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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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H.H. Seiferth Sign Company Photographs

This collecion includes images of outdoor signage created by the H.H. Seiferth Company for the storefronts of Pittsburgh businesses. Included in the collection are photographs documenting signs for the Frank & Seder store, Kaufmann's, Joseph Horne Co., the Rosenbaum Company, the Andrew A. Artz Café and Bar, F.C. Doeschner Furs, and other businesses.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

H.J. Heinz Company Photographs

Visual images from the 1870s-1970s that document the history of the food processing company founded in Pittsburgh, including product images and factory floor views, plant interiors, and a portrait of founder H.J. Heinz.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Hebrew Institute Photographs

Visual images from 1915-1984 document school classes, the laying of the cornerstone, and the Hebrew Institute's first school bus.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Henry Clay Frick Business Records

Contains material reflecting the business and financial activities of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) with particular relevance to Pittsburgh and the western Pennsylvania region. Frick kept in frequent correspondence with Andrew Carnegie among many others as noted in the collection material.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Henry Marie Brackenridge and Family Papers

Focuses on correspondence concerning Henry Marie Brackenridge's political career, and contains letters from notable politicians of his day, including Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, and William Henry Harrison.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Historic Pittsburgh Book Collection

The Historic Pittsburgh Book Collection comprises published material from the 19th and 20th centuries that document Pittsburgh in the printed word.

Historic Pittsburgh City Directories

The Historic Pittsburgh City Directories contains directories published between 1815 and 1945 by J.F. Diffenbacher and R.L. Polk & Company. While most of the directories cover Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, a portion includes Homestead and nearby boroughs.

Historical Society of Upper St. Clair Collection

Visual images depict residents and families, schools, houses, major roads, local landmarks, and the overall development of the township of Upper St. Clair, Pa., from an agrarian community to the current day.

Contributor: Historical Society of Upper St. Clair

Hotel Schenley Register

The Hotel Schenley register documents the names and residence of the many visitors who lodged at the hotel in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Oakland during a four month period in 1908.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson Papers

Consists of the business papers and correspondence of Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson regarding various properties in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Irene Kaufmann Settlement Photographs

Visual images from the 1910s-1940s that depict programs and activities of Pittsburgh’s Irene Kaufmann Settlement in the Hill District and the Emma Farm Camp.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

James Benney Photographs

Visual images from 1888-1889 show homes, churches, buildings, and street scenes of daily life of ordinary people, including both urban scenes of downtown Pittsburgh and the rural residential areas of the Emsworth community and Pittsburgh's East End neighborhood.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

James Veech Copybook of the General William Irvine Papers

Consists of a single bound volume containing copies of extracts from Brigadier General William Irvine’s book and papers.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Western Pennsylvania Photographs

Photographs from the Irene Kaufmann Settlement, Young Men and Women’s Hebrew Association, Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center, and various organized clubs. The team photographs (1911-1989) are primarily basketball teams, but also include baseball, track, swimming, tennis, softball, and fencing.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

John Gates Photographs

Visual images from the ca. 1889-1930 of Downtown Pittsburgh and Highland Park, including landscape, industrial, and family scenes.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

John M. Tate, Jr. Collection of Notes, Pictures and Documents relating to the Harmony Society

Tate, who befriended many of the Harmonists and was allowed to photograph several of their members, homes, various community buildings, and nearby scenes, created this bound volume in 1925 as a presentation album so he could share his work and collection on the Harmonists with others.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Jonathan Forman Papers

Contains a seven-page journal that documents the 1794 march of Forman's New Jersey troops through Pennsylvania to quell the Whiskey Rebellion.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation Photographs

Visual images from the 1850s-1950s of facilities, products, and transportation, including interior and exterior photos of the many Jones & Laughlin mills, coal mines, and warehouses located in Pittsburgh.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Ken Kobus Collection

Visual images from the 1980s-1990s that depict the railroad and steel industry between Pittsburgh and Chicago with CONRAIL and the LTV Steel Company as the primary focus; includes images of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak, and Union Switch & Signal companies.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Kingsley Association Records

Visual images from the ca. 1900-1969 that showcase programs and activities of the Pittsburgh association, including views of the Hill District, East Liberty, Lillian Home, and Kingsley House.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

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