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Please be sure to visit our recently launched blog "On Second Consideration..." to stay current on all the latest news from the House Archives. In addition to articles, fun facts, and historical profiles, be sure to stay tuned to learn preservation tips and basic archiving principles.

Recent Blogs

Speaker Spotlight: Arthur G. Olmsted
Arthur G. Olmsted was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1863- 1865. He represented Potter and Tioga Counties and was Speaker of the House in 1865. The House Archives has a book written about Olmsted in our library, and before we share that book we wanted to share information on Olmsted.  Arthur G. Olmsted, Speaker of the House 1865 Olmsted was born on September 30, 1827 in Masonville, Delaware County, New York. He and his family moved to Potter County, Pennsylvania...
Preservation Week Part 5: Conclusion of Preservation Week
Thank you for reading about the House Archives and preservation tips throughout this week! We hope this has provided insight into what the House Archives does, but also provides preservation tips for those at home.  Jennifer Ott, Research Analyst, with W. Curtis Thomas We conclude the week by discussing our Oral History Project. Many people think that historical institutions only preserve physical objects, but many conduct oral histories to help share stories of the past. The House Archive...
Preservation Week Part 4: House Archives Library
Smull's Legislative Handbooks The House Archives has a library featuring House Journals, Legislative Records and books authored by members or about members. Much of our research begins within these books since they contain speeches and whole transcriptions from the House Floor going back to the early 1800s. For our biographical project, our library is crucial to researching former members. The Pennsylvania Manual and the Smull’s Legislative Handbook are the first places our staff look to resear...
Preservation Week Part 3: Personal Papers and Committee Records
The Personal Papers and Committee Records from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives makes up a majority of our collections. The Personal Papers contains legislative work, correspondence, district materials and other important materials that once belonged to a former representative. When a member leaves/retires office, they have the option to donate their work to the House Archives. Once they choose to donate, the staff organizes and places all the materials into acid free folders and boxes...
Preservation Week Part 2: Preservation Tips!
Many researchers ask us what are the best practices to preserve paper and other materials? Acid Free Box and Folders The number one answer is to use folders and storage containers that are labeled acid free. These containers protect and lengthen the “life” of important manuscripts and artifacts. Remove all rubber bands, tape, paper clips and glue that could possibly dry out and/or make papers stick together. The Library of Congress has more detailed information about caring for paper materials ...