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Local History & Genealogy


The Library’s Local History Department at CLP – Main (Oakland) is the place to come to research your family tree or delve into the history of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the rest of the Keystone State. The Department’s extensive resources on genealogy and Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania history include historic clipping files and the Pittsburgh Photographic Library. This collection of more than 100,000 negatives and prints provides a visual history of our city from its origin through its industrial development and renaissance. As subject specialists, the Local History Department staff is always available to answer questions, provide research guidance and recommend and assist in finding materials.


Book an Appointment

Visitors can currently visit the Department in two ways:

Hands-on-Help Session: Meet with one of our librarians to work on a specific research question, learn what resources are available, or simply get started on your personal journey. Use the chat box in the lower-right corner of the page, or give us a call at 412-622-3114 to book a one-on-one session.

Independent Research: Already know what you need and how to use it? Schedule a time to use the Department’s resources in the space, browse the shelves, or explore our collection.

Local History & Genealogy books, microfilm and other resources are available at all times the CLP – Main Library is open. Please ask a staff member in the Reference Department (second floor) for the materials you need, and we will bring them to you.


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