Deputy Attorney General Maria Parisi Vickers. Also present are copies of the Original Laws that are held at the American Philosophical Society (1693-1700), the Laws of 1700, a copy of Duke's Laws, copies of the Statutes at Large, 1693-1700, copies of the original Beckman version submitted for publication, interim drafts with revisions, final version published by Vantage Press, and the introduction to Volume 1. Finally, there is a copy of the court ruling dismissing the suit, a brief and appendix for the appellant and a brief for the appellees, copies of Donald Kent's work, Dr. Beckman's transcripts, correspondence regarding the Statutes at Large, and contracts for editorial work conducted by Lois Bobb (1976).

Subject File,
1932-1980, 1999-2002.
(3 cartons and 1 box)

{series #13.53} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Bureau of Archives and History subject files containing material on Battle of Bushy Run, Daniel Boone, Bouquet Papers, Braddock's Road, Etienne Brulé, James Buchanan, Simon Cameron Papers, canals, Capitol dome statue, Cornplanter, Cornwall Furnace, Drake Well, Erie War of the Gauges, Fall Brook Collection, Fort Necessity, Fort Pitt, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Fulton, Homestead Strike, Kittanning Path, Longueuil Expedition, Lower Merion Township, John Nicholson Papers, Phillips' Rangers' Memorial, Richard Pope Diary, Microfilm Catalog, Stenton, Camp Security, 1798 Direct Tax Records, War of 1812 Sesquicentennial, George Washington, and artist N. C. Wyeth.
Note: the box of materials relative to Frank Suran, dated 1999-2002, remains unprocessed.

Tape Recordings of Proceedings of Research Conferences,
1972-1976.
(1 box)

{series #13.54} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of conference.

Tape recordings of the proceedings of the 7th through the 11th research conferences sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. These were held in Harrisburg on April 28-19, 1972; April 27-28, 1973; April 5-6, 1974; April 11-12, 1975; and April 23-24, 1976 respectively.

War of 1812 Pension Index Cards,
1866-1896.
(6 boxes)
Rolls 35-61

{#13.55} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by surname of pensioner.

Index card file of the names of veterans of the War of 1812 (or their wives) who received pensions. Since the pension records only commence in 1866, many of those who served in the War of 1812 were no longer living. The only information provided is name of pensioner, county of residence, and sometimes the name of the widow. To conduct a search of records for service in the War of 1812, it is best to start with the published Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volumes 7-10 that contain information derived from War of 1812 Militia Accounts, 1812-1827 {series #2.62} and War of 1812 Index of Soldiers, [undated] {series #2.61}. The originals of these records have been microfilmed (Rolls 3571-3573, 2068-2069) but are difficult to search because they are arranged by military unit rather than by name of soldier. The Pennsylvania Archives, Seventh Series serves as an index to the Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series. Records documenting Pennsylvania service during the War of 1812 were sent to the Federal Government in order to secure reimbursement of expenses incurred during the war. These "Final Settlements" with the United States are found in Volumes 9-10 of the Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series and in War of 1812 Militia Accounts, Final Settlement with the United States, 1812-1829 {series #2.63}. These are also indexed in the Pennsylvania Archives, Seventh Series and on Microfilm Roll 3939. Related materials will be found in War of 1812 Partial List of Pensioners [ca. 1868] {series #2.64}, War of 1812 Pension File (1866-1896) {series #2.65} and War of 1812 Pension Receipts for Philadelphia City and County (1871-1876) {series #2.66}.


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