Information about State Archives

Note: This page will be updated very frequently, so ALWAYS click REFRESH on your browser whenever you get to this page.  PHL                    (last updated 5/23/2003)

Scroll down for links to each state archive in the USA as well as the national archives
for both the USA and Canada.

Without waiting for The POORHOUSE STORY to find and publish the information ...you may be able to do your own search  for the poorhouse records in which you are interested. In many cases this may not require the tedious process of finding and contacting offices in the local community. Poorhouse records have often been transferred to or microfilmed for holding in the state archives. In some cases, those holdings have been catalogued and the list is available on-line! When the information is not available on-line, the archives often has an e-mail contact to which you may write for poorhouse information.
TIPS: Poorhouses were called by various names in different locations. Some terms include: poorhouse, poor farm, county farm, county home, county infirmary (be careful of this one -- it may or may not refer to a poorhouse), or almshouse. Poorhouse records can usually be found on a list of holdings under the category "local government records -- county".  It may take you a while to learn the search techniques needed, so be patient! It is well worth your time -- and can actually be quite educational and fun! Relax! Enjoy the process. But if you get stuck ... contact the staff for assistance.
Note: We would very much appreciate it if you would share your results with us. Then we can perhaps post more helpful information to help other readers.  PHL
If you are not able to find the link you need below, another resource may be the list of resources which can be found on the website for the PBS family history and genealogy television series -- Ancestry   http://www.byubroadcasting.org/ancestors/ 
Alabama
Alabama Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
334-242-4435
 http://www.archives.state.al.us/index.html  
Alaska
Alaska State Archives
141 Willoughby Avenue
Juneau, AK 99801
907-465-2270
http://www.archives.state.ak.us/ 
Arizona
Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records
State Capitol
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-542-3942
http://www.dlapr.lib.az.us 
Arkansas
Arkansas History Commission
1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-682-6900
http://www.state.ar.us/ahc/ 
California
California State Archives
Office of the Secretary of State
1020 "O" Street
Sacremento, CA 95814
916-653-2246
 http://www.ss.ca.gov/archives/archives.htm 
Colorado
Division of Archives and Public Records
Department of Personnel
1313 Sherman Street, Room #1B-20
Denver, CO 80203
303-866-2358
http://www.archives.state.co.us/index.html  
Connecticut
Connecticut State Archives
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
860-566-5650
http://www.cslib.org/archives.htm 
Delaware
Delaware Public Archives
Duke of York & Legislature Avenue
Dover, DE 19901
302-739-5318
http://www.archives.state.de.us/ 
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Archives
1300 Naylor Court NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-727-2054
http://www.genealogyspot.com/state/dc.htm 
Florida
Florida State Archives
Bureau of Archives and Record Management
Division of Library and Information Services
R A Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
904-487-2073
http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us./barm/fsa.html  
Georgia
The Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Tel: (678) 364-3700
http://www.sos.state.ga.us/archives/ 
Hawaii
Hawaii State Archives
Iolani Palace Grounds
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-586-0329
http://www.hawaii.gov/dags/archives/welcome.html  
Idaho
The Idaho State Historical Society
Library and Archives
450 North 4th Street
Boise, ID 83702
208-334--3356
http://idahohistory.net/library_archives.html 
Illinois
Illinois State Archives
Office of the Secretary of State
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756
217-782-4682
http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/archives.html 
Indiana
Indiana State Archives
State Library and Historical Building
140 North Senate Avenue, Room 117
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-3660
http://www.state.in.us/icpr/archives/ 
(updated 5/18/03)
Iowa
State Archives of Iowa
State of Iowa Historical Building
600 East Locust, Capitol Complex
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-3007
http://www.iowahistory.org/archives/index.html  
Kansas
Kansas State Historical Society (and state archives)
6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka KS 66615
785-272-8681
http://www.kshs.org/research/collections/documents/govtrecords/
 
Kentucky
Kentucky State Archives
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Public Records Division
Archives Research Room
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40602
502-564-8300
 http://www.kdla.state.ky.us/ 
Louisianna
State Archives and Records
Office of the Secretary of State
3851 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
504-922-1207
http://www.sec.state.la.us/archives/archives/archives-index.htm 
Maine
Maine State Archives
L M A Building
State House Station, Number 84
Augusta, ME 04333
207-287-5795
http://www.state.me.us/sos/arc/general/admin/mawww001.htm 
Maryland
Maryland State Archives
Hall of Records Building
350 Rowe Blvd
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-974-3914
http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/homepage/html/homepage.html 
Massachusetts
Archives of the Commonwealth
220 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
617-727-2816
http://www.magnet.state.ma.us/sec/arc 
Michigan
State Archives of Michigan
Department of State
717 West Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48918
517-373-1408
http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17445_19273_19313---,00.html 
Minnesota
Minnesota Historical Society (and state archives)
345 Kellogg Blvd West
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651-297-4502
http://www.mnhs.org/preserve/records/ 
Mississippi
Archives and Library Division
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
100 South State Street
Jackson, MS 39201
601-359-6876
 http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/  
Missouri
Missouri State Archives
600 West Main
Jefferson City, 65102
573-751-3280
http://www.sos.state.mo.us/archives/ 
Montana
Montana State Archives
Montana Historical Society
Memorial Building
225 North Roberts Street
Helena, MT 59620
406-444-4774 
http://www.his.state.mt.us/departments/Library-Archives/index.html 
Nebraska
Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
402-471-4771
 http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/index.htm  
Nevada
Nevada State Library and Archives
Division of Archives and Records
100 North Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701
702-687-5210
http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/nsla/ 
New Hampshire 
Division of Records Management and Archives
Department of State
71 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
603-271-2236
http://www.state.nh.us/state/index.html 
New Jersey
New Jersey State Archives
185 West State Street
CN 307
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-292-6260
http://www.njarchives.org/ 
New Mexico
New Mexico Records Center and Archives
1205 Camino Carlos Rey
Sante Fe, NM 87505
505-476-7908
http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/ 

ONLINE ARCHIVE OF NEW MEXICO 
http://elibrary.unm.edu/oanm/ 

New York
New York State Archives
New York Department of Education Cultural Education Center
Room 11D40
Albany, NY 12230
518-474-8955 
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml  
North Carlolina
North Carolina State Archives
Department of Cultural Resources
Division of Archives and History
109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
919-733-3952
http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/archives/arch/default.htm
 
North Dakota 
State Archives and Historical Research Library
North Dakota Heritage Center
612 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismark, ND 58505
701-328-2668
 http://www.state.nd.us/hist/sal.htm 
Ohio
Archives - Library Division
Interstate Route 71 and 17th Avenue
1982 Velma Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
614-297-2510
http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib/ 
Oklahoma
Office of Archives and Records
200 NE 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-2502
http://www.odl.state.ok.us/oar/
   
Oregon
Archives Division
Secretary of State
800 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97310
503-373-0701
 http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us 
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State Archives
Reference Section
3rd and Forster Streets
Harrisburg, PA 17108
717-783-3281
http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/overview.htm?secid+31  
Rhode Island
Rhode Island State Archives
337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
401-277-2353    
http://www.state.ri.us/archives/   
South Carolina
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
1430 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29211
803-734-8577
http://www.state.sc.us/scdah/homepage.htm  
South Dakota
South Dakota State Archives
Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governers Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-3804
http://www.sdhistory.org/arc/archives.htm 
Tennessee
Tennessee State Library and Archives
State Library and Archives Building
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2764
http://www.state.tn.us/sos/statelib/tslahome.htm 
Texas
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1201 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701
512-463-5463
http://www.tsl.state.tx.us 
Utah
State Archives and Record Services
Archives Building
State Capitol
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
801-538-3013
http://www.archives.state.ut.us 
Vermont
Vermont State Archives
26 Terrace Street
Redstone Building
Montpelier, VT 05609
802-828-2308
http://vermont-archives.org/
    
Virginia
Virginia State Library and Archives
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
804-692-3777
 http://www.lva.lib.va.us/   
Washington
Washington State Archives, Main Office
Office of the Secretary of State
1120 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504
360-586-1492
  http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/   
West Virginia
Archives and History Section
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Blvd East
Charleston, WV 25305
 304-558-0230
http://www.wvculture.org/history/index.html  
Wisconsin
The State Historical Society of Wisconsin
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
608-264-6460
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/archives/index.html 
Wyoming
Wyoming State Archives
Barrett State Office Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-7826
http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/  
National Archives of CANADA 
http://www.archives.ca/08/08_e.html 
National Archives of the USA  (NARA)
http://www.archives.gov/index.html 

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