Archives and Collections

These specialized collections are available by appointment to those conducting research related to specific projects. 

For genealogy inquiries, please visit our Library and Genealogy page.

The archives houses a variety of photographic images, correspondence, organizational minutes and records, unpublished documents, as well as rare and limited edition pamphlets and publications from the 18th through mid-20th centuries. These items are related to residents and organizations from Westmoreland County.

The curatorial collection consists of items as varied as furniture, memorabilia, musical instruments, and textiles. The textile collection, one of the largest, has examples of clothing and accessories from the early 19th century through mid-20th centuries. One prized garment includes Richard Coulter's army jacket from the Mexican War.

The Hanna's Town site is an archaeological treasure because it is a sealed time capsule from an early and important period in the history of our county. The site has already produced in excess of one million artifacts that are currently cataloged and stored at various locations on and off site. These artifacts can be extremely instructional to the community at large. Plans are underway to make significant displays available to the general public. These resources are appealing to archaeological professionals and students interested in the material culture of the waning British colonial frontier and the emerging American republic.

Contact our Collections Manager

Donate an Artifact

We accept artifacts and documents that tell the story of Westmoreland County's history on a case-by-case basis. Please review this document to learn more about our donation process.