Pattee Library exhibits highlight Pennsylvania heritage

Catherine Grigor
September 04, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Three new exhibits in Pattee Library focus on Pennsylvania heritage and are on display through Dec. 19. “Discovering the U.S. Civil War: Highlights from the Civil War Collection at Penn State,” is on display in the Franklin Atrium, first floor Pattee Library. It includes Civil War era newspapers and images from “The People’s Contest, A Civil War Era Digital Archiving Project,” a collaborative project of the University Libraries and the Richards Civil War Center. The Richards center locates and digitizes rare manuscript collections from across Pennsylvania and promotes research into the experiences of Pennsylvanians between 1851 and 1874.

The exhibit also showcases recent Penn State Press books, including images from the Civil War diaries of an African-American woman. In addition the exhibit has the Altoona Baker family photo album, an autographed note signed by President Abraham Lincoln and given to the Richards Center by a donor as well as photographs of Henry Varnum Poor’s Land Grant Fresco located in the Old Main lobby on the north wall.

The “Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers: Civil War Collection at Penn State” is on display at the mall entrance to central Pattee Library on the left side of the welcome desk. It features two Centre County newspapers with opposing political views, each dated Oct. 14, 1864. Both newspapers are freely available as part of the Civil War Digital Newspapers Database. Currently there are 102 titles digitized, and the collection contains all the text, photographs and advertisements from selected newspapers published from 1831-77, the pivotal years surrounding the U.S. Civil War.

The “Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project, 2008-2014: Celebrating PaDNP” is on display at the mall entrance to central Pattee Library on the right side of the welcome desk. This milestone project, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, was completed in August. With support from the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Penn State’s Libraries digitized 88 Pennsylvania newspaper titles, creating 365,051 online page images and 57,786 issues from 44 cities representing 41 of the 47 counties. Project manager Karen Morrow and principal investigator Sue Kellerman noted, “The initiative has built a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all the states and U.S. territories.”

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Cheri Banks at 814-863-6798.

Last Updated September 05, 2014