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Oak Leaf yearbook cover from the Penn State Forest Academy

Forestry Education in Pennsylvania 

In May 1903, the governor of Pennsylvania established the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy in Mont Alto.  It was one of the first forestry schools in the nation along with the Biltmore Forestry School and the Yale Forestry School. Included in this collection are yearbooks are from the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy and the Pennsylvania State University School of Forestry, Mont Alto Branch.

Boyd's Directory

The Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biographies 

Biographies profile thousands of prominent Pennsylvanians who contributed to the development of the Commonwealth in many fields of endeavor. The online version offered by Penn State contains ONLY the volumes of the Encyclopedia known to be in the public domain (the first 14 volumes published before 1923)

Christopher Harvey: The School of the Heart from the English Emblem Books

The English Emblem Book Project 

The English emblem books scanned for this project are cultural artifacts frequently used in the analysis of reading practices, printing history, Elizabethan popular culture, the use of allegory, and the relationship of word to image.

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Google Books at Penn State

In June 2007, the Penn State University Libraries joined the other members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) in an agreement to digitize select collections across all its libraries, up to 10 million volumes, as part of the Google Book Search project.

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Hathi Trust 

The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and for future generations.

Iconologia or Moral Emblems of Cesare Ripa

Iconologia of Moral Emblems, Cesare Ripa Exhibit 

One of the most famous handbooks of symbols and allegories in the history of art and literature is Cesare Ripa's Iconologia, first published in Italy in 1593. Emblem books are books of symbolic pictures accompanied by explanatory texts.The aim of the emblem itself is to give symbolic expression to a moral adage. Emblems are a genre of considerable interest to scholars and historians of both literature and the visual arts.

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Internet Archives at Penn State 

The Internet Archive includes books texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

Metal Mark, Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon


This collection consists of reproductions of out-of-print, public domain works that hold a significant place in Pennsylvania’s rich literary and cultural past. 

deserter list

Non-Reporting Drafted Men and Deserters 

This document contains physical, military and demographic information for nearly 30,000 Union soldiers who enlisted in the Union army and later failed to report for duty. They were subsequently cited as deserters. The roster was compiled from monthly lists that were submitted to the Provost Marshal and Adjutant General between 1861 and 1865.

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Penn State Romance Studies 

A peer-reviewed monograph series, Penn State Romance Studies offers scholarly research in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Romance languages simultaneously in print and online in Open Access mode. The series covers a wide range of topics across a lengthy period of time. It also spans a broad spectrum of genres, including monographs, reference resources, translations, and editions of critical works.

portrait from the Civil War era

Pennsylvania Civil War Regimental Histories 

The full-text of accounts from the collections of the Pennsylvania State Library. The regimental histories provide unit rosters and biographies, chronicle life in the military, and record the regiment's role in the sectional conflict.

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PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf 

The Pennsylvania history collection reflects the Libraries’ strong collection focus on Pennsylvania. The collection consists primarily of Pennsylvania county histories, atlases, and Civil War regimental histories.

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Pennsylvania Geology 

This collection contains materials relating to the geology and water resources of Pennsylvania as published by the PA Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey, and others.