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Bellefonte central railroad

Bellefonte Central Railroad

This exhibit draws upon the Special Collections Library holdings of Bellefonte Central Railroad photographs, postcards, documents, publications, memorabilia and cartographic materials to bring the history of the railroad to life.

from Oliver Goldsmith's The Poems of Oliver Goldsmith, 1859

Birket Foster Exhibit

Birket Foster was part of one of the great periods of book illustration in England. This is a virtual recreation of a 1998 exhibit in the Penn State Special Collections Library.

M. Dickson (American/Hawaiian) Likelike, Mrs. Cleghorn, Sister of the King, ca. 1868 Albumen print on carte-de-visite

Darrah Collection of Cartes-de-visite

The William C. Darrah Collection includes 62,608 cartes-de-visite. It was assembled systematically over a period of more than thirty years (1957-1988) by Mr. Darrah. Collecting was initiated in 1954 as part of a project to document, through examination of actual imprinted images, the existence of as many nineteenth-century photographers as possible.

Hajjar reseidential design

Hajjar Heritage

A. William Hajjar, a member of the architecture faculty at the Pennsylvania State University in the 1950s and 1960s, challenged the conservative look of the State College community with his contemporary-style homes. In Fall 2004, the Centre County Historical Society exhibited Hajjar's local architectural legacy. Robert E. Malcom assembled the exhibit, took pictures, interviewed current and former owners, and wrote the text.

Hallock's (Mostly) Hidden Houses Collection

Hallock's (Mostly) Hidden Houses

Architect Phil Hallock has likely had the largest impact on the State College landscape of any designer.  Being fairly modest, he has not tooted his own horn to become widely known, although he has about sixty completed residential and commercial structures in the area. In Fall 2006, the Centre County Historical Society & State College Municipal Building exhibited Hallock's local architectural legacy. Robert E. Malcom assembled the exhibit, took pictures, interviewed current and former owners, and wrote the text.

Heidrich: The Quiet 'H' Collection

Heidrich: The Quiet 'H'

Of the three best known post World War II modernists of the Architecture Faculty of Penn State, Ken Heidrich is undoubtedly the least well known, at least by name.  Indirectly his work is known by thousands of locals as one of the members of the design group for the beautiful, contemporary high school buildings on Westerly Parkway. Robert E. Malcom assembled the exhibit, took pictures, interviewed current and former owners, and wrote the text.

Little girl standing by a tree trunk, circa 1900

Henisch Collection of the History of Photography

A valuable resource for the study of 19th-century photographic, social, and art history. Originally designed as a teaching collection, and international in character, the material includes virtually every type of photograph ever made.

cover illustration- bodies of a woman and child drowned

The Johnstown Flood

The material collect here is comprised of digital books composed of microfilmed images from the PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf collection and reflects reminiscences of the disaster, and varies greatly in style and attention to historical accuracy. The titles represent a rare gathering of affecting impressions of the tragedy, providing insight into the reception of the events and their understanding.

man holding crop plant

Juniata County History Project

The Juniata County History Project was a long term ethnographic research project dedicated to understanding the various forms of visual communication in Juniata County (Pa.). These exhibit panels showcase customary scenes from everyday life in central Pennsylvania, including agriculture, marriage, childhood, and the rural tradition of the estate auction.

Ex libris bookplate

Reva Kern, Artist, Illustrator and Designer of Ex Libris

Reva Kern is an internationally known designer of Ex Libris (bookplates). Originally from Illinois, Reva resides in Camarillo, California (USA).

Brooklyn Bridge

FS Lincoln Photographs

The photographs in this online exhibit feature views of 1930s Manhattan and New York Harbor; images from Lincoln’s travels in France; sculpture by the Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi; and photographs from the 1937 Paris International Exposition.

Obelisk on Penn State campus

The Stones of the Obelisk

Constructed in 1896, the obelisk, also called the polylith, stands 32.7 feet high and weighs 53.4 tons. This "pile of rocks" was created the same year the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (formerly the School of Mines) came into existence. The obelisk, built by State College stonemason Michael Womer, began as a kind of answer to all the requests the college had been receiving for information on stones.  On this site, move your mouse over the stones of the obelisk to see information about each stone.

Baseball team

The Ogontz School 1850-1950

For 100 years, the elite and prestigious school known as The Ogontz School for Young Ladies was a prominent force in female private education. In 1950 the school, campus, and facilities were given to The Pennsylvania State College, now The Pennsylvania State University.

dedication ceremony brochure

Narrative History of Penn State Altoona

This timeline contains documents and memorabilia from the early days of the Altoona Undergraduate Center (AUC) and some additional articles published afterwards.

Elect Bill Scranton billboard

Selections from the William Warren Scranton Papers

William Warren Scranton, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania, led an extraordinary life of public service.The William W. Scranton Papers housed at The Pennsylvania State University selectively document Scranton’s stellar career in public service as well as in business, civic, and educational arenas.