University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Owen Library Offers Digitized Historical Information

Pitt-Johnstown is the first University of Pittsburgh regional campus to make its newspapers and yearbook archives available on the Documenting Pitt website.

As result of the project, an extensive amount of historical information about Pitt-Johnstown is now available worldwide.

"Pitt-Johnstown’s Owen Library and the University Library System are excited to announce that they have completed the digitization of a significant amount of Pitt-Johnstown's historic materials,” said Peter J. Egler, Head of Owen Library.

He noted the materials include:

  • The Pitt-Johnstown student newspapers from 1930 to 2011;
  • 24 copies of the Pitt-Johnstown student yearbooks from the 1960s through the 1990s; and
  • The book The Evolution of a College: A History of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (1927-1993)

Digitized copies of these materials are now available on the “Documenting Pitt – Historical Records of the University of Pittsburgh” website.

This project took approximately 18 months to complete and was led by former Owen Library Director Eve Wider and current Associate University Librarian for Archives & Special Collections Ed Galloway.

Ms. Wider made the project a priority during her time at Pitt-Johnstown and she regularly drove the materials to be digitized back and forth to Pittsburgh.

Mr. Galloway oversees “Documenting Pitt – Historical Records of the University of Pittsburgh." This website serves as the digital archive of the University of Pittsburgh system. “Documenting Pitt history is more than just the Oakland campus, so we are pleased to be able to incorporate significant content from the Pitt-Johnstown campus as well,” he said.

Owen Library staff members David Kupas and Sarah Ruth Harris also worked on the project.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.