Over the last 50+ years, the WCHS has developed a unique collection of resources about local and regional history. The information available in books is supplemented with 12 drawers of vertical files that contain articles and other materials that cannot be placed on a shelf. New books and resources are added to the collections weekly. In addition to genealogical material, the following topics are also addressed.
Additional information is available in our Archives and Curatorial collections. These specialized collections are available by appointment to those conducting research related to specific projects. Please call 724-532-1935 x10 to make an appointment.
The archives houses a variety of photographic images, correspondence, organizational minutes and records, unpublished documents, as well as rare and limited edition pamphlets and publications from the 18th through mid-20th centuries. These items are related to residents and organizations from Westmoreland County.
Curatorial (Objects) Collection
The curatorial collection consists of items as varied as furniture, memorabilia, musical instruments, and textiles. The textile collection, one of the largest, has examples of clothing and accessories from the early 19th century through mid-20th centuries. One prized garment includes Richard Coulter's army jacket from the Mexican War.