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The Historic Pittsburgh Web site does not represent a complete body of work on the history of the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area. As such, an annotated list of links to other resources that may offer further information or assistance has been provided below. Many of these resources will benefit genealogists. Plus we recommend you browse our FAQ site which may help you and your research.

Senator John Heinz Regional History Center: A museum and research facility devoted to the preservation andpresentation of western Pennsylvania history. The History Center houses the Library & Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, which offers a non-circulating collection of 40,000 books, 600 serial titles, 500 maps, and one million photographs. Assistance with genealogical and historical research is available. The History Center added the "Life in Western Pennsylvania 1840-1970" Web site which was developed to provide greater access to, and a greater awareness of, the significant photographic collections of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

From the Pittsburgh Mapping and Historical Site Viewer, "Most people don't know the history of their street, neighborhood, or even city. The Pittsburgh Mapping and Historical Site Viewer provides a window into the past, allowing anyone to see how the city took shape over time. It shows how the city of 22,433 people in 1835 changes over time: how neighborhoods grow and expand, while others were planned but never built. Street names change over time, empty lots become buildings, and schools and churches open and close." The maps used in this project come from Historic Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: An extensive resource on Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania, featuring information on genealogy, Andrew Carnegie, and the Pittsburgh Photographic Library. Bridging the Urban Landscape includes some 600 historical photographs and images of Pittsburgh, its bridges and neighborhoods. Staff members provide help and suggestions on research in the Pennsylvania Department.

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have created a joint digital archive of Andrew Carnegie materials on the Web. Integrating five physical collections in one searchable full text resource, the site demonstrates a larger vision, which is to facilitate and host a digital repository of Andrew Carnegie materials held by institutions worldwide. The Andrew Carnegie Collection contains digitized content from archival collections that are physically located in two of the earliest-established Carnegie institutions: the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, founded in 1895, and the University Libraries of Carnegie Mellon University, founded as the Carnegie Technical Schools in 1900.

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries also maintains the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project, which is composed of The Jewish Criterion (1895-1962), The American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962), and The Jewish Chronicle (1962-Present). This project serves as both an online reference source and as a digitized historical documentation of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and its outlying areas.

The University of Pittsburgh-sponsored exhibition “Free at Last? Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries,” which was on display at the Senator John Heinz History Center in 2008-2009, lives on in a compelling Web version. “Free at Last?” writes a new chapter in the early history of race relations in this region by exploring the little-known fact that slavery persisted in Western Pennsylvania through the years immediately preceding the Civil War. The exhibition centers on 55 handwritten records of legal transactions in Pittsburgh between 1792 and 1857 that were discovered in 2007 by staff in the Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds Office. Those faded records, now property of the Heinz History Center, document this area's decades-long involvement with Black slavery and indentured servitude.

The Pittsburgh Speech & Society Project focuses on disseminating research and educational materials relevant to the Pittsburgh dialect and includes conversational interviews that capture examples of such dialect. The website is based on research conducted in the field by Dr. Barbara Johnstone, Professor of Linguistics and Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University, and is hosted by Pitt's University Library System.

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is a non-profit tax-exempt organization of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists, dedicated to the study and preservation of family history. Since 1974, beginners and advanced researchers have helped trace family roots in Western Pennsylvania, while preserving important local and regional records.

Pennsylvania State Library Genealogy & Local History: This collection consists of awide variety of indexes, genealogies, state and county histories, atlases, land warranty maps, ship lists, compilations of church and cemetery records, as well as the Pennsylvania Federal Census records on microfilm. Of interest to genealogists and historians alike are such items as the Published Pennsylvania Archives series and the many regimental histories in the collection. Genealogical research guides and indexes for researching various Pennsylvania ethnic and minority groups and occupations are also available in the collection,as well as guides to genealogical research in foreign countries. Includes links to county historical societies.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Many newspapers that were published in Allegheny County, Pa., are included. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall maintains a research library; a volunteer librarian is available for assistance by appointment. The library and archives consists of Civil War books and records donated by veterans when the hall opened in 1910. The library has since expanded to include materials on other wars in which Allegheny County veterans have participated.

Allegheny County Genealogy:A genealogical resource sponsored by The USGenWeb Project. This site provides links to documents and maps of interest to genealogists, and it allows the user to view or post queries, biographies, and obituaries.


Additional information or help is also available from other library departments in the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh.

Ask-A-Librarian: This site is the Web-based electronic reference and referral service of the ULS.

Archives Service Center: The Archives consists of the Archives of the Industrial Society, the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America Archives,the Labor Collections (UE/Labor Archives), and the University Archives.

Darlington Memorial Library: This collection consists mostly of material on the French and Indian War and the history of the western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley regions.

Special Collections: Includes the Curtis Theater Collection, which contains therecords of the old Pittsburgh Playhouse; the collection of noted mystery writer and native Pittsburgher, Mary Roberts Rinehart; and other collections containing rare and unusual items of interest to the study of Pittsburgh's history.


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