Final Project Overview

The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (HSWP), an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a non-profit cultural and educational institution that has provided continuous services to Pittsburgh and its region since 1879. HSWP's Library and Archives occupies 30,000 square feet on the fifth and sixth floors of its seven-story Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center in Pittsburgh's Strip District. The holdings in the Library and Archives include 40,000 books, 400 maps, 300 serial titles,15,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 450 microfilms, 300 regional newspapers, and 500,000 photographs depicting more than 250 years of Western Pennsylvania's remarkable history. Through these collections, HSWP offers one of the Commonwealth's largest and most significant collections demonstrating Western Pennsylvania's diverse ethnic, racial, social, economic, and religious heritage.  

The Library & Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania collection house over 500,000 photographs. They consist of large collections such as H.J. Heinz, Allegheny Conference for Community Development, Jones and Laughlin and other medium and small family collections etc.

films Picture of the week help Link to History Center