Historic Pittsburgh is a digital collection that provides an opportunity to explore and research the history of Pittsburgh and the surrounding Western Pennsylvania area on the Internet. This website enables access to historic material held by the University of Pittsburgh's University Library System, the Library & Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The project represents a model of cooperation between libraries and museums in providing online access to their respective materials.
Historic Pittsburgh offers a variety of materials to browse including images and a general timeline of the city's history. It also includes finding aids and powerful searches of 1850-1880 census records for Pittsburgh and Allegheny City and thousands of images. There are over 1,000 maps available in high-resolution images, and a full-text search of over 500 books.