REPOSITORY

Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies

Identifier
NFAI.R.00000022
Repository Name
Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies
Alternate Name
Penn State Harrisburg - Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies
Type of Repository
Academic Departments
Repository State
Pennsylvania
Repository Description
The Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies is devoted to providing programs, resources, and support for the study of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage. Established in 1990, the Center is affiliated with the Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities and its American Studies program. Committed to the documentation and appreciation of Pennsylvania's significant cultural heritage, the Center promotes the study and interpretation of the diverse communities, cultural traditions, and historical sites of Pennsylvania. The Center also serves individuals through a variety of public programming, and coordinates organizations and resources devoted to the study of Pennsylvania’s history and culture at local, state, and national levels. The Center maintains research collections, organizes educational programs, offers technical support, and supports publications consistent with its mission. The folklore holdings include the Archives of Pennsylvania Folklife and Ethnography, Folklife Archives of the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, Mac Barrick Collection, and John Yetter Collection of Steelton Historical Materials housed in special collections of the campus library.

ARCHIVES
Penn State Harrisburg Library: Archives and Special Collections The Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies Collection, part of the Penn State Harrisburg Library's Archives and Special Collections, provides resources for the study of Pennsylvania's cultural heritage. The Collection consists of the following five parts. Finding aids for these collections and archives are available. For additional information, contact Archives and Special Collections. Click here to view more information about the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies collection at the library. Archives of Pennsylvania Folklife and Ethnography: Several thousand manuscripts, recordings, and photographs documenting field-collected folk traditions and cultural behavior; arranged by project and genre and cross-referenced for location, ethnicity, religion, tradition-bearer, and occupation. Mac Barrick Collection of Folklife and Regional History: Manuscripts, documents, recordings, and photographs on central Pennsylvania folklore, local history, folk art, and architecture compiled by Dr. Mac Barrick (1933-1991), professor at Shippensburg University and other colleges, and author of German-American Folklore. Includes indexes for folk proverbs, beliefs, narratives, and speech. John Yetter Collection of Steelton Historical Material: Over 2,000 photographs and hundreds of publications on Steelton, Pennsylvania, an ethnic-industrial community in Dauphin County known for the first mill in the United States built expressly for the manufacture of steel. Compiled by John Yetter, Steelton resident, and author of Steelton, Pennsylvania: Stop, Look, Listen. American Studies Resource Collection: Vertical files of information relating to the history and practice of American and Pennsylvania studies. Sue Samuelson Papers: Research and field notes of Dr. Sue Samuelson (1958-1990)—professor at Penn State Harrisburg, University of California-Berkeley, and Rutgers—relating to Pennsylvania foodways and festivals.

GENRES
Student papers, oral history interviews, short-item collections, architectural surveys, photographs.

DATES
1981 to the present.

LOCATIONS
Mostly Pennsylvania and the surrounding Middle Atlantic region.

HIGHLIGHTS
The Mac Barrick Collection currently being digitized was based on state surveys of beliefs for North Carolina, Utah, and Ohio; it contains thousands of cards on belief, speech, games, and medicine organized on the model of the Frank C. Brown collection. The Institute for Cultural Partnerships folklife archive contains media materials on artists and apprentices participating in the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts apprenticeship program from the 1990s to 2010.

FORMATS
Photographs - 2000
Paper Records - 200 linear feet



Repository Description Source
[information from NFAI Survey]
Repository Contact
Simon Bronner (Chair, American Studies Program)
Address
Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
USA
Telephone
717-948-6201
Email
amstd@psu.edu

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