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Pittsburgh History

Selected Books

Check out these Recent Books in Pittsburgh History.


See also: Historical Sites & Museums and Historical Societies.

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

  • Bridging the Urban Landscape
    a tour of historic Pittsburgh collected and described by Barry Chad of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, using historic photographs from their collection.
  • House Histories -- A Pathfinder
    How to Trace the Genealogy of Your Home. From the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Department
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Pennsylvania History
    Information from the Pennsylvania Department on local, particularly Pittsburgh, history.
  • Bridges and Tunnels of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh, PA
    Wow! If there is one thing Pittsburgh should be famous for it is the number of bridges (and tunnels) we have! This is a commendable site, maintained by Bruce S. Cridlebaugh, that provides photographs of the most notable bridges in our area.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Center Mural
    This is a wonderful mural of Pittsburgh by Douglas Cooper in the second floor rotunda of CMU's new University Center. It is something that every Pittsburgher should see and that no visitor should miss on their visit to Carnegie Mellon.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Department of History
    CMU encourages its history majors to get involved in local history so this is a good resource for information about current research and dissertations.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Libraries: Pittsburgh History
    The CMU librarians have selected these Pittsburgh history resources to support the teaching and research interests of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • CMU: Pittsburgh Architecture: A Guide to Research
    Compiled by Martin Aurand of the Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives, "This guide is intended to promote and facilitate architectural research in Pittsburgh and its region by introducing the researcher to methods and resources key to the research process." If you are interested in architecture in the Pittsburgh area, this will tell you where to start.
  • Chatham College: Pittsburgh Teachers Institute
    The Pittsburgh Teachers Institute provides online curriculum units, including many with an emphasis on Pittsburgh History.
  • Heinz History Center
    The Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, from their new location in Pittsburgh's Strip District.
    • Pittsburgh Photographic Archive
    • Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania Library Catalog
      The Library and Archives of HSWP offers a non-circulating collection of materials documenting life in Western Pennsylvania. The Reading Room and collections are located at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, Pa 15222. The website, housed at the University of Pittsburgh Libraries, allows you to search the catalog of materials available at the Library and Archives.
  • Historic Pittsburgh
    "Three of Pittsburgh's most respected cultural and educational institutions -- University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Library & Archives of the Heinz History Center -- have partnered to create the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections, an online gateway to thousands of images documenting Pittsburgh's visual past. The wide range of photographs offer a compelling and comprehensive look at how Pittsburghers lived and worked in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Selected from dozens of photographic collections, they visually record the cultural, educational, and social development of the greater Pittsburgh region, as well as its urban structures and regional landscapes. The images portray Pittsburgh's diverse workforce, its industries, its public schools, its civic renaissance of the mid-1940s and 1950s, and its ethnic communities."
  • Historic Walking Tours of Pittsburgh
    From the City of Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission.
  • Life in Western Pennsylvania 1840-1970
    This website was developed to create greater access to and awareness of the photographic collection of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. It consists of 300 photographs and related newspaper articles.
  • Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Labor Legacy
    This web site opens up vistas on the development of labor unionism and industrial relations over a period of approximately 120 years, from 1880 to 2000, and is created as part of the Pittsburgh Western Pennsylvania Labor Legacy Project, UE/Labor Archives, Archives Service Center, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
    Check here for tours of Pittsburgh and publications about Pittsburgh. Emphasizes the economic and cultural value of historic preservation through its bricks-and-mortar projects, architectural surveys, feasibility studies, educational programs, and publications.
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    • 1756 was a tough year for Pennsylvania
      A Monday, March 20, 2006, article about the dangers of living on the Pennsylvania frontier after Braddock's defeat in 1755; one of the topics discussed at the Ohio Country Conference 2006.
    • Allegheny County Municipalities (historical data)
      Sunday, August 08, 2004. "In researching the articles, Post-Gazette Staff Writers Ed Blazina and Mike Bucsko compiled a wealth of historical data about the 130 municipalities that comprise Allegheny County today. Dividing the county into four geographic zones, the northern suburbs have the largest number of municipalities with 48, followed by the south (29), east (28) and west (24)."
    • "The Canal that made Pittsburgh Great"
      Did you know that once Pittsburgh had a canal??? "In the mid-1800s, the Pennsylvania Canal saved the city. In 1987, archaeologists saved canal artifacts found on the North Side. Now is the time to give the stones and timber a proper home at the new PNC Park." An article about Pittsburgh history by Robert J. Feikema, from Sunday, May 16, 1999
    • Lewis & Clark: 200 years later
      A July, 2003, special report on Pittsburgh's part in the Lewis and Clark journey: Meriwether Lewis first launched his keelboat in Pittsburgh on Aug. 31, 1803
    • A Pittsburgh Century
      This 1999 special edition traces the 20th century in Pittsburgh with a 100 year timeline.
  • Rachel Carson Homestead
    the birthplace and childhood home of ecologist Rachel Carson, whose 1962 book Silent Spring launched the modern environmental movement. Located in Springdale just north of Pittsburgh.
  • Steel Industry Heritage Corporation
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to working with communities to conserve, interpret, promote and manage the historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources of steel and related industries in southwestern Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh: Archives of Industrial Society
    Collects and preserves records concerning the development of urban industrial society, with an emphasis upon Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
  • University of Pittsburgh Press: Books by Subject: Pennsylvania
    University of Pittsburgh Press publishes scholarly books and books about Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for the general reader.
  • Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania
    Information on coal mines by county. Check out their local history sites.
  • War for Empire
    Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the French and Indian War 2004-2010. A website created by the War for Empire Consortium (representatives of local historic sites) that emphasizes Western Pennsylvania's role in the French and Indian War (1754-1763). There are 18 historic sites in Western Pennsylvania associated with the war.
  • Westsylvania Heritage Development Corporation
    Formerly Allegheny Heritage Development Corporation
    a private, non-profit organization in southwestern Pennsylvania dedicated to the mission of creating economic opportunity by building and servicing a sustainable network of heritage communities that would create a tourist destination in southwestern Pennsylvania.
    The local Public Broadcasting System (PBS) station
    • Pittsburgh History Series
      A series of TV documentaries, including Rick Sebak's North Side Story, South Side, The Strip Show, and Things That are Still Here. Available from their Shop WQED.
    • WQED: Pittsburgh History Series Teachers'Guide
      Here are lesson plans to go with Rick Sebak's Pittsburgh documentaries (above) that cover Western Pennsylvania History, Bridges and Buildings, Rivers and Valleys, Creating Community, The Arts, and Having Fun.

Southwestern Pennsylvania

  • Allegheny-Kiski Valley History
    from, north of Pittsburgh, covering the valleys of the Allegheny and Kiski Rivers. Learn about original Native Americans of this area, the first settlers and the early forts, early industry, or join one of the local historic groups.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission
    Host to the Path of Progress 500+ mile national heritage tour route as well as a state heritage tour route which meanders through nine counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, a cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America.