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

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has published an illustrated catalog for the outstanding exhibit, “The U.S.S. Pennsylvania and Her Silver,” now on display at the William Penn Memorial Museum. The Silver Service of the U.S.S. Pennsylvania can be purchased at the museum bookstore for $1.50, or can be ordered through the mail from the PHMC, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120. Please include 6% sales tax and $.50 for handling.


Publishing and reprinting historical material is an important part of the activities of many of the historical societies in the state. Because of the interest such books and periodicals hold for Heritage readers, every attempt is made to include mention of them in each issue of PH. Below is a partial listing of recent releases, including the name of the publishing society, the title of the publication and the author. For further information on pricing and ordering, we ask that you write to the appropriate society.

Bucks County Historical Society, Pine St., Doylestown 18901, Tools & Trades of America’s Past: The Mercer Collection by Marilyn Arbor.

Crawford County Historical Society, 848 Main St., Meadville 16355, In French Creek Valley, by John Earle Reynolds and The Diary of William Reynolds (reprint).

Elk County Historical Society, Dept. B., Box 174, Ridgway 15853, A History of Elk County, edited by Alice L. Wessman.

Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, Silas M. Clark House, S. Sixth St. & Wayne Ave., Indiana 15701, History of Indiana County (reprint), by Arms and White.

Johannes Schwalm Historical Assoc., Inc., 4983 S. Sedgewick Rd., Lyndhurst, OH 44124, The 1981 Journal.

Juniata County Historical Society, Star Route, Box 263, Mifflintown 17058, Juniata, A County For All Seasons, co-edited by Helen Morns Banks and Lucy Lehman.

Sun Inn Preservation Association, Inc., 564 Main St., Bethlehem 18018, The Old Moravian Sun Inn, Bethlehem, Penna., 1758 (reprint), by William C. Reichel.

Susquehanna County Historical Society, Monument Square, Montrose 18801, 1872 Atlas of Susquehanna County (reprint), by F. W. Beers.

Tioga County Historical Society, Robinson House Museum, 120 Main St., Wellsboro 16901, Life in Wellsboro, 1880-1920, compiled by Gale P. Largey.

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh 15213, Allegheny County Law, History and Genealogy Series, Vol. I, edited by Joel Fishman; A List of Immigrants Who Applied for Naturalization in the District Courts of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Volume VI, 1888-1891, compiled by the society; and Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (reprint), with index by Joel Fishman & staff.

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh 15213, Chrysalis: Willa Cather in Pittsburgh, 1896-1906, by Kathleen D. Bryne and Richard C. Snyder.


In order to keep our “Bookshelf” lists current, we ask all Pennsyl­vania historical societies to send us announcements on new publica­tions as they are released.


State university presses have recently released the following books which deal with the history and culture of the Commonwealth:

Bucknell University Press, Lewisburg 17837, Crusade in the City: Revivalism in Nineteenth Century Philadelphia ($15), by Marian L. Bell and People, Poverty and Politics: Pennsyl­vania During the Great Depression ($24.50), by John F. Bauman and Thomas H. Coode.

The Pennsylvania State University Press, 215 Wagner Bldg., University Park 16802, Dance to the Fiddle – March to the Fife; Instrumental Folk Tunes in Pennsylvania ($28.50), by Samuel P. Bayard; Feedbags to Finery: Weaving Traditions of Nineteenth Century Central Pennsylvania ($7.95), by Sandra Rambo Walker; George Mifflin Dallas, Jacksonian Patrician ($12.75), by John Belohlavek; William Warren Scranton: Pennsylvania Statesman ($16.50), by George D. Wolf; and Other Summers: The Photographs of Horace Engle ($19.75), by Edward Leos.

University of Pennsylvania Press, 3933 Walnut St., Philadelphia 19104, A Catalog of the Collection at the University of Penn­sylvania Library ($10.00), edited by Otto E. Albrecht and Neda M. Westlake; A Catalogue of the Manuscripts and Archives in the Francis Clark Wood Institute of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia ($30.00), edited by Rudolf Hirsh; and Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, 1890-1975 ($35.00), by Lynn Allen Leopold.


Two biographies, both part of Twayne Publishers’ U.S. Authors Series, will be of particular interest to Pennsylvanians. Andrew Carnegie, by George Swetnam, is a study of the steelman’s career as an author. Orders should be placed through G. K. Hall and Com­pany, 70 Lincoln St., Boston, MA 02111, for $10.95. Richard Harding Davis, the story of the flamboyant, Pennsylvania-born newspaperman by Scott Compton Osborn and Robert L. Phillips, Jr., is d1e second book of the series. The 167-page biography is avail· able for $9.50 from College and University Press, 263 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06513.


Joseph Bassett, Englishman and American by Barbara Metzger Anderson is the story of nineteenth-century immigrants who settled in western Pennsylvania. The 144-page book is well illustrated and available directly from the author at 733 Holmes St., State College, 16801 for $15 plus $1 handling.


S.N. & D.G. Beers’ 1867 Atlas of Westmoreland County, Penn­sylvania has been recently reprinted in a numbered, limited edition. This full-sized and indexed reproduction can be ordered for $25 ($26.50 to Pa. residents) from Thomas J. Metzgar, R.D. 2, Box 159, Export 15632.