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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.

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Aerial Photographs of Pittsburgh

Visual images from the 1923-1937 document aerial views of Downtown Pittsburgh, Mount Washington, the North Side, the Point, Oakland, and Homestead.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Alexander Addison Papers

Contains correspondence to Alexander Addison, the president judge of the Fifth District Court of Pennsylvania (1791-1802), from Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Findley and Charles Nisbet regarding political events in the U. S. and Europe, particularly the Constitutional Convention, Jay and Pinckney Treaties, Indian wars, and the Whiskey Rebellion.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Allegheny Conference on Community Development Photographs

Visual images from the 1870s-1980s show the construction and destruction of many Pittsburgh structures and buildings during the post-World War II Renaissance period.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Allegheny Observatory Records

Visual images from the 1890s-1930s depict the construction and equipment, experiments, inventors and directors of the Allegheny Observatory located in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Aluminum Company of America Photographs

Images of Alcoa’s founders, employees, factories, and products dating from the 1870s through 1960s.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Archives of Industrial Society Photograph Collection

Images visually document a wide range of topics relating to the history of Pittsburgh including neighborhoods, infrastructure, and landscape selected from the AIS vertical files.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Bedford County Township Tax Receipts

Contains tax receipts from various townships in Bedford County, Pa. (1763-1838); each tax receipt includes a list of names of taxpayers along with the amount paid to the township.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Bruce Drisbach-American Steel & Wire Company Photographs

Visual images from 1915-1917 depict the construction of the American Steel & Wire Company building, equipment, and worker housing construction in Donora (Pa.).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Bryce Brothers and Lenox Incorporated Glass Records

Visual images of depictions of glassware manufacturing as well as images of products, product displays, glass production facilities, and employees from Bryce Brothers Company and Lenox, Inc.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

CONSOL Energy, Inc. Mine Maps and Records

Visual images from the 1930s-1940s depict the Consolidation Coal Company (the forerunner of CONSOL Energy Inc.) and its operations, including miners at work, mine construction, interiors of shafts, mine cars, barges carrying coal, and railroad cars filled with coal. Also includes hand-drawn above-ground maps and annual reports.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museum of Art Collection of Photographs

Visual images from the 1870s-1950s show scenes from mills and factories, street activity, portraits, and aerial shots of Downtown Pittsburgh by noted photographers Esther Bubley, Clyde Hare, Luke Swank, Harold Corsini and Hugh Torrance.

Contributor: Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Natural History Archives

Visual images from the 1960s-1970s document bird-banding activities and various landscapes of Powdermill Nature Reserve.

Contributor: Carnegie Museum of Natural History Archives

Charles M. Stotz Photographs

Visual images featured in Stotz's 1936 book, <i>The Early Architecture of Western Pennsylvania</i>.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Charles R. Martin Photographs

Visual images depict the march in Pittsburgh on the National Day of Mourning on April 4, 1968, three days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Charles Richardson Photographs

Visual images by Charles Richardson which depict life in Pittsburgh, including Downtown, steel mills, and neighborhoods between 1952-1954.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Chatham University Chronological Photograph Files

Images from the 1870s-2000s chronicle the students, faculty, and university community and the growth of Chatham University from a small women’s college to a thriving coeducational institution.

Contributor: Chatham University

Chatham University May Day Collection

Images from the 1905-1947 chronicle Chatham University’s May Day celebration, a semi-regular festival featuring elaborate theatrical and musical performances written, performed, and staged by students, faculty, and the college community for a public audience.

Contributor: Chatham University

Chatham University Shadyside Campus Lantern Slide Collection

Images of the Shadyside campus of Chatham University in the early 1900s depict campus facilities and highlight building interiors, athletic facilities, and student activities during the early years of the school.

Contributor: Chatham University

Christopher Gist's Journals by William M. Darlington

Contains manuscript drafts of William Darlington's book, <i>Christopher Gist's Journals</i>, published posthumously in 1893 by J.R. Weldin & Co. in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Communist Collection of A.E. Forbes

Contains hand-rendered and mimeographed broadsides, newsletters, and flyers that present a local snapshot of Pittsburgh's radical politics during the 1930s and 1940s.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

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