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History:

Pittsburgh History

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Pittsburgh History:

Archives, Libraries, and Museums


Below is a list of some of the archives, libraries, and museums in Pittsburgh that are relevant to the history of Pittsburgh. For a comprehensive list of Pittsburgh libraries, see: Pittsburgh Area Libraries (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh). The Western Pennsylvania Museum Council can help identify other local museums. If you need help finding others, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.

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Pittsburgh History:

Associations, Organizations, and Institutes


Below are some groups relevant to Pittsburgh history. For additional listings, see History: Associations, Organizations, and Institutes. For additional Pittsburgh listings, see: Pittsburgh Organizations (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh). If you need help locating others, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.

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Pittsburgh History:

Background


Sometimes you may need some information to get more familiar with your topic. Below are some materials that can provide brief histories, facts, dates, etc. on topics in Pittsburgh history. Additional resources are listed at History: Background.
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Pittsburgh History:

Biographical Resources


Below are some resources for finding information on people involved in Pittsburgh's history. Relevant biographies may also be in some of the resources listed at History: Biographical Resources. If you need help finding biographical information, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.
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Pittsburgh History:

Books


Below are resources for finding books on Pittsburgh history topics. To get the books you need, first use the library catalog to see if they are in the University Libraries. If they are not, you have several options. Since Carnegie Mellon faculty and students have borrowing privileges at some University of Pittsburgh Libraries and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, you can go to those libraries and get the books yourself. Both catalogs are listed below so you can search and see if the books you need are available. You can also use EZ Borrow (books get here in about 3-5 days) or interlibrary loan using Illiad (books get here in about 7-10 days) to request the books you need. If we don't have what you need can give you additional information. If you need help using any of these resources, or in developing a search strategy for your topic, please ask for assistance at the Hunt Library reference desk.
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Pittsburgh History:

Directories


Below are some directories that may be useful for Pittsburgh history topics. You can find additional ones by searching Pittsburgh (Pa) Directories in Pittcat (select Subject heading in the Author/Title/Subject search) or the Catalog of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (select Subject search). If you need help finding or using directories, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.
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Pittsburgh History:

Government Documents

To find Pennsylvania state, Allegheny County, and city documents search Worldcat (Carnegie Mellon users only). Use either Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, or Pittsburgh as the author (change keyword search option to author) along with any additional keywords. For federal documents, see History and Policy: Government Documents. Librarians can help you with a search strategy and with finding documents.

Below are some documents concerning the city of Pittsburgh. Generally, each city department is responsible for the proper disposition of its own records. If you need help finding additonal documents, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.

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Pittsburgh History:

Internet Guides


Below are some web sites listing other resources on Pittsburgh History. If you need help, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.
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Pittsburgh History:

Journals


Below are major journals for Pittsburgh History. To find journal and magazine articles, use the databases listed at Pittsburgh History: Journal and Magazine Articles. For additional journals, see History: Journals Back to top


Pittsburgh History:

Journal and Magazine Articles


Below are resources that may help you find articles on Pittsburgh history topics. If you need help using these resources, or in constructing a search strategy for your topic, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.

If full text links for journal articles are not provided, click on to see retrieval options. This is only for journal article citations, and may not be available in all databases. Otherwise, use Cameo and the Find e-journal list to see if materials available to you. If they aren't, you can use Illiad, the interlibrary loan service, to obtain the material. Reference staff can help you if you're not finding the materials you need. If we don't have what you need may give you additional information, too.

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Pittsburgh History:

Maps


Below are some historic Pittsburgh map resources. Relevant maps may also be in some of the resources listed at History: Maps. If you need help finding maps, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.

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Pittsburgh History:

Newspapers


Below are some resources for finding newspapers and newspaper articles on Pittsburgh history. If you need help with any of these resources, or with finding newspapers or newspaper articles, ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has an extensive collection of historical local newspapers. For a listing of newspapers published in Pittsburgh, see:

An article (9-11-11) in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette announced that Google was stopping its project to convert newspaper microfilm archives to digital form. Search the newspaper archives, specifying a date range and source. You can also browse old newpapers. Recently(9-14-08), a column in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette announced a newspaper archive for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, as well as other papers. To search the Pittsburgh Post Gazette from 1926-1989, go to Google's Advanced News Archive Search. Type pittsburgh post gazette in the source box, and the your search terms in the Find Results box. You can also limit by date. Another recent column (10-26-08) announced the availability of earlier Pittsburgh newspapers, such as the Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Gazette-Times. Pittsburgh newspapers are also available online for recent years only via the following databases: Searching other newspaper databases may give some information on events happening in Pittsburgh:
Pittsburgh newspapers in Hunt Library:
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Pittsburgh History:

Oral Histories

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Pittsburgh History:

Pictorial Resources


Pictures of Pittsburgh may also be in some of the resources listed at History: Pictorial Resources and American History: Pictorial Resources. To find additional resources in Hunt Library, search pittsburgh and pictorial as a subject search in the library catalog. If you need help finding pictures of historic Pittsburgh, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.
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Pittsburgh History:

Records of Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations


Below are some resources that can help you find records, papers, correspondence, and other materials from businesses, individuals, and organizations involved in Pittsburgh's history. There are too many collections to list here. The listings at Archives, Libraries, and Museums may also be helpful for information about a particular repository or collection. To obtain archival materials, you usually must go to the repository that has the collection. If you need help finding archival collections, please ask for assistance at the Hunt Library reference desk.
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Pittsburgh History:

Statistical Resources


Historical statistics on Pittsburgh are too numerous to list here. Below are some of the more basic ones. Relevant statistics may also be in some of the resources listed at History: Statistical Resources. Ask at the Hunt Library reference desk if you need help finding statistics on your topic.
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History


September 2011 -- http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/sc24/History/pittsburgh.html
Sue Collins, Senior Librarian, sc24@andrew.cmu.edu