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.

Rachel Carson Collection

Images, records, and publications from the 1920s to 1990s document the student experience of Rachel Carson and her ongoing relationship with her alma mater, Chatham University.

Contributor: Chatham University

Richard E. Rauh Photographs

Visual images primarily depict Bertha Rauh, her family, and her swearing in as Director of Charities, later called the Pittsburgh Department of Public Welfare; other images illustrate her efforts to transform Mayview Hospital into a modern psychiatric hospital (1891-1930s).

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Robert G. Pflaum Photograph Collection

Visual images focus on streetcars and their routes through downtown Pittsburgh, its neighborhoods, and surrounding areas, including the South Hills, Dormont, and Castle Shannon between 1958-1971.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Robert McKnight Diaries

Consists of two volumes of bound personal diaries that contain details of McKnight's social and business life in Pittsburgh (1842-1843, 1846-1847).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Robert Stobo Papers

Contains an original French and Indian War era letter written by Robert Stobo to Colonel Innes, who were officers in the British Army.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Rodef Shalom Congregation Photographs

Visual images document the congregation's historic buildings, rabbis, religious practices, and aspects of congregational life from 1900-1977.

Contributor: Rodef Shalom Congregation

Rolling Rock Training Camp Ledger

Contains information from July 9 to August 4, 1917 of guard duty in the military training camp near Ligonier, Pa.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Russell H. Heffley Photographs

Visual images document downtown Johnstown (Cambria County, Pa.), local businesses, advertising, parks, and daily life in this city from 1924 through the 1950s.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Rust Engineering Company Records

Visual images from the 1900s-1960s depict views of the construction of equipment and facilities for heavy industry, including furnaces, boiler settings, industrial chimneys, and entire manufacturing and processing plants in Pittsburgh and Holt, Alabama.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh