Library & Archives

Public History, Available to You

The King-Mertens Archival Storage Building houses the collections in 10,000 square feet of space. Archival material, including diaries, letters, correspondence, books, typescripts, reports, photographs and other historical resources are accessed by contacting the Library & Archives Department directly at (814) 454-1813 x 26 for an appointment.

Appointments are available on Wednesday through Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The schedule is expected to expand in late Spring, 2019.


Collections Information

This special subject research library is devoted to the history of Erie County and its environs. The Robert J. MacDonald Great Lakes maritime history is also part of the collections. The ECHS Library & Archives’ holdings present the history of people, places, things, events and activities.

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.

Researchers access this material in the Reading Room of the Library which also houses more than 5,800 books published in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

A substantial amount of collections shifting has taken place since the beginning of the move from 2-D collection storage on State Street to the Hagen History Center campus. The staff is working to re-establish order to make your visit an enjoyable and efficient experience.


Family History, Genealogy

Erie County Historical Society’s sister organization, the Erie Society for Genealogical Research, handles all family history research inquiries for both groups.

To inquire, call directly at (814) 454-1813 x 29 or write to:

Erie Society for Genealogical Research
P.O. Box 1403
Erie, PA 16512-1403

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