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.


Pittsburgh Public Schools Photographs

Visual images from the 1910s-1970s show events and activities of students, teachers, parents, and board members of the Pittsburgh School District.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Pittsburgh Railways Company Records

Visual images from the 1870s-1970s depict many styles and views of street railway cars owned by this company; many Pittsburgh neighborhoods, such as the South Hills, Oakland, Downtown, Homewood, and Mt. Washington, are included.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Posters

Visual images of concert posters documenting Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) performances for audiences in Pittsburgh and around the world.

Contributor: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Archives

Pittsburgh Waste Book and Fort Pitt Trading Post Papers

Contains documents known as the Pittsburgh Waste Book and Papers of the Fort Pitt Trading Post (1757-1765), which are reputed to be the first known accounts of trade at Fort Pitt.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company Records

Visual images from the 1880s-1970s show various branch lines controlled by the New York Central and then by Penn Central as well as many non-railroad activities and scenes in urban and rural areas of Western Pennsylvania's Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Lawrence, and Washington counties and some of the bordering counties of West Virginia and Ohio.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railway Company Photographs

Visual images from 1903-1924 depict railroad construction projects, bridges, and stations.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Point Park University Archives

Visual images from the 1970s-1980s visually document Point Park University and surroundings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Contributor: Point Park University Archives

Progress Photographs: William Penn Hotel

Visual images from 1914-1916 show the construction of the William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh every two weeks, starting with the groundbreaking ceremony held on July 7, 1914.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Rachel Carson Collection

Images, records, and publications from the 1920s to 1990s document the student experience of Rachel Carson and her ongoing relationship with her alma mater, Chatham University.

Contributor: Chatham University

Richard E. Rauh Photographs

Visual images primarily depict Bertha Rauh, her family, and her swearing in as Director of Charities, later called the Pittsburgh Department of Public Welfare; other images illustrate her efforts to transform Mayview Hospital into a modern psychiatric hospital (1891-1930s).

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Robert G. Pflaum Photograph Collection

Visual images focus on streetcars and their routes through downtown Pittsburgh, its neighborhoods, and surrounding areas, including the South Hills, Dormont, and Castle Shannon between 1958-1971.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Robert McKnight Diaries

Consists of two volumes of bound personal diaries that contain details of McKnight's social and business life in Pittsburgh (1842-1843, 1846-1847).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Robert Stobo Papers

Contains an original French and Indian War era letter written by Robert Stobo to Colonel Innes, who were officers in the British Army.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Rodef Shalom Congregation Photographs

Visual images document the congregation's historic buildings, rabbis, religious practices, and aspects of congregational life from 1900-1977.

Contributor: Rodef Shalom Congregation

Rolling Rock Training Camp Ledger

Contains information from July 9 to August 4, 1917 of guard duty in the military training camp near Ligonier, Pa.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Russell H. Heffley Photographs

Visual images document downtown Johnstown (Cambria County, Pa.), local businesses, advertising, parks, and daily life in this city from 1924 through the 1950s.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Rust Engineering Company Records

Visual images from the 1900s-1960s depict views of the construction of equipment and facilities for heavy industry, including furnaces, boiler settings, industrial chimneys, and entire manufacturing and processing plants in Pittsburgh and Holt, Alabama.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Seder Family Photographs

Visual images of the Frank and Seder clothing store, business associates, and Isaac Seder's family (1910-1960s).

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

Smoke Control Lantern Slides

Visual images from the 1930s-1940s visually document the city of Pittsburgh before and after smoke control ordinances were passed regulating the burning of coal; a few images include smoke control efforts in St. Louis, Missouri.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Spencer Family Photographs

Visual images from the 1890s-1910s show the Charles Spencer family working and playing in and around their Pittsburgh home in Shadyside on Amberson Avenue.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh