About the Collection
The Pennsylvania Center for Folklore Collection, part of the Penn State Harrisburg Library's Archives and Special Collections, provides resources for the study of Pennsylvania's cultural heritage.
Finding aids for these collections and archives are available. For additional information, contact Archives and Special Collections.
Archives of Pennsylvania Folklife and Ethnography: Several thousand manuscripts, recordings, and photographs documenting field-collected folk traditions and cultural behavior; arranged by project and genre and cross-referenced for location, ethnicity, religion, tradition-bearer, and occupation.
Mac Barrick Collection of Folklife and Regional History: Manuscripts, documents, recordings, and photographs on central Pennsylvania folklore, local history, folk art, and architecture compiled by Dr. Mac Barrick (1933-1991), professor at Shippensburg University and other colleges, and author of German-American Folklore. Includes indexes for folk proverbs, beliefs, narratives, and speech.
John Yetter Collection of Steelton Historical Material: Over 2,000 photographs and hundreds of publications on Steelton, Pennsylvania, an ethnic-industrial community in Dauphin County known for the first mill in the United States built expressly for the manufacture of steel. Compiled by John Yetter, Steelton resident, and author of Steelton, Pennsylvania: Stop, Look, Listen.
American Studies Resource Collection: Vertical files of information relating to the history and practice of American and Pennsylvania studies.