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In this episode of the Your Pennsylvania Ancestors podcast, Denys Allen has a conversation with State Library of Pennsylvania’s, Kathy Hale, Supervisor of Public Services. Kathy fondly calls the State Library “The Packrat’s Paradise” and when you listen, you’ll find out why. The State Library is an underused resource for genealogists and the Power Library hosts extensive digital records.
In this episode, Kathy Hale, Supervisor of Public Services for the State Library of Pennsylvania, shares what kinds of records genealogists can expect to find at the State Library in Harrisburg, PA and how to make the most of your visit.
Learn what kind of holdings the State Library of Pennsylvania has and how to find them. Some holdings can be sent through inter-library loan around the country, and some around the state of PA.
We talk about the renovation of the library, the temporary location, and how to request materials. You’ll want to hear this to make the most of your research trip!
- State Library of Pennsylvania main website: https://www.statelibrary.pa.gov
- State Library of Pennsylvania catalog – Make an online account to save items found in a list
- Research Guides for Pennsylvania
- PA Power Library – digitized records of genealogical or historical interest
- Information on the State Library renovation, temporary location, and how to request materials, including from the Rare Book Collection (click the + signs to expand for more information)
- State Library of Pennsylvania Reference Telephone (717) 783-5950 and online Reference Form
- Necrology Collection – Civil War veteran obituaries clipped and saved in scrapbooks by librarians in the late 1800’s
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