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A guide to the Local History sources found in Special Collections.


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The Gettysburg Postcard Collection presents vintage postcards depicting views of the Gettysburg College and Gettysburg Seminary campuses as well as images of the town and Battlefield.

Historic Gettysburg College
A digital archive featuring materials of intellectual and cultural significance to the Gettysburg College Community: Historic Photographs, Manuscripts, Artifacts & Memorabilia and Publications.

Hidden in Plain Sight
A collection of student papers and images of objects "hidden in plain sight" around the Gettysburg College campus.

Gettysburg Sanborn Maps
A collection of the the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map of Gettysburg in 1924. The map is divided into 17 numbered sheets. The collection is missing map sheet 14.

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Local History in Special Collections: Suggested Materials

Special Collections maintains a variety of materials a researcher in Local History might want to investigate:

Manuscript Collections pertaining to Local History

Browse Subject Vertical Files

The Oral History Collection includes interviews pertaining to Local History:

  • Adams County during World War II
  • Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30)

Consult an archivist for assistance with these items.

Locating Items

Published Materials:


  • Special Collections stacks are closed. To acquire an item, make a request at the reference desk in the Special Collections Reading Room.
  • Some materials may be found in the main stacks and can circulate.

Non-published Materials:

Include photographs, maps, ephemera, and manuscripts housed in Special Collections.

These items do not circulate and are available only in Special Collections.

Consult an archivist for assistance with non-published materials.

Subject Guide

Catherine Perry
(717) 337-7002 / (717) 337-7046
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Special Collections

Musselman Library

Fourth Floor

Gettysburg College Box 420

Gettysburg, PA 17325


Reading Room Hours:

When Classes are in session

M, Th, F : 1 - 5 PM
T, W : 1 - 5  and 6 - 9 PM

Summer Hours

By appointment only

 Special Collections Rules of Use

Musselman Library
Campus Box 420
300 North Washington Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325