Author Archives: Matthew Strauss

About Matthew Strauss

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

We’re moving!

The Detre Library & Archives Blog has a new home on the Heinz History Center’s redesigned website! To read our future posts, please visit us at  If you’d like to subscribe to our posts, you can do so via the following link: … Continue reading

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Heinz History Center Begins New NHPRC Grant

This month marks the kickoff of the Heinz History Center’s new project to increase access to archival material from Pittsburgh-area companies, including Westinghouse, Heinz, Alcoa, Mellon Bank, US Steel, and Gulf Oil.  Funded by $96,710 grant from the National Historic … Continue reading

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Johnny Blood and the 1937 Pittsburgh Pirates (football team)

By Matthew Strauss and Pam Richter.  This article originally appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Western Pennsylvania History. There was a time when Pittsburgh’s sports teams shared more than just team colors. When Art Rooney established his professional football franchise … Continue reading

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A.M. Brown’s Union Executive Committee letter book.

(This blog post appeared originally as the “Library and Archives Treasures” column of the Fall 2013 issue of Western Pennsylvania History) Though it seems unimaginable today, Abraham Lincoln faced considerable challenges on his path to winning a second term in … Continue reading

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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. The Congregation B’nai Israel photographs contain 89 images dating from c.1920 … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh and the Battle of Gettysburg

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently launched the Gettysburg: Panic in Pittsburgh, then a nation saved, a great multimedia website focusing on the Pittsburgh connections to the Battle of Gettysburg. A couple of months ago, when the Post-Gazette‘s Steve Mellon was in the Library and … Continue reading

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Personal Digital Archiving Workshop

When visiting my grandparents as a child, it was always a special thrill to look at photograph albums from years past or to watch old home movies projected in a darkened room.  Family treasures such as these are often stored … Continue reading

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