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Pittsburgh Oral Histories

Pittsburgh Cityscape by Sun Young Kang


Thanks to the generosity of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was enabled to conduct the following 42 oral history interviews. A rather remarkable cross-section of Western Pennsylvanians-Black and white, female and male, ranging in age from their 30s to well-into their 90s-these individuals graciously shared their lives, their careers, their sorrows and their joys. These anecdotes, full of the hearty, good-humored, and resilient qualities that make Western Pennsylvania what it is, are here presented to suggest or to re-awaken your own memories of growing up and living in this unique and colorful region.

(Please note that these oral histories are PDF files, requiring the free Adobe Reader.)

This link will direct you to The Oral History of Music in Pittsburgh. The interviews include a wide variety of people in Pittsburgh who have been heavily involved with professional and amateur music, be it in the areas of jazz, classical, popular, or folk and traditional. The project began in 1991.