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Institutional Office Records

Some Offices such as the Parliamentarian's Office, the Chief Clerk's Office, the Office of the Speaker and Legislative Office of Research Liaison have donated their records to the House Archives. These records frequently contain reports generated by the offices and memorabilia, which give insight into the culture and history of the House of Representatives.

Parliamentarian's Records

By a 1931 statute, the position of the Parliamentarian was created, replacing the position of Speakers' Clerk. The Parliamentarian is responsible for advising the Speaker on the minutiae of the operations of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as well as any and all parliamentary procedures.

Following is a list of Parliamentarians who served since 1931. Please contact the House Archives for available records.

  • S. Edward Moore (1935-1964; 1967-1968)
  • Thomas R. Balaban (1965-1966; 1969-1972; 1975-1976)
  • W. H. Clay Keen (1973-1974; 1979-1982)
  • Thomas S. McCormack (1977-1978)
  • Clancy Myer (1978, 1983-2006, 2011-present)
  • Reizden Moore (2007-2010)

Bipartisan Management Committee Records

The Bipartisan Management Committee was created in 1979 in order to aid the Speaker of the House in managing some of the more administrative aspects of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, especially the employees.

The Bipartisan Management Committee consists of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Majority and Minority Leaders and Whips. In addition, the Chief Clerk and the Comptroller are selected by the Bipartisan Management Committee, but are only confirmed or removed by a 2/3 majority vote by the Members of the House of Representatives.

Legislative Service Agencies' Records

The House Archives collects the papers of several Legislative Service Agencies. These agencies' purpose is serving the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, typically in a research facet. These papers are generally rich resources for researchers interested in the topics investigated. Final reports are frequently available on-line via the Agencies website.

  • Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
    • The only papers available are via the Ellen Bard Papers
    • http://www.ruralpa.org/index.html
  • Joint State Government Commission provides the General Assembly of Pennsylvania with objective interdisciplinary studies.
    • Some reports are available via the House Archives
  • Legislative Audit Advisory Committee.
  • Legislative Budget and Finance Committee is a bicameral and bipartisan agency designed to study issues and make recommendation in order to eliminate economic waste and promote efficiency in government.
    • Some reports are available via the House Archives
  • Legislative Office of Research Liaison (LORL) is a nonpartisan service which responds to legislators' requests for information on policy matters such as social, physical and life sciences.
    • Collection available via the House Archives
  • Local Government Commission is a bipartisan legislative service agency providing research assistance to both the General Assembly and individual legislators in order that local governments might serve more effectively and efficiently.
    • Some reports available via the House Archives
    • www.lgc.state.pa.us/

Office of the Chief Clerk Records

To be added

Official Reporter Office Records

To be added

Calendar and Amendment Room Records

To be added

Office of the Speaker, Special Events Coordinator's Records

To be added


The PA House Archives now uses ArchivesSpace to maintain its Finding Aids, which assists users in locating items in its collections. Finding Aids will be added to this site as they are made available. Please contact us about collections not listed here.

  • The search box in the upper left corner of ArchivesSpace allows you to search by topic. If you are searching for a phrase, place quotation marks around the phrase (e.g. "Child Health Insurance"). The results will display entire Record/Manuscript Collections or results found within box lists, which display specific box/folder numbers.
  • You can browse by Collection, Digital Content, Creator, or Record Group.
  • If you are not finding what you are looking for, contact the House Archives.

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