Carnegie Library digitized 186 volumes of 19th & 20th Century American railroad journals. These titles comprise state of the art professional and technical literature of the period, reflecting the primary role the railroads played in the United States, and of Andrew Carnegie’s commitment to promote industrial and technological advancement through the public library. These materials were scanned as part of the Lyrasis Mass Digitization Collaborative, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
American Marketplace, a digital exhibition comprised of manufacturer’s and mail-order retail catalogs tracks the development of American industrialization and its relationship to the consumer class. Many well-known companies in industries such as agriculture, shipping, railroad, automotive, and early aviation are represented in the American Marketplace collection, as well as the mail-order catalogs that sold their products to the new middle class. Together, they tell the story of American industry and domestic economy, the American workplace and American home life, in a time of rapid growth.
Photos, articles, letters and more are featured in this digital exhibit about Andrew Carnegie’s life and work. The Andrew Carnegie Collection is a joint effort of the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Users should go to “Browse Collections,” and then go to the Andrew Carnegie collection.
Search U.S. Census Schedules for the City of Pittsburgh (1850-1880) and Allegheny City (1850-1870), view images of historic Pittsburgh maps and photographs.
Carefully curated and digitized from the collections and holdings at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Iron & Steel Heritage Collection provides primary sources and key insights from books, journals, photographs, trade catalogs, and other unique resources dating back to the mid-1800’s.
This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.
The artists and resources listed here serve to cement Pittsburgh’s reputation as one of the most important cities in the history of jazz.
Historical Black Newspapers provides information and perspectives that was excluded or marginalized in mainstream news sources. These newspapers include articles, obituaries, photos and editorials. Newspapers available through this resource include: Pittsburgh Courier, Philadelphia Tribune, Cleveland Call & Post and others.
For more than four decades, Charles “Teenie” Harris photographed Pittsburgh’s African American community for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s most influential black newspapers. His archive of nearly 80,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today. Established at Carnegie Museum of Art in 2001, the archive serves as a steward for the community to discover and engage with its own rich history.
When Pittsburgh and Pittsburg were used interchangeably, T.M. Walker published the architectural journal The Builder: Devoted to Architecture. The 151 volumes of this journal comprise an invaluable primary resource for anyone interested in the material history of architecture in Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday. This collection also explores the people, skilled trade culture, and artisan guilds that literally built the places that define our heritage.
The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center houses datasets from civic organizations throughout Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania. The datasets provide machine- and human-readable information about key statistics and measures collected by the City of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County government, Port Authority of Allegheny County, and a variety of others.
Datasets are available under open licenses in a variety of formats, including CSV/Excel, HTML, ZIP. Many datasets are compatible with GIS software or accessible via API.