This guide will help you navigate HSP's holdings related to federal, state, and local officials, and government publications from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia. Other HSP collections relate to Philadelphia political history; the political debate over slavery, suffrage and women's rights; labor movements; and political advocacy and reform movements.
To learn more about HSP's holdings, search our online catalog for the subjects that interest you, including politicians, political parties, government institutions, reform movements, and more. Visitors to HSP's library should also look for names and other terms of interest in our manuscripts card catalog, known as PC1 (and not available online), which serves as a name index for many manuscript items.
Papers of other high federal officials in the collections include those of Assistant Treasury Secretary Tench Coxe (Coxe Family Papers) and United States Bank President Nicholas Biddle (Biddle Family Papers).
Although not a government repository, HSP has many government publications from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia dating from the colonial period to the twentieth century. Such publications include legislative proceedings, committee hearings, statutes, case law, executive documents, constitutional convention proceedings, and the reports of departments, offices, and commissions. Try searching for your topic of interest in HSP's online catalog to see what's available.
The Hampton L. Carson papers includes letters from Pennsylvania governors, judges, attorneys general, and others involved in the administration of law and justice.
Far-right politics are represented by Imperial Night-hawk, Kourier, and Social Justice magazines (all on microfilm) and by a number of Ku Klux Klan books and pamphlets, as well as government reports about the Klan.