Summary Information
Title: Aerial Photographs of Pittsburgh Collection
Collection Number: AIS.1988.06

Collection Dates: ca. 1923-1937
Extent: 137.0 items (8x10 negatives includes 34 glass plates)

Language: English

Abstract:
This collection contains aerial images of Downtown, the South Side, Mount Washington, the North Side, the Strip District, the Hill District, the Bluff, the Point, and Oakland taken between ca. 1923 and 1937. Many show landmarks that are now gone, such as the Brady Street Bridge, the Manchester Bridge, Point Bridge, the Jones and Laughlin Steel Mill, and Forbes Field. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

May 17, 1990
Author:

Finding aid prepared by John Thompson. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process in Spring, 1999.
Revision Description:
June 2010:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains aerial images of Downtown, the South Side, Mount Washington, the North Side, the Strip District, the Hill District, the Bluff, the Point, and Oakland taken between ca. 1923 and 1937. Many show landmarks that are now gone, such as the Brady Street Bridge, the Manchester Bridge, Point Bridge, the Jones and Laughlin Steel Mill, and Forbes Field. They also show sites of present day landmarks such as the Koppers Building, the Gulf Building, Pitt Stadium, and the Cathedral of Learning before and during their construction. Other negatives show areas around Pittsburgh including the Beyer Family Estate, radio station WAEG, Bettis Airfield, Rogers Airfield, and Allegheny County Municipal Airport, as well as many manufacturing plants. Two images are of New Kensington, Pa., and twenty show the damages of the Ohio River Flood of 1937.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Airports -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Flood damage -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Aerial photographs
  • Floods -- Pennsylvania -- Ohio River Valley
  • Floods -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Aerial photographs
  • Neighborhoods -- Aerial photographs -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Radio stations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Steel industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County

Corporate Names
  • Allegheny County Airport (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Aluminum Company of America.
  • American Bridge Company.
  • Atlantic Refining Company.
  • Bettis Airfield.
  • Brady Street Bridge (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Carnegie-Mellon University.
  • Cathedral of Learning (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Duquesne University.
  • Forbes Field (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Gulf Building (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • John F. Casey Company.
  • Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation.
  • Koppers Building (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Manchester Bridge (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Mesta Machine Company.
  • Pitt Stadium (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Pittsburgh Steel Company.
  • Point Bridge (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Rogers Airfield (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh.
  • WAEG (Radio station : Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • West Penn Steel Company.

Family Names
  • Byers family

Locations
  • Brunot Island (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Golden Triangle (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • Homestead (Pa.)
  • Mount Washington (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • Neville Island (Pa.)
  • New Kensington (Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • North Side (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • North Side (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • Oakland (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Pictorial works
  • South Side (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • Strip District (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Aerial photographs
  • The Bluff (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Category
  • Architecture

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Ted Newbold, President of the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, 1988.

Alternate Format:

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at http://digital.library.pitt.edu/images/pittsburgh/aerial.html.

Custodial History:

This small group of aerial views were included within another collection held by the Philadelphia Maritime Museum. The museum gave the photographs relating to Pittsburgh to the University Library System in 1988.

Preferred Citation:

Aerial Photographs of Pittsburgh Collection, ca. 1923-1937, AIS.1988.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by John Thompson on May 17, 1990.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jennifer Marshall in June 1999. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Notis ID number: AKN1735.

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.