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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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Congregation B'nai Israel Photographs

Visual images document confirmation classes, Hebrew school classes, and bar and bat mitzvah students from 1920-1992. Other images include B'nai Israel's religious leaders, congregational events, and the exterior and interior of the synagogue.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Daniel Brodhead Papers

Contains copies of orders sent by Colonel Daniel Brodhead, who commanded the Western Department from his headquarters at Fort Pitt from 1779-1781, to various military officers, including those stationed at Forts Armstrong, Wheeling, Tuscarora, and Laurens; they reveal the recurring difficulties posed by food shortages, lack of money, uncooperative officers, and raids conducted by hostile Indian tribes, which contributed to settlers abandoning their property.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Darlington Family Papers

Comprises financial, personal and legal papers, and documentation of collecting activities and ephemera related to William M. Darlington and his family, including ledger books, research notes, manuscripts, personal diaries, photographic prints and negatives, letters, and artwork.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Donohoe Family Papers

Comprises correspondence to Thomas Donohoe, Blairsville, Indiana County (Pa.), from his family in Ballyellin, County Carlow, Ireland. Subjects include family events, economic conditions, social conditions, state of harvests, prices of crops and produce, rates for labor, and the Civil War in the United States.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Dorsey-Turfley Family Photographs

Visual images document several generations of the Dorsey and Turfley families as well as African-American sports teams (1890-1987).

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Dunning McNair and Dunning Robert McNair Papers

The papers of Dunning McNair (1786-1824) and his son Dunning Robert McNair (1805-1860) relate to their involvement in land development and trade in western Pennsylvania and include correspondence, ledgers, and land sales agreements, some of which pertain to the Pennsylvania Population Company.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Edward J. Shourek Photographs

Images taken by Edward J. Shourek that depict family and friends, home in Homewood, Central High School, George Westinghouse High School, Syria Mosque, and locations in Ohio, West Virginia, and New York locations (Buffalo and Niagara Falls).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Eichleay Engineering Corporation Records and Photographs

Visual images from Eichleay Engineering Corporation documenting company's role in moving residences, businesses, and other large structures and objects between 1892-1970.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Eliphalet Smith Account Book

Contains Eliphalet Smith's account book of his personal and professional transactions between 1807 and 1824.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Ephraim Douglass Ledgers

Consists of four ledgers that primarily document the stock and sale of supplies at Forts Pitt and Kittanning during the 1770s.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Extension of the Pittsburgh City Limits Minute Book

Consists of a minute book detailing through various reports the extension of the limits of the City of Pittsburgh between 1836-1841; included are reports from courts, surveyors, and a commission carrying out orders from the state assembly.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

F. Theodore Wagner Papers

Visual images from the 1900s-1930s of Wagner's family, friends, neighbors, and surroundings in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood prior to the mass influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the great migration of African Americans from the South.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Father Cox Papers

Visual images from 1930 of the Great Depression, Jobless party activities, and Father Cox, a Pittsburgh Catholic priest and political and social activist.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records

Records of First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (Pittsburgh, Pa.), including minutes, church registers, publications, and baptismal, confirmation, marriage, and burial records.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Frank B. Fairbanks Rail Transportation Archive

Visual images from the 1940s-1980s which visually document train engines and stations in the western Pennsylvania area.

Contributor: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Frederick T. Gretton Photographs

Visual images from the 1880s-1900s show the Jones & Laughlin steel mill on Pittsburgh’s South Side, including a wide variety of images of blast furnaces.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Fuchs Family Papers and Photographs

Visual images primarily depict cadets from St. Joseph's Junior Military School as well as members of the Fuchs family from 1933-1951.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

G.M. Hopkins Company Maps

Contains 46 volumes that show lot and block numbers, dimensions, street widths, names of property owners, churches, cemeteries, mills, schools, roads, railroads, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

George Westinghouse Museum Collection

Visual images from the George Westinghouse Museum between the 1860s-1990s that include images of facilities, products and employees of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Westinghouse Air Brake Company; George Westinghouse and his family; KDKA facilities and performers; World’s Fair exhibitions; and the Wilmerding, Pennsylvania area.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Greenstone United Methodist Church, Avalon, Pa. Records

Records of Greenstone United Methodist Church (formerly Bellevue Methodist Episcopal Church) in Avalon, Pa., including records of the pastors, members, deaths, births, marriages, and baptisms (1810-1983).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

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