Below is a variety of librarian-selected websites (in alphabetical order and topical order) that contain credible information about Pittsburgh. If you need more websites, then first refer to the Evaluating Websites tab above.
BROAD TOPIC SITES
The following websites pertain to broader and more general aspects and topics that include Pittsburgh, Southwestern PA, and Pennsylvania history. Most are searchable by keyword or browsable.
Documenting the numerous river crossings and mountain passages surrounding the city of Pittsburgh, this site is continually growing and aspires to capture data and photographs of the hundreds of bridges and tunnels in this area. With an easy to understand format, "Structures" are listed by location, design, name and use. The "Terminology" section provides a simple dictionary of engineering, masonry, bridge, and tunnel jargon. Take a "Tour" to view structures by geographical area.
From the U.S. National Archives and Record Administration site, browse through this excellent section from the making of the charters, to viewing charters/primary documents such as the Declaration of Independence, to their impact upon the nation.
"This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Many newspapers that were published in Allegheny County, Pa., are included. Site is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress." (Carnegie Mellon Libraries)
Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Library System, this extremely informative site includes links to local historical societies, maps, images, videos, a chronology of the history of Pittsburgh, and more. After clicking the Chronology link, it will take you to a page with a timeline at the top. Just click the timeline to further explore.
HistoryWorld contains separate 300 historical articles and approximately 10,000 searchable timeline events within its unique database. Article pages are listed alphabetically but may also be searched in the main search bar. Article pages also provide information on how to properly cite the website.
Hosted on the Web by Fordham University, this online gateway is great for finding primary historical resources. It provides links to web sites, various full-text historical documents, and multimedia covering religion, culture, politics and more worldwide. Sourcebooks are organized by theme.
A gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. Primary sources include images, moving images, sound recordings, music, and text. There are more than 9 million items to be found in 100 collections. Expand browsing search by clicking "List All Collections."
From the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission site, this section of the site is from the Pennsylvania Manual (a guide to PA's government). It's contents covers from the Eve of Colonization to modern times. Note additional links on left side of page.
From the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh site, these section includes sites to events and life in Western PA, along with other sites addressing history across the state of PA. Note additional links to historical content of right side of page including The French and Indian War, Westward Expansion, Industrialization, and more.
"The Senator John Heinz History Center is an educational institution that engages and inspires a large and diverse audience with links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a Western Pennsylvania connection." (site)
This site, made available by the Wisconsin Historical Society, includes documents, images and more of "eyewitness accounts of North American exploration and settlement." (site) Read the words of Native Americans, explorers (such as Lewis and Clark), traders, etc.
Located at the Senator John Heinz History Center, the Fort Pitt Museum site contains information about "Western PA's pivotal role...in the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and Early Republic." (site) It includes a timeline and images from the exhibit.
From the PA Historical & Museum Commission site, this content originally appeared in the PA Heritage Magazine. Includes further reading at the bottom of the page. Note additional "Trails of History" links on the left side of page.
Provided by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, this site focuses on battles and events in Pennsylvania. Note, from home page, the unit plan link on right: "Life at Fort Pitt." Click "Student Resources" for more content. Includes primary sources. Site is searchable and browsable.
This excellent site takes you along as you visit Forbes Trail across Pennsyvania. The interactive map takes you from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, explaining what happened in each area. Note links on left to the Washington Trail and the Braddock Trail.
From the Mount Vernon website, this section covers the history of both events and George Washington's involvement. For "Washington and the French & Indian War", scroll down the page. Bibliography included.
"Features journal excerpts, natural history lessons, aerial photos of the trail, discussions of important issues in the history of the American West, and information about modern-day Native American tribes." (site)
"An American Memory collection from the Library of Congress site, The First American West documents the travels of the first Europeans to enter the trans-Appalachian West, the maps tracing their explorations, their relations with Native Americans, and their theories about the region's mounds and other ancient earthworks." (CLP)
From the University of Nebraska/Lincoln, this site provides a searchable collection of journal articles, images, multimedia, and maps encompassing the reports of Lewis & Clark during their explorations. Searchable and browsable. Note numerous additional sites listed under "Links".
"This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette series of eight articles from July and August of 2003 examine the Lewis and Clark expeditions, and the Pittsburgh they found when they arrived to launch their journey. The first article gives background information, provides links to additional material and a list of books, and includes an article about the expedition's start in Pittsburgh." (From Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)
Provided by the East Liberty Development Inc, this site makes available the 1999 and the 2010 community plans for urban revitalization in the East Liberty part of Pittsburgh. Also the tabs across the page provide access to East Liberty's history (About East Liberty), development proposals, and more.
Lawrenceville, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, has gone through much urban development lately. To find out more information, click the links on the left side of the page under "Lawrenceville Corporation".
URA is the City of Pittsburgh's economic development agency, committed to creating jobs, expanding the City's tax base and improving the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods..." (Site) Very informative site. Includes "Pittsburgh in the News".
From the PA Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), this section of the portal covers the history of both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia's urban renewal. Scroll down the page to find Pittsburgh history, numerousf links, videos, etc. Note the Historic Resource Survey Forms for Pittsburgh (Civil Arena, Gateway Center, etc).