PENNSYLVANIA HISTORY RESOURCES
There are a
number of major collections, and what follows is
only meant to give some introductory sites, some jumping off points.
AND AS TO MY OWN WORK
Materials on western Pennsylvania
history are collected here. Some nice visuals can
Pennsylvania Historical and
Library in Pittsburgh.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Society of Western Pennsylvania.
The site of the Pennsylvania
Historical Association will lead you to a searchable database
Materials in the libraries of Penn State University.
of History and Biography.
Resources collected in the new state History
published by Penn State Press.
A good way to find out what new books are being published on
Pennsylvania history is to follow the catalogues of the major presses
working in this field. The major ones include:
Penn State Press
Temple University Press
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh Press
materials can be found here.
For current Pennsylvania politics, see politicsPA or the useful
materials collected by PCN television.
Materials on state government and contemporary legislative affairs can
Manual is a great all-round resource.
There are also lots of local county and city historical societies and
resources that I am not going to list in full here, but Westmoreland
County gives a good model of what is available. See also this site
Many sites commemorate the heroes of United Flight 93, lost at
Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001.
published two books on themes in Pennsylvania history. These are:
and Shirts: The Extreme Right in Pennsylvania 1925-1950.
Chapel Hill, NC: University of North
Carolina Press, 1997.
Cold War at Home: The Red Scare in Pennsylvania 1945-1960.
University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
Also: this is my chapter
from the new state History on the post-industrial age, 1950-2000.
This is a proposal
for one historical project which I am currently developing, about
occult and fringe movements in the Philadelphia area in the early
These are some articles that I have published on Pennsylvania
history in the past few years:
This is a conference paper I wrote on Disease
and Racial Frontiers in Charles Brockden Brown's Philadelphia.
An unpublished paper on the Molly
Maguires, and how they came to be commemorated in Pennsylvania's
heritage tourism industry.
This is on the investigation of spies
and subversives in Pennsylvania during the first world war.
And another on prostitution
in Lancaster during the Progressive era.
Defenders is a paper about the politics of civil defense in