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.


Lyon, Shorb & Company Photographs

Cartes de viste, mass-produced portraits on cardboard backings‚ from 1860-1867 show company iron workers photographed at a portrait studio.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

March of the Pittsburgh Blues Copybook

Contains a copybook that was hand-copied from Charles Pentland's original journal, which documents the military activities of the Pittsburgh Blues between September 10, 1812 and September 10, 1813.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Mesta Machine Company Photographs

Visual images from the 1900s-1920s show the manufacturing of steel mill equipment and machinery in the Pittsburgh area, and the construction of several of Mesta's West Homestead production facilities.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Monongahela Navigation Company Copybook

Consists of summaries from annual reports from the Monongahela Navigation Company from 1840-1897 detailing damage to locks and dams on the Monongahela River due to floods and ice.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Monongahela Railway Company Photographs

Visual images documenting railroad activities, buildings, equipment, and staff, as well as rivers and coal mining from 1903-1993; included are scenes in urban and rural areas of western Pennsylvania and bordering counties in West Virginia.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Monroeville Historical Society Collection

Visual images depicts street scenes and businesses, people, homes and farms, schools and churches, and community events and activities which have defined the history of Monroeville throughout the years (1849-2007).

Contributor: Monroeville Historical Society

Montefiore Hospital Photographs

Visual images of hospital buildings, physicians, nurses, interns, and student nurses in both formal groups and work settings from 1890-1988.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Mrs. Hanlin's Diary

Small bound personal diary (1857-1863) contains the writings of Mrs. Hanlin, who was a resident of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. The diary covers topics such as religion, church activities, her son William, as well as the illnesses and deaths of friends and family members.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Northern Liberties Bridge Company Ledger

Comprises the transactions, minutes from meetings, and contracts made with the state of Pennsylvania regarding the Mechanics Street Bridge, which was built in 1836 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Northland Historical Image Collection

Visual images documenting the construction and upgrades of county roads beginning in 1919 in the North Hills as well as the construction of North Park (1899-1989).

Contributor: Northland Public Library

Oakmont Historical Image Collection

A collection of photographs and images that depict Oakmont and its surrounding areas including local landmarks, buildings, businesses, and residents.

Contributor: Oakmont Carnegie Library

Ohio Company Papers

Contains manuscript copies of the Case of the Ohio Company, a collection of materials compiled by George Mercer to demonstrate the progress made by the Ohio Company, and a number of debt notes related to the company’s trade in dry goods

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Oliver M. Kaufmann Photograph Collection of the Irene Kaufmann Settlement

Programs and activities of the Irene Kaufmann Settlement in the Hill District and the Emma Farm Camp between 1918 and 1941.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Otto's Suburban Dairy Photographs

Visual images of Otto's Dairy dating from 1928 until 1968, containing images of buildings, employees, machinery, products, and vehicles. Many of the photographs document machines and vehicles that the company was replacing with new models and technology.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Paul Slantis Photographs

Visual images taken by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Paul Slantis from 1946-1956 depict a variety of Pittsburgh and regional scenes, including industry, streets, portraits, aerial shots, notable personalities, people and activities, and architecture.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Railroad Photographs

Visual images document construction and repair projects to the Pennsylvania Railroad's lines, both within the city of Pittsburgh, as well as across the Midwest from 1907-1917; featured prominently in the collection is the renovation and construction of the second track for the Ohio Connecting Railway Bridge, located just north of downtown Pittsburgh.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pitcairn Historical Society Image Collection

Visual images depict street scenes, businesses and industries (in particular the Pennsylvania Railroad), people, homes, schools and churches, sports, and community organizations, events, and activities in the Borough of Pitcairn from 1885-2011.

Contributor: Pitcairn Historical Society

Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection Photographs

Visual images document the disrepair of residences and businesses across the city of Pittsburgh, including those in the neighborhoods of the Southside, North Side, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and the Hill District. The buildings, most have since been razed, were inspected by the Bureau from 1940 until 1947.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection

Visual images from the 1900s-1970s commissioned by the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works show parks, recreation facilities, and athletic events as well as hospital exteriors and interiors, mayoral events, traffic situations, and general street scenes of Pittsburgh.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Prints from the Collection of Wesley Pickard

Lithographs, etchings, watercolors, and engravings from the 1840s-1920s depict a variety of Pittsburgh landmarks, including bridges, downtown buildings, commercial and industrial establishments, and civic institutions that show the city before and during the period of industrial development in the 19th century.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh