The Architecture Archives' collections date from the mid-nineteenth century to the present but primarily date from the twentieth century. Records document a diverse cross-section of the region's built environment. Collections represent, for example, the high-style architecture of Beaux Arts Classicism and Modernism; the progressive architecture of creative individualists; and the architectural vernacular of developer housing, "Main Street" commercial buildings, and roadside architecture. Some records document the region's special industrial heritage -- its steel mills and factories, and its transportation infrastructure -- its inclines and bridges. Other records represent Pittsburgh's architectural and building organizations. Carnegie Mellon's own architectural heritage is well represented, along with a sampling of the student and professional work of university alumni and faculty.
For scope notes and brief descriptions of collections in the Architecture Archives, see the research guide.
Especially strong collections document Pittsburgh's era of urban expansion in the early twentieth century and its post-World War II Renaissance era.