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June 15, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

State Archives opens former Gov. Ed Rendell’s records

Article originally appeared on www.pennlive.com on June 13, 2011 and was written by Sara Heidenreich.

An orange manila envelope was addressed to former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell using a thick purple marker. Someone drew a red flower on the envelope and the return address, a Pennsylvania elementary school, was written in an equally thick navy blue marker.

The envelope contained letters from members of a fourth-grade class, congratulating the new governor on his inauguration and asking him to meet with them when they visited the Capitol that year. Rendell met with the 26-member class on their visit to the Capitol.

This envelope of letters is one of thousands of items that fill the approximately 300 boxes Rendell’s office turned over to the State Archives when he left office in January. Now, these files are going to be available to the public for the first time in the State Archives in Harrisburg. [link to full article]

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