The Archives of invites patrons to explore history.

A wide variety of manuscript documents, Lancaster County records and Lancaster City records are available for research. We have documents for historians, scholars and genealogists. More than 600 manuscript groups contain records of individuals, families, businesses and social organizations. The majority of these records date to the incorporation of the county in 1729 and continue to the present. Letters, diaries, estate papers, business records, trade cards, Civil War muster rolls, Valentines, and court records combine to tell the stories of families and communities. And many more documents hold the answers to your questions or will fill that gap in your family tree.

We look forward to assisting you with your research!



Archival collections can be located using our online collections database, in-house databases, online finding aids, or the library catalog, Most archival items may be used in the Reading Room and should be requested at the Reference Desk. However, the staff may photocopy some documents due to their fragile condition and some items may require staff supervision.

Archives Collections are available:

  • Monday - Saturday from 9:30am - 4:30pm




Our Blogs

The History Bucket


Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog


Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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