13 July 2012

Pittsburgh Iron & Steel in Images



In 2008 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh received a National Leadership Demonstration Grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to digitally preserve over 500,000 pages of historic materials related to Pittsburgh's iron and steel industry and to make them available to the public. Through this collection, we strive to preserve the culture, heritage and knowledge of our region's industrial past, while enhancing the public's understanding of what made Pittsburgh the "Workshop of the World"

Pittsburgh Iron & Steel Heritage Collection is a digital collection of books, journals, photographs, trade catalogs, and other items related to the iron and steel industry in Western Pennsylvania. Dating as far back as the 1800s, much of the collection is too fragile to handle. By saving Pittsburgh's steel and iron legacy materials in a digital format, the library can make them accessible locally and nationally to students and historians.

You can search the collection via this link, http://www.clpdigital.org/jspui/handle/10493/1. I did a search on my brother-in-law’s ancestor, Robert Skemp, as he authored a publication about the “tin can.”  I wondered if he or it is included?  It is!  Though, I got my sister an original copy of this publication as a gift a few years back, she might enjoy having a digital copy also.



What neat things did you find?


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