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The Archives of Industrial Society (AIS) is the general designation for the hundreds of historical collections related to the development of the urban industrial society, with an emphasis on Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Its origin can be traced back to 1963 when Dr. Samuel P. Hays established the AIS within the History department in an effort to document the post-1850 period of Pittsburgh. The AIS became part of the University Library System in 1979.
During its development, the AIS created a nucleus of papers and records important for the study, analysis, and interpretation of the social, political, labor, and ethnic history of nineteenth and twentieth century urban industrial society.
Today, the AIS remains committed to collecting, preserving and making accessible historical records from the following major collection categories:
- Business and Industry
- Churches and Synagogues
- Ethnic Groups
- Health and Medicine
- Social Action
AIS material includes more than 700 collections comprising over 18,000 linear feet of documentation, more than 700,000 audio-visual items, more than 7,000 maps (majority relate to coal mining), over 1,300 architectural drawings/blueprints, and over 1,200 microfilm reels.
In particular, it should be pointed out that the AIS contains the official historical records of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America Union (UE) at the national, district and local levels.
More detailed information about the AIS collections as well as other helpful research guides is available for download:
The Archives Service Center continues to collect historical records and material in many subject areas. To discuss collection acquisitions, contact Michael Dabrishus, Assistant University Librarian at 412-648-7755 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.