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.

Paul Slantis Photographs

Visual images taken by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Paul Slantis from 1946-1956 depict a variety of Pittsburgh and regional scenes, including industry, streets, portraits, aerial shots, notable personalities, people and activities, and architecture.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Railroad Photographs

Visual images document construction and repair projects to the Pennsylvania Railroad's lines, both within the city of Pittsburgh, as well as across the Midwest from 1907-1917; featured prominently in the collection is the renovation and construction of the second track for the Ohio Connecting Railway Bridge, located just north of downtown Pittsburgh.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pitcairn Historical Society Image Collection

Visual images depict street scenes, businesses and industries (in particular the Pennsylvania Railroad), people, homes, schools and churches, sports, and community organizations, events, and activities in the Borough of Pitcairn from 1885-2011.

Contributor: Pitcairn Historical Society

Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection Photographs

Visual images document the disrepair of residences and businesses across the city of Pittsburgh, including those in the neighborhoods of the Southside, North Side, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and the Hill District. The buildings, most have since been razed, were inspected by the Bureau from 1940 until 1947.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Visual images from the 1900s-1970s commissioned by the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works show parks, recreation facilities, and athletic events as well as hospital exteriors and interiors, mayoral events, traffic situations, and general street scenes of Pittsburgh.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Prints from the Collection of Wesley Pickard

Lithographs, etchings, watercolors, and engravings from the 1840s-1920s depict a variety of Pittsburgh landmarks, including bridges, downtown buildings, commercial and industrial establishments, and civic institutions that show the city before and during the period of industrial development in the 19th century.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Public Schools Photographs

Visual images from the 1910s-1970s show events and activities of students, teachers, parents, and board members of the Pittsburgh School District.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Pittsburgh Railways Company Records

Visual images from the 1870s-1970s depict many styles and views of street railway cars owned by this company; many Pittsburgh neighborhoods, such as the South Hills, Oakland, Downtown, Homewood, and Mt. Washington, are included.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Posters

Visual images of concert posters documenting Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) performances for audiences in Pittsburgh and around the world.

Contributor: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Archives

Pittsburgh Waste Book and Fort Pitt Trading Post Papers

Contains documents known as the Pittsburgh Waste Book and Papers of the Fort Pitt Trading Post (1757-1765), which are reputed to be the first known accounts of trade at Fort Pitt.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company Records

Visual images from the 1880s-1970s show various branch lines controlled by the New York Central and then by Penn Central as well as many non-railroad activities and scenes in urban and rural areas of Western Pennsylvania's Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Lawrence, and Washington counties and some of the bordering counties of West Virginia and Ohio.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railway Company Photographs

Visual images from 1903-1924 depict railroad construction projects, bridges, and stations.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Point Park University Archives

Visual images from the 1970s-1980s visually document Point Park University and surroundings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Contributor: Point Park University Archives

Progress Photographs: William Penn Hotel

Visual images from 1914-1916 show the construction of the William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh every two weeks, starting with the groundbreaking ceremony held on July 7, 1914.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh