Abner Shimony Papers

An American philosopher of science and physicist, Abner Shimony focused much of his work on the interaction between quantum mechanics and relativity theory. He did substantial research on complemantarity in multiparticle quantum interferometry and in quantum entanglement, and wrote books and research articles on the foundations of quantum mechanics.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Aerial Photographs of Pittsburgh

Visual images from the 1923-1937 document aerial views of Downtown Pittsburgh, Mount Washington, the North Side, the Point, Oakland, and Homestead.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania

The mission of the African American Chamber of 
Commerce of Western Pennsylvania (the Chamber) is to continuously improve business and professional opportunities for African American Business owners and professionals. The material available in this online collection documents some of the history of the AACCWP through past announcements on programs and events.
Contributor: African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania

African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh Oral History Project Records and Recordings

This oral history collection consists of transcripts, cassette tapes, project working files and background organizational records of the interviews conducted during the African American Jazz Preservation Society of Pittsburgh (AAJPSP) Oral History Project (1995-1999). The project documents individual African American Jazz Musicians in Pittsburgh as well as their efforts to organize. The content of the interviews span from 1904 to 1999.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

African American Construction Workers of Pittsburgh Photographs

Visual images depict African American construction workers in Pittsburgh in 1957-1960, and from efforts by African American leaders like Ellis R. McGruder, Jr. and Nate Smith in the 1960s and 1970s to bring about greater employment opportunities for African Americans in the building trades in Pittsburgh.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Alexander Addison Papers

Contains correspondence to Alexander Addison, the president judge of the Fifth District Court of Pennsylvania (1791-1802), from Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Findley and Charles Nisbet regarding political events in the U. S. and Europe, particularly the Constitutional Convention, Jay and Pinckney Treaties, Indian wars, and the Whiskey Rebellion.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Alexander Cumming Papers

Collection of correspondence and lecture notes written by Alexander Cumming from 1893-1896 that document his experiences as a student and editor during this time.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Alexander Lowy Papers

Consists of 14 of 16 patents that Dr. Lowy secured for his research, some memorabilia from his college years, and materials related to the dedication of the Alexander Lowy Memorial Seminar Room in Langley Hall on May 25, 1959.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Allegheny Observatory Records

Visual images from the 1890s-1930s depict the construction and equipment, experiments, inventors and directors of the Allegheny Observatory located in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Allen Family Papers

William P. Allen, member of an Irish nationalist society know as Fenians, was hanged November 23, 1867 at New Barley Prison, Salford, England, for his participation in the Fenian attack at Manchester on a prison van containing Fenian prisoners. Collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia from 1867.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

American Left Ephemera Collection

A wide-range of primary source textual and visual material documents left-wing organizations in the U.S. during the 20th century.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

An Attempt to Describe the Future of the United States

Collection consists of six bound sections of a partial manuscript written aboard the steamship Emily B. Souder in 1865 by an unknown author; discusses author's views on the American Civil War, self-governance, and slavery.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Archives of Industrial Society Photograph Collection

Images visually document a wide range of topics relating to the history of Pittsburgh including neighborhoods, infrastructure, and landscape selected from the AIS vertical files.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Archives of Scientific Philosophy

Philosophy  has always been influenced by scientific work, and its deliberations have frequently followed scientific models.  In recent decades the University of Pittsburgh has established itself as a leader in scientific philosophy, one of the 20th century's most important intellectual currents. To further stimulate research and publication, the University has committed itself to assembling archival resources for investigating the history of scientific philosophy.  Most materials are housed in the Special Collections Department of the University's Hillman Library.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Arlen Specter Senatorial Papers

Press releases and speeches documenting the career of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, who served as Pennsylvania’s longest-tenured Senator from 1981 to 2011. Topics include information on Supreme Court nomination hearings, local appropriations news, and reactions to Presidential statements, among many others.

Audubon's Birds of America

Consists of a complete double elephant folio set (435 plates) of Audubon’s Birds of America and his Ornithological Biography. Also available on a dedicated website (
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh

Autograph Files of H. Edmund Friesell

Friesell's autograph collection reflects a variety of collecting interests, including contemporary and historical political figures, prominent women, athletes, and writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Contributor: University of Pittsburgh