May 17, 2022

Pennsylvania: “Books, Archives Survive in Chilly Home: Secrets of the Pa. Capitol”


Ben Franklin’s newspaper containing an account about his electrifying kite experiment. A list of scenes from the 1934 adventure flick “Tarzan and His Mate” that were deemed unfit for Pennsylvanians to view. The original survey of land done for John Harris where the state Capitol Complex sits.

These are just some of the hidden gems stored in two places where Pennsylvania holds its state treasures – the State Library’s Rare Collections Library and the State Archives.

Staff at both places graciously took the time to describe some of the documents, books and objects in their collections as well as share some information about the facilities that house them.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.