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Records of the DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Series Descriptions



Pennsylvania Economic Development Partnership (1987-1995)

On February 4, 1987 Governor Robert P. Casey signed an executive order creating the Pennsylvania Economic Development Partnership (EDP), responsible for directing the Commonwealth's economic development strategy and coordinating programs and initiatives to create and retain jobs. This public-private partnership, chaired by the Governor, included representatives from the Pennsylvania business, labor, education, and government communities. The partnership administered the majority of established economic development programs through the Department of Commerce until Governor Casey left office in 1995. This organization had no relation to the Pennsylvania Economic Development Partnership affiliated with the National Economic Development Partnership certified by the U.S. Treasury.


Strategic Planning Files,
1987-1990.
(13 cartons)

{series #31.39} [Holdings]

Loosely grouped alphabetically by record type, and thereunder strategy the support activities files and task force files are loosely arranged alphabetically by agency or task force name.

Administrative materials, publications, correspondence, strategy support activities files, and task force files used in the development of the Economic Development Partnership's (EDP) strategic plan. Administrative materials consist of drafts and final editions of strategic planning documents as well as slide presentations, meeting materials, mailing lists, and activities records. Included in these materials is the executive draft of the EDP Strategy Master Book. This book details the executive summary, work program, and mission and vision statements of the EDP as well as: industry and regional assessments; member lists of the EDP Board and offices; lists, objectives, and members of the EDP Task Forces; an organizational chart; strategies and activities of the primary supporting state agencies (Agriculture, Community Affairs, Education, Environmental Resources, Labor and Industry, Transportation); and strategic and support activities of other state agencies. The Master Book also details an inventory of resources, including lists of supporting organizations (community action agencies, colleges and universities, planning commissions, industrial development authorities and corporations, local development districts, redevelopment authorities, private business and trade organizations, roundtables) with descriptions of programs offered within these organizations and potential funding sources.

Strategy support activities files include strategic initiatives, inventories of resources, strategic goals, publications, and correspondence broken down by state agency and used to compile the master book. Task force files consist of background narratives, objectives, member lists, status reports, expense reports and vouchers, work plans, white papers, and correspondence, also used to compile the master book. Publications consist of reports produced by state agencies and third party organizations used in the creation of the development of the EDP strategic plan. Some publications are dated prior to 1987. Correspondence in this series comes from private and public organizations communicating their thoughts on the Commonwealth's economic development strategy in response to Governor Casey's call for input. This correspondence was referred to by the task forces in their efforts to inform the economic development strategy. Also included are strategic project files and regional opportunity summaries detailing economic development projects falling within the EDP's objectives. Projects include Mon Valley, I-81 Corridor (Luzerne County), Industrial Center of McKeesport, Homestead Industrial Park, Keystone Commons, Corporate Campus of Indiana County, Vogelbacher Industrial Park, Combustion Engineering/Liggett Spring Site Redevelopment, Crawford County Industrial park, and Port Ambridge Industrial Park.


Executive Offices


Office of the Secretary

The Secretary, appointed by the Governor, with consent of the Senate, administered and maintained executive authority over all phases of departmental activities. In addition to various boards and commissions, the Secretary was chairman ex officio of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Agency (PIDA), the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Agency (PMBDA) and the Nursing Home Loan Agency (NHLA), as well as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Partnership (EDP).


Subject Files,
1954-1965, 1973-1994.
(80 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series #31.1} [Holdings]

Loosely grouped chronologically by date span, thereunder grouped by records type, and thereunder loosely arranged alphabetically by subject.

Records of the Secretary concerning business with other agencies, private organizations, and/or individuals, covering the terms of Secretaries Andrew J. Sordoni (1951-1955), William R. Davin (1955-1961), John K. Tabor (1963-1967), Walter G. Arader (1971-1974), John J. O'Connor (1974-1976), Nancy B. Mawby (1976-1977), Norval D. Reece (1977-1979), James F. Bodine (1979-1980), Geoffrey Stengel, Jr. (1980-1983), James O. Pickard (1983-1987), Donald F. Mazziotti (1987, acting), Raymond R. Christman (1987-1991), and Andrew T. Greenberg (1991-1994).

Among the records are annual reports, audits, budget reports, correspondence, publications, minutes, legislative proposals, grant applications, bills, news clippings, and vouchers. Subjects addressed include: economic, urban, small business, and industrial assistance and development programs; environmental policy; international commerce; legislation; advertising; budgets and appropriations; affirmative action; charitable foundations; the coal industry; travel regulations and development; invitations; motion picture and television promotion; the mushroom industry; Pennsylvania Week; rail reorganization; trade missions; the Erie, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh civic centers; the Customized Job Training (CJT) Program; the Gettysburg tower; and the Miss Pennsylvania pageant. Organizations referred to include the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Agency (PIDA), the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA) the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Agency (PMBDA), the Nursing Home Loan Agency (NHLA), the Sanitary Water Board, the Bicentennial Commission, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), AT&T, Bell Labs, A&P Stores, CIGNA Insurance, Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, and the Young Presidents Organization.

Also present are: meeting files; tapes and recording discs (45 r.p.m.), executive secretariat correspondence (correspondence answered on behalf of the Governor's Office by representatives of the Department), and reading files (reference copies of outgoing correspondence) of the Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, Press Office, and Chief Counsel. Materials related to the Pennsylvania Economic Development Partnership (EDP) are also included.

Pennsylvania Week Correspondence and Photographs,
1947-1952, 1954, 1957.
(1 box)

{series #31.2} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of document.

General correspondence dealing with Pennsylvania Week, a Department of Commerce sponsored event under the guidance of Secretary Orus J. Matthews in October 1946. Much of the correspondence is between Matthews and State Historian S.K. Stevens of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. In 1957 Governor George M. Leader recognized the week of October 20th as Pennsylvania Week in commemoration of the 275th anniversary of William Penn's arrival. October 24th became known as William Penn Day. Brochures and newsletters for events held in observance of Pennsylvania Week are part of the collection. Photographs of officers and businessmen involved in Pennsylvania Week are included, along with those of events held during the week. Most of the photographs have little, if any, identification of subjects. A short promotional film produced in 1949 in conjunction with Pennsylvania Week to promote commerce and industry, including a speech by Governor James Duff is located in Audio-Visual Collection, 1920-ongoing (MG-254). Please note that these records were originally part of Records of the Special Commissions (RG-25 ).



Office of the Executive Deputy Secretary (1989-1991)

Also the Associate Director of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Partnership, the Executive Deputy Secretary planned, organized, and directed the day-to-day management of the operations of the Department and the Economic Development Partnership (EDP) Board. The Deputy was responsible for interagency relations, directing the development and implementation of the economic development strategy, overseeing the efforts and work products of the task forces and sub-committees of the EDP Board, and overseeing the administrative priorities of the agency.


Subject Files,
1986-1987.
(2 cartons)

{series #31.45} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Correspondence, publications, and news clippings maintained by Executive Deputy Secretary Andrew T. Greenberg. Subjects include acid rain, daycare, environmental resources, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), health care, the National Guard, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), radon, and widening of U.S. Route 15. Many records, including direct mail, pertain to Governor Casey's election campaign and transition into office.



Office of the Deputy Secretary for Administration (1993-1996)

Managed the day-to-day administrative and planning activities, polices, and procedures of the Department including human resources, information management and technology, budget matters, fiscal matters, and support services. The Deputy also oversaw research, studies, and other analytical products in support of the mission of the Department. After the creation of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the duties of the Deputy were performed by the Executive Deputy Secretary.


Subject Files,
1995-1996.
(6 cartons)

{series #31.42} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by subject.

Correspondence, publications, audits, budget materials, copies of legislation, and news clippings maintained by Deputy Secretary Philip L. Calhoun. Subjects include affirmative action, the Air Quality Improvement Fund, the Business Resource Center, computer networks, decentralization, the Entrepreneurial Assistance Office, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), information technology, international relations, the Keystone Strategic Fund, labor negotiations, loan programs, the Pennsylvania Management Intern Program (PMIP), performance evaluations, departmental restructuring, awards and recognitions, the Small Business Advocate, and Total Quality Management (TQM). Also included is correspondence, weekly reports to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary for Program Operations, and records relating to the Department's merger with the Department of Community Affairs. Some records date from after this merger as Mr. Calhoun continued in this position and later became Deputy Secretary for Strategic Economic Sectors.



Office of the Deputy Secretary for Policy, Planning, Administration, and Program Management (1989-1991)

Directed and controlled all phases of the Department's planning, research, program management, and administrative functions. This included the management and administration of the Office of Administration, Office of Economic Policy, Planning and Research, Office of Enterprise Development, and Office of Program Management.


Records of the Deputy Secretary,
1987-1990.
(8 cartons)

{series #31.46} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Correspondence, reports, grant proposals, and meeting files maintained by Deputy Secretary Brenda K. Mitchell. Present are records dealing with activities of the bureaus, offices, and programs under the Deputy's purview including: the Reverse Commuter Demonstration Program; the Economic Development Partnership (EDP) Working Group on Economic Equality for Women; the Minority Export Development and Technical Assistance Program (MEDTAP); the Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Systems Development; the Office of Business Assistance; and the Office of Enterprise Development. Other topics include: minority economic development strategy; marketing, promotion, and advertising programs; small business incubators; functional statements of the EDP executive offices; grant proposals; the Family Support Act; the Hardwoods Development Council; PennPORTS; and PENNFREE. Biweekly reports to the Secretary, budget materials, and staff meeting materials are also present.

Also included are records relating to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), as Deputy Secretary Mitchell served as Pennsylvania's alternate representative for Governor Casey. These records include materials relating to the Appalachian Entrepreneurial Exchange Program, ARC 25th Anniversary activities, governor's quorum meetings, commission meetings, the rural health initiative, aquaculture, local development districts (LDDs) and industrial community grants. For more information regarding the Appalachian Regional Commission, visit their website at www.arc.gov.



Office of the Deputy Secretary for Program Operations (1993-1996)

Directed and controlled all phases of the Department's policy development activities including long-range and strategic planning. The Deputy also oversaw financial assistance programs, regional opportunities and policies offices and the Office of Program Management including grant, loan, and bond programs such as the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Agency (PIDA), the Pennsylvania Capital Loan Fund (PCLF), the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund (MELF), the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA), and the PennCAP Loan Guarantee Program. After the creation of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the duties of the Deputy were performed by the Deputy Secretary for Business Financing.


Subject Files,
1987-1996.
(5 cartons)

{series #31.43} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by date span, thereunder loosely arranged alphabetically by subject.

Correspondence, publications, grant proposals, newsletters, and copies of legislation and regulations maintained by Deputy Secretary Emily J. White. Subjects include the Women's Business Development Program, the Pennsylvania Export Partnership (PEP), the Small Business Ombudsman, the Minority Export Development and Technical Assistance Program (MEDTAP), biotechnology, departmental reorganization, a Loan Accounting System (LAS), industrial development, and tax free enterprise zones. Also included are records from White's tenures as Assistant Counsel, Director of the Office of Small Business (OSB), and Deputy Secretary for Business Development. These records pertain to the conversion from dependence on national defense industries and related grant applications; Industrial Communities Action Program (ICAP) Projects for the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC); contractor responsibility; the creation of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Partnership (EDP); amendments to the Pennsylvania Capital Loan Fund Program (PCLF), and the reappropriation of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funds from the PCLF to the Local Development Districts (LDD). Also present are records relating to White's transition from Director of OSB to Deputy Secretary, as she still performed the duties of the former until the position could be filled. For later records, see Subject Files and Correspondence, 1996-2000 {series #71.8} within the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Business Financing, Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).



Bureau of Domestic and International Commerce (1982-1986)

The Bureau of Domestic and International Commerce was responsible for supervising projects that encouraged industrial development activities that attracted both domestic and foreign investments. It also provided export assistance to Pennsylvania companies. For related records see records within the Bureau of International Commerce (1976-1981, 1987-1988) as well as Administrative Files, 1995-2000. {series #71.9}, within the Office of the Deputy Secretary for International Business Development, and Project Files, 1996-2001 {series #71.3}, within the Governor's Action Team, both part of the Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71). For records created by the Division of Domestic Commerce, see the Governor's Response Team (1987-1996).

Division of International Commerce


Census of Products Exported by Pennsylvania Manufacturers,
1982.
(1 carton)

{series #31.32} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by company name.

These forms summarize information gathered from raw census data forms submitted to the Division in accordance with the Act of April 20, 1921, P.L. 193 as amended by companies manufacturing goods exported from Pennsylvania. Information provided includes: the record number; name and address of the company; name and address of the company's international address; name of parent company; company's bank reference name and location; alternate company name; number of employees; if the company exports from non-Pennsylvania locations; number of years the company has been exporting; number of export sales; company type; SIC code and monetary value; industry type; products exported and their monetary value; country assistance; and the names, titles, and telephone numbers of the company's in-country and international points of contact for report-related questions. SIC code, SIC monetary value, company type, industry type, country assistance, and products exported information is provided in code form and cannot be easily determined.

Also included are census forms returned to the Division from companies that did not export goods, but were sent the formal census form in error. Information provided on these forms is similar to the information provided on the compiled forms. These "reject" forms may be used to decipher the information on the compiled forms above. Information on company type, industry type, and products exported information are not in code on these forms. Original forms also note the legal status of the company (foreign owned, U.S., joint venture partner, or licensee), the year it was established, the countries exported to (Australia, Canada, China (PRC), France, Japan, Mexico, U.K., and West Germany), and lists the countries the company needs assistance in exporting to (locating buyers, agents, or distributors). For earlier records see Census Returns of Manufacturing Industries and Manufactured Products, 1963 {series #14.23} in RG-14, Department of Internal Affairs.

Foreign Trade Mission and Trade Exhibition Files,
1978-1983, 1985.
(4 cartons)

{series #31.29} [Holdings]

Loosely arranged chronologically by date.

Correspondence, exhibition catalogs, reports, lists of exhibitors and participants, news clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, speeches, itineraries, service purchase contracts, invoices, and vouchers from trade exhibitions attended by representatives of the Bureau with the intent of attracting direct investments in Pennsylvania from foreign entities. Industries represented include automobiles, food processing and packaging, medical equipment, construction and mining, machine tools, and energy and coal. Exhibitions attended were located in Australia, Canada, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, Central America, Northern South America, Western Europe and Scandinavia. Some exhibitions were held in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh representing the interests of Japan and Canada. Also included are records pertaining to Secretary Geoffrey Stengel's Trade Mission trips to Japan and Europe. Some records are in Spanish and Chinese.



Bureau of Film Promotion (1980-1981)

Encouraged the production of motion pictures and commercial and television filming in the State by providing assistance and information on film services, facilities, and state laws pertaining to the industry and prospective clients. Additionally, the Bureau coordinated film production activities by planning and packaging goods and services such as accommodations, locations, equipment, and cast and crew members for the production companies. In 1982, the Bureau was redesignated as the Bureau of Motion Picture and Television Development. For related records, see News Releases, 1980, 1983, 1985-1995. {series 31.40}, which contains information regarding the economic impact of films produced in the Commonwealth, and the Center for Travel, Tourism, and Film Promotion within the Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).



Photographs,
1977-1980.
(1 box)

{series #31.21} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county.

Commercial photographic prints and negatives depicting Pennsylvania counties, cities, and towns. The photographs were take to provide film producers with scenes of potential shooting locations and depict Gettysburg Village, Robert Morris College, the strip district of Pittsburgh (Smallman Street), Harmony Village, Old Bedford Village, the Doylestown Polish Festival, the Colonel Drake Hotel, Conneaut Lake Park, Alliance College, and Dan Dee Village. Other locales represented include: Braddock, Reading, Meadville, Ridgeway, Nemacolin, Blairsville, Wilkes-Barre, Easton, Galeton, Oil City, Honesdale, and Greensburg.



Bureau of International Commerce (1976-1981, 1987-1988)

This Bureau strived to increase employment among Pennsylvania citizens by: promoting the Commonwealth as an ideal location for foreign reverse investments and joint ventures; encouraging the export of Pennsylvania-manufactured products; and assisting foreign investors in identifying suitable locations for their businesses within the Commonwealth as well as identifying public and private funding sources. The Bureau also promoted the state as a desirable destination for foreign tourists. Responsibilities included the development and packaging of business proposals designed to meet the financial and location needs of potential foreign investors, managing five Commonwealth trade and investment offices abroad, providing marketing assistance to Pennsylvania companies interested in exporting, and directing the operations of the Navigation Commission. In 1989, the Bureau was redesignated as the Office of International Development, then the Office of International Trade (1993-1996), and later became the Office of International Business Development within the Department of Community and Economic Development upon the abolition of the Department of Commerce in 1996. For related records see the Bureau of Domestic and International Commerce (1982-1986) and the Governor's Response Team (1987-1996), as well as Administrative Files, 1995-2000 {series #71.9}, within the Office of the Deputy Secretary for International Business Development, Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).


Foreign Case Files,
1976-1988.
(30 cartons, 1 box)

{series #31.26} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by case closure date, thereunder either arranged alphabetically by company name (containers 1-7) or grouped by region (Europe or Far East) and thereunder arranged alphanumerically by internal index code (containers 8-29). The latter arrangement results in the records being loosely arranged alphabetically by country. Containers 30-31 are unarranged.

Correspondence, telex messages, notes, informational packets, news clippings, reports, and project summary sheets relating to direct investment, joint venture, and trade leads from foreign organizations interested in conducting business in Pennsylvania. Project summary sheets contain information regarding each entity including its name, address, telephone number, and telex number; whether it is interested in direct investment, joint venture, or export opportunities; the legal form of the organization (corporation or privately owned); the location of the organization; how many years it has been in operation, how many people it employs; the organization's sales data; what industry the organization is involved in; other international activities of the organization; a narrative of the organization's objectives; action required from Harrisburg; and the organization's point of contact. Countries represented include Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and West Germany. Businesses represented include Bank of Tokyo, Banque Worms, British Steam Specialties, Cadbury Schweppes, Compagnie Generale de Bureau, Esselte Map Service, Fiat, Fiskars, Fleishwarenfabrik, Johnstown Coke Plant, Kaiser Ltd., Linkopings Transportindustri Aktiebolag, Mitsubishi Motors, Nokia, Renault, Rolls Royce, Samsung, Standard Modern Tool Co., Superfos, Swarovski & Co., Triluxe Lenze, Toshiba, Toyota, Unilokomotive, United Tire & Rubber Co., Versapak International, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Yamaha Motor Company.



Bureau of Minority Business Development (1972-1996)

This Bureau administered two divisions designed to enhance the business opportunities for economically disadvantaged minority business persons, and served as an information source for the minority business community. The Bureau also oversaw and provided the staff support for the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA) and administered the Surety Bonds and Working Capital Program. PMBDA continues to operate within the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), providing loans, technical assistance and business information services to minority businesses throughout the Commonwealth. For related records, see records within the Entrepreneurial Assistance Office (1996-2003), Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).


Subject Files,
1975-1993.
(52 cartons, 4 boxes)

{series #31.24} [Holdings]

Loosely grouped chronologically by date span, thereunder loosely grouped by record type.

Correspondence, publications, loan applications, news clippings, and minutes maintained by the Bureau and the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA). Topics addressed in the subject and correspondence files include: loan eligibility, outside consultants, status reports, the undergraduate intern program, budget issues, delinquent loans, application requests, the business resource center, venture capital, the Advisory Committee on Refugees, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Ben Franklin Partnership, the Black Business Conference, affirmative action, the Hispanic community, and PMBDA administrative matters. Loan files consist of loan applications approved by the Bureau and PMBDA and include the loan application, and business summary/management plan. Minutes are from meetings of PMBDA and the Loan Advisory Committee (LAC).



Bureau of Small Business and Appalachian Development (1992-1995)

Previously the Office of Enterprise Development (1987-1991), this Bureau served as a clearinghouse for small businesses by maintaining a statewide network of information sources on taxes, regulations, permit requirements, and other items of interest. It also served as an advocate for individual small businesses dealing with state government. The Bureau administered the activities of the federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) program in Pennsylvania, which included highway and non-highway programs, the Investment Program, the Consolidated Technical Assistance Grant, and the Local Development Districts (LDDs). State funding for the LDDs, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and the Federal Procurement Assistance Program were coordinated through the Bureau as well. For records relating to ARC and the LDDs during their time within the Bureau and its predecessors, see records of the Entrepreneurial Assistance Office (1996-2003) within the Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71). In 1995, the Bureau was renamed the Entrepreneurial Assistance Office and was subsequently transferred to the Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71) upon that Department's creation in 1996.



Administrative Files,
1981-1995
(31 cartons, 16 boxes)

{series #31.55} [Holdings]
[APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Loosely grouped chronologically by date span.

Records of the Bureau consisting of correspondence, administrative files, and project and program files. Included are strategic planning materials, fiscal status and financial reports, contracts, project reports, grant files, and other administrative records dealing with the Federal Procurement Assistance Program, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Program, Local Development District (LDD) programming, the Pennsylvania Welfare Reform Demonstration Project Self Employment Training Program, the Penn State Literacy Program, the Penn State Economic Development Research and Training Program, and the ARC Consolidated Technical Assistance Grant, which funded women's business development, regional training programs, the international trade fair, and small business fairs throughout the Commonwealth. Also included are files related to the day-to-day operation of the Bureau, including weekly reports and correspondence. Training videos and project reports submitted on floppy disks are also present.

To access special media, please schedule an appointment in advance with the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Correspondence and Reading Files,
1984-1985, 1988-1989, 1991-1994
(3 cartons, 1 box)

{series #31.54} [Holdings]

Cartons 1-2 are arranged chronologically by date. Carton 3 and box 4 are loosely grouped by date span.

Reference copies of outgoing correspondence. Recipients include the Secretary of Commerce, deputy secretaries, members of the General Assembly, members of the U.S. Congress, local development districts, members of departmental boards, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), departmental staff, and other individuals representing private organizations. The majority of the records relate to the ARC program in Pennsylvania, including the Appalachian Development Highway System and ARC grant project applications, approvals, amendments, extensions, and contract provisions. Other topics addressed include meeting briefs, weekly reports, Capital for a Day, the creation of the Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC), invitations, internships, strategic planning, staff functions, the Governor's Conference on Small Business, minority- and women-owned business enterprises, marketing strategy, staffing concerns, requests for proposals, the Entrepreneurial Exchange Program, staff training, loan evaluation policies, the Federal Procurement Assistance Program, the Reverse Commuter Program, the Pennsylvania Capital Loan Fund (PCLF), loan approvals, visas, allocations and appropriations, the Working Committee on Economic Equality for Women, and press opportunities. Also included is correspondence replied to on behalf of the Governor (Executive Secretariat).



Bureau of Statistics, Research and Planning (1972-1986)

The Bureau of Statistics, Research and Planning served as an information and research center for the Department by providing statistical and economical analysis and producing various annual statistical publications. The information compiled served as an important source in the analysis of the state's economic climate.



Statistics Division


Annual Census Reports of Electric Utilities,
1968-1979.
(2 boxes)

{series #31.23} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by county.

Reports submitted to the Bureau by private and municipal electric utility companies in accordance with the Act of April 20, 1921, P.L. 193. Information provided includes: the date of the report; name and address of the electric utility; areas served; form of ownership (private, corporation, partnership, individual proprietorship, or mutual or cooperative); breakdown of investment in electric plant; breakdown of installed capacity and kilowatt-hour production and purchases by type of fuel (coal, fuel oil, gas, hydroelectric, atomic, and purchased steam production); operating revenue and sales data (residential, rural, commercial, industrial, and public); revenue and expenses; average employment and total wages paid; and the name and address of the utility's point of contact for report-related questions. For earlier records see Annual Reports of Private and Municipal Electric Light, Heat and Power Companies and Steam Heat Companies, 1931-1967 {series #14.16} in Records of the Department of Internal Affairs (RG-14).

Annual Census Reports of [Natural] Gas Utilities,
1968-1979.
(2 boxes)

{series #31.30} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by county.

Reports submitted to the Bureau by natural gas utility companies in accordance with the Act of April 20, 1921, P.L. 193. Information provided includes: the date of the report; name and address of the gas utility; areas served; form of ownership (controlling, parent, or holding); breakdown of investment and capital expenditures; breakdown of sources of production and purchase of gas (Pennsylvania sources and non-Pennsylvania sources, both broken down by county); consumer and operating revenue data (residential, commercial, industrial, and public); revenue and expenses; average employment and total wages paid; and the name and address of the utility's point of contact for report-related questions. Includes a ten-year comparison for 1964 and 1974. For earlier records, see Annual Census Reports of Manufactured, Mixed, and Natural Gas Companies, 1956-1967 {series #14.5} in Records of the Department of Internal Affairs (RG-14).

Annual Census Reports of Railroad Repair Establishments,
1968-1974, 1976-1978.
(1 carton)

{series #31.31} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by county.

Reports submitted to the Bureau by railroad repair establishments in accordance with the Act of April 20, 1921, P.L. 193.  Information provided includes: the date of the report; names and addresses of the establishment and its controlling company; nature of operations; breakdown of investment and capital expenditures; estimated commercial value of production and repairs for the previous year; average employment and total wages paid; and the name and address of the establishment's point of contact for report-related questions. For earlier records see Annual Census Reports of Railroads and Railroad Repair Establishments, 1956-1967 {series #14.7} in Records of the Department of Internal Affairs (RG-14).

Annual Census Reports of Sewer Utilities,
1968-1979.
(2 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series #31.33} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by county.

Reports submitted to the Bureau by municipal sewer utilities or authorities in accordance with the Act of April 20, 1921, P.L. 193.  Information provided includes: the date of the report; name and address of the municipality/authority; areas served; type of ownership (municipal or municipal authority); investment and capital expenditures; average employment and total wages and salaries paid; a breakdown of customer and revenue data (residential, commercial, industrial, and public); a total breakdown of revenue and expenses; and the name and address of the company's point of contact for report-related questions. For earlier records, see Annual Reports of Sewer Systems, 1952-1967 {series #14.20} in Records of the Department of Internal Affairs (RG-14).

Annual Census Reports of Telephone Utilities,
1968-1974, 1976, 1978-1979.
(1 box)

{series #31.34} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by county.

Reports submitted to the Bureau by telephone companies in accordance with the Act of April 20, 1921, P.L. 193.  Information provided includes: the date of the report; name and address of the company; areas served; type of ownership (private, corporation, partnership, individual proprietorship, mutual or cooperative); investment and capital expenditures; average employment and total wages and salaries; number of telephone exchanges, telephone, and subscribers; revenue and expenses; and the name and address of the company's point of contact for report-related questions. For earlier records see Annual Reports of Telegraph and Telephone Companies, 1868-1871, 1873-1875, 1877-1936, 1939-1967 {series #14.21} in Records of the Department of Internal Affairs (RG-14).

Annual Census Reports of Water Utilities,
1968-1979.
(4 cartons)

{series #31.38} [Holdings]

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

Reports submitted by water utility companies and authorities with the Bureau in accordance with the Act of April 20, 1921, P.L. 193.  Information provided includes: the date of the report; name and address of the water utility; type of ownership (private, municipal, or municipal authority); investment and capital expenditures; average employment and total wages and salaries; operating revenue and other sales data (residential, commercial, industrial, public, and fire protection); revenue and expenses; and the name and address of the company's point of contact for report-related questions. For earlier records see Annual Census Reports of Water Utilities , 1956-1967 {series #14.8} in Records of the Department of Internal Affairs (RG-14).

County Data Books,
1962-1987.
(9 cartons)

{series #31.4} [Holdings]

Cartons 1-8 are grouped alphabetically by name of county. Carton 9 is grouped chronologically by year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by name of county.

Originally issued under the title County Industry Reports from the Bureau of Statistics within the Department of Internal Affairs, then transferred under the same title to the Division of Statistics of the Bureau of Industrial Development within the Department of Commerce in 1968. The reports initially consisted of statistical data on manufacturing activity for each county obtained from the annual census of manufacturing industries in Pennsylvania. Statistical data was broken down by individual industries then by product classification for counties, cities, boroughs, and townships. It included the number of establishments, employment, wages and salaries, capital expenditures, and value of production for each industry in each local area. Beginning in 1968, a county economic profile was included, comprised of statistical information relative to economic, demographic, and topographic factors within each county. In 1971, the production of the report was transferred to the Bureau of Statistics, Research and Planning, and in 1982 the title was changed to County Data Book.

Over time, the data books have come to include narratives and statistics regarding: county history, physical features and transportation facilities; population; yearly county business patterns; public utility suppliers; media outlets; travel data; financial institutions; demographics; income including municipality information, personal income, and income tax data returns; standard industrial classification reports; major employers; research and development facilities; economic censuses; agricultural reports; government employment information; civilian labor force data; examination of the quality of life; educational and medical facilities; state parks; and crime statistics.

Pennsylvania Statistical Abstract,
1978.
(1 volume)

{series #31.37} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Twentieth edition of the Pennsylvania Statistical Abstract, consisting of a "comprehensive and integrated collection of statistics for the Commonwealth on state, county and municipal levels." The nine sections cover: population (including vital statistics), housing, immigration, and cost of living; commerce, manufacturing, and banking; employment and income; education; social services; state and local government taxes; law enforcement, crime, and correction; agriculture, natural resources, and conservation; and communications and transportation. Statistical data sources include the statistical bureaus and divisions of the state cabinet level agencies as well as the United States Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Justice, Labor, and Commerce, including the Census Bureau and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).



Bureau of Travel Development (1956-1986)

Promoted vacation and business travel to and within the Commonwealth through advertising and promotions in major in-state and out-of-state markets, and through trade promotions involving domestic and international travel agents, tour operators, and motor club travel counselors. The Bureau also provided regional groups with organizational, program, and project assistance to aid in developing tourist business as well as supervised the Tourist Promotion Assistance Grant Program. In 1987, the Bureau was redesignated as the Bureau of Travel Marketing within the Office of Communications (1987-1991) and later as the Office of Travel Marketing (1992-1994) and the Travel and Tourism Office (1995-1996). For related records see the Center for Travel, Tourism, and Film Promotion within the Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).



Records of George Washington Country, Inc.,
1978-1983.
(1 carton)

{series #31.44} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Correspondence, meeting files, publications, reports, itineraries, vouchers, and invoices relating to a European trade mission attended by George Washington Country (GWC) representatives and a regional tourism resource manual developed by members of GWC. George Washington Country, Inc. was a non-profit corporation, chartered in Delaware and wholly owned by the States of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia (and later Washington D.C. and West Virginia). It was founded as the Washington, D.C./Central Atlantic States Travel Council in 1968 and became GWC when Discover America Travel Organizations (DATO) designated travel regions in the United States. GWC operated as an extension of the travel offices of the member states, with its sole purpose being to provide a vehicle for promoting domestic and international tourism on a regional basis, and was designed to complement, and in no way duplicate or compete with, local and statewide efforts of the individual members to promote their respective jurisdictions. GWC enabled its members to achieve as a group what they could not otherwise be able to achieve individually by increasing the impact and effectiveness of their promotional efforts. George Washington Country's goals were to establish the region as a major domestic and international travel destination and to be included in major tour packages.

Records of the Pennsylvania Travel Industry Advisory Council (TIAC),
1972-1982.
(2 cartons)

{series #31.27} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Meeting files and correspondence of the Pennsylvania Travel Industry Advisory Council (TIAC). TIAC advised the Secretary and the Bureau Director on problems, policy and programs, and projected trends relating to the Commonwealth's promotional, publicity, and advertising activities used to to attract visitors to the state and to further the development of Pennsylvania's travel industry. Meeting files consist of agenda, minutes, attendance sheets, notes, invoices, reports, public statements, news clippings, and correspondence relating to topics such as the establishment of the Council, legislation, travel workshops, travel arrangements, program summaries, bicentennial events, budget concerns, awards programs, legislative dinners and receptions, and committee assignments and nominations. Some personal copies of meeting files belonging to Howard Frank, Director of the Bureau of Travel Development, are present as well as appointment files, acceptance files, and award files. Awards were given for travel industry excellence and excellence for local publicity to tourism organizations throughout the Commonwealth.



Technical Assistance Division



Tourist Promotion Assistance Grant Program Files,
1980-1984.
(13 cartons)

{series #31.25} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by date span, thereunder arranged alphabetically by county.

Records of grants awarding and distributing matching funds, appropriated by the legislature, to the state's designated non-profit tourist promotion agencies (TPAs) which consist of convention and visitor's bureaus (CVBs) and other destination marketing organizations. Funds distributed were used for advertising and promotional expenses incurred by promoting specific in-state travel destinations and not general overhead expenses. Each grant file contains the organization's grant application, grant agreement, financial records, audit reports, and related correspondence.

Organizations applying for funds include Laurel Highlands, Inc., Lake Wallenpaupack Association, Gettysburg Tourism Council, Pennsylvania Dutch Tourism Bureau, Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Perry County Tourist and Recreation Bureau, Franklin County Council of Tourist Promotion Agencies, Fayette County Tourism, Inc., Mercer County Tourist Promotion Agency, Potter County Recreation, Inc., York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and others.

For later records, see Tourist Promotion Assistance Grant Program Files, 1999-2002 {series #71.34} within the Center for Travel, Tourism, and Film Development in the Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).



Bureau of Vacation and Travel Development (1959-1964)



Photograph File of Mounted Prints and Negatives,
1938-1954.
(9 cartons, 11 boxes)

{series #31.6} [Holdings]


Arranged alphabetically by county name, and thereunder by topical categories.

Miscellaneous black and white photographs taken throughout the counties of Pennsylvania. The photographs range in size from 8 1/2" by 11" to 11" by 16". The nearly 3,000 photographs in this collection were used to promote travel and attract industry in the commonwealth. The categories of photographs include farm scenes, bridges, hotels and inns, churches, canals, and historic buildings. Other photographs focus on highly visited towns and cities throughout the state, including Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Valley Forge. Included are many Civil War-related views, most of which focus on monuments and landmarks at Gettysburg. There are also miscellaneous photographs of the Soldiers' Orphans Home in Scotland, the Bucktail Monument in Cameron County, and Lancaster County's Wheatland, the home of President James Buchanan. A number of the photographs depict civil defense structures, fairs, highways, industries, outdoor activities, state parks, wildlife, waterfalls, and historic sites, monuments, and markers. On the reverse side of most of the photographs is a brief description of the scene and the name of the photographer. A number of photos are missing. An item level listing of all the photographs in this collection is available.

Photograph File of Transparencies,
1938-1954.
(9 boxes)

{series #31.7} [Holdings]


Arranged numerically by transparency number.

Transparencies of various scenes photographed throughout the state. The transparencies include those of nature scenes, outdoor activities, historic sites and monuments, sporting events, industrial sites, and rural settings. An item level listing of all the transparencies is available.

Publications,
circa 1940s.
(1 box)

{series #31.59} [Holdings]


Pennsylvania, Where Vacations Mean More, a pictorial booklet featuring historic sites and natural scenes of the Commonwealth. This was part of a series of booklets and films released by the Department of Commerce in collaboration with the State Department of Highways to promote travel and tourism after World War II. Other booklets in this series included Pennsylvania at Your Fingertips, Hunting in Pennsylvania, Fishing in Pennsylvania, Winter Sports in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historic Sites, and This is Pennsylvania.



Office of Administration (1987-1993)

Formerly the Bureau of Management and Administration (1980-1987), the Office of Administration reported to the Deputy Secretary for Planning, Administration, and Program Management and directed and controlled all phases of the Department's administrative services, including personnel administration, employee services, fiscal services, affirmative action, computer services, program and management analysis, office services, and contract compliance. Support services were also administered through the Office, including supply and inventory control, mail/messenger service, copying services, automotive fleet maintenance, and information distribution. The Office oversaw the Personnel, Support Services, Computer Services, and Budget and Fiscal Divisions. In 1993, the Office of Administration was redesignated as the Office of Management Services (1993-1996). For related records see Office of Administration and Budget (2001- ) within the Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).



Administrative Files,
1970-1990.
(12 cartons, 9 boxes)

{series #31.56} [Holdings]
[RESTRICTED]

Grouped chronologically by date. Thereunder internal correspondence is grouped alphabetically by bureau/office/sub-agency while subject files are arranged alphabetically by subject content.

Records dealing with the day-to-day activities of the Office of Administration and the Department of Commerce as a whole. Included are training and internship program materials, subject files, internal correspondence, reading files, weekly reports, and other administrative records. Topics include: the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA); staff orientation; energy conservation; departmental reorganization; award programs; data processing and database systems; safety programs; reporting policies; appointments; job descriptions; classification specifications; vacancy reports; recruitment; the State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP); affirmative action; labor relations; transition to the Economic Development Partnership; pay schedules; agency management and objectives; and operating procedures. Also included is a Report to the Select Committee to Investigate Minority and Women Owned Business Utilization in State Contracts.

Internship programs include the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Technical Assistance Internship, the Capital Semester Internship, the Finnegan Internship, the Computer Service Internship, the Secondary School Internship, the State System of Higher Education (SSHE) Internship, and the Pennsylvania Management Internship Program (PMIP). Training programs address many topics and were offered to Department employees via the Office of Administration within the Governor's Office, Penn State University, and the Comprehensive Management Training Program.

This series includes records created by the Office of Administration's predecessors, including: the Bureau of Management and Administration (1980-1987), the Bureau of Management Services (1978-1979), the Bureau of Personnel and Management Services (1972-1977), and the Bureau of Administrative Services (1968-1971).

Because some records in this series contain sensitive information, the Archives staff will determine the researcher's level of accessibility.



Office of Communications (1987-1991)

Evolving from the Press Office, the Office of Communications was responsible for the internal and external communications of the Department and administered the operations and activities of the Press Office, Film Bureau, and the promotional, industrial, economic, and tourism marketing programs. It also managed programs being developed on behalf of the Commonwealth by its communications and advertising consultants. In 1991, the Office was redesignated as the Office of Press and Marketing.



Subject Files,
1985-1991.
(4 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series #31.36} [Holdings]

Unarranged. Carton 3 is partially arranged alphabetically.

Records of the Office concerning business with the Governor's Office, other state agencies, private organizations, and/or individuals. Among the records are annual reports, budget materials, correspondence, publications, hearing testimony, photographs, public event materials, and news clippings. Subjects address: the accomplishments of the Economic Development Partnership; the Mon Valley Initiative; the Economic Development Plan for Pennsylvania; Editorial Boards; enterprise and development zones; Film Bureau reorganization; the Governor's Conference on Small Business; technology development; travel development; the Ben Franklin Partnership Program; PENNFREE and the City of Pittsburgh's Neighborhood Business District Revitalization Program. Also included are requests for proposals for advertising agencies to bid on economic development and travel marketing contracts. Interviews and articles by Governor Casey and Secretary Raymond R. Christman, as well as materials related to Secretary Christman's resignation are also present.

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides,
1987-1991.
(1 carton)

{series #31.35} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

4x6, 5x7, and 8x10 photographs, 35mm negatives, 35mm slides, and contact prints of public events relating to or involving the Department. The majority of the photographs are from the 1988 Governor's Small Business Conferences. Also included are photographs from the dedication of the Ford Motor Company's North Penn electronics facility, the groundbreaking of the Rite-Aid World Headquarters, the Export Awards, and the 1990 Pennsylvania Technology Conference which include computerized shipping, steel fabrication, port facilities, the construction of Harrisburg International Airport, trout fishing, the PennDOT information center and testing laboratory, the Penn State coal research lab, and the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Network. Photographs of Secretary Raymond R. Christman at various public events and with Governor Casey are present, as well as Casey at various economic development related events throughout the Commonwealth.


Press Bureau


Reading Files,
1987-1989.
(2 boxes)

{series #31.41} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by month.

Reference copies of outgoing correspondence. Recipients include: the Governor; the Secretary; Chief Counsel; internal bureau directors; executive directors of internal sub-agencies, boards, and commissions; other state agencies; newspaper and media outlets; film producers; state universities; and the general public. Topics addressed are film promotion, tourism promotion, public events and ceremonies, economic development programs, benefits to Pennsylvania corporations, graphic services, advertising agency selections, film premieres, and the publication of Pennsylvania in Pictures, 1976-1986 about economic impact motion picture productions in the state. Also included are newsletters and weekly reports to the Secretary as well as the legislative schedule of the Economic Development Partnership.



Office of International Trade (1993-1996)

Previously the Bureau of International Commerce (1976-1981, 1987-1988) and the Office of International Development, the Office of International Trade directed and controlled efforts to promote the export of Pennsylvania manufactured goods and services to foreign markets. Work activities were coordinated through Commonwealth representatives in Canada, Europe, and the Far East. Trade leads were also developed in Africa, India, and the Middle East. The Office oversaw the Pennsylvania Export Partnership (PEP), with Local Development Districts and other organizations that supported small and medium size firms in entering new export markets. After the creation of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the duties of the Office were transferred to the Office of International Business Development.



Pennsylvania Export Partnership Advisory Board and Regional Export Service Provider Meeting Files,
1993-1994.
(2 cartons)

{series #31.22} [Holdings]
[APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Correspondence, news clippings, membership lists, agenda, minutes, blank copies of grant application materials, notes, reports, procurement requests, attendance sheets, and other supporting materials used at meetings of the Pennsylvania Export Partnership (PEP) Advisory Board Meetings and Regional Export Service Provider Meetings. Topics addressed include: appointments, biographical information about PEP Advisory Board and Task Force members, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), trade expansion in China, grant programs, international trade missions and trade shows, export management companies, the Regional Export Development Program, budgetary issues, the Pennsylvania International Trade Conference, new PEP program guidelines, the export assistance directory, Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture trade shows, and a European Business Opportunities Conference. Also included are audio cassette recordings of the November 30, 1993 PEP Advisory Board meeting.

The Pennsylvania Export Partnership (PEP) Program was established by Act 30 of 1992 to promote the sale of Commonwealth-manufactured goods and services in foreign markets. It was designed to assist small- and medium-sized businesses in the Commonwealth with the development of manufactured goods and services. The PEP Program was a means for various Federal, State and local government and non-government entities to work cooperatively, by sharing expenses, resources, and information to promote business opportunities that exist for the exporting of Pennsylvania goods and services to foreign markets. The Trade Event Grant Program and the Regional Export Matching Grant Program were two distinctly separate grant programs funded under the PEP Program. Under the Trade Event Grant Program, grants of up to $2,500 were provided to businesses to help defray certain costs incurred by exhibiting or attending an international trade event. These grants were provided directly to the company by the Department of Commerce to encourage and assist those businesses which otherwise could not afford the total cost of attending these events. The function of the Regional Export Matching Grant Program was to assist in and encourage the operation of regional export development programs. In order to accomplish this task, the Department of Commerce appointed Regional Export Service Providers, each of whom administered a Regional Export Development Program.

To view special media, please schedule an appointment in advance with the Pennsylvania State Archives.



Office of Regional and Community Initiatives (1989-1992)

This Office was responsible for carrying out strategic planning functions of the Economic Development Partnership relating to new job creation. It lead the implementation of targeting the Commonwealth's priorities and resources, in cooperation with other public and private sector organizations, that helped implement the state's economic development strategy. The Office also identified and developed specific high yield facilities and other projects representing strategically significant opportunities for economic growth throughout the state, especially in economically distressed areas.



Community Economic Recovery Program (CERP) Files,
1986-1990.
(2 cartons)

{series #31.58} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by grant applicant.

Grant files of the Community Economic Recovery Program (CERP). Files contain the applicant's letter of intent, approval letter, audit reports, deliverables (i.e. enterprise development plans or economic development plans) progress reports, invoices and reimbursement requests, grant agreements, project proposals, grant applications, application status sheets/checklists, notes, and related correspondence. Note that final project reports are not present. Applicants included industrial development corporations (IDCs) and industrial development authorities (IDAs), among others. CERP helped economically distressed communities identify and respond to opportunities for business growth and to help develop the local capacity to plan and implement economic recovery strategies, such as reusing industrial sites and attracting new business investment.



Governor's Response Team (1987-1996)

The Governor's Response Team was responsible for creating and preserving job opportunities by recruiting out-of-state industrial enterprises, including international companies, to the Commonwealth as well as assisting existing businesses to expand and mitigate against sudden economic dislocations. It promoted Pennsylvania as a location for foreign investments and joint venture agreements providing assistance to foreign investors in identifying public and private funding sources. The Team served as the Governor's economic development interagency development group for individual projects which created new employment opportunities, and led the Economic Development Partnership's strategic development projects to successful conclusion. For later records see the Governor's Action Team within the Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).



New Plant Prospect Files,
1972-1988.
(60 cartons, 1 box)

{series #31.53} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by date span, thereunder arranged alphabetically by name of company/corporation/organization. Carton 60 and box 61 are unarranged.

Correspondence, reports, newsclippings, maps, prospectuses, promotional materials, reporting forms, and other supporting materials maintained by the Governor's Response Team in their efforts to preserve and expand business operations in the Commonwealth. Information detailing the financial assistance and physical plant (facility) needs of organizations planning to conduct business in Pennsylvania is included, as well as proposals by the Commonwealth regarding what financial assistance it could offer those organizations. Information regarding the status of prospects between the Commonwealth and private organizations is also present. Organizations represented in these records include 3M, Allstate Insurance, Arizona, Bethlehem Steel, Boots Pharmaceuticals, Campbell Soup, Cannon U.S.A., CBS Real Estate, Cessna Aircraft, Christian Publication, Cigna, Commodore International, Cummins Engine Company, Delorean Motor Company, Dupont, Eureka, Fantus, Firestone Rubber & Tire Company, Ford Motor Company, General Mills, Graco, GTE, Gulf Oil, Harley Davidson, Hershey Foods, Honeywell, JC Penny, Jeannette Sheet Glass, Jim Thorpe Fashion, Jones and Laughlin Steel, Jostens, Land O' Lakes, Lukens Steel, Miller Brewing Company, Morgantown Outlet Mall, Motorola, National Sugar, Owens/Corning Fiberglass, Pillsbury, Piper Aircraft, Pocono Iron Works, Pullman Standard, Ralston Purina, Reynolds Aluminum, Scott Paper, Starkist Foods, Tasty Baking, Talbots, Timex, Western Electric, Westinghouse, Wyeth International, Zenith Laboratories, and others. Also present are records, including a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and public meeting transcripts of U.S. Steel's attempt to build a "supermill" on the shores of Lake Erie at Conneaut, Ohio, which would have directly impacted Erie County.

Records dating prior to 1987 were created and maintained by the Domestic Commerce Division of the Bureau of Domestic and International Commerce (1982-1986) and the Plant Location Division of the Bureau of Economic Development (1972-1981).



Press Office (1978-1987, 1995-1996)

Formerly the Bureau of Public Information and Marketing, the Press Office communicated the activities of the Department to the press and public through the preparation of news releases, newsletters, speeches, public statements, and printed materials. The Press Office also managed the Commonwealth's industrial development advertising program. In 1987, the Press Office was reassigned to the the Office of Communications as the Press Bureau, redesignated the Office of Press and Marketing in 1991, and then became it's own entity again in 1995. The Press Office maintained its structure after the creation of the Department of Community and Economic Development in 1996.



News Releases,
1980, 1983, 1985-1995.
(6 cartons, 1 box)

{series #31.40} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of release.
Indexed at the item level by month.

News releases from the Department, as well as from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Pennsylvania Industrial Development Agency (PIDA), the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Agency (PMBDA), the Pennsylvania Capital Loan Fund (PCLF), and the Nursing Home Loan Associations (NHLA). Topics include: position appointments; hearing testimony; governors' remarks; secretaries' remarks; the Oil City flood; alleviating pollution; the Governor's Small Business Council; tourist promotion; job creation; international job fairs; conferences; budget concerns; project bids; enterprise zones; customized job training; tornado damage assistance; an advertising campaign with golfer Arnold Palmer, various corporations operating within the state, and loans and grants awarded for community facilities, site development, industrial expansion, and economic development. Corporations mentioned include: Adidas, Allegheny Chemical, United Chemicals, Freelance, Inc., Bloomsburg Carpet Industries, Suburban Publishers, Colonial Shoe, Kingston Juvenile Products, General Cryogenics Corporation, Center City Meat Market, Progressive, Commodore, Bell Labs, Supergreen, Inc., Saturn, Eastman-Kodak, and Wilson Sage. Releases regarding the economic impact of films being produced in Pennsylvania, such as Big Blonde, Maria's Lovers, Robocop, Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, Knightriders, and Witness, are also present.



Sub-Agencies, Boards, and Commissions



Bicentennial Commission (1968-1977)

Administered all phases of the Commonwealth’s participation in the commemorations of the American Revolution, including, but not limited to, the planning of effective bicentennial programs for Pennsylvania, and the coordination of these plans with any programs developed by local governments or similar commissions.


Administration File,
1973-1976.
(8 cartons)

{series #31.8} [Holdings]

Grouped into three categories: Community applications, general correspondence, and federal grants and endorsements. Each category is arranged alphabetically: the community applications are arranged according to county name, and the general correspondence and federal grants and endorsements are both arranged by subject.

Community applications filed with the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration in Washington DC and the Bicentennial Commission of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg provides the signatures of approval recognizing the area under consideration as an official bicentennial community. Also included are applications for colleges or universities in the area and general correspondence between federal, state, and local officers involved in the bicentennial project. The general correspondence is between sponsoring companies, federal, state, and local officers involved in the bicentennial project. Included among the correspondence are reports, memorandums, pamphlets, transcripts, and surveys. The federal grants and endorsements include correspondence and contract information regarding grant projects and proposed endorsements with the Bicentennial Commission.

Bicentennial Wagon Train Motion Picture Files,
1975-1976.
(20 items)

{series #31.60} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Color films and soundtracks of the northwestern United States Bicentennial Wagon Train that followed the old Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail. Places visited included: Blaine and Bellingham, Washington; Idaho; North Dakota; Fort Laramie, Wyoming; Model, Colorado; Kansas City, Kansas; and Omaha, Nebraska. The films show clips of the Wagon Train on the trails; official arrivals and sendoffs at the above places; Indian dance troupes and the Wagon Show troupes performing.

Commission Member File,
1968-1976.
(6 cartons)

{series #31.9} [Holdings]

Boxes 1, 5 and 6 are arranged alphabetically by subject. Boxes 2 through 4 are arranged alphabetically by
the last name of the Commission Member.

General correspondence by and relating to the members of the American Revolution Bicentennial
Commission. In addition to correspondence, other documents found are newspaper clippings, reports,
newsletters, pamphlets, applications, memos, and plans.

Council of Thirteen Original States File,
1970-1976.
(6 cartons)

{series #31.10} [Holdings]

The correspondence and meetings file are arranged chronologically, while the subject file is alphabetical.

The Bicentennial Council of the Thirteen Original States, based in Alexandria, Virginia, began in an effort to draw public attention to 1776, the year the original thirteen colonies separated their allegiance with England, paving the path towards nationhood. Among the included papers are meeting minutes, financial reports, grant agreements, correspondence, annual reports, applications, and newsletters.

County File,
1970-1977.
(4 cartons)

{series #31.11} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of county.

Miscellaneous county papers dealing with the Bicentennial Commission of Pennsylvania and the Bicentennial of the American Revolution. In addition to a statewide Bicentennial Commission, each county had their own such commission. The types of papers that are included are general correspondence, photographs, annual reports, summaries, budget reports, newspaper clippings,pamphlets, special events brochures, bulletins, grant applications, resolutions, and other related papers. The papers of Project 1776 are also included in this series.

General Correspondence File,
1968-1977. 
(34 cartons)

{series #31.12} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

General correspondence between officers involved with the Bicentennial Commission. In addition to correspondence, other types of documents can be found, including newspaper clippings, photographs, mailing lists, magazines, newsletters, press releases, addresses, brochures, and reports.

Project File,
1968-1977.
(29 cartons)

{series #31.13} [Holdings]

Grouped according to status: non-funded grant applications and funded projects. Both non-funded and funded grant applications are then filed numerically.

Grant requests submitted by project committees, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to the Bicentennial Association of Pennsylvania. Each file includes the submitted grant request, correspondence, and other papers detailing the project, and noting whether the grant was accepted or rejected.

Public Relations Files,
1972-1977.
(18 cartons)

{series #31.14} [Holdings]

Grouped into two categories: records of Aitkin Kinnet Co., Inc., and those of Spiro and Associates, Inc.

Records of the Bicentennial Commission and the Wagon Train Pilgrimage relating to Aitkin Kinnet Co., Inc. and Spiro and Associates, Inc., two of the major organizers of the commemorative events. Among the records are correspondence, memos, fiscal reports, lists, invitations to the events, client reports, newsletters, and publicity and media information.

Special Records File,
1974-1977.
(6 boxes, 13 cartons, 1 folder, 13 volumes)

{series #31.15} [Holdings]
[APPOINTMENT REQUIRED for special media only]

Arranged by type of record.

Records of the Bicentennial Commission in various formats. Included are black and white negatives, awards, brochures, posters, publications, magnetic tapes and other sound recordings, minutes, general correspondence, and bills and proposals. Registers of Second Signers of the Constitution are included, along with newspaper clippings, medallions, flags, and other awards and keepsakes.

A prior appointment to view the special media materials must be made at least 24 hours in advance in order to set up special equipment.

State File,
1970-1976.
(2 cartons)

{series #31.16} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by state name.

Papers from each state relating to the bicentennial celebrations of the nation's birth and their independence the American Revolution. Present are general correspondence between members of the Pennsylvania State Bicentennial Commission with those of other states, annual reports, newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, and in some cases, souvenirs from the bicentennial events.

Wagon Train File,
1973-1977.
(2 cartons)

{ series #31.17} [Holdings]

Arranged by subject of the document.

The official papers of the Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage to Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Aitkin-Kynett Company of Philadelphia. Present are general correspondence, court amendments and agreements, fiscal reports and budgets, client reports, marketing reports, insurance reports and equipment and transportation information. Papers dealing with the Valley Forge encampment and the show at the Pennsylvania State University are also included. The pilgrimage ended on July 3, 1976 in a Grand Parade at Valley Forge that was reviewed by President Ford.



Pennsylvania Aeronautics Commission (1943-1953)

The Pennsylvania Aeronautics Commission was created by Acts 199, 200, and 201 of the 1943 General Assembly as an administrative agency of the Department of Commerce to promote and regulate aeronautics in the Commonwealth. It inspected and licensed all airports and landing fields used for both commercial and private purposes, and promulgated and enforced rules and regulations governing the operation of aircraft under the auspices of the Aeronautical Code (Act of May 25, 1933, P.L. 1001, as amended). The Commission also administered a program to provide financial assistance to Pennsylvania municipalities in the planning and construction of airports as well as promoted the expansion of the aircraft industry in Pennsylvania by publicizing advantages offered by the Commonwealth for the manufacture of aircraft and related materials. The Secretary of Commerce served as chairman of the Commission and eight other members were appointed by the Governor. In 1953 the Commission was transferred to the Department of Military Affairs by Act of August 26, 1953, P.L. 1468 (71 PS 62). For related records, see the Pennsylvania Aeronautics Commission (1953-1970) within the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (RG-19).



Pennsylvania Aeronautical Chart and Airport Directory,
1947.
(1 sheet)

{series #31.57} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

1:500,000 scale aeronautical chart showing land elevation and the location of airports throughout the Commonwealth. It includes a brief description of transportation access to forests and streams as well as the production value of the farming and manufacturing industries in the state. Also present is a description of the "New Ground/Air Emergency Code," with instructions on how to use it and a list of aircraft acknowledgments.



Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) (1984-1995)

The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) was created by the Energy Development Authority and Emergency Powers Act of 1982 (P.L. 1213, Act No. 280). It was a public corporation governed by a nineteen member Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director and staff. PEDA became active when its first Board of Directors was confirmed on June 26, 1984, and it remained active until 1995. The Authority provided financial assistance for energy developments and conservation projects in the Commonwealth which would use or save Pennsylvania energy resources. Though transferred to the Department of Community and Economic Development under section 104 of the Community and Economic Development Enhancement Act 1996, PEDA was dormant from 1995 until, on April 8, 2004, Governor Rendell issued Executive Order 2004-5 revitalizing and transferring it to the Department of Environmental Protection (RG-66), which now provides staffing for the Authority.



Administrative Files,
1984-1994.
(2 cartons)

{series #31.3} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Administrative files documenting the day-to-day business of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA). Included are materials relating to PEDA legislation, performance audits, fiscal status, professional service contracts, correspondence with the Comptroller, tax liability, inter-agency agreements, legal issues, testimony of the Director before legislative committees and caucuses, and anthracite boiler project requests for proposals (RFPs). Pennsylvania Bulletin notices as well as the PEDA Energy Development Plan, By-laws and some board meeting minutes are also present.

Annual Reports,
1984-1994.
(1 box)

{series #31.49} [Holdings]

Grouped by type of draft, thereunder arranged chronologically by year.

Final and working drafts of annual reports of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA). Included in each report is a message from the Board chairman and director of the Authority; lists of the Board of Directors, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and staff; a summary of the Authority's research agenda and accomplishments of the preceding year; a summary of financial assistance to PEDA projects; the fiscal status of PEDA itself; and appendices detailing grant projects awarded funding by the Authority, and projects completed and in progress that also received funding.

Board Meeting Files,
1984-1994.
(3 cartons, 1 box)

{series #31.50} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Meeting files of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA). Included are agenda, minutes, attendance lists, and supporting materials of issues addressed in meetings, such as budget and funding issues, the awarding of grants and financial assistance, committee reports and board appointments.

Correspondence Files,
1989-1992.
(1 carton)

{series #31.51} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date written.

Correspondence sent from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA). Recipients include the Board of Directors, state agency bureau directors, Authority committees, organizations funded by PEDA grants, state senators and representatives, and others. Topics addressed deal with audits, grant applications and agreements, budget and funding issues, and other day-to-day business of the Authority.

Financial Assistance Files,
1987-1994.
(3 cartons, 1 box)

{series #31.52} [Holdings]

Cartons 1 and 2 are loosely grouped by record type. Carton 3 and box 4 are arranged chronologically by date of report.

Project applications and final reports submitted by organizations seeking financial assistance from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Agency (PEDA). Also included are project reviews conducted by the PEDA Board and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and related administrative materials. Administrative materials include application notices, budget breakdowns, master copies of various agreement forms, and some Board minutes relating to financial assistance decisions,

Grant projects funded by PEDA mostly affect the coal industry (anthracite and bituminous). Additional projects include duct leakage and its effect on energy use, crude oil containment, liquid manure/solid waste utilization, urban use of ground source heat pumps, and others. Applicants include GRASP, Penn State University, Lehigh University, Dravo Lime Company, NOXSO Corp., EXPORTech Company, Inc., Coreco Fiberglass, Inc., and others.



Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) (1956-)

This agency finances new and expanding industrial growth, promoting the expansion of employment by offering long-term low-interest financing to companies expanding or establishing themselves in Pennsylvania. PIDA continues to function within the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).


Hurricane Agnes Disaster Recovery Loan Files,
1972-1973.
(8 cartons)

{series #31.28} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of loan agreement.

Correspondence, loan agreements, application materials, financial statements, vouchers, news clippings, and other miscellaneous records related to short-term loans disbursed by local Industrial Development Authorities (IDA) to small businesses and corporations adversely affected by Hurricane Agnes and the subsequent flood in June 1972. Funds for these loans originated at the federal level from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), and were appropriated to the Department by the legislature as part of the Governor's Program for Business Recovery. An ad hoc Office of Disaster Recovery was established to supervise the disbursement of funds though the IDAs. Businesses and corporations who applied for and received loans include H.J. Heinz Co., Hanover Brands, Inc., Harrisburg Steel, Triangle Shoe Co., Golden Quality Ice Cream, Southern Cross Manufacturing, Catalina Dress Co., Anthracite Industrial Inc., Perugino's Villa, Atlas Homes, Toni Construction Co., Royersford Foundry and Machines Co. Inc., and Clark Lumber and Supply, and others.
For related materials from the Department of Community Affairs see Flood Files, 1972-1978 {series #34.2}, Hurricane Agnes Flood File, 1972-1976 {series #34.7}, and Hurricane Agnes Flood File, [ca. 1973-1975] {series #34.8}.

Loans Disbursed File,
1957-1978.
(35 cartons)

{series #31.5} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Loan agreements filed by industries or corporations with PIDA. Related documents that were filed are also included, such as correspondence, mortgage reports, resolutions, loan applications, fiscal reports, project reports, payment affidavits, annual reports, balance sheets, audits, and other miscellaneous papers.



Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA)

PMBDA is designed to stimulate the creation, retention and expansion of minority owned businesses and to create jobs in Pennsylvania by providing low-interest loans to finance a portion of the costs of land, building, machinery and equipment, and working capital to minority business enterprises unable to fully finance these projects with equity, bank financing, or other private and public sources. Administrative support was provided by the Bureau of Minority Business Development as well as the Bureau of Small Business and Appalachian Development.


Meeting Files and Minutes,
1975-1996.
(4 cartons, 6 boxes, 22 rolls)

{series #31.48} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Grouped by record format, thereunder arranged chronologically by date.

Meeting files and minutes of the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA). Meeting files consist of agenda, minutes, and reports (financial, loan status, committee). Topics addressed include loans presented for board decision, loan application review, current loan status, breakdowns of funds available, special issues, and policy questions. Supporting materials, such as summary sheets and application materials for loans presented to the board, are present, as well as audio recordings of Board meetings, Loan Review Committee Meetings, Budget and Finance Committee meetings, policy meetings, and workshops. For later records, see Minutes, 1996-2000 {series #71.10} within PMBDA, Department of Community and Economic Development (RG-71).

To view special media, please schedule an appointment in advance with the Pennsylvania State Archives.



State Planning Board (1939-1955)

The State Planning Board, an unattached unit of state government established in 1934, was made a departmental administrative board within the Department of Commerce upon that Department's creation in 1939. The duties of the State Planning Board were to prepare a master plan for the physical development of the state (in coordination with other state agencies and localities), to prepare a long term state development program and public works program (while supporting the development of public works programs within the subdivisions of the state), to collect and publish information relating to the proper development of the state and conservation of its resources, and to advise the governor on proposed developments. By the reorganization plan No. 1 of 1955, the State Planning Board was transferred from the Department of Commerce to the Governor’s Office where it became an advisory board. By the same plan, there were transferred to the department the Board's administrative functions in regard to local and regional planning, recreational and community development activities, the administration of state programs for the provision of housing and the administration of the State's law governing housing and redevelopment authorities, as well as the balance of funds for all of these activities. For more records of the State Planning Board, see Records of the Office of the Governor (RG-10).


Aerial Photographs and Index of the 1940 Aerial Survey of Pennsylvania,
1937-1942.
(32 drawers, 25 cartons, 1 box)

{series #31.18} [Holdings] [Images]

Grouped alphabetically by name of county, and thereunder arranged alphanumerically by photograph number.

Indexed internally by "mosaic"-like posters showing all the numbered photos in a reduced, composite format, fit together like pieces of a puzzle to reveal each county in its entirety, with boundaries drawn in. Also indexed externally by the Geographic Index to Aerial Surveys, 1946-1950 {series #31.19}.

This series contains a wealth of pictorial information. Numerous 8" x 10", black and white, "bird's eye view" photographs are found for each county, having been taken at frequent intervals from a plane that flew back and forth in linear swaths until an entire jurisdiction was documented. The photos bear unique numbers representing the particular flight path of the plane and the sequence of the overlapping shots. Visible are physical features of the land, such as forests, fields, bodies of water, and roads, as well as houses, outbuildings and other structures, and even foundations and remains of buildings no longer extant. The fact that the photos overlap each other allows many of the features to be seen from slightly different angles--a feature that has been found useful by archaeologists and historic preservationists.

Scanned images of these photographs may be viewed at the PennPilot website, www.pennpilot.psu.edu.

Geographic Index to Aerial Surveys,
1946-1950.
(3 volumes)

{series #31.19} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of county.

An index to the aerial photographs taken during the 1940 Aerial Survey of Pennsylvania. Each color sketch provides names and locations of highways, roads, bodies of water, townships, boroughs, cities, and other place names.

Pennsylvania's Air Photography Program,
August, 1949.
(1 item)

{series #31.47} [Holdings]

Unarranged.

Four page report issued by the State Planning Board detailing the status of general purpose air photography throughout the Commonwealth. Summaries of the 1937, 1938, 1946-1947, and 1949-1959 photography programs are given as well as summaries of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Philadelphia area photography programs. A map detailing the photographic status of each county and a price list for ordering aerial photographs (contact prints, photo index sheets, and enlargements) are included. This report and list were originally intended to be used to order the photographs in Aerial Photographs and Index of the 1940 Aerial Survey of Pennsylvania, 1937-1942 {series #31.18} and Geographic Index to Aerial Surveys, 1946-1950 {series #31.19}.

Project Application File of the Post-War Planning Commission,
1945-1951.
(1 carton)

{series #31.20} [Holdings]

Grouped by status--accepted or rejected--and thereunder arranged alphabetically by name of applicant.

Contracts written for state grants to aid in the construction of public works in the post World War II years. Each contract gives the date and name of the party applying for the grant, the amount of money involved, the type of project, the file number, agreement details, and the signatures of the witnesses and other individuals involved in the contract. Other material that can be found in each applicant's package include financial data, voucher forms, general contracts, and in some cases blueprints or sketches of the project. The rejected applications are less detailed.


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