Saturday, February 7, 2009

Historic Pittsburgh

Today's post is actually part two of one started yesterday, also suggested by Suzie. Historic Pittsburgh combine access to several collections. They are: University of Pittsburgh's University Library System, the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chatham College Archives, and Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Two areas of this site caught my eye. The first is the "Full Text Collection" and the "Census Records." The text section contains 1025 published works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries documenting Pittsburgh history. And, of course, you know what census records offer. The Web-based catalog for the Library & Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (HSWP) at the History Center is also accessible here, but you'll have to plan a trip to the center to actually use the materials. The images section is amazing. Click "Images" on the top menu bar and you'll be taken to the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collection. The site provides access to over 10,500 visual images from forty collections held by the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chatham University Archives, the Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center, and the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. History and Genealogy go hand in hand. Check it out at:

digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/

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