The Rivers of Steel Archives have served as a repository for thousands of donated and sourced items that tell the story of the Pittsburgh Industrial District’s domination of the steel industry throughout the better part of the 20th century.

These diverse archival collections include thousands of artifacts, documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials that depict southwestern Pennsylvania’s industrial, cultural, and ethnic traditions—telling the stories of the region, its communities of workers, and their families, all of whom made “Big Steel” possible.

Rivers of Steel curates these collections for exhibitions and provides access to them as a valuable tool for researchers.  Please contact with inquiries or to schedule an appointment for archival research.

On Display

These collections are the inspiration for exhibitions displayed in the galleries of the Bost Building and for the traveling Steel Case installation.

Museum patrons walk through a gallery and look at artifacts

An exhibit in the Bost Building

Our Collections

Use these tools below to access—or to add to—our collections.

Learn more about the events

such as tours, workshops, and festivals happening at each unique attraction.