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

John Miley, chief curator of Independence National Historical Park, and George Fistrovich, head photographer at the Winterthur Museum, have put together Treasures of Independence: Indepen­dence National Historical Park and Its Collections. This colorful and beautifully illustrated book is published by Mayflower-Main Street Press, 575 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022 and priced at $25.


Pennsylvania: The Colonial Years, 1681-1776, a monumental 848-page popular history covering major political events, has been completed by Joseph J. Kelley, Jr., past Secretary of the Common­wealth of Pennsylvania. This thoroughly researched history can be ordered through the publisher, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 245 Park Ave., New York, NY 10017 for $19.95.


The University of Pittsburgh Press, 127 N. Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh 15260, has recently released three new publications: 1) The Papers of Robert Morris, 1781-1784. Vol. V: April 16-July 20, 1782 edited by E. James Ferguson and John Catanzariti (896 pages, $27.50), 2) Boss Rule in the Gilded Age: Matt Quay of Pennsylvania by James A. Kehl (361 pages, $24.95) and 3) The Shaping of the Point: Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Park by Robert C. Alberts (264 pages, $12.95).


Guide to the Microfilm Collections in the Pennsylvania State Archives, compiled and edited by Roland M. Baumann and Diane S. Wallace, is the latest guide to be published by the PHMC. The book lists 1,460 negatives and 2,714 positives categorized into Record Groups, Manuscript Groups and Special Collections. The 117-page guide is indexed and available for $5 plus tax from the Commission, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120.

The third volume in a series to update Norman Wilkinson’s Bibliography of Pennsylvania History has also been completed and published by the Commission. Pennsylvania Historical Bibliography, III: Additions Through 1976, compiled by John B. B. Trussell, Jr., is available for $4. Volume IV, now being assembled for later release, should include additions through 1979.

Yet another PHMC publication is now available, Discovering Pennsylvania’s Archeological Heritage by Barry C. Kent, for $1.75. This informative 46-page book discusses the methods and tech­niques used in studying and reconstructing prehistoric societies and traces various cultures which developed in the Commonwealth.

All three books can be ordered from the Commission. Pa. residents please add 6% sales tax.


The first Pennsylvania county histories produced by Taylor Publishing Co. have now been completed. Armstrong County, Pennsylvania and ‘Mongst the Hills of Somerset were both written by residents of the two counties involved and are on sale for $35 each, plus $3.50 handling and 6% sales tax to Pa. residents. Orders should be addressed to the Armstrong County Historical Society, 300 North McKean St., Kittanning 16201 and the Historical and Genea­logical Society of Somerset County, R.D. 2, Somerset 15501.


The Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania by Dr. Charles L. Blockson is the first study of the underground railroad in Pennsyl­vania based on a county by county review. The book is available from Flame International, Inc., Box 5336, Jacksonville, NC 28540. Hard-bound copies are priced at $12.00, paper-bound at $5.95. Please include $1.00 for postage and handling.


The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, 11 North Duke St., Lancaster 17602, has made available two new publica­tions. The Handbook of Lancaster County Architecture: Styles and Terms, by John J. Snyder, Jr., is an informative 24-page booklet on the county’s varied styles priced at $3.50. In addition, the 1981 Historic Preservation Trust Calendar which features a look at some of the most unusual details of Lancaster’s architecture is on sale for $5.00. When ordering either publication, please include an additional $.50 for postage and handling.