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Checkout the latest episode of the PA LAunchPod podcast!  It features Iren Snavely, librarian for the Rare Book Collection at the State Library of Pennsylvania.  The podcast host is Tom Berman. Snavely discusses some of the challenges of balancing access and preservation, and...

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    Most English-speaking people—Americans, Canadians, Britons or Australians—reflexively associate the Bible with the King James Version. So, it might seem odd to most Americans that the first Bible printed in North America was not the “Authorized” King James...

State Library of Pennsylvania Rare Collection Open House Maps! Maps! Maps! Did you know that the State Library has thousands of maps in its collections?  Among the most famous are an edition of the first printed atlas and the very first map of Harrisburg!  Rare Books Librarian...

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    Iren L. Snavely, Jr. Rare Books Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania   How to Determine Book Condtion? One of the most common questions people ask-whether bibliophiles or the heirs to family treasures—is what is the condition of my book?  Adjectives such...

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People living on the Pennsylvania frontier often felt isolated and fearful.  Scotch-Irish and German settlers, excluded from the best farmlands near Philadelphia, worked hard to clear lands and establish new farms and towns west of the Susquehanna.  Although some of Pennsylvania’s...