Two New Digital Image Collections

The Heinz History Center’s Detre Library and Archives recently posted two new image collections to Historic Pittsburgh: The Congregation B’nai Israel Photographs and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspector Photographs.

A view of the B'nai Israel synagogue, a stone Byzantine-design structure with a copper done. The congregation constructed this building at 327 North Negley Avenue in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood in 1924.

A view of the B’nai Israel synagogue, a stone Byzantine-design structure with a copper done. The congregation constructed this building at 327 North Negley Avenue in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood in 1924.

The Congregation B’nai Israel photographs contain 89 images dating from c.1920 until 1992. Many of the images are of confirmation classes, Hebrew school classes, and bar and bat mitzvah students. Other images are of B’nai Israel’s religious leaders, congregation events, and the exterior and interior of the synagogue.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection Photographs contain 225 images of residences and businesses, many of which show obvious signs of disrepair, that had been inspected by the bureau from 1940 until 1947.

A view of 105 S. 12th St. (on the left) in Pittsburgh's Southside neighborhood. Posted on the building are advertisements for Kennywood Park, Westview Park, and Penn Valley Whiskey.

A view of 105 S. 12th St. (on the left) in Pittsburgh’s Southside neighborhood. Posted on the building are advertisements for Kennywood Park, Westview Park, and Penn Valley Whiskey.

The entire collection contains approximately 1,080 images that depict buildings across the city of Pittsburgh, including those in the neighborhoods of the Southside, North Side, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, the Hill District. Many of the structures photographed have since been demolished.

A view of the front of 41-43-45-47 14th St. in Pittsburgh's Strip District neighborhood.

A view of the front of 41-43-45-47 14th St. in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood.

The finding aid includes a list of the addresses of all the buildings represented in the collection.  The rest of the images will be uploaded in future installments.

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About Matthew Strauss

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