The Digital Research Library, a division of the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, is pleased to announce the availability of the digital collection, Historic Pittsburgh.
Digital editions of sixty-two volumes on the history of Western Pennsylvania are currently available. These materials cover the growth and development of Pittsburgh and the surrounding Western Pennsylvania area from the period of exploration and settlement to the period of industrial revolution and modernization. Items selected for digitization are from the collections of the University Library System and from the Library of Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, a partner institution.
The contents of the digital editions are fully searchable for ease in finding pages on which specific names, places, events, etc. occur. Additional navigation through the books is made simple via hyperlinked tables of contents which allow the user go directly to individual chapters and illustrations within a book. When complete, the collection will contain over four hundred titles.
In addition, 19th and early 20th century real estate plat maps originally published by the G.M. Hopkins Company have been converted to digital images and may be viewed using an ordinary Web browser. Eighty-five maps are currently on-line out of a total of six hundred that will eventually be made available. Ultimately this collection will reflect the changing urban landscape of the greater Pittsburgh area from the early 1870s to the late 1930s. The plat maps show lot and block numbers, dimensions, street widths, and names of property owners as well as churches, cemeteries, mills, schools, roads, railroads, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.
The On-line Archival Finding Aids project provides convenient Web access to detailed descriptions of archival collections held by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. This collection of guides to archival collections will enable students and scholars to more easily access important primary source materials held by these two major repositories and to identify items relevant to their research. The preliminary collection of sixty-three finding aids will be augmented monthly as more finding aids are encoded for Web accessibility. This effort is part of a multi-year project.
Funding for Historic Pittsburgh has been provided in part by the Hillman Foundation.
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