Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch CLP.20170523.006

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections
Title
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch
Collection Number
CLP.20170523.006
Date [inclusive]
1930-1994
Date [bulk]
1960-1980
Extent
1 Linear Feet Two boxes
English

Preferred Citation

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch, William R. Oliver Special Collections, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Biographical / Historical

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch was the seventeenth neighborhood location to open in the Carnegie Library system. The community of Beechview is situated in the southwestern section of Pittsburgh and is surrounded by Banksville, West End, Mt. Washington, Brookline, and Dormont neighborhoods. The majority of the patrons at the library are from Beechview, but some do come from surrounding areas. The building, located on Broadway Avenue, in the heart of Beechview, is on the former site of the Beth EL Synagogue which was purchased by the Pittsburgh Mayor at the time, Joseph M. Barr. After the purchase in 1965, the synagogue was demolished to make way for the new library. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on June 23, 1966 and the dedication of the new branch occurred on October 29, 1967. In October 2007, Beechview celebrated 40 years in the community with a "Back to the 60's" themed open house.

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Content Description

The collection primarily consists of administrative correspondence and branch reports with the bulk of the writings from the late 1970s to the 1980s. Much of the correspondence concerns the proposal, planning, blueprints and construction of the branch. The collection also contains monthly reports from the children's department from 1967-1989.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder and chronologically within each folder. The folders are organized with the earliest date in the back and the most recent in the front. The boxes are organized with the latest dates in front and the earlier dates in the back.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
info@carnegielibrary.org
URL: http://www.carnegielibrary.org/

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch to the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room

Accruals

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Beechview Branch sends new materials to the Oliver Room on an irregular schedule.

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Collection Inventory

  boxfolder
Administrative Correspondence 1970-1991 11
  boxfolder
Annual Reports 1993-1994 12
  boxfolder
Annual Reports 1969-1988 13
  boxfolder
Annual Reports-Children's Department 1977-1987 14
  boxfolder
Blueprints/Site Plans 1965-1966 15
  boxfolder
Branch Dedication/Groundbreaking 1948-1967 16
  boxfolder
Branch Planning/Proposal 1930-1969 17
  boxfolder
Budget 1985-1988 18
  boxfolder
Building Construction 1967-1968 19
  boxfolder
Building Construction 1966 110
  boxfolder
Goals and Objectives 1987 111
  boxfolder
Incident Reports 1969-1989 112
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Children's Department 1986-1989 21
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Children's Department 1982-1985 22
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Children's Department 1978-1981 23
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Children's Department 1973-1977 24
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Children's Department 1967-1972 25
  boxfolder
Neighborhood Analysis 1977-1986 26
  boxfolder
Staffing 1978-1989 27