August Wilson sitting on steps.

Archives & Special Collections

Welcome to Archives & Special Collections (A&SC), one of the largest archives that documents Western Pennsylvania history. In our collections, you’ll find historic documents, photographs, maps, rare books, newspapers, audio and video recordings, and much more. Do you have questions or can’t find what you’re looking for? Please contact us so one of our expert staff members can help you.

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Read about our efforts to address harmful, offensive, misrepresentative, and racist language in our archival collection descriptions.

Explore our collections further!

John James Audubon's plate of 2 purple herons.

We’ve digitized thousands of records from our collections, and you can see them all here! Search our Audubon prints, get acquainted with the City Photographer Collection, or just peruse the collection guides for our materials.

Map of Fort Pitt and parts adjacent with both rivers from 1761.

Interested in more Pittsburgh history? We work in partnership with other organizations in the area, like the Heinz History Center, to bring you more content on our city. Search by institution, topic, or format to find exactly what you want.

Nearly 5,000 students assembled to form the Living Panther to show Pitt Spirit. April 1920

Want to know what the Cathedral of Learning looked like while under construction? Maybe find yourself in your college yearbook? Or learn what Pitt students were talking about in the 1920s? It’s all here for you, from digitized yearbooks to historic photographs to a full run of the Pitt News, and much more. Hail to Pitt!

August Wilson headshot
We are pleased to announce we have received a $1,000,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation to support in-depth public engagement with the August Wilson Archive over the next two years.
Avinoff
Dr. Avinoff is known locally as a former Director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and as the designer of Pitt's Russian Nationality Room
Freddie Fu
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the papers of Dr. Freddie Fu, noted orthopaedic surgeon and a leader in the field of sports medicine.
Undergrads: Apply to be an Archival Scholar!
Awardees will develop independent research projects from rare books, manuscripts, music, photographs, diaries, organization records, or other archival collections found in the University of Pittsburgh Library System’s distinctive collections. Click here for more info!
Youthful Frights: Exploring George A. Romero’s Young Adult Horror
In the mid-90s, Romero began production on several projects for young adult audiences.  Join us! Tuesday September 20th 7 p.m. as we examine and explore these lost projects including an adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps.
Hi-ya Neighbor!
The University of Pittsburgh Library System strives to steward the materials within our possession with the highest level of cultural sensitivity. Within Archives & Special Collections, we aim to describe our archival materials in a way that is respectful to, and informed by, the communities who use, create, and are represented in our collections. ...more
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk program has awarded a $36,826 grant to the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) to digitize five Pittsburgh area oral history collections held by the Archives and Special Collections Department.

Check out our Horror Studies Blog!

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View our blog and sign up for our monthly newsletter featuring Horror Collection updates, Romero news, horror events, and more!

Take a virtual tour of our new space!

Archives & Special Collections Virtual Tours

Archives & Special Collections resides in a state-of-the-art home on Hillman Library’s renovated third floor. It contains significant physical and digital exhibition space, an expansive reading room, a large classroom, and, the Text & conText Lab, a partnership between the ULS and the Center for Creativity, that allows for the exploration of text in all its forms.

Visit in person during library open hours or take a virtual tour!

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A&SC at Hillman Library
320 Hillman Library
University of Pittsburgh
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-8190

A&SC at the Archives Service Center
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
412-648-3232

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The Erroll Garner Jazz Archive
Take a virtual tour of the Erroll Garner Jazz Archive During the 51st Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert Week.

The banner features an image from the August Wilson Archive.