The Blair County Historical Society maintains a research library and archives on the third floor of Baker Mansion. This library is open to the general public with a nominal donation.
Select local newspapers dating from 1836 and beyond.
Access to Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com.
Altoona City Directories from 1870 and beyond.
Various Civil War regimental histories and Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) records.
Documents concerning the Allegheny Portage Railroad, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.
Extensive records of the Alleghany Furnace and Elias Baker family businesses, some other business and family papers.
Over 3,000 books and thirty file boxes of photographs, dating mostly from the 1890s through the 1930s.
Large records relating to local births, deaths, and marriages including family bibles.
Secondary source books on local and regional history–ranging from industrial, to military, to natural history.
Original artwork depicting landmarks, personalities, and events of Blair County’s past.
A large collection of academic journals, especially regarding Pennsylvania History and including the society’s newsletters.
Need more information on what our society has available to researchers? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more! The library and archives are open by appointment. Please call the administration office at 814-942-3916 to schedule your visit. Access is free to members of the Blair County Historical Society. Materials do not circulate and must be used on site. The Society will undertake limited research for a $15 donation per hour of research, plus thirty cents per photocopy. Requests for research should be made in writing or by e-mail and should include as much detail as possible.
Volunteers reorganizing the archives during Spring Cleaning!
Blair County Historical Society Physical Site: Baker Mansion 3419 Oak Lane Altoona, PA 16602