Exhibits

These exhibits focus on a subject or topic created by our partners that draw upon content found in Historic Pittsburgh. 

All In: The University of Pittsburgh in the Great War

In response to the escalation of the war in Europe the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees issued the following on March 26, 1917:

“ Resolved, That the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh place all the available resources of the University which the Government of the United States may require, in case of threatened or actual war, at the disposal of the Government. ”

With this resolution the University of Pittsburgh began its work in support of the war effort just a few weeks before the U.S. officially entered the war. University faculty, staff and students in the sciences volunteered and were assigned to tasks in support of our government’s efforts.

Courtesy: Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Bud Harris: A Career in Photography

Forrest “Bud” Harris was a commercial and advertising photographer. Born and based in Pittsburgh, Pa., his professional clients included a variety of local corporate and non-profit institutions. Working mainly between the late 1960s and 1990s, Harris captured a multifaceted view of not only the corporate manufacturing world of Koppers and Alcoa, but also the local communities that allowed these institutions to thrive. This exhibit highlights a few of the special moments Bud captured throughout his career.

Courtesy: Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania College for Women float in support of women’s right to vote, 1914

Celebrating Women’s History: Chatham Women and Politics

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the University Archives presents selections from our collection that highlight Chatham’s unwavering commitment to encouraging civic engagement in all levels of the political system. This exhibition, Celebrating Women’s History: Chatham Women in Politics, demonstrates student civic engagement tracing back to the earliest days of the Suffragette movement, when students paraded through downtown Pittsburgh in support of women’s right to vote.
 
Courtesy: Chatham University Archives

Chatham: The History of Our Name

Have you ever wondered how Chatham got its name or why it was changed from Pennsylvania College for Women?  If so, you might want to check out this online exhibit which tells the tale of how the school came to cosider a name change, the various names considered, and the reception of the name at the time.

Courtesy: Chatham University Archives

Link to Free at Last Exhibit

Free at Last? Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries

The question mark following “Free at Last?” is appropriate because freedom never came to most of Pennsylvania’s slaves. It came to their children, and then only when they reached the age of 28. And, once obtained, freedom required constant vigilance to sustain legal papers. Although Quakers had been condemning slavery since 1688, and other patriots throughout the North American colonies had joined the condemnation by 1780, it took 85 more years and a bloody civil war to silence the powerful who vociferously defended the practice. After the war’s end, no person of moral and ethical standing has ever defended it again. The documents, stories, and images, and sounds in this exhibition captured those years of transition from what at one point was morally acceptable to what at another was morally abhorrent.

Courtesy: Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

From May Day to University Day: Exploring Connections Between Chatham Traditions

As part of this year’s University Day celebration, JKM Library and the Chatham University Archives are pleased to present an exhibit titled From May Day to University Day: Exploring Connections between Chatham Traditions. This exhibition focuses on the history of Chatham’s May Day pageants and other end-of-the-semester festivities, such as Toe Dabbling Day, Buckets and Blossoms, and University Day. Photographs, programs, and ephemera documenting Chatham’s many springtime celebrations, some dating all the way back to the early twentieth century, will be exhibited at the JKM Library and in the lobby of the Women’s Institute. We even have a special presentation of some recently preserved film footage of the 1935 May Day pageant on the main floor of JKM Library!
 
Courtesy: Chatham University Archives

Get to The Point!

This exhibit from the illustrates the vast changes of the Point over the last 250 years. It comprises early drawings, paintings, postcards, engravings, maps, and photographs of the Point between 1758 and 2013. It’s hard to believe the Point State Park we enjoy today once looked like it did!

Courtesy: Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Oakland: A Look Back over the 20th Century image link

Oakland: A Look Back over the 20th Century

Selected from collections held by the ULS Archives Service Center, the images in this exhibit provide a glimpse into the past while hinting at changes that would eventually lead to the development of Oakland as a hub of medical, cultural, and educational significance known well beyond Pittsburgh. Featured are landmark buildings designed by leading architects of the time as well as vivid street scenes.

Courtesy: Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Football: Through the Years image link

Pitt Football: Through the Years

From humble beginnings at the Western University of Pennsylvania to a nine-time national championship program, football has been active at Pitt since 1889. This site features 15 historic Pitt football photographs from the University Archives, which include Bowl champions, All-Americans, and Heisman Trophy winners. Some of these men, like Pop Warner and Jock Sutherland, made a lasting impact on the game of football and others, like Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett and Mike Ditka, went on to Hall of Fame-worthy professional football careers.

Courtesy: Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Thumbnail of a map of the city of Pittsburgh - from G.M. Hopkins Map Collection

Pittsburgh Maps

The Historic Pittsburgh Maps Collection comprises several maps series helpful for studying and tracing the physical development and changes in the Pittsburgh area landscape.

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