In 2016, the City of Pittsburgh began the process of evaluating and cataloging its vast collection of historical materials and records. These records range from documents, letters, and maps to minute books chronicling some of the earliest days of Pittsburgh’s history. Many are over 200 years old. Unfortunately there are gaps in the records.

As steps were taken to protect and secure records and materials, it became apparent that some of the materials had likely been taken from City offices and facilities. This removal most certainly occurred over the course of centuries. The City is launching efforts to reclaim these records and artifacts.

In an effort to encourage the community to participate and inspired by a 2016 effort by the Pittsburgh Public Schools and The Friends of Art to reclaim stolen art from our public schools, the City of Pittsburgh will offer amnesty to those who return suspected City or Authority owned property.

For more on this effort, items sought, items returned and the complete story behind this effort Click Here.


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