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General Archival Collection

Finding aids to these collections will be hosted on Historic Pittsburgh. Links to finding aids will be added to this page as they become available.


Allegheny Department of Public Works and Carnegie Free Library Collection 1887 – 1930 – The Department of Public Works primary functions were the care of the city, its streets, and its publicly run buildings, including the library. The library had a governing committee, which reported to the Office of Public Works. The documents contained in this collection include information on street and sewer construction, electricity, stationary, and the running of the library.

Andrew Carnegie Correspondence Collection 1890 – 1920 – This collection is composed of three series: the Library Series, the Institute Series and the Miscellaneous Series. The collection consists entirely of correspondence with the exception of a few newspaper clippings that were attached to letters of correspondence.

Craig Papers – Over 5,000 items that reflect the career of Major Isaac Craig, as quarter master general of the U.S. Army at Fort Pitt from 1768 – 1808.

James W Knox – Papers and correspondence collected by James W. Knox concerning his life and work as Allegheny County Controller from 1948 to 1968.

Leon A. Arkus Collection of John Kane – Documents and materials collected by Leon Arkus (Former Director of the Museum of Art), author of John Kane, Painter, concerning the life and work of folk artist, John Kane.

Liberty Tunnel – Collection contains daily accounts of the construction of the tunnels from 1893 – 1924.

Performing Arts and House Tours Programs – Materials and programs from various performing arts and cultural events that took place in Pittsburgh from 1970 to 2001.

Pittsburgh Board of Public Education – Houses materials on nearly every public school to fall under the Board of Public Education in addition to the material regarding the Board itself from 1861 to 1980.

Pittsburgh Music Archives – This collection comprises scrapbooks, clipping files, music manuscripts, and other uncatalogued archival materials pertaining to the history of music in Pittsburgh, primarily during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Pittsburgh Regional Planning Association – This collection comprises reports, minutes, proposals, studies, plans, and newspaper clippings dealing with the association from 1914 to 1973.

Southern Telegraph Company – Correspondence and telegraph receipts concerning the telegraph lines in the Confederate States of America that were used by the Confederate Army from 1856 to 1877.

Stefan Lorant Collection – Contains extensive notes and drafts for each chapter of Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City from 1953 to 1963.

Teenie Harris Collection – Contains black and white gelatin silver prints and color resin coated prints that Harris took as a studio photographer as well as a staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier depicting the city of Pittsburgh, in particular the Hill District. A much larger Teenie Harris Archive is located at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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