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Apr 14, 2011

DRL Scans Alumni Publications for Documenting Pitt

The ULS Digital Research Library added 60 years' worth of alumni publications published by the University of Pittsburgh and held by the University Archives to our Documenting Pitt website. The publications (1926-1985) document news of University events and activities to alumni, and are especially rich during the WWII years. The seven titles represented on the website reflect the changes and growth happening at Pitt during these six decades.



Jan 27, 2011

More Historic Maps Available to Download

We have added the ability to freely download maps from the Darlington Digital Library Maps Collection as 200 dpi JPG images for noncommercial and educational purposes. Follow the Download Map link within each individual plate description to download a zip file containing the map image. This addition makes all of the maps in the Historic Pittsburgh Maps Collection available for download. If you find these maps useful, we'd love to hear how you're using them. Please let us know!



Dec 22, 2010

University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions Website Updated

The Digital Research Library updated the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions Website today. The site now contains 636 titles published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. By digitizing these volumes and distributing them freely on the Internet, the ULS and Pitt Press are enabling greater access to the material previously available only as print editions.



Exploring Pittsburgh’s Photographic History: The Retrographer Project

Dane Pieri, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University studying design and human-computer interaction, has created the Retrographer Project designed to geotag historical images of Pittsburgh. “Geotagging” adds latitude and longitude data to an historical image so that its geographic location can be identified on a map. The ULS Archives Service Center contributed digitized images from its Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection since it primarily documents the built environment throughout the twentieth century. The collection also includes neighborhood designations making it ideally suited for Dane’s purposes. We plan on expanding the current boundaries of this project (Oakland and Shadyside) to also include adjacent neighborhoods. Retrographer is ready for YOU to start contributing your knowledge of Pittsburgh history!



Nov 08, 2010

More City Photographer Images Mounted Online

We added over 3,800 new images from the ULS Archives Service Center's Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection. This large addition of glass plate negatives (1913-1921) includes images of the development of the Lanpher Reservoir; plans for bridges, bridge ornamentation, and road construction projects featuring street layouts and surrounding industries ; the Tuberculosis Hospital; water treatment plants such as the Aspinwall Pumping Station and the Brilliant Pumping Station; the lowering of the "Hump"; and improvements and street widening of downtown Pittsburgh. This represents the last update of images for the next several months.



Oct 06, 2010

Darlington Manuscript Collections Now Online

We recently scanned 22 manuscript collections from the Darlington Library and mounted them online. This archival material, representing 1,708 items (34,000+ page images), is available on the Darlington Digital Library website. Some of the digitized collections include the Darlington Family Papers, Alexander Addison Papers (which comprise correspondence from Andrew Jackson, Alexander Hamilton, and Henry Bouquet), the Ohio Company Papers, Fort Pitt Trading Post ledger, and the Brackenridge Papers (founders of the Pittsburgh Academy).



Oct 01, 2010

More City Photographer Images Mounted Online

We added another 539 new images from the ULS Archives Service Center's Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection. Some of these images visually record the monumental efforts required to lower the hump in Downtown which affected Grant Street, Diamond Street, and Oliver, Fifth, Sixth, Webster and Wylie Avenues specifically, as well as other neighboring streets. We now have over 400 images, including photographs and planning diagrams, that document this effort. Other images in our new addition include area streets and the further document Pittsburgh's development of water treatment facilities.



Jul 27, 2010

More City Photographer Images Mounted Online

We added another 375 new images from the ULS Archives Service Center's Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection. These images feature the construction of the Negley Run Sewer, the Atherton Avenue (Baum Boulevard) Bridge, Ross Pumping Station, as well as various views of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. This release includes images and street plans detailing the lowering of the Hump District in Downtown.



Jul 15, 2010

Welcome Oakmont Carnegie Library as a New Partner!

We welcome Oakmont Carnegie Library as our 7th local institution to contribute images to Historic Pittsburgh. They contributed an initial 677 images to the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections site with more on the way. The core of the Oakmont Historical Image Collection is made up of more than 1,000 photographs, postcards, and other images owned by the Oakmont Carnegie Library Archives. However, in the interest of providing the most complete photographic record of Oakmont and the surrounding area, some photographs included in this project have been provided by various local businesses and organizations as well as private collectors.



Jun 23, 2010

Two More Image Collections Added to Historic Pittsburgh

We added two more image collections to Historic Pittsburgh, this time from the Library & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center. Otto’s Suburban Dairy collection is comprised of 86 images, dating from 1928-1968, that depict images of buildings, employees, machinery, products, and vehicles. Many of the photographs document machines and vehicles that the company was replacing with new models and technology. The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Western Pennsylvania. collection contains 100 team photographs (1911-1989) from the Irene Kaufmann Settlement, Young Men and Women’s Hebrew Association, Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center, and various organized clubs. The team photographs are primarily basketball teams, but also include baseball, track, swimming, tennis, softball, and fencing.



Jun 22, 2010

New Image Collection Added to Historic Pittsburgh

We added our 45th image collection to Historic Pittsburgh: Paul Slantis Photograph Collection. The collection, held by the Archives Service Center, contains 523 images taken by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Paul Slantis between 1946 and 1956. All the images originate from 4 x 5 inch safety negatives and depict a variety of Pittsburgh and regional scenes, including industry, streets, portraits, aerial shots, notable personalities, people and activities, and architecture. Many of the images were published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during this timeframe.



Jun 21, 2010

More City Photographer Images Mounted Online

We scanned another 390 images from the Archives Service Center's Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection. Scanned from glass plate negatives, these images from 1912 primarily document the lowering of the hump near Ross and Grant Streets and Fifth Avenue.



Jun 03, 2010

More City Photographer Images Mounted Online

We scanned another 509 digitized images from the Archives Service Center's Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection. These glass plate negatives depict many Pittsburgh neighborhoods and streets in 1911-1912. There are now more than 6,300 images from this photo collection online.



Apr 26, 2010

More City Photographer Images Mounted Online

We scanned another 463 digitized images from the Archives Service Center's Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection. These glass plate negatives depict many Pittsburgh neighborhoods and streets in 1911. There are now more than 5800 images from this photo collection online.



Apr 08, 2010

Videos Added to Historic Pittsburgh

We created a new component of Historic Pittsburgh to offer video content from partner institutions. To get started, the Historic Pittsburgh Video Collection presently contains 12 short film clips by Bill Beal, a Pittsburgh filmmaker active from the 1940s through the 1990s. The films belong to the Library & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, who received an LSTA grant to support the reformatting of the films. We hope to mount more videos in the future from local collections.



Mar 30, 2010

DRL Adds Press Releases to Documenting Pitt

The Digital Research Library added 50 years' worth of press releases published by the University of Pittsburgh between 1952 and 2002 to our Documenting Pitt website. Scanned from microfiche, this collection of 16,000 press releases contain newsworthy announcements of campus events, renowned visitors, and special achievements of students, faculty and staff. There are now more than 100,000 pages of text to search on Documenting Pitt.



Mar 17, 2010

Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection Updated

We added over one thousand images to our online collection of Pittsburgh City Photographer images. Most of these were scanned from the original glass plate negatives; others from the deteriorating acetate negatives. These latter images present a significant preservation challenge due to a process known as Cellulose-Acetate Film Deterioration or “Vinegar Syndrome” that affects the CP negatives created between 1931-1939. The Archives Service Center at Pitt selected 333 negatives which were conserved by the Chicago Albumen Works with support from the University Library System.



Mar 03, 2010

DRL Adds Radio Publications to Documenting Pitt

We added 62 Radio Publications to our Documenting Pitt website (Assorted Publications). In March 1924 the University of Pittsburgh established an educational radio station broadcasting through Westinghouse Station KDKA. Authorities in various fields of research and teaching, mostly from the University, gave talks on topics ranging from art to science. These talks were summarized in the pamphlets, called Radio Publications, and distributed widely. The talks were discontinued in 1930 for reasons of economy, but the publications document the research and ideas of some of the most prominent faculty of the University.



Downloading Historic Pittsburgh Maps

We have made it convenient to freely download maps from the Historic Pittsburgh Maps Collection as 200 dpi JPG images for noncommercial and educational purposes. Follow the Download Map link within each individual plate description to download a zip file containing the map image.



Feb 04, 2010

DRL Adds Publications on Nationality Rooms to Documenting Pitt

We added to the Documenting Pitt website 42 publications that describe the 27 currently established Nationality Classrooms in the Cathedral of Learning. The assorted publications, housed by the University Archives, include dedication programs, information pamphlets, and brochures that describe the building of the rooms and the opening ceremonies. Most have photographs of the people on the individual committees and also of the rooms.



Jan 22, 2010

Remaining Hopkins Maps Added to Historic Pittsburgh

We have now completed scanning all of the known G.M. Hopkins Company maps published for Pittsburgh between 1872 and 1940. We added the remaining twelve real estate plat maps to the Historic Pittsburgh Maps Collection. They include Volume 1 and Volume 2 from 1889 (City of Pittsburgh), 1895 (eastern vicinity), 1896 (southern vicinity), 1897 (northern vicinity), Volume 3 from 1900 (City of Pittsburgh), Volume 4 from 1901 (City of Pittsburgh), Volume 1 from 1907 (Allegheny City), Volume 3 and Volume 4 from 1911 (City of Pittsburgh), Volume 8 from 1915 (eastern vicinity), and Volume 11 from 1940 (northwest vicinity). All 46 volumes (1,820 plates) can be browsed here.



Dec 18, 2009

DRL Adds More Yearbooks to Documenting Pitt

Today we added another two decades worth of yearbooks to our Documenting Pitt website. The years 1981 to 1999 from the Panther Prints are now available online.



Dec 15, 2009

Pitt-sponsored Exhibition on Slavery in Pittsburgh Now Accessible Online

The University of Pittsburgh-sponsored exhibition “Free at Last? Slavery in Pittsburgh in the 18th and 19th Centuries,” which was on display recently at the Heinz History Center, lives on in a compelling Web version. Built by a team from Pitt's University Library System, the site guides viewers through a virtual tour of the award-winning exhibition seen by thousands between October 2008 and April 2009. The 55 slavery records, digitized by the DRL, document a little-known aspect of the establishment, growth, and development of slavery in Pittsburgh. Read more in Pitt press release.



Dec 10, 2009

Two New Image Collections from the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center

Today we added two new collections from the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center to the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections:

The Hebrew Institute Photographs collection contains 27 photographs spanning 1915-1984 that document school classes, the laying of the cornerstone, and the Hebrew Institute's first school bus.

The Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago Railway Company Photographs collection contains 248 photographs, spanning 1903-1924, depicting railroad construction projects, bridges, and stations.




Nov 16, 2009

More Hopkins Maps Added to Historic Pittsburgh

As part of an ongoing effort to identify and digitize all the Hopkins maps produced for Pittsburgh between 1872 and 1940, the DRL added eight more real estate plat maps of Pittsburgh created by the G.M. Hopkins Company to the Historic Pittsburgh Maps Collection. They include an 1882 atlas; Volume 3, Volume 4 and Volume 5 [1890]; Volume 1 [1898]; Volume 2 [1899]; a 1910 atlas; and Volume 2 [1914]. Twelve more volumes will be coming soon in the following months.



Oct 29, 2009

Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection Updated

The Digital Research Library is pleased to announce the largest update to the Archives Service Center's online Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection with the addition of nearly 2,000 digitized images. The new images are part of an initiative to reformat all the glass plate negatives in the Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection (AIS.1971.05) to facilitate preservation and access. The images found in the newest addition, which represent the earliest ones in the collection (1901-1908), document improvements to city infrastructure, such as the construction of the Aspinwall and Ross Pumping Stations, the development and condition of roads in many neighborhoods (e.g., Shadyside, Point Breeze, and Morningside, among others), and residents and construction workers in these neighborhoods. This collection is part of the Historic Pittsburgh website.



Aug 14, 2009

Improvements Using the Hopkins Maps

To improve your experience navigating the G.M. Hopkins Company Maps in the Historic Pittsburgh website, we now offer viewing of the maps through the Zoomify interface. This enables a big improvement when zooming and moving around in a map. We also now offer two methods for browsing the Hopkins maps. In addition to browsing the maps using the Index page, we offer thumbnail browsing of entire volumes. Also note that you can now freely download map plate images as 200 dpi JPEG files for noncommercial and educational purposes.



Aug 03, 2009

Separate Search for Historic City Directories

To improve the usefulness of our full-text search, we have separated the full-text City Directories into a new collection that may be searched alone, or in combination with the Historic Pittsburgh General Text Collection. The Historic Pittsburgh City Directories collection contains 125 directories published between 1815 and 1945. The majority of the directories were published by J.F. Diffenbacher and R.L. Polk & Company. While most of the directories cover Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, a portion includes Homestead and nearby boroughs.

To search the directories alone, simply visit the collection's home page; to search directories in combination with all Historic Pittsburgh full-text content, visit the Historic Pittsburgh Full-Text page.




Jul 29, 2009

New Image Collection Added to Historic Pittsburgh

Today the Digital Research Library added a new image collection to Historic Pittsburgh. The Ken Kobus Photograph Collection, held by the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh, features 246 images documenting the railroad and steel industries in Pennsylvania taken primarily during the 1980s and early 1990s. CONRAIL and the LTV Steel Company are the main focus of the collection while secondary points of interest include the Pennsylvania Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak, and Union Switch and Signal.




Jun 01, 2009

DRL Digitizes Fred Wright Cartoons

The Digital Research Library has digitized and mounted online work by former United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) staff cartoonist Fred Wright. The web site, Drawing on the American Labor Movement, features the entirety of Wright's "Labor History" series in addition to a sampling of his other works. This series of 177 cartoons from the Archives Service Center describes some of the conflicts and hardships faced by workers during the American labor movement, from the colonial period to the Vietnam War.



Mar 24, 2009

DRL Welcomes Point Park University Archives as a New Historic Pittsburgh Partner

The Digital Research Library welcomes Point Park University Archives as our sixth local institution to contribute images to Historic Pittsburgh. They contributed an initial 98 images to the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections site. The online collection represents the dynamic life of Point Park University and the surrounding area.



Feb 26, 2009

University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions Website Updated

The Digital Research Library updated the University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions Website today. The site now contains 522 titles published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. By digitizing these volumes and distributing them freely on the Internet, the ULS and Pitt Press are enabling greater access to the material previously available only as print editions.



Jan 21, 2009

DRL Adds Honors Convocation Programs to Documenting Pitt

The DRL updated its Documenting Pitt website by digitizing a group of material known as the Honors Convocation Programs. The new additions comprise the Book of the Scholars from the Scholars’ Day Assembly for 1932, 1934-1957, the Honors Convocation Programs for 1963, 1966, 1977-2008 and the Tap Day Program for 1976.



Jan 07, 2009

Latest Additions Push Historic Pittsburgh Full-Text Collection Over 1,000 Items

In 2008, we nearly doubled the number of books in our Historic Pittsburgh Full-Text Collection. There are currently 1,039 volumes available online, totalling 272,996 pages, all of them full-text searchable. Use this link to see only items added in 2008.



Dec 12, 2008

ULS Partners with PALINET and the Internet Archive

As a member of the Open Content Alliance, the University Library System (ULS) is partnering with PALINET's Digital Services to digitize the Darlington books by the Internet Archive. To search and view the books contributed to date, please visit Internet Archive: University of Pittsburgh Library System.



Nov 05, 2008

Two New Image Collections Released

Today two new image collections from the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh were added to Historic Pittsburgh:

The Bruce Drisbach images depict the construction of the American Steel & Wire Company building, equipment, and worker housing construction in Donora.

The Progress Photographs show the construction of the William Penn Hotel in chronological order, including the groundbreaking ceremony held on July 7, 1914. The photographs in this album were taken every two weeks to show construction progress.




Mar 03, 2008

DRL Releases Audubon's Birds of America website

The Digital Research Library (DRL) has digitized and mounted online the University of Pittsburgh's rare and complete set of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Each of the 435 plates link to their respective narrative within Audubon’s companion publication, his Ornithological Biography, also digitized as part of this project. No other complete set of the double elephant folio edition of the Birds of America is publicly available online in such high detail. Both of these sets were scanned as part of our larger efforts to digitize and make accessible contents from the Darlington Memorial Library. Read the press release.



Feb 29, 2008

DRL Adds More Books to the Darlington Digital Library

We added 78 more books to the Darlington Digital Library for a total of 1,497.



Feb 01, 2008

DRL Adds More Content to the Darlington Digital Library

We added 173 books, 225 maps and 704 images to the Darlington Digital Library. The site now contains 1,419 books, 276 maps, 1,825 illustrations, etchings, and lithographs, 41 broadsides, and 5 atlases.



Dec 03, 2007

DRL Adds New Image Collections to Historic Pittsburgh

We added three new image collections to the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections website. From Pitt's Archives Service Center, we added images from the Pittsburgh Print Collection and the Rust Engineering Company Records. The Pittsburgh Print Collection contains forty-three prints, including lithographs, etchings, watercolors, engravings, and periodical illustrations, that primarily date between 1843 and 1898. The prints depict a variety of Pittsburgh landmarks, including bridges, downtown buildings, commercial and industrial establishments, and civic institutions that show the city before and during the period of industrial development in the nineteenth century. The Rust Engineering Company Collection consists of seventy images dating from 1905 to 1968 that include views of construction projects, completed facilities, and office personnel. From the Heinz History Center, we added the Charles M. Stotz Collection. This collection contains 116 images that document the buildings featured in Stotz’s 1936 book, The Early Architecture of Western Pennsylvania.



Nov 15, 2007

Books Added to the Darlington Digital Library

We added 56 books to the Darlington Digital Library, bringing the total number of books online to 1,246.



DRL Releases University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions Website

Today the University of Pittsburgh Press and the University Library System released a new website that makes past editions of monographs published by the Press available online: University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions. By digitizing these monographs and distributing them freely on the Internet, the Digital Research Library is facilitating greater access to the material the University of Pittsburgh Press has only previously published as hardcopies. Read the accompanying press release. Also see related Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article from January 22, 2008.



Nov 01, 2007

Images Added to the Darlington Digital Library

We added 737 prints, etchings, engavings and illustrations to the Images component of the Darlington Digital Library, bringing the total number of Images online to 1,121.



Oct 01, 2007

Books Added to The Darlington Digital Library

62 books have been added to The Darlington Digital Library, bringing the total number of books online to 1,190. You can view recent additions for July, August, and September.



Sep 27, 2007

"Zoomify" View Added To Maps

Two of our map collections now use the "Zoomify" tool for map viewing. Zoomify allows for dynamic zooming and panning within a high-resoultion map image, without the need to reload the entire page each time. A navaigation thumbnail shows which section of the map is currently on display. Give it a try, and let us know what you think. The two map collections using Zoomify are the City of Pittsburgh Geodetic and Topographic Survey and Maps from the Report of the Flood Commission of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, 1912.



Sep 13, 2007

New Factbooks and Athletic Media Guides added to Documenting Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh Fact Book began in 1970/71 as a report to give University administrators basic and accurate facts and statistics about the University. Documenting Pitt contains the Fact Book from 1970 to 1995. The Athletic Media Guides were developed to provide the print and broadcast media basic information about the team for the current year. Documenting Pitt contains selected Media Guides for Basketball and Football from 1950 to 2005.



Aug 02, 2007

New Partner and Image Collection Added

We welcome Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation as a new institutional partner contributing images to our Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections site. Today we released a collection of images from The Frank B. Fairbanks Rail Transportation Archive. This online collection contains slides taken by Mr. Fairbanks between 1948 to 1987 that document train engines and stations in the western Pennsylvania area. He spent his entire adult life riding, documenting, and collecting material from rail lines all over the world.



Jun 01, 2007

DRL releases beta version of The Darlington Digital Library

After nearing completion of our first year of scanning, the DRL released a beta version of The Darlington Digital Library website. This ongoing, multi- departmental effort to digitize the library will result in new material becoming available every month. The site will be officially released in the fall.



May 01, 2007

ULS featured as PALINET member spotlight

This month's PALINET member spotlight featured digital collections at the University of Pittsburgh and an interview with ULS director Dr. Rush G. Miller.



Feb 01, 2007

DRL projects featured in Pitt Magazine

Pitt Magazine contained a feature article on the "Library of the Future." ULS director Dr. Rush G. Miller describes his ongoing effort to embrace the digital future by embarking on several major digital library initiatives.



Jan 08, 2007

DRL digitizing Pitt's Darlington library

The Pitt Chronicle (pdf) announced today that Pitt's Darlington Memorial Library -- a treasure trove of historically important books, photos, maps, letters, pamphlets, and other materials -- soon will be accessible online. Article on page 3.



Jan 05, 2007

DRL mounts two new Historic Pittsburgh map collections

The DRL released the City of Pittsburgh Geodetic and Topographic Survey Maps (1923-1961) which contain 171 plates that depict contours and spot heights of much of Allegheny County. The DRL also released the Flood Commission of Pittsburgh maps (1912) which contain 14 plates produced as part of the Report of the Flood Commission.



Dec 20, 2006

DRL provides retrospective access to The Cleft Palate Journal

As a service to the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA), the Digital Research Library now provides retrospective access to issues of The Cleft Palate Journal published between 1964 and 1989. Issues from 1990 to the present, published as The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, are available from Allen Press. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal is an international, interdisciplinary journal reporting on clinical and research activities in cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial anomalies, together with research in related laboratory sciences.



Dec 01, 2006

DRL collections available via Bungee View

In conjunction with CMU research scientist Mark Derthick, the DRL now offers an experimental visualization prototype for viewing selected Historic Pittsburgh image collections. Bungee View is a visualization prototype developed at Carnegie Mellon University to support casual users gaining an understanding of an image collection as a whole, and in finding patterns in such collections.



Nov 01, 2006

DRL releases new image collections

The Digital Research Library released two new Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections from the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh:



Oct 09, 2006

DRL releases Documenting Pitt website

The Digital Research Library released a new website devoted to University of Pittsburgh history: Documenting Pitt. The site contains material from the University Archives, including yearbooks, commencement programs, course catalogs, athletic media guides, chancellor's reports, and assorted publications and photographic images. With this material online, ULS librarians and archivists can better respond to requests from University personnel and alumni for information about aspects of the history of the University and its students and faculty.

Related news articles:




Sep 01, 2006

DRL adds new Historic Pittsburgh partner

The Digital Research Library welcomed Chatham College Archives as a new institutional partner contributing images to our Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections site. Today we released a small collection of images that begins to chronicle the students, faculty, and college community as academic pursuits, college events, student life and social activities have grown and changed throughout the college's history. More images will be added to the site in the coming months.



Aug 01, 2006

DRL releases new image collection

The Digital Research Library released a new Historic Pittsburgh Image Collection from the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh documenting the city of Pittsburgh in the s and s before and after smoke control ordinances were passed regulating the burning of coal: Smoke Control Lantern Slides.



Jul 20, 2006

DRL to scan Darlington Memorial Library

The Digital Research Library embarked on a new project to scan material housed in the University of Pittsburgh's Darlington Library with its new DigiBook A1 scanner.



May 01, 2006

DRL releases new image collection

The Digital Research Library released a new Historic Pittsburgh Image Collection from the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh documenting the Union Switch & Signal strike in June 1914.



Feb 06, 2006

DRL to scan material from the University Archives

The Digital Research Library received special funding from the University Provost to digitize historic publications from the University Archives, including yearbooks. This new website should be released later in the year.



Dec 20, 2005

DRL releases American Left Ephemera Collection

The Digital Research Library released the American Left Ephemera Collection, which contains 125 items that reflect the personal collection of Richard J. Oestreicher, Associate Professor (History) at the University of Pittsburgh. Students enrolled in his fall 2005 senior honors research seminar used the primary source material in their study of left-wing organizations in the twentieth century in the U.S. Digitized items include flyers, leaflets, pamphlets, posters, postcards, illustrations, photographs, pins, ribbons, and miscellaneous objects.



Nov 21, 2005

DRL mentioned by Internet Scout Report

The Internet Scout Report's November 18th issue included reviews of our Chartres Cathedral website and Historic Pittsburgh website.



Nov 01, 2005

DRL releases new image collections

The Digital Research Library released two new Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections from the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh: Photographs of the Darlington Family and the Union Arcade Building.



Oct 21, 2005

DRL releases Chartres Cathedral image collection

The Digital Research Library released an image collection documenting the famous French Cathedral of Chartres (11th-16th centuries), located approximately 50 miles southwest of Paris. A joint project of the University's DRL and Pitt Professor of Art History Alison Stones, the new website, Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame, provides access to more than 3,100 high-resolution images of Chartres Cathedral, each accompanied by descriptive information.

Related news articles:




Sep 26, 2005

DRL releases Stalinka image collection

The Digital Research Library released an image collection visually documenting the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The website, Stalinka: Digital Library of Staliniana, is the result of a two-year effort between the DRL and Prof. Helena Goscilo (Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures), Susan Corbesero (Department of History), and Petre Petrov (graduate student). Stalinka is intended as an online resource for students, teachers, scholars, and anyone conducting research on Stalin/ism. The collection comprises 368 visual materials and artifacts relating to Stalin: photographs, posters, paintings, banners, sculptures, chinaware, pins, etc.



Jul 26, 2005

DRL releases Stephen Foster's Sketchbook

The Digital Research Library released an image collection containing the page images of Stephen Foster's Sketchbook, which contains draft texts for sixty-four songs including several of his most popular ones such Jeanie with the Light My Old Kentucky Old Folks at (Way Down Upon the Swanee ). The sketchbook, which dates to June 26, 1851, can be searched by a full-text transcription or browsed by song title.




May 02, 2005

DRL releases Modern China Studies website

The Digital Research Library released the Modern China Studies Web site, the result of a collaborative project with the East Asian Library and Preservation department within the ULS. The digital pilot project was part of a greater effort to preserve acidic Chinese monographs through grant funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).



Dec 09, 2004

DRL and University faculty build relationships

The Digital Research Library works with University of Pittsburgh faculty to create and host image collections.




Nov 30, 2004

DRL releases new image collections

The Digital Research Library released the following four new image collections:
  • The George Washington Manuscripts from the Darlington Memorial Library comprises nine documents in Washington's hand or signed by him. Additional items include a map of W. Pa., two illustrations of Washington, and two broadsheet proclamations.
  • The Jack B. Yeats Broadsheets from Special Collections consists of twelve broadsheets (one for each month of 1902) illustrated by the younger brother of William Butler Yeats.
  • The Lillian Friedberg Postcard Collection from the Archives Service Center comprises sixty-two postcards that depict the 1933 Chicago's World Fair and W.W.II propaganda by the British Royal Air Force, French Resistance, and Nazi regime.
  • The A.E. Forbes Communist Collection also from the Archives Service Center contains eighty-seven hand rendered and mimeographed broadsides, newsletters, and flyers that presents a local snapshot of Pittsburgh's radical politics within the context of the Communist Party.



Nov 11, 2004

DRL releases UPG Visual History

The Digital Research Library released the UPG Visual History image collection. It comprises 181 images that visually document the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg (UPG) campus from the 1920s up to the present.



Sep 14, 2004

DRL releases Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections

Users of Historic Pittsburgh now have online access to thousands of images from dozens of collections held by Pitt's Archives Service Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center. This release marks the culmination of our two-year Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant.

Related news articles:




Sep 12, 2004

News articles about Historic Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review




Apr 28, 2004

DRL receives University of Pittsburgh "Innovation in Education" Grant with Dr. Alison Stones

The University awarded a competitive grant to Dr. Stones (Professor of History of Art and Architecture) and the DRL to improve art and architecture instruction. The project will create an instructional environment that enables the dynamic interaction between students and visual images, and enhances teaching core art and architecture concepts and features; offer an online resource to allow faculty and students at the University (and elsewhere) to access and manipulate a key collection of visual images documenting Chartres Cathedral, thus improving research and comparative analysis; and demonstrate that collaboration among faculty members and departments is the best way to leverage University resources and expertise. Work on the grant will commence May 1, 2004 and end by April 2005.



Jan 01, 2003

ULS Receives NEH Grant to Preserve Chinese Texts

In spring 2003 the University Library System received a $232,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support a two-year project to catalog and preserve through microfilming 3,000 acidic and rare books from a collection of Chinese material held by the East Asian Library within the ULS. The DRL will also conduct a pilot digitization project on a small subset of material to offer enhanced access and investigate the adaptation of new methodologies, tools and techniques for creating, processing, and indexing digital library content for foreign language materials. The University of Pittsburgh was the only institution in the NEH Brittle Books and Serials category to receive an award supporting a project that encompasses digitization for access.



DRL To Digitize Portions of the Dick Thornburgh Archives Collection

The University Library System received a $500,000 two-year grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Dick Thornburgh Archives Collection. A portion of the funds will support the digitization of documentary evidence found in the collection. The online collection will include access to textual and audio/video material, such as articles and op-ed pieces, speeches, news releases, photographs, audio recordings, and moving images. The online finding guide will aid online users in performing their research.



Sep 24, 2002

University of Pittsburgh Receives Grant to Digitize Historic Photographs

The Digital Research Library has received a two-year $242,157 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) to digitize historic photographs of Pittsburgh held in local repositories. The University of s Archives Service Center, the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, and the Carnegie Museum of Art will work together to make their nationally significant visual collections of the Pittsburgh region accessible via a single Web gateway created and managed by the s Digital Research Library.




Sep 04, 2002

The Parallax Project

The University of Pittsburgh Library System's Digital Research Library now provides on-line access to historic star data and calculations compiled and published by Pitt's Allegheny Observatory. More than five decades of the observatory's research-which represents one of the largest systematic, ground-based studies of star distances ever conducted-is now available at the Parallax Project Web site:
http://digital.library.pitt.edu/parallax/.

  • Read the press release.
  • An article about the Parallax Project appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/18/2002.
  • The Parallax Project was noted in The Scout Report, 9/13/2002.



Aug 26, 2002

Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County

The Digital Research Library announces the release of a new map component within the Historic Pittsburgh Maps Collection: the 1914 Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County, Pa. The digital version of the atlas can be located at http://digital.library.pitt.edu/maps/warrantee. The atlas can be browsed by plate number or by the last name of the original owner. The atlas depicts the original land grants that settlers of present-day Allegheny County received from the Commonwealth after William Penn and his descendants vested the land to the legislature. The DRL worked with the Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds office and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania on this project. In addition, the Warrantee Atlas of Allegheny County has been donated to the University of Pittsburgh's Archives Service Center for preservation and storage.

The digitization of the Warrantee Atlas was reported in two articles in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: