The Centre County Historical Society has, over the years, acquired archival collections which provide primary source materials for those interested in researching or writing about the history of the county. The online collections list includes brief entries about the various collections and links to more in-depth finding aids for selected collections.
Research articles available on our website include:
Centre County architecture & research bibliography
- Centre County History
Centre County Townships & Boroughs, ABC’s of Centre County’s Places and Spaces
Links to Centre County and PA history, arts, culture & heritage conservation resources, local directories and events, libraries and more
- Her Stories
This project began in 2000 when the State College Branch of AAUW provided funding for research to learn more about the role of women in the development of Centre County.
- Iron History
The Manufacture of Charcoal Iron at Centre Furnace, Glossary of terms and a look at the iron workers
- Centre Furnace Mansion History
Centre Furnace Mansion residents and restoration
Centre County’s Townships and Boroughs
- Penn State History
James Irvin Letter and Brief PSU History
- Thompson Family History
Thompson family and Centre Furnace residents
- Benner Commerce Park, Phase III Final Report – Valentine Iron Ore Washing Plant
View the historical background and archaeological findings prepared by Heberling Associates, Inc. Methodology, setting, ironmaking process, Valentine & Thomas family ironworks, Valentine iron ore washing plant, plus appendices with additional data, diagrams, images, maps, references.
- Mansion Notes
A collection of CCHS published newsletters containing CCHS event information, photos, collections and archives research
The Centre County Historical Society has some genealogical records in its archives and library, but it is not a primary focus for our collecting. Please check the genealogy resources page for additional information.
Anyone wishing to use archival records or the library should make an appointment by calling (814) 234-4779.
The archives and library of the Centre County Historical Society are not the only resources one should consult for historical primary source materials about Centre County.
Centre County Library & Historical Museum
203 N. Allegheny Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-1516 x214
The collections include a wide variety of primary source materials, although much of the use of the collection is oriented towards genealogical research. Collections of value in family history original marriage, death, and tax records; local newspapers, censuses, county histories, family histories, the Spangler Genealogical Papers, and the J. Marvin Lee Genealogical Collection.
- Digital Collections Library
Many resources related to Centre County are available for viewing online, including Penn State’s student newspaper The Daily Collegian, John Blair Linn’s History of Centre and Clinton Counties, and more.
- Arts & Humanities Library
2nd floor Pattee Library | (814) 865-6481
The general stacks of the main library at the University Park campus provides many resources for historical research including reference books, scholarly journals, and monographs. Some historical documents have been reprinted in scholarly editions and are also cataloged in the stacks. The Pennsylvania History website is a useful resource for all researchers.
- Special Collections Library
1st floor Paterno Library | (814) 865-7931
The Special Collections Library includes a wide variety of Centre County-related publications and primary source materials. There are reference books, printed histories, maps and other published resources, as well as a wide variety of archival materials including correspondence, diaries, business and industrial records, photographs, and institutional records of various types. The University Archives is part of Special Collections and has a very large collection of materials documenting the history of the University. Most of these materials can be found in The Cat, the Libraries’ on-line catalog and many have more extensive descriptions available through the Special Collections website.