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Owen Library Special Collections

The Special Collections Room is the repository for rare books, special collections, and the Pitt-Johnstown Archives. Located on the second floor of Owen Library, the Special Collections Room is a closed stacks area to ensure the security and preservation of its unique and irreplaceable materials.

Pitt-Johnstown Archives

The Pitt-Johnstown Archives documents the history of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pitt’s oldest and largest regional campus, since its founding as the Johnstown Junior College in 1927. It includes student yearbooks, newspaper articles, university publications, photographs, videos, and Pitt-Johnstown memorabilia. Click here to view the campus chronology.

Usage Policies and Procedures

The collections are accessible to all researchers, but are subject to library regulations.


Monday – Friday, by appointment. Please call the library at 814-269-7300.

Search the Collections

Records for most of the materials in the collections are searchable in PITTCat+, the online catalog. An index (PDF) is also available for information files that the library maintains for small collections of materials concerning University offices, people, and activities.