Pennsylvania States Archives is Running Out of Space

With budget shortfalls galore, many states are having problems just paying the bills, let alone expanding archives space. Pennsylvania is in just such a pickle…

PHILADELPHIA — The 18-story tower across from the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg is where Pennsylvania State Archives Towermillions of records from centuries of commonwealth history are kept to keep them safe for future generations — but it’s running out of room.

Officials say the archive, which receives several thousand new boxes of records each year, can take more for another year or maybe two, and the building must either be renovated and expanded or the material must go to a newer and more functional facility.

“We are almost at 99 percent capacity right now,” said David A. Haury, Pennsylvania’s state archivist, who said more than 200 million pages of paper were stored in the tower. “We don’t want to be in a position where we can no longer take in documents. We’re running out of options.”

Read the full AP article in the August 2, 2010 edition of The Mercury.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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