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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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Tax-Book of Pitt Township, Allegheny County, Pa.

Contains a bound volume that is a copy of tax records from Pitt Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, from 1795 to 1798.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Teenie Harris Photographs

Visual images from the 1920s-1970s taken by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris document life in the black communities of Pittsburgh, including weddings, funerals, family portraits, church events, street scenes, businessmen, and mill workers.

Contributor: Carnegie Museum of Art

Thomas Mellon and William B. Negley Day Book

Consists of a day book containing names of clients and records of payment from the seven-year partnership between Thomas Mellon, founder of Mellon Bank and patriarch of the Mellon family, and his nephew, William B. Negley.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Trimble Company Records

Visual images from the 1920s-1950s show various building construction projects the Pittsburgh-based company undertook, including the Bell Telephone building, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad building, and various department store warehouses.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

UPG Visual History

Visual images from the 1920s to the present of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Union Arcade Building Photographs

Visual images taken between June 16, 1915 and October 26, 1916 show the construction of the Henry Clay Frick’s Union Arcade Building in Downtown, Pittsburgh.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Union Switch & Signal Strike Photographs

Visual images from June 1914 portray strikers from US&S, and several other Westinghouse plants, marching in the streets of Pittsburgh’s Swissvale neighborhood.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE) Records

Visual images from the 1930s-1950s represent the activities, officers, and members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) union in Pittsburgh and vicinity.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Photographs

The images depict activities of the United Jewish Federation (now the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh) including the settlement of immigrants during the 1920s through the 1980s, senior services and facilities, employment, adoption and family counseling, Pittsburgh Jewish schools, and dialogue between the Jewish and African American communities of Pittsburgh.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

University of Pittsburgh Historic Photographs

Visual images from the 1810s-2000s visually document the history of the University of Pittsburgh, its buildings, student organizations, faculty, and athletic activities.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Urban League of Pittsburgh Records

Visual images from the 1920s-1950s show group portraits from conventions and youth conferences, individual portraits of Urban League Fellows and Urban League staff, housing and work conditions for black employees, and children at Camp James Weldon.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Walter J. Teskey Photographs

Visual images depict the Pittsburgh floods of 1936 and 1937, and images of trains and scale models (1960s).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Western Pennsylvania Maps

The Western Pennsylvania Maps Collection is comprised of the following groupings of maps helpful for studying and tracing the physical development and changes of the Pittsburgh area landscape: City of Pittsburgh Geodetic and Topographic Survey Maps, 1923-1961; Darlington Digital Library Maps; Flood Commission of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1912; G. M. Hopkins Company Maps, 1872-1940; Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1914; and a varierty of individual assorted maps.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Westinghouse Electric Corporation Photographs

Visual images of Westinghouse’s products, electric railroads, employees, factories, and exhibitions throughout the 1880s-1950s.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

William H. Wolf Photographs

Visual images include Pittsburgh during the 1907 flood, the 1908 Pittsburgh Sesquicentennial parade celebration, and Pittsburgh's Luna Park (1907-1920).

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

William J. Gaughan Collection

Visual images from the 1880s-1970s show the Homestead Steel Works plant and community activities, machinery, workers, strikes, safety and accident concerns, and social activities; also include images of World War II production, morale campaigns in the mill, and female employees during the war.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

William M. Darlington Collection of Fort Pitt Copybooks

Contains records about Fort Pitt, business transactions from 1752 to 1782, a list of names of some inhabitants at the fort, and some unrelated notes about William Darlington's observations of birds in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

William V. Winans Jr. Photographs

Photographs of the construction of the Civic Arena (later known as Mellon Arena) from 1958-1961.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

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