Collections

Historic Pittsburgh comprises a variety of primary and secondary sources from multiple partners about the greater Pittsburgh region, including a wide range of publications, maps, manuscripts, visual images, and audio-video materials, that support personal and scholarly research.

CONSOL Energy, Inc. Mine Maps and Records

Visual images from the 1930s-1940s depict the Consolidation Coal Company (the forerunner of CONSOL Energy Inc.) and its operations, including miners at work, mine construction, interiors of shafts, mine cars, barges carrying coal, and railroad cars filled with coal. Also includes hand-drawn above-ground maps and annual reports.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museum of Art Collection of Photographs

Visual images from the 1870s-1950s show scenes from mills and factories, street activity, portraits, and aerial shots of Downtown Pittsburgh by noted photographers Esther Bubley, Clyde Hare, Luke Swank, Harold Corsini and Hugh Torrance.

Contributor: Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Natural History Archives

Visual images from the 1960s-1970s document bird-banding activities and various landscapes of Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Contributor: Carnegie Museum of Natural History Archives

Charles M. Stotz Photographs

Visual images featured in Stotz's 1936 book, <i>The Early Architecture of Western Pennsylvania</i>.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Charles R. Martin Photographs

Visual images depict the march in Pittsburgh on the National Day of Mourning on April 4, 1968, three days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Charles Richardson Photographs

Visual images by Charles Richardson which depict life in Pittsburgh, including Downtown, steel mills, and neighborhoods between 1952-1954.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Chatham University Chronological Photograph Files

Images from the 1870s-2000s chronicle the students, faculty, and university community and the growth of Chatham University from a small women’s college to a thriving coeducational institution.

Contributor: Chatham University

Chatham University May Day Collection

Images from the 1905-1947 chronicle Chatham University’s May Day celebration, a semi-regular festival featuring elaborate theatrical and musical performances written, performed, and staged by students, faculty, and the college community for a public audience.

Contributor: Chatham University

Chatham University Shadyside Campus Lantern Slide Collection

Images of the Shadyside campus of Chatham University in the early 1900s depict campus facilities and highlight building interiors, athletic facilities, and student activities during the early years of the school.

Contributor: Chatham University

Christopher Gist's Journals by William M. Darlington

Contains manuscript drafts of William Darlington's book, <i>Christopher Gist's Journals</i>, published posthumously in 1893 by J.R. Weldin & Co. in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

City Directories

The City Directories contains directories published between 1815 and 1945 by J.F. Diffenbacher and R.L. Polk & Company. While most of the directories cover Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, a portion includes Homestead and nearby boroughs.

City of Pittsburgh Geodetic and Topographic Survey Maps

Maps prepared by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Planning staff beginning in 1923 and maintained into the 1960s. Relief shown by contours and spot heights. Includes grid index and legend.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Communist Collection of A.E. Forbes

Contains hand-rendered and mimeographed broadsides, newsletters, and flyers that present a local snapshot of Pittsburgh's radical politics during the 1930s and 1940s.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Congregation B'nai Israel Photographs

Visual images document confirmation classes, Hebrew school classes, and bar and bat mitzvah students from 1920-1992. Other images include B'nai Israel's religious leaders, congregational events, and the exterior and interior of the synagogue.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center