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George Washington Manuscripts

The first shots of the French and Indian War were fired in western Pennsylvania in 1754. They came from troops under the command of a young officer by the name of George Washington. In commemorating the 250th anniversary of the conflict, the University Library System brings together selected manuscripts from its collections that provide insight to the early hostilities of the war. In addition, there are later manuscripts that shed light on the career of that young officer who would become our nation's first President. We have also included two noteworthy broadsides, a manuscript copy of an early map of western Pennsylvania, and an engraving of Washington as a young soldier that has been enhanced by watercolors.

Link to Get to the Point Exhibit

Get to The Point!

This exhibit from the ULS Archives Service Center illustrates the vast changes of the Point over the last 250 years. It comprises early drawings, paintings, postcards, engravings, maps, and photographs of the Point between 1758 and 2013. It’s hard to believe the Point State Park we enjoy today once looked like it did!

Link to the John P. Murtha Congressional Papers Web Site

John P. Murtha Congressional Papers Web Site

Information through the physical archive of papers, audio-visual materials, and objects which reflect the accomplishments and service of Rep. John P. Murtha (1932-2010), a member of the U.S. House of Representative. The papers detail Rep. Murtha's efforts to work on behalf of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, as a long-time chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and as a public servant to the American people.

NCJW Oral History: More than 500 oral history interviews focused on the Jewish community

Pittsburgh and Beyond: The Experience of the Jewish Community (National Council of Jewish Women Oral History Collection)

The NCJW Oral History Project provides a compelling insight into the growth of an important American Jewish community and the contributions made by the people interviewed. Over a span of 32 years, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh Section, conducted more than 500 oral history interviews focused on the Jewish community – the history, the traditions, the contributions – of its members. The hundreds of interviews and thousands of hours of audiotape accumulated by a surprisingly small group of dedicated volunteers are an invaluable resource. The interviews provide  windows into the Jewish community's impact on academic, business, civic, cultural, medical, political, religious, and social evolution and development in Pittsburgh, as well as national and international events.

Oakland: A Look Back over the 20th Century

Oakland: A Look Back over the 20th Century

Selected from collections held by the ULS Archives Service Center, the images in this exhibit provide a glimpse into the past while hinting at changes that would eventually lead to the development of Oakland as a hub of medical, cultural, and educational significance known well beyond Pittsburgh. Featured are landmark buildings designed by leading architects of the time as well as vivid street scenes.

The Official Dr. Thomas E. Starzl Web Site

The Official Dr. Thomas E. Starzl Web Site

The Official Dr. Thomas E. Starzl Web site is the gateway to information about the historic medical career of Thomas Earl Starzl, whose multiple innovations in surgery and immunology changed the face of modern medicine. The core of Dr. Starzl’s work is contained in the Thomas E. Starzl Papers, currently being processed at the University of Pittsburgh’s Archives Service Center. This material reflects over 50 years of groundbreaking work, including immense volumes of correspondence with fellow surgeons and grateful patients, presentations and publications from a hugely prolific career, information on his bestselling autobiography The Puzzle People, and much more. Once completed, the Thomas E. Starzl Papers will contain over 350 boxes of material documenting both his professional and personal life.

Pitt Football: Through the Years

Pitt Football: Through the Years

From humble beginnings at the Western University of Pennsylvania to a nine-time national championship program, football has been active at Pitt since 1889. This site features 15 historic Pitt football photographs from the University Archives, which include Bowl champions, All-Americans, and Heisman Trophy winners. Some of these men, like Pop Warner and Jock Sutherland, made a lasting impact on the game of football and others, like Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett and Mike Ditka, went on to Hall of Fame-worthy professional football careers.

Pittsburgh's Bicentennial: Bridging Pittsburgh's Past to Present

Pittsburgh's Bicentennial: Bridging Pittsburgh's Past to Present

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was officially incorporated as a city on March 18, 1816. Over the course of its 200 years, our city has evolved from a military fort to become a center for commerce, industry, technology, athletics, and education. As the city has grown the geography has demanded the construction of bridges connecting valleys, crossing rivers and streams, and enabling the transportation of people, goods and services.

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月岡耕漁 Tsukioka Kōgyo The Art of Noh, 1869-1927

Nōgaku zue 能 樂 圖 繪, or Pictures of Noh, is a spectacular series of Japanese color woodblock prints by the artist Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927). The University of Pittsburgh owns a rare, complete set of this series, published at Tokyo between the Meiji years 30-35, or 1897-1902. Bound in traditional folding-album format, the series comprises five volumes of 261 prints inspired by the plays of classical Japanese noh theatre. 

In addition to Nōgaku zue, Kōgyo made several other series of prints about noh, including Kyōgen gojūban 狂言五十番, an album of 50 prints inspired by kyōgen plays, recently purchased by the University of Pittsburgh, and Nōga taikan 能画大鑑, another five-volume set of prints about noh theatre, owned by Professors Richard and Mae Smethurst. With the anticipated digitization of these sets by the University Library System (ULS), this website will eventually provide unprecedented online access to three of the four intact series of noh prints. The fourth, Kōgyo’s Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番, is digitized and held by Scripps College.