Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Celia Caust-Ellenbogen is Senior Project Surveyor on the Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. She began working at HSP in early 2011 under the auspices of the PACSCL-CLIR "Hidden Collections" project, and has been working on the HCI-PSAR project since September of 2011. She holds a BA in History and World Literatures from Swarthmore College, and an MLIS with a concentration in Archives, Preservation and Records Management from the University of Pittsburgh.

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We hope that everyone is safe, dry, and secure in the wake of "Frankenstorm" Sandy! With all the excitement of the past few days, now is a good time to write--or review--the disaster plan for your institution.


Last week, Southeastern Pennsylvania's history and heritage community turned out en masse to celebrate the achivements of small history organizations in the region.


We are delighted to announce that the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has been awarded funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for two more years of the Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories! Read the entire press release here.


As the air outside chills (but stays steady indoors under the humming HVAC system), October is nearly here and American Archives Month will be upon us again. The scene is familiar, straight out of a Normal Rockwell painting: sleepy-eyed researchers rush through the archives doors, gather in the glow of UV-filtered light sources, and excitedly unwrap the treasures in their Hollinger boxes. Merry Archives Month to all!


HSP's upcoming History in Pennsylvania Awards (HIP Awards) next month will honor several participants in the "Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories." We're very proud of them, and hope that you'll join us on October 19, 2012, to celebrate their accomplishments!


We are very pleased to announce that the finding aid site for HSP’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) is now online. The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) has agreed to include finding aids created through the HCI-PSAR project on their online union catalog at http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/index.html.


Are you looking for sources on your historical research topic, but desire a fresh alternative to the well-trodden archival canon? Try a small repository!


Before James H. Hirokawa bought his home in Montgomery Township, Pa., the seller checked with all the neighbors if they were willing to live near a Japanese man. The year was 1945, and Hirokawa had just been released from an internment camp.

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Guest blogger Ashley Harper writes about Bartram's Garden, the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, and home of some amazing archival materials!


Imagine a private home bigger than the White House. Now imagine it outfitted with machine guns trained on proletariat-uprisers, and now trained on Nazi art thieves. Now imagine it transformed into laboratories... If you're having trouble picturing all that, visit the Springfield Township Historical Society to see their extensive collection on Whitemarsh Hall!