Welcome to Our Newest Historic Pittsburgh Partners!

Historic Pittsburgh welcomes Crafton Public Library and the MARS Area History and Landmarks Society as new contributors to the site. We look forward to working with them to further advance our mission of preserving, and making widely available, materials related to the history of Pittsburgh.

Welcome Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) to Historic Pittsburgh!

Historic Pittsburgh welcomes the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) as a new partner who is contributing content to the site. Their first collection that is now available online is the Louis Semple Clarke Collection which depicts members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, who owned the South Fork Dam whose failure caused the Johnstown Flood on May 31, 1889. The photos were taken over several years in the 1880s by club member Louis Semple...

August 2019

Join us at the 2019 Historic Pittsburgh Fair - October 5, 2019

When: Saturday, October 05, 2019 1 PM – 4:00 PM  


The Historic Pittsburgh Fair will features exhibits from local libraries and archives, an in-depth look at some of Carnegie Library’s special collection materials, historical tours of Main, hands-on activities and speakers focused on various aspects of Pittsburgh’s history.

  • Explore historical collections from libraries, archives, and historical societies throughout Allegheny County
  • Discover how to preserve your family and historical materials
  • ...

December 2018

Finding Aids Added from the Chatham University Archives & Special Collections

The Chatham University Archives & Special Collections is pleased to share with the Historic Pittsburgh community of users a new selection of finding aids that facilitate research into Chatham history.  The finding aids will enable discovery of broad set to topics including the history of the university and the individuals who comprise the Chatham Community.  Records of particular note include the Collection on Rachel Carson, the...

Tree of Life Congregation Publications Added

In response to recent requests for material pertaining to the history of the Tree of Life Congregation, several publications have been added to Historic Pittsburgh:

Join us at the 2018 Historic Pittsburgh Fair! - Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM–2:00 PM  

When: Saturday, November 03, 2018 11:00 AM–2:00 PM  

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main (Oakland)
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh  PA 15213

Join us and celebrate Historic Pittsburgh with a day full of activities!

  • Explore historical treasures from the collections of  local universities, museums, historical societies, libraries and non-profits.
  • Grab some friends and play Pittsburgh Trivia...

September 13, 2018

New Collections added from Detre Library & Archives

The Detre Library & Archives of the Heinz History Center has added several image collections to Historic Pittsburgh. Images from the D. L. Clark Company Records focus on products, displays, the Clark Building, advertisements, and promotional events. The Paul Lawrence Peeler Papers and Photographs include depictions of Peeler with choirs and ensembles...

The Pittsburg Daily Dispatch and The Bulletin Added

We recently added 1,912 issues of The Pittsburg Daily Dispatch dating from 1849 with intermittent coverage through 1880. This collection is particularly exciting because it is one of the largest collections, and the only online version, of some of the earliest editions of this popular and influential Pittsburgh newspaper. This daily publication offers in-depth accounts that document Pittsburgh as a growing industrial city. Issues contain local news...

Community Profiles and Pittsburgh Neighborhood Atlases Added

We added Community Profiles of 71 neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh prepared by the Department of City Planning and published in the 1970s. Each volume contains demographic information on population, housing, socio-economic conditions, and community facilities. We also added 69...

New Images added from Detre Library & Archives

The Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center recently added two new image collections to Historic Pittsburgh. The Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh online photograph collection primarily contains images of blind men and women engaged in occupations such as making brooms, weaving, and caning chairs. The Breathe Pennsylvania...