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RG-14

Records of the DEPARTMENT of INTERNAL AFFAIRS

Series Descriptions


Office of the Secretary

The position of Secretary of Internal Affairs was created under the Constitution of 1874 to take over the responsibilities formerly exercised by the Surveyor General in the Land O.8ffice, supervise the new Bureau of Industrial Statistics, and receive annual reports from transportation, communication, and power companies. Under Act 69 of the Laws of 1874 (P.L. 135, Section 2), the Secretary was chosen by the voters in the general election held every fourth year and was commissioned by the Governor to a four-year term commencing the first Tuesday in May following the election.  On November 7, 1961 voters approved an amendment to the Constitution that changed the commencement of the Secretary’s term to the third Tuesday in January next following his election.  The Secretary served as one of four members of the Board of Pardons, was Chairman of the Board of Property, and was also a member of the Pennsylvania Park and Harbor Commission of the City of Erie, the General State Authority, the State Highway and Bridge Authority, the State Council of Civil Defense, and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.  The Secretary investigated corporations that were accused of infringing the bounds of their charters or infringing upon public rights and referred such cases of infringement to the Attorney General for litigation. The Secretary was also responsible for the Bureau of Mines until the Department of Mines was created as an independent agency in 1903 and also monitored the activities of private companies and charitable organizations.  The repeal of the constitutional authorization of the position of Secretary of Internal Affairs was accomplished by Constitutional Amendment Proposal 4-A approved by the electorate on May 16, 1967.  When the Department of Internal Affairs was abolished, the Secretary at that time presided over five major bureaus that were transferred to other agencies.  The Bureau of Standard Weights and Measures was placed into the Department of Justice, The Bureau of Statistics became part of the Department of Commerce, the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey was transferred to the State Planning Board (and then to the Department of Environmental Resources in 1971, and to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 1995), and the Bureau of Land Records became part of the Department of Community Affairs (and then was placed into the Bureau of Archives and History of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission).  In 2001, the functions of the Land Office were transferred to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources while custody of the Land Office records remains with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.   Those records of the Department of Internal Affairs having to do with the activities of the Land Office will be found in Record Group 17, Records of the Land Office.



Administrative File,
1964-1969. 
(7 cartons)

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Grouped alphabetically by subject and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of correspondence.

Correspondence, reports and miscellaneous papers relating to the activities of the Board of Pardons, Board pf Property, Bureau of Administration, Bureau of Land Records, Bureau of Publications and Information, Bureau of Standard Weights and Measures, Bureau of Statistics, and Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey.  Subjects covered include Action Housing, Inc., Appalachian Program, Automobiles, Inspectors’ Performance Charts, Prosecutions, Weighmasters’ Licenses Issued, Civil Rights and Disorders, Civil Service, Constitutional Convention, Legislation, Personnel, City of Erie Port Commission, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, and Transfer of Bureau.  Also  present are folders labeled Secretary of Banking, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Secretary of Labor and Industry, Secretary of Mines and Mineral Industries, South Eastern Pennsylvania Authority (SEPTA), State Council of Civil Defense, Institute for Oceanography, Insurance Commissioner, Manpower Advisory Committee Milk Control Commission, Office of Administration, Office of the Attorney General, and Manpower Development Task Force.

Biennial Report,
July 1941.
(1 item)

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Unarranged.

The Biennial Report of the Secretary of Internal Affairs, William S. Livengood, Jr., to the General Assembly, submitted July 10, 1941. Topics addressed within the report include: a summary of the history and duties of the Office and Department; weights and measures legislation; appropriations; municipal bond issues; the preservation of Land Office records; departmental reorganization; and reports from bureaus and divisions within the Department.

General Correspondence,
1966-1968. 
(3 boxes)

{series #14.2} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Correspondence of the Secretary of Internal Affairs.  Information provided is date of correspondence, name of correspondent, and subject matter of correspondence.  Topics discussed cover operations of all of the bureaus of the Department of Internal Affairs.

Letter Press Book,
1875-1911.
(15 volumes)

{series #14.3} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by surname of correspondent.

Letterpress books for correspondence sent by the Secretary of Internal Affairs. Information provided is date of correspondence, name and address of person to whom sent, and text of letter.

Register of Letters Received,
1901-1903.
(1 volume)

{series #14.4} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date letter was received.

Register of letters received by the Secretary of Internal Affairs. Information provided is date received, name and address of correspondent, brief description of subject, amount of any remittance received with correspondence, date of response and remarks.


Bureau of Statistics

Under the Act of 1874, the Bureau of Industrial Statistics was granted extensive power “to inquire into the relations of capital and labor in their bearings upon social, educational, and industrial welfare of all classes of working people and to offer practical suggestions for improving the same.”  The Act provided for mandatory disclosure of statistical data by private firms and authorized use of subpoena in the event of noncompliance. The Bureau of Vital Statistics was established in 1885 by the statute that created the Department of Health and required the Secretary of Internal Affairs to furnish “apartments and stationary” in the Capitol and maintain custody of the vital statistics collected. Until 1905, the salaries of clerical workers collecting vital statistics were charged to the Department of Internal Affairs and thereafter to the Department of Health.  By 1965, the Bureau of Statistics supplied general statistical information to members of the General Assembly, agencies at all levels of government, planning and promotional groups, research organizations, educational institutions, and the general public.  The Bureau annually published the Pennsylvania Statistical Abstract and collected annual censuses of manufacturers, public utilities, and municipal authorities. Every third year, it also published the Industrial Directory of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with supplements appearing in the intervening years. The Bureau of Statistics was transferred to the Department of Commerce in 1968.



Annual Census Reports of Manufactured, Mixed, and Natural Gas Companies,
1956-1967.
(1 carton)

{series #14.5} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and therein arranged by type of company.

Annual census reports required to be filed by manufactured, mixed and natural gas companies with the Department of Internal Affairs under the provisions of the Act of April 20, 1921 (P.L. 193).  Information provided is date report was filed, type of gas supplied, name and address of company, names of all counties served by company, names and addresses of any other utilities from which gas was purchased and the volume purchased for each, total amount of gas in storage on the first and last day of preceding year, total volume of all underground storage areas, total volume of all tank storage areas, total volume of any other storage areas, name and volume of each individual storage area, area in acres of each individual storage area, revenue and sales for preceding year, revenue and expenses for preceding year, average employment and total wages paid for preceding year, volume of water intake from other than public water systems in Pennsylvania, and the name and address of the company treasurer. For earlier records, see series #14.10, Annual Reports of Manufactured Gas Companies, 1931-1936, 1939-1955 and series #14.14, Annual Reports of Natural Gas Companies, 1931-1936, 1939-1955. For later records, see series #31.30, Annual Census Reports of [Natural] Gas Utilities, 1968-1977, 1979 in RG-31, Department of Commerce.

Annual Census Reports of Motor Bus and Electric Transportation Carriers,
1957-1967.
(1 carton, 1 box)

{series #14.6} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and arranged thereunder by name of company.

Balance sheets filed with the Department of Internal Affairs by common carriers of motor bus and electric railway transportation.  Information provided is name and address of carrier, date of incorporation, assets, liabilities, fixed capital, cost of fixed capital, fund assets, property abandoned, proprietorship (for individuals and partnerships), funded debt, judgments, reserve and depreciation, depreciation rule, reserves, comparative income statement, unappropriated surplus, profit and loss, operating revenues, operating expenses, rent for lease of property, insurance, motor vehicles employed in bus and taxicab service, summary of vehicles employed in each service, and operating statistics. For earlier reports, see series #14.11, Annual Reports of Motor Vehicles, 1935-1938, 1954-1955.

Annual Census Reports of Railroads and Railroad Repair Establishments,
1956-1967.
(1 carton)

{series #14.7} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and therein arranged by type of company.

Annual census reports required to be filed by railroads and railroad repair companies with the Department of Internal Affairs under the provisions of the Act of April 20, 1921 (P.L. 193).  Information provided is date report was filed, name and address of company, name of county served, type of ownership, nature of operation, breakdown of investment, number of miles of main and branch lines, revenue for preceding year, average employment and total wages paid for preceding year, and the name and address of the company treasurer. For later records see series 31.31, Annual Census Reports of Railroad Repair Establishments, 1968-1974, 1977-1979 in RG-31, Department of Commerce.

Annual Census Reports of Water Utilities,
1956-1967.
(4 cartons, 1 box)

{series #14.8} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, thereunder grouped by type of ownership, thereunder arranged alphabetically by county.

Annual census reports required to be filed by water utilities with the Department of Internal Affairs under the provisions of the Act of April 20, 1921 (P.L. 193).  Information provided is date report was filed, name and address of utility, names of officers if private utility company and names persons on governing board if a public utility, value of bonds issued, balance sheet for operating revenues, the volume of impounding and distribution reservoirs, and a breakdown of purchased and non-purchased water derived from streams, lakes, springs and wells.  Also provided is a breakdown of revenue and expenses for preceding year, average employment and total wages paid for preceding year, and the name and address of the company treasurer.  For earlier records see series #14.12, Annual Reports of Municipal Water Authorities, 1949-1955, series #14.13, Annual Reports of Municipal Water Systems, 1931-1935, 1939-1955, and series #14.17, Annual Reports of Private Water Companies, 1931-1936, 1938-1955. For later records see series #31.38, Annual Census Reports of Water Utilities, 1968-1977, 1979 in RG-31, Department of Commerce.

Annual Reports of Canal and Navigation Companies to the Auditor General and the Department of Internal Affairs,
1859, 1862-1871, 1873-1875, 1877-1935.
(2 cartons, 1 box)

{series #14.9} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of company.

Annual reports submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs by canal and navigation companies.  Information provided is date of return, name of company, summary of expenses, payments on account for construction, names and addresses of officers, breakdown of stock and debt, cost of canal and fixtures, description of the characteristics of the canal, tonnage carried during the year, amount of freight shipped, rate of toll charged for the respective classes, and expenses and receipts for the year.

Annual Reports of Manufactured Gas Companies,
1931-1936, 1939-1955. 
(3 cartons)

{series #14.10} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year and therein grouped by type of company.

Annual reports submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs by manufactured gas companies.  Information provided is date of report, name and address of home office, amount of capital invested in Pennsylvania, names and addresses of officers, rate schedule, estimated population in area served, average number of male and female employees, total wages and salaries paid to male and female employees, and a breakdown of natural gas production by county.  A breakdown is provided for the volume and value of each type of gas and gas byproduct manufactured.  The include carbonized coal in net tons, coke products in net tons, tar products in net tons, water gas produced in millions of cubic feet, coke oven gas produced in millions of cubic feet, still gas produced in millions of cubic feet, water gas purchased in millions of cubic feet, coke oven gas purchased in millions of cubic feet, still gas purchased in millions of cubic feet, ammonia products in pounds, benzol products in pounds, naphthalene produced in pounds, gas brought into Pennsylvania in millions of cubic feet, and gas sold outside Pennsylvania in millions of cubic feet.  Also given are statistical breakdowns of gas sales, length and dimensions of transmission lines, and a list of the cities, towns and political subdivisions served. For later reports, see series #14.5, Annual Census Reports of Manufactured, Mixed, and Natural Gas Companies, 1956-1967.

Annual Reports of Motor Vehicles,
1935-1938, 1954-1955. 
(9 folders)

{series #14.11} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year.

Balance sheets filed with the Department of Internal Affairs by common carriers by motor vehicles.  Information provided is name and address of carrier, date of incorporation, assets, liabilities, fixed capital, cost of fixed capital, fund assets, property abandoned, proprietorship (for individuals and partnerships), funded debt, judgments, reserve and depreciation, depreciation rule, reserves, comparative income statement, unappropriated surplus, profit and loss, operating revenues, operating expenses, rent for lease of property, insurance, motor vehicles employed in bus and taxicab service, summary of vehicles employed in each service, and operating statistics. For later reports, see series #14.6, Annual Census Reports of Motor Bus and Electric Transportation Carriers, 1957-1967.

Annual Reports of Municipal Water Authorities,
1949-1955. 
(1 carton, 1 box)

{series #14.12} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of authority.

Annual reports submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs by municipal water utilities.  Information provided is date of report, name and address of water utility, names and addresses of principal officers, number of customers served, names of counties served, estimated population of territory served, rate schedule for users, how customers were billed, quarterly statements of financial condition, income statement, statistical breakdown of metered and unmetered water sales, employment statistics, and description of the physical property. For earlier records see series #14.22, Annual Reports of Water, Light, Heat, and Power Companies, 1921-1922, 1925, 1927-1930. For later records see series #14.8, Annual Census Reports of Water Utilities, 1956-1967.

Annual Reports of Municipal Water Systems,
1931-1935, 1939-1955. 
(10 cartons)

{series #14.13} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of company.

Annual reports filed with the Department of Internal Affairs by municipal water systems.  Information provided is date of report, name of respondent making the report, address of home office, names and addresses of officers, location of water plant, estimate of population in territory served, rate schedule, and a statistical breakdown of water sales. For earlier records see series #14.22, Annual Reports of Water, Light, Heat, and Power Companies, 1921-1922, 1925, 1927-1930. For later records see series #14.8, Annual Census Reports of Water Utilities, 1956-1967.

Annual Reports of Natural Gas Companies,
1931-1936, 1939-1955. 
(9 cartons)

{series #14.14} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of company.

Annual reports submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs by natural gas companies.  Information provided is date of report, name and address of home office, amount of capital invested in Pennsylvania, names and addresses of officers, rate schedule, estimated population in area served, average number of male and female employees, total wages and salaries paid to male and female employees, and a breakdown of natural gas production by county.  The natural gas production breakdown by county gives the number of acres owned, the number of acres under lease, the number of gas wells owned and operated, the number of million cubic feet of gas purchased, the number of million cubic feet of gas produced, the number of productive wells drilled, the of non-productive wells drilled, the number of gas wells abandoned, the number of million cubic feet exchanged with other companies, the number of wells sold, the number of million cubic feet of gas imported to Pennsylvania, and the number of million cubic feet exported from Pennsylvania.  Also given are statistical breakdowns of gas sales, length and dimensions of transmission lines, and a list of the cities, towns and political subdivisions served. For later reports, see series #14.5, Annual Census Reports of Manufactured, Mixed, and Natural Gas Companies, 1956-1967.

Annual Reports of Passenger and Street Railway Companies,
1861-1955. 
(142 cartons)

microfilm rolls #386-389 for years 1861-1903

{series #14.15} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of company.

Annual reports filed with the Department of Internal Affairs by passenger and street railway companies.  Information provided is date of report, name of company, names and residences of officers, location of general offices, history of organization and construction, capital stock, debt, and a description of the characteristics of the line such as number of car houses, sheds, stables, depots, and first and second class passenger cars together with the capacity of the cars and the number of cars propelled by electricity, horses, and mules.  Also given are the number of trips per day, the number of miles run each day, average time consumed in passing over the road and the material of the foundation upon which the rails were laid.  Finally, there is a monthly statement of the number of passengers carried, rate of fare, expenses, receipts, summary of payments, general balance sheet, a statement of stock and dividends, and an account of important changes made during the year. For related records see series 14.18, Annual Reports of Railroad and Steam Railway Companies to the Auditor General and the Department of Internal Affairs, 1859-1957.

Annual Reports of Private and Municipal Electric Light, Heat and Power Companies and Steam Heat Companies,
1931-1967.
(7 cartons)

{series #14.16} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and therein arranged by type of company.

Annual reports submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs by private and municipal electric light, heat and power companies and steam heat companies.  Information provided is date of report, name and address of electric utility, names of counties served, form of ownership, breakdown of investment in electric plant, breakdown of installed capacity (steam generation, hydro-generation, and internal combustion generation), and the fuel consumption and kilowatt-hour production by type of fuel (anthracite coal, bituminous coal, lignite, fuel oil, gas and hydroelectric production).  Also given is a breakdown of operating revenue and sales data for the preceding year (residential, rural, commercial, industrial, public street and highway lighting and railway and street railway).  Finally, there is a breakdown of revenue and expenses for the preceding year, average employment and total wages paid for the preceding year, water intake during the preceding year other than from public water systems, and name and address of person to be contacted concerning contents of the report. For earlier records see series #14.22, Annual Reports of Water, Light, Heat, and Power Companies, 1921-1922, 1925, 1927-1930. For later records see series 31.23, Annual Census Reports of Electric Utilities, 1968-1977, 1979 in RG-31, Department of Commerce.

Annual Reports of Private Water Companies,
1931-1936, 1938-1955. 
(17 cartons)

{series #14.17} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of company.

Annual reports submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs by private water companies.  Information provided is date of report, name and address of company, names and addresses of corporate officers, names of cities and political subdivisions served, location of plant, estimated population of territory served, statistical breakdown on numbers of each type of consumer, number of gallons furnished, revenue derived from sales, total amount of investment, operating revenue and expenses for preceding year, type of system, type of reservoir, whether chemicals or filtration was used and the length of the distribution system. For earlier records see series #14.22, Annual Reports of Water, Light, Heat, and Power Companies, 1921-1922, 1925, 1927-1930. For later records see series #14.8, Annual Census Reports of Water Utilities, 1956-1967.

Annual Reports of Railway and Steam Railway Companies to the Auditor General and the Department of Internal Affairs,
1859-1957. 
(333 cartons, 1 box)

{series #14.18} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of company.

Annual reports filed with the Department of Internal Affairs by railroads and stream railway companies. Information provided is date of report, name of company, names and residences of officers, location of general offices, history of organization and construction, capital stock, debt, cost, and a description of the characteristics of the main line, branches and leased lines.  The description includes the gauge of the track, length of telegraph lines, description of bridges and trestles, crossings, and doings of the year.  Financial information includes earnings for the year, expenditures charged to the cost of the road, real estate and equipment, expenditures charged to operating the line, general balance sheet, and stocks and dividends.  Also given are the names of associated express companies and transportation companies and information regarding sleeping cars and carrying the U. S. Mail. For related records see series 14.15, Annual Reports of Passenger and Street Railway Companies, 1861-1955.

Annual Reports of School District Authorities,
1961. 
(1 folder)

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Arranged alphabetically by name of school authority.

Annual school authority reports for the year 1961 filed by Central Cumberland County Joint School District Authority, Conewago School District Authority, Derry Township School Building Authority, East Pennsborough Township School District Authority, Shippensburg Area Joint School District Authority, and Wilkins Township School District Authority.  Information provided is name and mailing address of authority, physical location of school, date incorporated, area served, description of bonds issued, date issued, amount of bonds issued, amount of bonds issued still outstanding as of December 31, 1961, and year in which bonds mature.

Annual Reports of Sewer Systems,
1952-1967.
(2 cartons)

{series #14.20} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and thereunder arranged alphabetically by name of sewer utility.

Annual reports submitted to the Department of Internal Affairs by sewer utilities.  Information provided is date of report, name and address of the utility, area served, type of ownership, total investment in sewer plant, capital expenditure for preceding year, average employment and total wages paid for preceding year, a breakdown of billed revenue (residential, commercial, industrial and public) and a total breakdown of revenue and expenses for the preceding year. For later records, see series 31.33, Annual Census Reports of Sewer Utilities, 1968-1977, 1979 in RG-31, Department of Commerce.

Annual Reports of Telegraph and Telephone Companies,
1868-1871, 1873-1875, 1877-1936, 1939-1965.
(40 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series #14.21} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year and therein arranged alphabetically by name of company.

Annual reports and returns for telegraph and telephone companies.  Information provided is date of report or return, name and address of company, area served, names and addresses of all officers of the company, and balance sheet summaries with expenses for Pennsylvania only.  Records for companies included in the small box are Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Company, Atlantic and Ohio Telegraph Company, American District Telegraph Company, Automatic Telegraph Company, Erie County Telegraph Company, Merchants National Telegraph Company, Philadelphia Local Telegraph Company, Philadelphia, Reading & Pottsville Telegraph Company, and Western Union Telegraph Company. For later records, see series #31.34, Annual Census Reports of Telephone Utilities, 1968-1974, 1976, 1979 in RG-31, Department of Commerce.

Annual Reports of Water, Light, Heat, and Power Companies,
1921-1922, 1925, 1927-1930. 
(3 cartons)

{series #14.22} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of company.

Annual reports filed with the Department of Internal Affairs by water, light, heat and power companies.  Information provided is name and address of home office of respondent, amount of capital invested in Pennsylvania, names and addresses of officers, estimated population of territory served, average number of employees in Pennsylvania and the wages paid.  For water systems the information provided is number of customers, amount furnished, average price per 1,000 gallons, and revenue derived.  For Electricity-Light, Electricity-Heat, and Electricity-Power Companies information given is number of consumers, number of kilowatt-hours supplied, average price per kilowatt-hour, and revenue derived.  For steam heat companies information provided is number of consumers, number of pounds of condensation supplied, average price per 1,000 pounds of condensation, and revenue derived. For later records see series #14.16, Annual Reports of Private and Municipal Electric Light, Heat and Power Companies and Steam Heat Companies, 1931-1967.

Census Returns of Manufacturing Industries and Manufactured Products,
1963. 
(2 cartons)

{series #14.23} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by county and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of manufacturing firm.

Census of manufacturing firms and manufactured products exported from Pennsylvania.  Information provided is name and address of manufacturing establishment, description of product exported, product class code number, market value of product exported, destination or destinations to which exported and the name, address and telephone number of person to be contacted regarding content of the census report. For later records see series #31.32, Census of Products Exported by Pennsylvania Manufacturers, 1982 in RG-31, Department of Commerce.

Industrial Summary Forms,
1927-1929. 
(3 folders)

{series #14.24} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year and thereunder alphabetically by name of manufactured product.

Annual summaries of industrial production compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs.  Information provided is the number of establishments reporting manufacturing the product, numbers of each type of ownership, the total capital invested in the manufacture of the product, the total market of production, the number of white, “colored,” and foreign wage earners employed in manufacturing the product, the total number of male and female wage earners employed in the manufacture of the product and the wages paid to each, the total number of male and female wage earners under 16 employed in manufacture of the product and the wages paid, and the number of male and female salaried and office workers employed in manufacturing the product and the salaries paid.  Also noted in a special category are the number of electric motors, and the total electric horsepower of such products.

Record of Marriages,
1885-1891. 
(4 volumes, 1 box)

microfilm rolls #385-386

{series #14.25} [Holdings] [Images]

Grouped alphabetically by surname of bride and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of entry.

Register of marriages recorded in Pennsylvania.  Information provided is name of bride, bride’s place of residence, bride’s place of birth, age and race of bride, date of marriage, name of groom, occupation of groom, groom’s place of residence, groom’s place of birth, age and race of groom, and county where license was procured.

Register of Physicians in Pennsylvania,
1885-1889. 
(3 volumes)

Microfilm Roll #601

{series #14.38} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by surname of physician.

Index registers of physicians in Pennsylvania maintained by the Bureau of Medical Education and Licensure prior to 1923 have been transferred to the Records of the Department of Education (Record Group 22) and are now known as Register of Physicians, 1870-1917 {series #22.69}.  Information provided is name and address of physician, license number, place where registered, date of registration and any remarks.

Registers of Steam Railroads, Street Railways, Canals, Telegraph and Telephone Companies,
1890-1926, 1932-1936. 
(3 cartons, 1 box)

{series #14.26} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Register of steam railroad, street railway, canal, telegraph and telephone Companies.  Information provided is name of company, location of the general office, date forms were received from the company, the date the receipt for the forms was returned, the name and title of the person to whom sent, address to which sent, date report filed, date of charter, and remarks.

Registration Record of Practitioners of Medicine and Surgery,
1881-1889. 
(1 volume)

microfilm rolls #384-385

{series #14.27} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by county, grouped thereunder alphabetically by surname and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of entry.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by county.

Register of the names of persons licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Pennsylvania.  Information provided is name of practitioner, date of registration, county where practicing, gender and race of practitioner, place of birth, place of residence, name of institution from which received medical degree and date obtained, information on other degrees, place or places of continuous practice in Pennsylvania since 1871, and notes indicating removal or death.


Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey

The First Geological Survey of Pennsylvania authorized by the General Assembly commenced in 1836 and resulted in the publication of The Geology of Pennsylvania by State Geologist Henry Darwin Rogers (Harrisburg: 1858).  The Second Geological Survey headed by J. Peter Lesley commenced in 1874 and resulted in a series of published reports issued through 1889.  The Third Geological Survey occurred in the period 1899-1919 and the Fourth Geological Survey commencing in 1919 eventually resulted in the publication of The Geology of Pennsylvania edited by Charles H. Shultz (Harrisburg: 1999).  The Bureau of Topographic and Geological Survey was created by the Act of the General Assembly approved June 17, 1919 (P. L. 420) providing for the appointment by the Governor of a State Geologist who, with the approval of the Secretary of Internal Affairs, appointed other employees of the Bureau.  From 1919 to 1923 the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey in the Department of Internal Affairs was responsible for conducting a thorough survey of the geology and topography of the state and preparing maps showing the type of rock found beneath the surface in each region.  It also conducted studies of individual mineral commodities and published the results of laboratory examinations of rocks encountered during field studies.  Topographic mapping, groundwater studies, and mineral resource studies were conducted in cooperation with the United States Geologic Survey and the results of these studies have also been published.  The Bureau provided general geologic and topographic information to the public and technical information concerning geologic and groundwater problems to local governments and many state agencies.  The Bureau was transferred to the Department of Forests and Waters when that agency was created in 1923 but was returned to the Department of Internal Affairs in 1927.  Under Act 610 of 1956, the Bureau began issuing licenses to well drillers and collected ground water information from the drillers.  When the Department of Internal Affairs was abolished, the Bureau was transferred to the State Planning Board in 1968, then to the Department of Environmental Resources in 1971.  With the breakup of the Department of Environmental Resources in 1995, the Bureau was transferred to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources where it carries on most of the same functions for which it was responsible in the Department of Internal Affairs.



Accounts of the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey,
1875-1877. 
(3 folders)

microfilm roll #3420

{series #14.28} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Monthly account reports for transportation, subsistence, expressage and postage, and equipment expenditures approved by the state geologist for the Second Geological Survey.  Information provided is voucher number, date, name of person to whom paid, draft number, total amount paid for month, district, salary for the month, expenses for the month, date of each expenditure, brief description of each expenditure, and amount of each expenditure.

County Geological Maps of the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey,
1878-1884. 
(1 volume)

microfilm rolls #3419-3420

{series #14.29} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of county.

Published geological color-coded maps of each county prepared by the Second Geological Survey in 1884.  The front of the volume contains a skeleton geological map for the entire state. Information provided includes the names of towns and townships, railroad lines, rivers and streams, and contours of geological formations.

Diary of Charles Ashburner, Assistant to the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey,
1876. 
(1 volume)

microfilm roll #3420

{series #14.30} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Diary kept by Board of Commissioners’ Assistant Charles Ashburner in Mckean and Elk Counties.  Information provided is date and time of entry, brief descriptions of his daily activities and the names of persons whom he met from his departure from Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 12, 1876 to the afternoon of October 15, 1876.

Field Expense Account Book of Charles Ashburner and A. W. Sheafer of the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey,
1879. 
(1 volume)

microfilm roll #4320

{series #14.31} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of expense and arranged thereunder chronologically by date of entry.

Field expense account book containing daily entries from August 7 through October 30, 1879 for transportation, sustenance, equipment, and postage expenses for McKean District Assistant Charles Ashburner that were reimbursed by A. W. Sheafer.  Information provided is date if expenditure, a brief description of the nature of the expenditure, and amount of each expenditure.

Field Note Books of the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey,
1875.
(4 volumes)

microfilm roll #3420

{series #14.32} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of entry.

Indexed internally alphabetically by township.

Field notebooks for fieldwork conducted in Fayette, Westmoreland, Greene and Washington Counties.  Information provided is date of entry, township and location of record, and description and thickness of geological formation measured.

General Correspondence of the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey,
1874-1885. 
(23 folders)

microfilm rolls #3418-3420

{series #14.33} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Correspondence file of the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey.  Information provided is date of correspondence, name of correspondent, and subject of correspondence.

Grand Atlas of the Second Geological Survey,
1884-1885. 
(6 volumes)

{series #14.34} [Holdings]

Grouped by region or type of map and arranged thereunder numerically by map number.

Grand atlas of Second Geological Survey depicting anthracite coalfields, central and southeastern divisions, geological maps, petroleum and bituminous coal, and South Mountain and Great Valley topographical maps.

Minutes of the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey,
[1874-1876 & undated]. 
(1 volume, 1 folder)

microfilm roll #3418

{series #14.35} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Second Geological Survey.  Information provided is date of meeting, names of those present, and a description of the business transacted.

Publication Plates of the Second Geological Survey,
1875-1880. 
(6 items)

microfilm roll #3420

{series #14.36} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Metal printing plates for title pages of geological survey publications on Clinton, Juniata and McKean Counties and on the general mineralogy of Pennsylvania.  Information provided on most plates is title of publication, names of commissioners and authors, and date of publication.


Bureau of Municipal Affairs

In 1919 the Department of Internal Affairs acquired the Bureau of Municipalities (later the Bureau of Municipal Affairs), from the Department of Labor and Industry.  The duties of the Bureau were redefined in the Municipalities Act of 1927 and the Administrative Code of 1929.  Under the Administrative Code of 1929, the Bureau of Municipal Affairs assisted local units of government in performing their responsibilities more effectively.  The Code authorized the Bureau to gather, classify, index, and disseminate statistical information and advise local units of government on improving methods of administration.  The Division of Research responded to inquiries submitted by local government officials and private citizens, prepared publications, and maintained a library to assist local government units.  The Bureau issued weekly Legislative Bulletins during each legislative session and published a summary of all new legislation affecting local governments.  All Pennsylvania political subdivisions were required to file their budgets, financial reports, and tax collector reports with the Bureau.  The Division of Local Government Financial Statistics edited and compiled the statistics contained in the reports and made them available for reference purposes.  Under the Act of March 31, 1927 (P.L. 91) the Bond Division of the Bureau examined proceedings initiated by local governments to increase their indebtedness in order to ascertain whether or not such proceedings were lawful.  The Division of City Planning and Landscape Architecture provided assistance to local governments in planning for public buildings, parks and playgrounds.  When the Department of Internal Affairs was abolished, the Bureau of Municipal Affairs was placed into the Department of Community Affairs in 1967.



Local Government Annual Financial Reports,
1935-1965. 
(79 cartons)

{series #14.37} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year and arranged thereunder alphabetically by name of government entity.

Annual financial reports filed by local governments with the Department of Internal Affairs.  Information provided is date of report, name of township and county, statement of revenue receipts from taxes and non-tax income, non-revenue receipts from borrowed money and transfers between townships, general fund expenditures, tax statement, debt statement, and certification.


Bureau of Standard Weights and Measures

The Bureau of Standard Weights and Measures was tasked with keeping and maintaining the State Standards of mass, length, and capacity. All weights and measures used within the Commonwealth were derived from these standards. The Bureau tested and inspected all types of weighing and measuring devices used in commercial service in the State as well as checkweighed packaged goods for sale to the consumer. Issuing weighmaster licenses was also a responsibility of the Bureau.



Official Test Records of Weighing and Measuring Apparatus,
1922-1945.
(3 volumes)

{series #14.40} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date.

Indexed internally, alphabetically by submitter's name.

Official test records of weighing and measuring apparatus submitted for approval to the Bureau. Information provided on each form includes: date; name and address of submitter, i.e. company name; serial number; type number; test card number; description of apparatus type; test results; approval or rejection date; and reasoning for non-compliance (if applicable). Measuring devices tested include various types of scales, liquid containers, rulers, and gauges.


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