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Series Descriptions

Construction Photographs and Blueprints,
(11 boxes)

{series #9.1} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by docket number.

This series primarily contains 8x10" black and white photographs of construction, expansion, or modernization of various Commonwealth-owned properties. Some blueprints are interfiled with the photographs. Each print is labeled with the job and docket number, name of facility, location, date, name of contractor and the status of construction. No original negatives are present. Local commercial photographers were often hired, and their identification occasionally is found on the print. Subjects are principally exterior shots of construction progress at Pennsylvania National Guard Armories, hospitals, teachers colleges, prisons and miscellaneous state buildings.

Armories include those at Altoona, Canonsburg, Clearfield, Coraopolis, Gettysburg, Hamburg, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lewistown, Ligonier, Philadelphia, Tunkhannock, Waynesboro and Williamsport.

Hospitals include those at Allentown, Ashland, Blossburg, Coaldale, Connellsville, Danville, Fairview, Hazleton, Locust Mountain, Nanticoke, Norristown, Phillipsburg, Scranton, Torrance, Warren, and Wernersville; the Western Pennsylvania Tuberculosis Hospital in Butler, and the Western Pennsylvania Psychiatric Hospital at Pittsburgh.

Teachers Colleges include those at Bloomsburg, California, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.

Prison/Industrial Homes and Schools include the Eastern State Penitentiary, Huntingdon Industrial School, Lawn Maximum Security Prison, the Industrial School at Pennhurst, Polk State School and the Industrial Reformatory at Huntingdon.

General Correspondence,
(20 folders)

{series #9.4}

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

Coorespondence relating to projects, bids, contracts, architects, engineers, time extensions, procurement, personnel, project priorities, underground parking and the Univac system. Type of information provided varies with subject of correspondence.

Minutes of the Board,
(13 cartons, 1 box)

{series #9.2} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

This series contains the typed minutes of the Board of the General State Authority. The minutes include the date, time, and location of the meetings, as well as the names of board members and a record of their attendance. Topics discussed generally include financial and budgetary matters of all the building projects undertaken by the General State Authority. Other information includes references to correspondence of the board with legal counsel, financial institutions, and other state agencies; detailed financial statements, including bonds, interest, grants, and debts; and descriptions of the various building projects, their county location, and a summary of project costs.

Press Releases,
(1 folder)

{series #9.5}

Arranged chronologically by date of press release.

Press releases issued by the General State Authority from January 13, 1958 to October 27, 1961. Subjects covered include improvements made to dining facilities at Polk State School, a new underground garage in Harrisburg, equipping the Farm Show Arena for basketball and other sporting events, numerous improvements to state colleges and universities, the State Police Training School in Hershey, forestry camps replacing the Executive Mansion, and purchase of standard shift compact automobiles for state agencies. Also present are financial breakdowns by county for improvements made.

Reports and Related Records,
1935-1943, 1954-1986.
(3 cartons, 2 boxes)

{series #9.3} [Holdings]

1935 to 1943 unarranged. Semi-annual reports arranged chronologically by date.

This series' 1935-1943 component includes a description of activities and accomplishments of the General State Authority as reported by its Executive Director, Colonel Augustine Janeway. The reports also contain a brief history of the agency's origin and purpose, the budgets for the construction of buildings under the Authority's direction and the accommodation capacities of these structures. Additionally, this series contains reports from the Chief Engineer of the Authority regarding the effects of contemporary state building codes upon various building projects. A list of names of architects and subcontractors overseeing building projects and their budgets is also provided.

The semi-annual reports include data on GSA projects similar to those listed above in the Minutes.

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