Category Archives: history

Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times

historical LA timesNew database: Los Angeles Times (1881-1990) via ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Originally a conservative regional paper, the Los Angeles Times became a model of balanced and comprehensive journalism, recognized as one of the world’s great newspapers. The historical database covers from 1881 to the current date minus 24 years. Combined with the contemporary coverage provided by ProQuest Newsstand, you can now read every issue of the Los Angeles Times online.


The Workers: Photographs by Andy Prisbylla

October 7-17, Hunt Library, 4th floor. The exhibit is a Workers Exhibit Flyerphoto study of the 18-foot tall public art piece The Workers, commissioned by the city of Pittsburgh and created by the Industrial Arts Cooperative from reclaimed steel found in the city’s vast industrial area. The photographs were created as part of the photographer’s first long-term documentary piece Citizens of Industry, a multimedia project on labor and working-class culture.

A full-time staff member at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, Andy Prisbylla spends his spare time crafting photo essays, specializing in social documentary photography. He is an alumnus of Kent State University, having graduated with honors. He is a contributor to, Akron Life Magazine and He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, and his work has been used by various non-profit organizations for marketing and fundraising purposes. You can visit him at and view more of his labor photography at

Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project Digital Archive

JewishChronicleCMU Libraries have completed the Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project, a digital archive documenting daily life in the Pittsburgh Jewish community from 1895 to the present. The full text archive providing an unparalleled look back into more than a century of life in Pittsburgh is fully searchable, free and open to the public at

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Frank Leslie’s Weekly

Now in Accessible Archives: Frank Leslie’s Weekly, later often known as Leslie’s Weekly, began life as Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Founded in 1852 and continued until 1922, it was an American illustrated literary and news publication, and one of several started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. John Y. Foster was the first editor of the Weekly. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

These weekly papers were large quarto in size, about 12″ by 16″, and each consisted of sixteen pages to the issue. They followed a tested and proven formula of carefully combining elements of war, politics, art, science, travel and exploration, literature and the fine arts in each issue, enhanced with illustrations. Throughout its decades of existence, Frank Leslie’s Weekly provided illustrations and reports of wars, from John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry and the Civil War until the Spanish-American War and the First World War. It also gave extensive coverage to less martial events such as the Klondike gold rush of 1897, the laying of the 1858 Atlantic Cable and the San Francisco earthquake.

Among the writers publishing in Frank Leslie’s Weekly were Louisa May Alcott, H. Irving Hancock, Helen R. Martin and Ellis Parker Butler. Notable illustrators worked for the publication, including Albert Berghaus and Norman Rockwell, who created covers for the magazine in its latter years. … More


State States: A Historical Archive

State States: A Historical Archive – This new collection includes more than 1,600 volumes and nearly 2 million pages of historical superseded state statutes. A valuable source of information for legal researchers and scholars to understand the thinking and conditions behind the creation of the historical statutes.

20th Century Advice Literature

Good news! The Libraries have subscribed to Twentieth Century Advice Literature. More than a thousand pages of conduct, behavioral, advice, and etiquette literature reveal rapid and drastic changes in American life in the last century. These sorts of materials typically fell out of date quickly and were rarely collected or preserved by libraries. Much of the content was distributed by organizations only to their members and was never cataloged. Alexander Street is painstakingly collecting the literature from archives and academics around the country, with more than a third of the items in the database classified as ephemeral.

World Newsreels Online: 1929-1966

Good news! The Libraries have subscribed to World Newsreels Online. Streaming video captures full runs of key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. These films provide a unique – and until now largely neglected – resource, giving  scholars insight into how people learned about events that occurred during this period.