Summary Information
Title: William H. Wolf Photographs
Collection Number: AIS.2004.13
Creator: Wolf, William H.

Collection Dates: 1890-1920
Extent: 101.0 items (3 boxes)

Language: English

The images in this collection, which consist of nitrate negatives, glass negatives, a glass positive, stereoview prints, and gelatin silver prints, were taken by Dr. William H. Wolf of Pittsburgh. Notable images depict Pittsburgh during the 1907 flood, the 1908 Pittsburgh Sesquicentennial Parade celebration, and Pittsburgh’s Luna Park. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

June 2012

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Chan.

Dr. William H. Wolf was a Pittsburgh-area physician, who claimed residence at one point in Allegheny City, Mt. Washington, and later, Mt. Lebanon, where he lived until his death in 1930. He was an amateur photographer who enjoyed creating his own stereoview photographs, several of which are included in this collection.


The City of Pittsburgh has suffered a number of floods during its long history and this collection captures damage to downtown Pittsburgh and the North Side during the flood of 1907. Images from the city’s Sesquicentennial Celebration taken the following year, in 1908, show Pittsburgh in a more glorious light as dignitaries, both domestic and abroad, journeyed to Pittsburgh to join in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding. The activities for the Pittsburgh Sesquicentennial celebration may have taken place on one of several dates: July 4, 1908, September 27 to October 3, 1908, or November 25, 1908.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

The collection consists of images taken by Dr. William H. Wolf, and include five cellulose nitrate film negatives, nine gelatin dry plate glass negatives of varying size (none larger than 3x3), one glass positive, 21 gelatin silver print stereoviews, two hand-colored gelatin silver prints, and 51 prints of varying processes for a total of 101 items. Duplicates and a few triplicates of images exist in the collection with the level of detail varying in each.


The materials in this collection are arranged by format.

Subject Terms

  • Disasters -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Photographs
  • Flood damage -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Photographs
  • Floods -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Photographs

  • Downtown (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- Photographs
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Anniversaries, etc. -- Photographs
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Centennial celebrations, etc. -- Photographs

  • Negatives (Photographic)
  • Photographs

  • Environment

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Louis Harbaugh, grandson of the late Dr. Wolf, in July 2004.

Alternate Format:

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at

Preferred Citation:

William H. Wolf Photographs, 1890-1920, AIS.2004.14, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Jennifer Chan in June 2012.


No copyright restrictions.

Collection Inventory

Box 1-2
Item 1-72 Stereoview and photographic prints, 1890-1920 (2.0 boxes)

Subjects depicted include the City of Pittsburgh during the 1907 flood, and various landmarks and locations in the Pittsburgh area.

Box 3
Item 73-87 Negatives, 1890-1920 (1.0 box)

Contains 15 items including five cellulose nitrate film negatives, nine gelatin dry plate glass negatives, and one glass positive. Subjects depict various locations in the City of Pittsburgh.