Collections

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.

H.H. Seiferth Sign Company Photographs

This collecion includes images of outdoor signage created by the H.H. Seiferth Company for the storefronts of Pittsburgh businesses. Included in the collection are photographs documenting signs for the Frank & Seder store, Kaufmann's, Joseph Horne Co., the Rosenbaum Company, the Andrew A. Artz Café and Bar, F.C. Doeschner Furs, and other businesses.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

H.J. Heinz Company Photographs

Visual images from the 1870s-1970s that document the history of the food processing company founded in Pittsburgh, including products, factories, safety and quality control procedures, equipment, food distribution systems, and the Heinz family.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Harold Corsini Photographs

Visual images from the 1940s-1970s show images taken by freelance photographer Corsini for local and national businesses, including US Steel, as well as images from WWII and Southeast Asia and East Africa.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Hebrew Institute Photographs

Visual images from 1915-1984 document school classes, the laying of the cornerstone, and the Hebrew Institute's first school bus.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Henry Clay Frick Business Records

Contains material reflecting the business and financial activities of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) with particular relevance to Pittsburgh and the western Pennsylvania region. Frick kept in frequent correspondence with Andrew Carnegie among many others as noted in the collection material.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Henry Marie Brackenridge and Family Papers

Focuses on correspondence concerning Henry Marie Brackenridge's political career, and contains letters from notable politicians of his day, including Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, and William Henry Harrison.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Historic Pittsburgh Book Collection

The Historic Pittsburgh Book Collection comprises published material from the 19th and 20th centuries that document Pittsburgh in the printed word.

Historic Pittsburgh City Directories

The Historic Pittsburgh City Directories contains directories published between 1815 and 1945 by J.F. Diffenbacher and R.L. Polk & Company. While most of the directories cover Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, a portion includes Homestead and nearby boroughs.

Historical Society of Upper St. Clair Collection

Visual images depict residents and families, schools, houses, major roads, local landmarks, and the overall development of the township of Upper St. Clair, Pa., from an agrarian community to the current day.

Contributor: Historical Society of Upper St. Clair

Hotel Schenley Register

The Hotel Schenley register documents the names and residence of the many visitors who lodged at the hotel in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Oakland during a four month period in 1908.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson Papers

Consists of the business papers and correspondence of Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson regarding various properties in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh