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.

March of the Pittsburgh Blues Copybook

Contains a copybook that was hand-copied from Charles Pentland's original journal, which documents the military activities of the Pittsburgh Blues between September 10, 1812 and September 10, 1813.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Marshall W. "Major" Taylor Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks document, through news-clippings from American and foreign presses, the accomplishments of Marshall W. ("Major") Taylor, a professional African-American bicycle racer. The articles include the climate of racial opinion in America and abroad as well as Taylor's reactions.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Max A. Lauffer Papers

Collection includes correspondence between Max A. Lauffer, a University of Pittsburgh professor and researcher who contributed greatly to the study of viruses during his career (1944-1986), and Jonas Salk.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

McFarland-Hall-Beck Families Papers

Collection includes genealogies, histories, correspondence, memoirs, journals, business and legal papers, photographs and memorabilia from the McFarland-Hall-Beck families, who are three families that originally settled in Virginia (now West Virginia).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Mellon Bank Records

Visual images from the Mellon Bank Records, which date between 1880s-1970s, depict the employees and founders, buildings, and promotional activities of Mellon Bank and its acquired financial establishments.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Mesta Machine Company Photographs

Visual images from the 1900s-1920s show the manufacturing of steel mill equipment and machinery in the Pittsburgh area, and the construction of several of Mesta's West Homestead production facilities.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Monongahela Navigation Company Copybook

Consists of summaries from annual reports from the Monongahela Navigation Company from 1840-1897 detailing damage to locks and dams on the Monongahela River due to floods and ice.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Monongahela Railway Company Photographs

Visual images documenting railroad activities, buildings, equipment, and staff, as well as rivers and coal mining from 1903-1993; included are scenes in urban and rural areas of western Pennsylvania and bordering counties in West Virginia.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Monroeville Historical Society Collection

Visual images depicts street scenes and businesses, people, homes and farms, schools and churches, and community events and activities which have defined the history of Monroeville throughout the years (1849-2007).

Contributor: Monroeville Historical Society

Montefiore Hospital Photographs

Visual images of hospital buildings, physicians, nurses, interns, and student nurses in both formal groups and work settings from 1890-1988.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Mrs. Hanlin's Diary

Small bound personal diary (1857-1863) contains the writings of Mrs. Hanlin, who was a resident of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. The diary covers topics such as religion, church activities, her son William, as well as the illnesses and deaths of friends and family members.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh