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Advertising Trade Cards from the Alice Marshall Women's History Collection

Advertising Trade Cards from the Alice Marshall Women's History Collection (AMC). This digital collection consists of over 150 advertising trade cards from the AMC, located in Archives and Special Collections at the Penn State Harrisburg Library. The cards showcase the 19th- and 20th-century woman as an entrepreneur and were used as early forms of advertising in America to promote not only goods but also services. 

cover of an art education drawing card set

Albert A. Anderson, Jr., and Evelynn M. Ellis Art Education Collection

The production of drawing manuals designed specifically for children was a goal of even the earliest authors and publishers. Toward the middle of the 19th century, new forms of drawing manuals began to appear. One of the most important of these was unbound drawing cards, issued in packets with specific instructions for their use. MORE

rubens painting

Art, Architecture and Landscape Pictures

Art, Architecture and Landscape pictures from the Pennsylvania State University.

sistine chapel

Art History Department Visual Resource Collection

A growing collection of over 60,000 images documenting the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other visual arts from prehistoric times to the present. Includes images from the VRC's image collection as well as professional photography that has been licensed for Penn State use from vendors such as Scholars Resource and Davis Art Images, in addition to a selection of art works from the Palmer Museum of Art.

Come Together for Peace poster, Benson collection

Thomas W. Benson Political Protest

The Thomas W. Benson Political Protest Digital Collection is a unique educational and scholarly resource documenting and exploring themes associated with the student anti-war movement and campus unrest in America during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Hallock House on Prospect Street

Central Pennsylvania Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Containing over 1,000 images, this collection focuses on the buildings and landscape of central Pennsylvania. These pictures have been selected and photographed by experts in the unique architecture and landscapes of our region.

slide of ginger root

Mira Dock Forestry Lantern Slides

The Dock slide collection is comprised of 468 glass lantern slides from the collection of Mira Lloyd Dock (1853-1945), a renowned Pennsylvania environmentalist, botanist, and educator. The slides are primarily black and white pictures of tree and plant specimens, although a small number of the slides were meticulously and beautifully hand-colored.

Color photo of two pillars at Palmer Art Museum, showing tops of the pillars with vertical, colored tiles.

Palmer Museum of Art Collections

The permanent collection of the Palmer Museum of Art includes American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculpture; contemporary European, American, and Japanese studio ceramics; Asian ceramics, jades, paintings, and prints; and objects from ancient European, African, Near Eastern, and American cultures. This database contains descriptions of more than 7,000 works as well as images for many of them.

aerial view of Penn State football field during half time

Penn State Libraries Photo Archive

This photograph collection is one of the most heavily utilized collections in the Penn State University Archives. The collection contains approximately 500,000 images: black and white prints, color prints, oversized photos (larger than 8”x10”), color slides, photographic negatives, digital scans, and postcards.

Penn State President Milton Eisenhower with brother United States President Dwight Eisenhower

Penn State University Park Campus History Digital Archives

This digital collection of primary source materials focuses on the design and planning of the Penn State University Park campus. The development of the campus from the 1870s to the 1970s is documented by a selection of maps, photographs, construction drawings, specifications, statistical information, and news releases and articles.

patterson building photo

Pennsylvania History Pictorial Collections

This is a compilation of pictorial collections pertaining to Pennsylvania History.

Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius

Worldwide Building and Landscape Pictures

This growing collection of thousands of color images of historic architecture and landscape design focuses on the major monuments found in the textbooks most commonly used in survey courses.