Bookshelf provides descriptions and notices of recent publications on Pennsylvania subjects.

The Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society has just published its second book in a genealogical series. Genealogical Resources in Pattee Library, The Pennsylvania State University: With Special Reference to Pennsylvania (159 pages), edited by Leon J. Stout, is priced at $7.50 and can be ordered from the society, Box 403, Boalsburg 16827.


A Guide to the Records of Special Commissions in the Penn­sylvania State Archives, compiled by Henry E. Bown, is another in a series of archival guides released by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120. The 32-page guide is now available for $1.25 plus tax.


A limited quantity of Lancaster County’s 250th Anniversary, 1729-1979, by G. Terry Madonna, et al., was produced as a handout by the Lancaster County Commissioners. Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding the publication should contact the commissioners at the Lancaster County Courthouse, 50 North Duke Street, Lancaster 17602.


Over 20,000 copies of John Ward Willson Loose’s The Heritage of Lancaster have already been sold. The 217-page history of Lancaster city is very readable and beautifully illustrated with fascinating pictures from the past and colorful contemporary scenes. The volume is available for $14.95 plus tax from the Lancaster County Historical Society, 230 North President Ave., Lancaster 17603.


The University of Pittsburgh Press recently published three new books, two of which arc directed to younger readers. Rebels in the Shadows, by Robert T. Reilly, is a novel about the plight of coal miners in the 1870s and is written for 9th graders and up. The 189-page paperback dramatization sells for $3.50. Another book for 4th graders and up, is Joe Magarack and His U.S.A. Citizens Papers by Irwin Shapiro. The 62-page, well illustrated story is a tall tale of a steel hero and is available for $2.50. Improbable Fiction: The Life of Mary Roberts Rinehart (320 pages), by Jan Cohn, a hard-bound biography of this talented writer of mysteries, novels, plays and essays, is for adult readers and priced at S 16.95. All three books can be ordered from the University of Pittsburgh Press. 127 N. Bellefield Ave .. Pittsburgh 15260.


The Circle L Story: A History of the Lebanon Steel Foundry, by John J. Foster, has recently been published through the Lebanon County Historical Society. The volume is 145 pages long, sells for $10 in hard cover and $5 in paperback (plus tax, postage and handling) and can be ordered from the society at 924 Cumberland St., Lebanon 17042.


The University of Pennsylvania Press, 3933 Walnut St., Phila­delphia 19104, has recently released a social and educational history of the black community in that city from 1900 to 1950. The Edu­cation of Black Philadelphia (320 pages), by Vincent P. Franklin, is priced at $22.50.


The 1979-80 edition of The Pennsylvania Line, a research guide to books on Pennsylvania genealogy and local history with over 650 titles, is now available from the Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, Box 253-E, Laughlintown 15655. The price is $1 to help defray the costs of postage and handling. For an additional $1 your name will be placed on a mailing list for catalogs of maps, microfilm, family histories, and genealogical aids and supplies to be released during the coming year.


A hard-bound and completely indexed reprint of the 1863 Atlas of Perry, Juniata Mifflin Counties has been completed by The Perry Historians, Box 73, Newport 17074. The cost to Pa. residents is $20.00, out of staters and tax exempt organizations, $18.80.


Media History Digest, edited by Dr. Hiley H. Ward, is a new pro­fessional quarterly journal devoted to the history of mass media. For further information regarding subscriptions or the submission of material, write to the Digest, Box 867, William Penn Annex, Philadelphia 19105.