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The Penn State Historical Collections and Labor Archives

History Next Door

Whether exploring Pennsylvania history in CAS 355 or paging through the radical feminist pamphlets in CAS 455, CAS undergraduates often get to hold history in their hands through class trips to the archives and course assignments.  

CAS graduate students are only a few steps away from the Kenneth Burke papers, which span eight decades and include exchanges between Burke,    Ralph Ellison, and Robert Penn Warren among others.

In addition to the Burke papers, the archive features major holdings in labor history, an extensive trove of Civil War primary documents, and the New Left Pamphlet Collection, which include underground newspapers and pamphlets related to the gay liberation, feminist, and civil rights movements.