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Pennsylvania: State Resource Guide

This guide provides access to digital materials related to the state of Pennsylvania at the Library of Congress, as well as links to external websites and a selected print bibliography.


One of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania was established in 1681 by William Penn. Vital to the war for independence, Pennsylvania's capital city of Philadelphia became the first capital of the new nation during the American Revolution. In it's long history, the state has been home to generations of Native Americans, colonists, and ultimately citizens of a new United States.

This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Pennsylvania such as books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, motion pictures, photographs, sheet music, and sound recordings that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Pennsylvania and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.