Heinz History Center Receives NHPRC Award

The Senator John Heinz History Center’s Library and Archives is pleased to announce that it has received an $88,738 grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).  The grant will fund a two-year project to describe and provide access to more than 600 archival collections. These collections, which contain material dating from the late 1700s until the present day, document western Pennsylvania’s businesses and industries, vibrant ethnic communities and arts organizations, religious groups, civic entities, and political life.  The grant will allow the History Center to hire a full-time project archivist to work on the project.

As is the case with many archives, a portion of the Heinz History Center’s archives are not adequately cataloged and, therefore, not used to their fullest potential by researchers.  Fortunately, the NHPRC, which is a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), has created the “Archives – Basic Projects” grant program to solve this very problem.  Through this project, these “hidden” collections will be made accessible through History Center’s online catalog and the Historic Pittsburgh website.

The project will make accessible collections from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ray Sprigle, African American playwright and educator Walter Worthington, the MacBeth-Evans Co. glass company, and the Duquesne Steel Works.

Workers at the Fort Pitt Tunnel construction site, c. 1958.

The photograph above is from the Blaw Knox Company photographs, a collection that will be processed during this project.  The Pittsburgh-based company worked on the construction of the Fort Pitt and Squirrel Hill Tunnels, as well as the Lincoln and Queens-Midtown Tunnels in New York City.


About Matthew Strauss

Chief Archivist at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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