Historic Pittsburgh is comprised of over a dozen cultural heritage institutions in the greater Pittsburgh area. If you are not a member and would be interested in joining Historic Pittsburgh, we’d love to talk to you! Please contact us.
The Archives Service Center (ASC) is the University of Pittsburgh’s largest manuscript and archival repository focusing on the documentary heritage of Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1964 in response to the growing needs of researchers focused on social and economic history, the ASC has evolved into a repository with an international reputation. Researchers from around the globe utilize the collections for research projects that result in articles, monographs, dissertations and theses, documentary films, genealogical and family history publications, conference presentations, and much more. Collection strengths include records of community organizations, environmental movements, labor and industrial relations, social action, political movements and political leaders, and 20th century urban renewal.
Established as a public trust in 1895, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the citizens of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County with a distinguished history of leadership among the country’s great public libraries. With more than 2.9 million visitors and 3.9 million items borrowed each year, the Library is viewed as a catalyst to an improving quality of life in the region and considered a key partner in the growth and vitality of our community. Collections reflect the unique culture of each Pittsburgh neighborhood. The Library’s expert staff also are available to answer questions, to provide research guidance and to assist in using popular technology.
The Carnegie Museum of Art is the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Its collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery.
The mission of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Archives is to identify, intellectually and physically organize, preserve, and provide responsible access to records of enduring value, which were created by museum staff and others associated with the museum, and provide essential evidence of the development of collections and research since 1896.
The Chatham University Archives, housed in Jennie King Mellon Library, contains official institutional records, annual reports, university and community publications, financial records, student publications and tutorials, yearbooks, alumni and alumnae records, student and institutional scrapbooks, architectural drawings and/or renovations plans dating as far back as 1869. The history of the university is further attested by an array of photographs, slides, drawings, maps, souvenir programs, and models of the campus. Memorabilia are present in a wide variety of formats from athletic costumes to personalized napkin rings. The Archives also features the Rachel Carson Collection which documents the environmentalist’s undergraduate career (1925-1929) at the Pennsylvania College for Women.
The Thomas & Katherine Detre Library & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center is an essential source for research about Western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1879, the Library & Archives preserves the rich history of Western Pennsylvania, and makes its collections accessible to researchers, students, and the general public. The Library & Archives collection includes 700,000 photographs, prints, and negatives; 40,000 books, pamphlets, and monographs; 3,500 individual archival collections of families, organizations, businesses, and industries; 600 periodical titles; and 500 maps and atlases. Learn more about Western Pennsylvania, a region of cultural and ethnic diversity and unsurpassed significance in the history of industrialization and economic development.
The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair collects, preserves, documents, and makes accessible to the public photographs, artifacts, and documents related to the historical development of the Upper St. Clair area. The Historical Society major focus is on the operation, preservation and restoration of the Gilfillan Farm, a mid-late 1800s working farm that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Monroeville Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Monroeville’s past and educating the community as to our common cultural heritage. Consistent with this mission, the Society oversees three local historic landmarks, provides programs to schools, church, and community groups and maintains a website with images and documents of local history, including books and monographs -- all offered freely for downloading by the public.
Northland Public Library serves the 81,000+ residents of the Borough of Bradford Woods, Franklin Park Borough, Marshall Township, Ross Township and the Town of McCandless as well as the residents of Allegheny County. Open since 1968, Northland has over 200,000 items in its collection including books, magazines, newspapers, science experiments for kids, eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eVideo, eMusic, DVDs, and CDs. The library provides reference help and programming for people of all ages, as well as a quiet place to study, read and learn. Check out the Northland Local History Website.
The Oakmont Carnegie Library opened in 1901. Since this time, the library has been dedicated to serving the residents of Oakmont and the surrounding communities. The Oakmont Carnegie Library is a member of the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA). The mission of the Oakmont Carnegie Library is to enrich the community through lifelong learning, creativity, and recreation. We envision the Oakmont Carnegie Library as a welcoming community hub of intellectual, leisure and technological resources and educational programs for residents of all ages. We are located at 700 Allegheny River Boulevard, Oakmont, PA, 15139.
The Pitcairn Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Pitcairn’s past and educating the community as to our common cultural heritage. Consistent with this mission, the Society maintains a historical museum with a collection of local artifacts and documents that may be of interest to the public, and to those doing historical research. The Society’s website also provides information on local history as well as current events and activities of the Society.
The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation was founded in 1964 by a group of citizens who passionately believed that historic preservation, rather than massive demolition, could be a tool for renewing communities, creating pride among residents, and achieving sustainable economic development. At the time, vast amounts of public money were being spent to replace some of Pittsburgh’s most historic neighborhoods and commercial areas with characterless architecture, parking lots and roadways. After more than four decades of work, PHLF has shown that architectural landmarks and historic neighborhoods are community assets and that historic preservation can be a catalyst for urban renewal.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Archives serves as the official repository of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its grand venue, Heinz Hall. The archives document the operations and artistic achievements of the Pittsburgh Symphony and its collections include correspondence, photographs, programs, posters, audiovisual recordings, scrapbooks, press clippings, marketing materials, and administrative records. The PSO Archives is dedicated to protecting the Symphony’s rich cultural heritage as a resource for future musicians, scholars, and its worldwide audiences.
The Point Park University Archives is maintained and managed by the Library with the purpose of documenting the functions of Point Park University and its historical and cultural significance as an institution of higher learning. The primary responsibilities of the University Archives are to appraise, acquire, organize, and preserve Point Park University material of historical value. It is the goal of the University Archives to maintain records that are open to the Point Park community for research, publicity, and instructional needs.
The Rodef Shalom Congregation Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for a variety of uses the institutional records of the congregation, which is the oldest and largest Reform Jewish congregation in Western Pennsylvania. The Archives is open to the public by appointment.