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Penn State University Libraries Archival Collections

About This Site

The Archival Collections database is home to collection guides (also known as finding aids) for archival materials across the Penn State University Libraries system. They interpret and provide access to collections held in the Special Collections Library, as well as other branch and Commonwealth Campus locations. They contain information about the records in the collection, the person or organization that created them, the organization of the collection, and a listing of boxes and folders.

Collections might consist of the records of an organization, the collected papers of an individual, correspondence between family members, or a collector's systematic accumulation of material on a specific topic.

Please note that some of our collections are housed offsite and require advance notification for retrieval.

Start Your Research

All researchers are welcome to visit the Special Collections Library. Learn more about how to plan your visit.

Prior to your visit, you will need to create a research account in order to request materials. Learn more about how to request materials on this site.

Find More Materials

In addition to our archival collections, the Special Collections Library holds over 200,000 books, manuscripts, scrapbooks, and maps. These can be found and requested through the library catalog.

The University Libraries Digital Collections contain digitized and born-digital content from the Special Collections Library, as well as other libraries and colleges at Penn State, and from collaborating institutions.