Illustration of female housemaid washing clothes in a wooden tub.

Alice Marshall Women’s History Collection

The Alice Marshall Women’s History Collection, part of the Penn State Harrisburg Library’s Archives and Special Collections, consists of literary, graphic, and manuscript materials dealing with the issues and individuals that comprised women’s history from the 15th century to the early 1980s. Compiled by Alice Kahler Marshall (1923-97), the collection encompasses all areas of women’s lives and includes 7,000 books and pamphlets (many of them rare), over 400 periodical titles (magazines and newspapers), and thousands of other materials—sheet music, diaries, posters, postcards, photographs, buttons (relating to wars, political campaigns, and social issues), book and magazine illustrations, advertisements, broadsides, trade cards, fashion plates, manuscript letters and documents, and more.

Front page of the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, January 1, 1880

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer (1880-1890)

Founded in 1864, the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer had become by the 1880s the leading daily in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a crusading opposition publication in a city beset with growing pains. It was already one of the oldest continuous newspapers in the state and nation, and by this time it had transformed itself from primarily a political organ into a conduit for local information and an advocate for clean politics and civic reform.

Front page of The People's Advocate, June 18, 1846

Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive is the gateway to the Commonwealth’s historical full-text searchable newspaper database. Newspaper titles and holdings are continually added as they become available from all 67 counties stretching back to our colonial roots to the present. Newspapers can be browsed by title, date, or county.