These databases can identify which archive has original manuscript material relevant to your topic. Unless the material has been duplicated in some way (digitized, microformed, etc.), plan on visiting the repository to get access to the material.
Over four million records describing archival materials. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports original research and inspired teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars a wealth of rare and uncommon primary source materials from all world regions.
Access to guides that describe archival collections held by the University of Pittsburgh's Library System, including the Archives Service Center and Special Collections, and the Library & Archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania at the Heinz History Center. Over 1,500 finding aids describe important archival collections on greater Pittsburgh area history.
Online public portal to records and information about the records. The catalog currently provides access to over 2 million electronic records currently in the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which are not available elsewhere online.
A non-circulating collection of books, newspapers, manuscripts, and maps documenting life in Western Pennsylvania. Archival materials include personal and family papers, associations' records, and records of business and industry.