Dauphin County Archives

Find Dauphin County Pennsylvania archives. Archives maintain vital, family, and genealogy records, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.


Harrisburg Central Records Archive 123 Walnut Street Harrisburg PA 17101 717-255-3192


Hershey Community Archive 30 East Granada Avenue Hershey PA 17033 717-533-1777

Pennsylvania State Archive 350 North Street Harrisburg PA 17120 717-783-3281

About Dauphin County Archives

Dauphin County Archives are collections of permanently valuable records that pertain to organizations, governments, or businesses in Dauphin County, PA. Archived records include correspondence, reports, manuscripts, minutes, and other forms of documented evidence of past events. They can be used for research and analysis of past events, establishing or verifying legal claims, and preserving Dauphin County history. A repository of Archives is typically housed in a building designated for that purpose. Dauphin County Archives include museums, churches and other faith-based organizations, universities and colleges, businesses, and genealogical groups and societies.

You may contact the Archives for questions about:
  • Dauphin County public records
  • Historical documents, directories, and photographs
  • Dauphin County military records
  • Pennsylvania historical records
  • Genealogy records in Dauphin County, PA
Dauphin County Public Records

The Dauphin County government maintains Archives of Dauphin County public records that are available upon request. These collections include records pertaining to the proceedings of Dauphin County and local government, as well as materials that serve to preserve the heritage and history of the locality. In addition to government records, they may contain directories, photographs of prominent individuals and places, Dauphin County military records, maps, and collections from schools, civic organizations, labor unions, and businesses. Dauphin County Archives may be a component of the Dauphin County Public Library or they may be managed by a local Dauphin County historical society. These Dauphin County public records are useful to family researchers and genealogists.

Pennsylvania Archival Records

The Pennsylvania Archives contains historical records of the Pennsylvania government and records collected from Dauphin County governments. State Archives essentially include documents connected with the political history and past administrations of PA government. In addition to serving as a repository for permanent state government records, the Pennsylvania State Archives preserves materials that document Pennsylvania's history.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) maintains documents and materials created by the U.S. government, including Dauphin County public records, that are deemed to have an ongoing value. NARA has material at locations in seventeen states. In addition to maintaining archived records, NARA offers educational programs and workshops for the public on how to make use of archived records. Although not strictly considered Archives, NARA also manages the Federal Records Centers, the National Personnel Records Center, the Federal Register, and the presidential libraries.