Archives Service Center
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The Archives Service Center (ASC) is the repository for manuscript and record collections that document the history of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region, including the University of Pittsburgh. The University Library System established the Archives Service Center in 1979.
The Archives Service Center is located on the second floor of the Library Resource Facility in the Point Breeze neighborhood approximately three miles from the University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus. Shuttle service (PDF) is available throughout the day making an easy connection between the Archives Service Center and Hillman Library. Free parking is provided to researchers.
Historical collections within the Archives Service Center fall into two main categories:
The Archives of Industrial Society (AIS) comprise historical records important for the study of the social, political, labor, and ethnic history of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century during its rise as an urban industrial society. Included in the archives are the official records of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Union (UE).
The University Archives documents the history of the University of Pittsburgh since its founding as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, and includes records from the Office of the Chancellor, building of the Cathedral of Learning, and papers of distinguished faculty along with Pitt memorabilia.
The Archives Service Center maintains the papers of former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh. A separate Web site exists for more information about this collection.
The University Records Management program is administered by the Archives Service Center. It assists in completing records schedules for other University offices, departments, and units and facilitating the transfer of inactive records to BRM, Inc., and historical records to the University Archives.
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Collection guides, or finding aids, are available to search in electronic format for most of the collections mentioned above, including many collections held by ULS Special Collections.