About Me

My name is Ty Stump and I’m an archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives. I studied to be an archivist and a historian at the University of Maryland, College Park, and previously worked at the University of Maryland ArchivesSmithsonian Museum of American History, and National Anthropological Archives.

“Another Century” is what I do for fun because I like finding the cool parts of history and sharing them. I decided to make this blog for two reasons: as an outlet for my writing and to share history with a special focus on historical records that don’t get a lot of attention.

You’ll mostly find stories here from American history between 1850 and 1950, more specifically about popular culture, technology, my own family history and (of course) Pennsylvania. Sometimes I like to write about the archives profession too.

Feel free to leave a comment with any questions or suggestions for post topics, because that would be awesome! You can also point out any errors or typos you see (I know there in this blog somewhere) so I can fix them. And if you can’t get enough of me, you can also find me @ArchivistTy on twitter.

Please note that all content on this site is my own and does not necessarily represent the views of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Institution, or the University of Maryland.


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  1. Interesting piece of history. I managed a unit in MA for patients- about 1/3 of them were forensic. I was looking up Fairview because my brother was there when he was about 17. He was born in 1952 and is now deceased. He was quite a handful and out of desperation, my parents had him committed to Fairview for an evaluation. I’m assuming all records have been purged. It was a terrible place and my brother said if my parents didn’t make the three he drive each weekend, he didn’t know what would have happened to him. My mother was Polish as were many of the guards and she thinks this helped him stay safe.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your story, I’m glad your brother made it out. Very few records from Farview survive unfortunately, and many experiences like the one you described aren’t well documented. That’s interesting about the Polish guards, I didn’t know that either. I knew a lot of the staff were formerly employed in the mining trades but that was as far as I could find on that. Thanks for filling me in here.


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