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They’re Called the Steelers for a Reason: Pittsburgh’s Iron and Steel Heritage at CLP

If you ask someone from out of town what they know about Pittsburgh the sentence they’d reply with would probably contain the word ‘steel.’ That’s because Pittsburgh’s industrial past has played a large part in creating the city’s identity. From the beloved Steelers to Pittsburgh Steel Man and the Steel City Derby Demons ‘steel’ is still everywhere. Using Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s new Pittsburgh Iron & Steel Heritage Collection you can find out why. Click around and explore Western Pennsylvania’s industrial past through six categories made up of over 500,000 scanned pages of historic materials related to Pittsburgh’s iron and steel industry: Histories, Labor Management, Legal Issues, People, Places, Production, Products, Transportation, and Way of Life.

It’s a really great resource for term papers or just to satisfy your curiosity for local history.

Pittsburgh Iron & Steel Heritage Collection is a digital collection of books, journals, photographs, trade catalogs, and other items related to the iron and steel industry in Western Pennsylvania. Dating as far back as the 1800s, much of the collection is too fragile to handle. By saving Pittsburgh’s steel and iron legacy materials in a digital format, the library can make them accessible locally and nationally to students and historians. A selection of the material has been added to Flickr, to enable customers to view, share, and contribute to the collection.

Pittsburgh in 2012 is full of great universities and powered by the tech and medical industries, but the shadow of our industrial past is still all around us. From the Steeltown Entertainment to the still-swinging U.S. Steel we’re still in love with the idea of being the ‘Steel City.’

Corey, Digital Learning Librarian

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