Unique Collections

Special Collections

The Special Collections Library is located on Penn State's University Park Campus. Here, researchers can find more than 200,000 printed volumes, more than 25 million archival records and manuscripts, and another million photographs, maps, prints, and audio-visual items. Our mission is to provide primary source materials for researchers from Penn State and around the world.

Digital Collections

The University Libraries' Digital Collections, close to 100 in all, cover a wide range of subject areas, including agriculture, the Civil War era, geology and geography of Pennsylvania, labor history, Pennsylvania history, Penn State history, and political protest. Many of these collections were digitized from holdings in the Special Collections Library.


The Coal and Coke Heritage Center

The Coal and Coke Heritage at  Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus provides research collections of  records and artifacts related to the region’s coal and coke industries. Collections include: Robert S. Tomich papers, USX Corporation records, John A. Enman papers, Reid Moser photographs, Coal and Coke Museum Association of Pennsylvania records, Medlen family collection, Keister family papers and Thomas I. Agnew papers.


Harrisburg Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections consists of eight collections, including the Alice Marshall Women's History Collection, the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies Collection, the Herb Field Papers, the Holocaust and Jewish Studies Collection, the Lena A. Girolami Collection, the Penn State Harrisburg College History Archives, the Special Interest Collection, and the Three Mile Island Collection. All of the collections are open and available for research purposes.