Pennsylvania State Archives

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A popular destination for researchers, historians, and genealogists from throughout the world, the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg safeguards millions of government records, dating to the 1681 Charter granted to William Penn by King Charles II. Holdings also include manuscripts, photographs, maps and drawings, court dockets, papers of prominent Pennsylvanians and their families, military records, naturalization papers, aerial surveys, farm census returns, canal and railroad company papers, Native American deeds, and ship passenger lists. For many, research begins here!

Pennsylvania State Archives
Post Office Box 1026
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108-1026
(717) 783-3281
TDD (800) 654-5984