Pennsylvania Room Collection

The Pennsylvania Room has a specialized reference collection of more than 3,000 volumes on state, local, and family history, as well as original Centre County records, newspapers, patron-provided manuscript genealogies, vital record indexes, and indexes to Centre County marriages and newspaper obituaries.

You can search our non-circulating reference collection in Centre County Library’s online catalog.

The following research materials are included in the Pennsylvania Room collection but are not included in the Library’s online catalog:

Centre County Newspapers on Microfilm

  • Bellefonte Patriot
  • Bellefonte Republican
  • Centre Daily Times
  • Centre Democrat
  • Centre Reporter
  • Democratic Watchman
  • Democratic Whig
  • Howard Hustler
  • Keystone Gazette
  • Millheim Journal
  • Philipsburg Journal
  • Philipsburg Daily Journal


  • Index to Centre County Death Notices and Obituaries, 1821-2013
  • Centre County, Pennsylvania Marriage Index, 1764-2005
  • Centre County Births, 1893-1905
  • Centre County Death Records, 1893-1905
  • Centre County, PA: Index to the CCGS Cemetery Series

Original Centre County Government Records

  • Marriage license applications, 1885-1987
  • Tax assessment records, 1801-1965
  • Will and intestate files, 1800-1990
  • Orphans court dockets, 1802-1971
  • Civil and criminal court papers, 1800-1875
  • Road petitions, 1800-1956

Spangler Collection

A unique and fully indexed genealogical collection with 250,000 cards in its catalog. Documentation includes:

  • Tombstone inscriptions for 113 county cemeteries
  • Newspaper obituaries (1826-1854 and 1926-1942)
  • Marriage records
  • Bible transcriptions
  • Church records
  • Family records
  • Tax lists

J. Marvin Lee Genealogical Collection

This collection contains approximately twenty notebooks compiled by a longtime Centre County genealogist/historian. Mr. Lee's work, which includes family group sheets with some documentation, is primarily from the 1940s to the 1970s, and is fully indexed.