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The Digital Research Library, a division of the University Library
System, University of Pittsburgh, is pleased to announce the
availability of the digital collection, Historic Pittsburgh, at this
URL:

http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/

Of interest to the EAD listserv is the Archival Finding Aids component at
http://digital.library.pitt.edu/ead/

The On-line Archival Finding Aids project provides convenient Web access
to detailed descriptions of archival collections held by the University
Library System, University of Pittsburgh, and the Historical Society of
Western Pennsylvania.  This collection of guides to archival collections
will enable students and scholars to more easily access important primary
source materials held by these two major repositories and to identify
items relevant to their research.  The preliminary collection of
sixty-three finding aids will be augmented monthly as more finding aids
are encoded for Web accessibility.  This effort is part of a multi-year
project.

In addition to archival finding aids there are two other components to the
project. They include:

Digital editions of sixty-one volumes on the history of Western
Pennsylvania are currently available. These materials cover the growth and
development of Pittsburgh and the surrounding Western Pennsylvania area
from the period of exploration and settlement to the period of industrial
revolution and modernization. Items selected for digitization are from the
collections of the University Library System and from the Library of
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, a partner institution.  The
contents of the digital editions are fully searchable for ease in finding
pages on which specific names, places, events, etc. occur.  Additional
navigation through the books is made simple via hyperlinked tables of
contents which allow the user go directly to individual chapters and
illustrations within a book.  When complete, the collection will contain
over four hundred titles.

In addition, 19th and early 20th century real estate plat maps originally
published by the G.M. Hopkins Company have been converted to digital
images and may be viewed using an ordinary Web browser.  Eighty-five maps
are currently on-line out of a total of six hundred that will eventually
be made available.  Ultimately this collection will reflect the changing
urban landscape of the greater Pittsburgh area from the early 1870s to the
late 1930s. The plat maps show lot and block numbers, dimensions, street
widths, and names of property owners as well as churches, cemeteries,
mills, schools, roads, railroads, lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.


Funding for Historic Pittsburgh has been provided in part by the Hillman
Foundation.

Elizabeth Shaw
Digital Projects Manager
Digital Research Library
University of Pittsburgh
Rm G20N Hillman Library
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412)648-2839
Fax: (412)648-7887