Hagen History Center will be closed Friday, September 17th to Sunday, September 19th. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 21st at 10 am. 

Collections

Public History, Available to You

The King-Mertens Archival Storage Building house's 10,000 square feet of space include archival material, diaries, letters, correspondence, books, typescripts, reports, photographs and other historical resources. 

Built in 2015, holdings include 800+ separate collections and 8,200+ linear feet of material. Professional staff continues their commitment to helping researchers and other visitors find what they need in a timely, efficient manner. 

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King-Mertens Archival Storage
Abraham Lincoln: Anything having to do with Abraham Lincoln specifically. 

American Red Cross: Items relating to the American Red Cross. (clothing, buttons, etc.)

Archaeology: Artifacts relating to archaeological digs or other findings. (arrowheads, stones, etc.)

Asian Art: Any form of art relating to Asia or it’s artwork style. 

Children’s Clothing: All clothing and accessories designed for children. (shirts, pants, dresses, shoes, gloves, hats, etc.)

Civil War: All Civil War and earlier; goes in WCM Room 3.

Coins/Medals: Any coin or medal, commemorative or currency.

Collector Spoon: Spoons that commemorating important places and people. Does not include flatware, serving spoons, or any utility spoon.

Decorative Arts: Any form of artwork that would be displayed for viewing pleasure. (vases, statues, wreaths, etc.)

Erie Business: Objects relating to a business in Erie, even things that simply have the company name on it.

Erie Events: Objects commemorating an event that happened in Erie.

Erie Interest: Objects regarding Erie but do not fall into the other Erie collections.

Erie Manufacturing: Objects manufactured in Erie.

Eugene Iverd: Objects that regard Iverd or contain an image produced by Iverd.

Flag: Flags of any kind.

Furniture: Any type of big furniture items. (chairs, tables, desks, dressers, etc.)

GAR: Post Civil War related to the Grand Arm of the Republic. (ribbons and medals)

Griswold: All Griswold objects.

Hand Work: Handmade objects that were sewn, crotched, etc. (quilts, needle pictures, handkerchiefs, etc.)

Hand Work Tools: Tools used to make Hand Work objects.

Historical Object: Items with a historical background but are not Erie specific.

Household Goods: Smaller items you would find throughout a house. (dishes, utensils, toiletries, etc.) 

Maritime: Objects regarding ships that are not related to big name ships here in Erie.

Marx Toys: All Marx Toys.

Men’s Accessories: Objects that are part of a man’s wardrobe other than the clothing itself. (shoes, pipes, hats, etc.)

Men’s Clothing: Any men’s item of clothing (shirts, pants, vests, coats, etc.)

Military: Any military object relating to any of the wars; WWI, WWII, Spanish American War, Korean, etc. Example: Military - WWI (clothing, helmets, medals, etc.)

Musical Instruments: Any object that is known as a musical instrument.

Native American: Any Native American object including South American Natives, Erie, etc. Example: Native American - Erie (arrowheads, bowls, jewelry, clothing, etc.)

Niagara/Lawrence: Any object regarding the Niagara or the Lawrence.

Office Supplies: Objects that were used in the office. (pens, inkwell, paperweights, etc.)

Salaczyk Military: Any item in the Salaczyk accession.

Sports & Leisure: Any sport or game objects. (board games, cards, etc.)

Stereoscope: Objects associated with a stereoscope.

Tools: Tools such as woodworking tools. (hammer, auger, etc.)

Toy & Doll: Any toy or doll, along with doll items. (doll, dollhouse, doll clothes, stuffed animals, tea sets, etc.)

WCM: Objects that belong to the Watson-Curtze Mansion.

Weapons: Any type of weapon. (guns, swords, etc.)

WMH: Objects that belong to the Wood-Morrison House.

Women’s Accessories: Objects that are part of a woman’s wardrobe other than the clothing itself. (shoes, fan, parasol, brooch, etc.)

Women’s Clothing: Any women’s item of clothing. (shirt, pants, skirt, dress, etc.)

WPA: Models of structures used for educational purposes through the Works Progress Administration.