Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Digital Collections has digitized newspapers, Jewish community newspapers, historic costumes, and more.




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Daily Life Records



  • Historic Costume Collection – The Historic Costume Collection is a searchable fulltext database of books that illustrate period costume, selected from University Libraries collections. The digital collection was seeded by a gift from Margaret Morrison Carnegie College alumna Irene Thomas (MMCC 1937, Costume Design). Ongoing growth and access to the collection are made possible by an endowment from Carol Cushing Chaplin in memory of her mother, Margaret Smith Cushing (MMCC 1927, Costume Economics).



  • Senator H. John Heinz III Collection – The Senator H. John Heinz III Archives at the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries contain the congressional papers of the late Pennsylvanian John Heinz (1938-1991), a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1971-1976) and the U.S. Senate (1977-1991). The Heinz House of Representatives Papers focus on local and regional issues of importance to Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania as well as his committee service. The Heinz Senate Papers document his work on national issues, such as health care, retirement, international trade and finance, and the environment.



Historic Sites

  • The Chicago Portage – The Chicago Portage is the birthplace of Chicago. A small portion of the historic connection between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi waterways is preserved in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Portage Woods and Ottawa Trail Woods in Lyons, Illinois. It is one of only two National Historic Sites in Illinois and one of the few in the country that is not owned by the National Park Service.



Manuscript Collections

  • Andrew Carnegie Collection – The Andrew Carnegie Collection is a series of four collections of papers relating to the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie. Two collections, the James Bertram Collection and the Andrew Carnegie Collection, reside at Carnegie Mellon University and the Andrew Carnegie Correspondences Collection and the Mary Barclay Wilson Collection are housed at the Carnegie Free Library of Pittsburgh. These collections were digitized and made available by funding from LSTA.




  • Florence Carlisle Papers – Florence Carlisle an accomplished musician, graduated from Carnegie Tech in 1938 with a degree in music education. Following her graduation, she served as concertmaster or choir master for a number of groups in Pittsburgh and taught instrumental music for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The Florence Carlisle Collection is comprised of music composed by Carlisle throughout her career. The majority of music in the collection was composed for use in churches and is available for use in performance with permission from the Carnegie Mellon University Archives.



Newspapers, Student Papers (see also Magazines/Journals)

  • Carnegie Alumnus – The Carnegie Alumnus, 1914-1982 online
  • Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project – The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project is composed of:
    • The Jewish Criterion (1895-1962)
    • The American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962)
    • The Jewish Chronicle (1962-Present) This project serves as both an online reference source and as a digitized historical documentation of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and its outlying areas.
  • The Tartan – The Tartan has been the weekly student newspaper of first Carnegie Tech and now Carnegie Mellon University since 1906. Fair Use Statement: Carnegie Mellon University Libraries have made a best faith effort to assess our responsibilities and risks related to the copyright status of all of the items in our collections, and to make those items available in alignment with best practices as established by information science professionals. Our intention is to make content available for use in research, teaching, and private study. We are always willing to discuss copyright concerns with a rights holder who finds his or her content in our collections. For more information see the ARL Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Academic and Research Libraries.







  • Paul Goodman Collection – “The Changing Nature of Work” is as a series of films produced by Paul Goodman (1937-2012), an acclaimed organizational psychologist who was the Richard M. Cyert Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.
  • Allen Newell Collection – The full-text digital archive of Allen Newell’s pioneering work in artificial intelligence and cognitive science. Newell earned an international reputation as one of the founders of artificial intelligence. He is also known for his work in the theory of human cognition and the development of computer software and hardware systems for complex information processing.
  • Posner Memorial Collection – A collection of books encompassing a wide range of subjects, from literature to art to western science. Henry Posner, Sr. collected these books during his lifetime and in 1978 his son, Henry Posner, Jr., donated the entire collection to Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Clifford Glenwood Shull Collection – The full-text digital archive of Clifford Glenwood Shull, 1937 graduate of Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) and winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics. Shull’s pioneering work with Ernie Wollan in neutron scattering while a physicist at Oak Ridge from June 1946 through 1955 led to his Nobel Prize.
  • Herbert Simon Collection – The full-text digital archive of Herbert Simon, winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Economics. Simon earned an international reputation as one of the founders of artificial intelligence. Dr. Simon’s research extended from computer science to such areas as cognitive psychology, administration and economics.
  • Joseph F. Traub Collection – The full-text digital archive of Joseph F. Traub, former Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University (1971-1979), and current Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. In honor of Dr. Traub’s leadership role in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, the University Archives is pleased to present this searchable selection of Dr. Traub’s publications.




  • Thistle Yearbooks – Since 1906, Carnegie Mellon University has published The Thistle yearbook, chronicling the activities, people, and topics of the day for each academic year. The Thistle Yearbook collection documents every publication in the University’s distinctive and innovative history. From 1906 to 2016, this digital collection preserves over a century of academic life, memories, and moments, and captures the student experience and changing times at both the Carnegie Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.







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