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 Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh Oral History Project Records and Recordings

This oral history collection consists of transcripts, cassette tapes, project working files and background organizational records of the interviews conducted during the African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh (AAJPSP) Oral History Project (1995-1999). The project documents individual African American Jazz Musicians in Pittsburgh as well as their efforts to organize. The content of the interviews span from 1904 to 1999.

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

Alexander Cumming Papers

Collection of correspondence and lecture notes written by Alexander Cumming from 1893-1896 that document his experiences as a student and editor during this time.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Alexander Lowy Papers

Consists of 14 of 16 patents that Dr. Lowy secured for his research, some memorabilia from his college years, and materials related to the dedication of the Alexander Lowy Memorial Seminar Room in Langley Hall on May 25, 1959.

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 County Photography Department Photographs

Photographic negatives documenting buildings, construction projects, and events in Allegheny County. The county fair, county parks, the construction of roads and bridges, and official county events are particularly well represented within the collection. The records also include aerial photographic prints, film, and video.

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

Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection

Correspondence from Andrew Carnegie between the 1890s and 1920s that include letters and telegrams pertaining to Andrew Carnegie, his philanthropy, and the founding of his Pittsburgh institutions.

Contributor: Carnegie Library 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