The Pennsylvania State Archives

Mailing Address: 350 North Street
Location: Third Street at Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090  
(717) 783-3281

Search Room Hours

The Pennsylvania State Archives is open Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding State holidays. Only microfilmed records are available on Saturdays.
(See Getting to the Pennsylvania State Archives.)

Please note: The Pennsylvania State Archives will be closed on the following dates, due to holidays:

Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, 2006
Thursday-Saturday, November 23-25, 2006

The hours of operation may also be affected by early dismissals of staff and weather-related closings. Please call ahead to verify that the Archives will be open and able to serve you when you arrive.


The Division of Archives and Manuscripts holds voluminous records providing evidence of enrollment or service with Pennsylvania military units during the period 1775-1985. Among those military service and war records that offer research potential are the following:

Images of military service cards for some of these conflicts may be viewed online through:

The Archives Records Information Access System (ARIAS) is designed to facilitate citizen access to archival records created by all branches and levels of Pennsylvania State Government. Records series currently online or in the process of being digitized are:

  • PA National Guard Veteran's Card File, 1867-1921. {series #19.135} [Description] [Images]
  • Civil War Veterans' Card File. {series #19.12} [Description] [Images]
  • Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File. {series #13.50} [Description] [Images]
  • World War I Service Medal Application Cards. {series #19.196} [Description] [Images]
  • Spanish American War Veterans' Card File of United States Volunteers. {series #19.78} [Description][Images]
  • Mexican Border Campaign Veterans' Card File. {series #19.110} [Description] [Images]
  • Militia Officers Index Cards, 1775-1800. {series #13.36} [Description] [Images]

Currently, about 1,500,000 card images are accessible on the ARIAS website, and the State Archives plans to make additional records available in the near future. The original paper records were microfilmed. From this microfilm, the images were digitized for presentation on the Web. The content, sequence and image quality among the records series will vary depending on how they were originally written/typed and subsequently filmed. In some instances, certain information may be illegible. Efforts were made to optimize the records for readability and presentation purposes for the Web.


Source: The Pennsylvania State Archives