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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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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

Samuel A. Musgrave Photographs

Visual images from 1946 through 1985 taken by Samuel A. Musgrave that document products, manufacturing processes, employees, buildings, and promotional activities of western Pennsylvania businesses and organizations, including Duquesne Light Company, the Pennsylvania Rubber Company, the Western Pennsylvania Electric League, Ketchum, MacLeod & Grove, and Alcoa.

Contributor: Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center

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

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

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