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.

Walter J. Teskey Photographs

Visual images depict the Pittsburgh floods of 1936 and 1937, and images of trains and scale models (1960s).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Contains 49 plates that depict the original land grants that settlers of present-day Allegheny County received from the Commonwealth after William Penn and his descendants vested the land to the legislature.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Western Pennsylvania Maps

The Western Pennsylvania Maps Collection is comprised of the following groupings of maps helpful for studying and tracing the physical development and changes of the Pittsburgh area landscape: City of Pittsburgh Geodetic and Topographic Survey Maps, 1923-1961; Darlington Digital Library Maps; Flood Commission of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1912; G. M. Hopkins Company Maps, 1872-1940; Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1914; and a varierty of individual assorted maps.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Westinghouse Electric Corporation Photographs

Visual images of Westinghouse’s products, electric railroads, employees, factories, and exhibitions throughout the 1880s-1950s.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

William G. Beal Moving Images

Stock footage of various locations around Pittsburgh by Bill Beal, a Pittsburgh filmmaker active from the 1940s through the 1990s; the short clips have no sound.

William H. Wolf Photographs

Visual images include Pittsburgh during the 1907 flood, the 1908 Pittsburgh Sesquicentennial parade celebration, and Pittsburgh's Luna Park (1907-1920).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

William J. Gaughan Collection

Visual images from the 1880s-1970s show the Homestead Steel Works plant and community activities, machinery, workers, strikes, safety and accident concerns, and social activities; also include images of World War II production, morale campaigns in the mill, and female employees during the war.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

William M. Darlington Collection of Fort Pitt Copybooks

Contains records about Fort Pitt, business transactions from 1752 to 1782, a list of names of some inhabitants at the fort, and some unrelated notes about William Darlington's observations of birds in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

William V. Winans Jr. Photographs

Photographs of the construction of the Civic Arena (later known as Mellon Arena) from 1958-1961.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center