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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.
The sites below contain collections of primary sources relating to Pittsburgh history.
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.
"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)
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.
Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) was the preeminent photographer for The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s most prominent Black newspapers photographing Pittsburgh’s historic African American community from 1935 to 1975. His archive of over 70,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the Black urban experience known today.
The following websites below pertain to specific topics within Pittsburgh's history. They are listed under these linked headings:
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.
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)
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)
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).