Historic Pittsburgh Book Collection

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The Historic Pittsburgh Book Collection contains publications from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that document Pittsburgh-area history and culture. This “collection” is comprised of texts selected from the collections of several of our partner institutions. It is an attempt at providing a unique overview to local Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania history by exploring social issues, personalities, communities, religions, industries and landmarks that make up the history and the culture of the Pittsburgh region from the Colonial Period through World War II

About the Historic Pittsburgh Books

Most of the materials in Historic Pittsburgh Book Collection were published or produced before the early 1920s and are out of print or not readily accessible. These materials cover the growth and development of Pittsburgh and the surrounding Western Pennsylvania area from the period of exploration and settlement through the industrial revolution to the Great Depression. Read more...

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