Friday, March 10, 2017

Pittsburgh Symphony Launches Online Archives Portal

On February 17, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra opened an online door to its archive of materials from the organization’s more than 120-year history to people around the world.

An online Archives Portal, accessible at or on the “About” page of, offers visitors the opportunity to explore some of the treasures found in the symphony’s physical archives — from a picture of the 1980s reunion between Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians who performed under his direction as a child prodigy in the 1940 to a searchable database to find the performance history of a particular piece or performer.

Visitors can delve into the portal three ways, through the “browse,” “discover” and “search” functions. The browse function allows visitors to explore the Communities & Collections groups found with the archives, including “Grand Classics concert program books,” “Public Affairs Department (photographs)” and “Performance History,” among others. The discover function allows visitors to start with a broad subject and delve deeper from there. Results through any function can be further refined with advanced filters and sorting options. (A quick start guide for using the portal can be found at

“This launch is only the beginning,” said Melia Tourangeau, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “We plan to add more media to this site, allowing a worldwide audience to explore the symphony’s historic legacy and check out rarely seen treasures.”

Visitors also can listen to newly digitized audio highlights, view photographs and programs, and check out Pittsburgh Symphony posters.

The Archives Portal was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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