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.

Aerial Photographs of Pittsburgh

Visual images from the 1923-1937 document aerial views of Downtown Pittsburgh, Mount Washington, the North Side, the Point, Oakland, and Homestead.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

African American Construction Workers of Pittsburgh Photographs

Visual images depict African American construction workers in Pittsburgh in 1957-1960, and from efforts by African American leaders like Ellis R. McGruder, Jr. and Nate Smith in the 1960s and 1970s to bring about greater employment opportunities for African Americans in the building trades in Pittsburgh.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Alexander Addison Papers

Contains correspondence to Alexander Addison, the president judge of the Fifth District Court of Pennsylvania (1791-1802), from Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Findley and Charles Nisbet regarding political events in the U. S. and Europe, particularly the Constitutional Convention, Jay and Pinckney Treaties, Indian wars, and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Allegheny Conference on Community Development Photographs

Visual images from the 1870s-1980s show the construction and destruction of many Pittsburgh structures and buildings during the post-World War II Renaissance period.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Allegheny Observatory Records

Visual images from the 1890s-1930s depict the construction and equipment, experiments, inventors and directors of the Allegheny Observatory located in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Aluminum Company of America Photographs

Images of Alcoa’s founders, employees, factories, and products dating from the 1870s through 1960s.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

American Left Ephemera Collection

A wide-range of primary source textual and visual material documents left-wing organizations in the U.S. during the 20th century.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Archives of Industrial Society Photograph Collection

Images visually document a wide range of topics relating to the history of Pittsburgh including neighborhoods, infrastructure, and landscape selected from the AIS vertical files.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Bedford County Township Tax Receipts

Contains tax receipts from various townships in Bedford County, Pa. (1763-1838); each tax receipt includes a list of names of taxpayers along with the amount paid to the township.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Birmingham United Church of Christ Records

Collection contains a constitution and journal, history, minute books, lists of members, memorial publications, baptismal, marriage, burial, and financial records from 1843-1977 of the Birmingham United Church of Christ.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

Contains images of blind men and women engaged in occupations such as making brooms, weaving, and caning chairs.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Breathe Pennsylvania Records

Contains images from ca. 1910 to 2000 that document Breathe Pennsylvania's work in promoting respiratory health in Western Pennsylvania. The collection includes images of the organization offering health services and promoting education initiatives.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Bruce Drisbach-American Steel & Wire Company Photographs

Visual images from 1915-1917 depict the construction of the American Steel & Wire Company building, equipment, and worker housing construction in Donora (Pa.).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Bryce Brothers and Lenox Incorporated Glass Records

Visual images of depictions of glassware manufacturing as well as images of products, product displays, glass production facilities, and employees from Bryce Brothers Company and Lenox, Inc.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Bureau of Building Inspection, Department of Public Safety, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records

Contains yearly dockets of building permits and monthly reports of issued building permits by the Bureau of Building Inspection (City of Pittsburgh), including three volumes which span 1894-1908 of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, prior to annexation by the City of Pittsburgh.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

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

Camp Johnson Photographs

Contains images from c. 1939 to 1995 of camp activities and reunions for Camp James Weldon Johnson in Beaver County that depict campers, counselors, and staff participating in summer camp activities such as hiking, fishing, and swimming.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

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 C. McGovern Papers

Contains speeches given by Charles C. McGovern between 1924-1948. They include Square Deal Party speeches made during the McGovern/Barr for County Commissioners re-election campaign and WJAS weekly broadcast speeches.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh