Researching Centre County History
The archives and library of the Centre County Historical Society are not the only resources one should consult for historical primary source materials about Centre County.
Centre County Library & Historical Museum
203 N. Allegheny Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Kitty Wunderly, Pennsylvania Room
The collections include a wide variety of primary source materials, although
much of the use of the collection is oriented towards genealogical research.
Collections of value in family history original marriage, death, and tax
records; local newspapers, censuses, county histories, family histories, the
Spangler Genealogical Papers, and the J. Marvin Lee Genealogical
Penn State University Libraries
Digital Collections Library
Many resources related to Centre County are available for viewing online, including Penn State's student newspaper The Daily Collegian, John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton Counties, and more.
Arts & Humanities Library
2nd floor Pattee Library
The general stacks of the main library at the University Park campus
provides many resources for historical research including reference books,
scholarly journals, and monographs. Some historical documents have been
reprinted in scholarly editions and are also cataloged in the stacks. The Pennsylvania History website is a useful resource for all researchers.
Special Collections Library
1st floor Paterno Library
The Special Collections Library includes a wide variety of Centre County-related publications and primary
source materials. There are reference books, printed histories, maps and
other published resources, as well as a wide variety of archival materials
including correspondence, diaries, business and industrial records,
photographs, and institutional records of various types. The University
Archives is part of Special Collections and has a very large collection of
materials documenting the history of the University. Most of these materials
can be found in The Cat, the Libraries' on-line catalog and many have more extensive descriptions available through the Special Collections