Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Regional Branch CLP.20170603.001

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections
Title
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Regional Branch
Collection Number
CLP.20170603.001
Date [inclusive]
1889-2000
Date [bulk]
1960-1995
Extent
5 Linear Feet Ten boxes
English

Preferred Citation

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

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Biographical / Historical

Andrew Carnegie originally donated the fund necessary to build the Allegheny Regional Branch Library as the Carnegie Free Library of the city of Allegheny. Officially opened in 1890 as a cultural center, the building contained a library, art gallery, lecture room, and music hall although there was no catalog of the collections merely a finding list at the delivery and circulation desk. William M. Stevenson was appointed the first librarian. In 1907, the city of Pittsburgh annexed itself to Allegheny without the general permission of the citizens of Allegheny. The Carnegie Free Library remained a separate public space until 1956 when it was merged, after much deliberation, with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, being renamed the Allegheny Regional Branch. Building renovations were done in 1965 and 1974 in order to provide additional space for the expanding library collections as well as space for community activities. In 1990 the Branch celebrated its Centennial. The Allegheny Regional Branch, in 2005 (?), was hit by lightening and had various other facilities issues, which closed the building to the public. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Branch began to use the building as a warehouse while other arrangements were being planned. A new building was built on 1210 Federal Street that is to be opened in the summer of 2009.

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Content Description

The materials are separated into four separate collections: the Allegheny Regional Branch, Neighborhood Services of the CLP, Director's Office of the CLP, and the Allegheny Department of Public Works and Carnegie Free Library. The Allegheny Regional Branch collection contains materials specifically relating to events, reports, and correspondence of the branch. The Neighborhood Services collections include information on facilities management and relations with other branches. The Director's Office collection contains historical information on the Allegheny Regional Library. The Allegheny City Dept. of Public Works and the Carnegie Free Library collection contains information regarding the original building and staff. The collection as a whole is particularly strong in the correspondence of James Welbourne, Bob Croneberger, Connie Galbraith, Jane Dayton, Anthony Martin, and James Hughes. It is also strong in planning and construction information dealing with the original building and the two subsequent renovations. Some materials in the collection deal with other Branches, such as annual reports from certain years, but are kept in this collection to preserve original order. The collection is weak in organizational structure as the materials are spread over several different collections.

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Arrangement

The materials have been separated into four different collections as noted above and arranged in each box primarily by year or subject. Most materials are contained in their original folders to preserve the order by which they were initially arranged. Each box is numbered according to this finding aid in order to facilitate the search for specific items across the four collections. To further aid in finding specific materials, a short subject list by box and folder is placed at the end of this finding aid along with a rough item inventory as materials in some folders are somewhat varied in their relation to each other.

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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

The materials were removed from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Regional Branch and transferred to the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room.

Accruals

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

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Collection Inventory

Series  I Allegheny Regional Branch 1915-2000 

Scope and Contents

The Allegheny Regional Branch series contains materials relating to various topics including press information, memoranda, correspondence, renovation materials, annual reports, Film Center information, statistics, incident reports, staff information, and Centennial Celebration materials.

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Renovation, Reopening, and History 1974 11
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Utility and Floor Plan Information 1974-1975 12
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Blueprints and Equipment Costs 1950-1959 13
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Annual Reports and Statistics 1971-1986 14
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Annual Reports 1970-1985 15
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Building Information, Memoranda, Correspondence, Vanguard Theater 1970-1979 16
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Renovation Report 1972 17
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Annual Reports 1992-1994 21
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Renovation Program Statement and Proposals 1960-1969 31
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Staff Information; Hours; Goals 1980-1989 32
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Film Center; Staff Information; Facilities 33
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Renovation Specifications 1966 34
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Renovation 1960-1979 35
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Renovation - Drawings 1966-1974 36
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Renovation Miscellaneous 1960-1969 37
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Miscellaneous History 1915-1957 41
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Statistics 1987 42
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Statistics 1986 43
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Statistics 1985 44
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Statistics 1984 45
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Statistics 1983 46
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Statistics 1982 47
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Statistics 1981 48
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Statistics 1980 49
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Statistics 1979 410
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Statistics 1978 411
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Statistics 1977 412
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Statistics 1976 413
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Statistics 1975 414
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Statistics 1974 415
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Statistics 1973 416
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Statistics 1972 417
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Statistics 1971 418
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Statistics 1970 419
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Statistics 1969 51
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Statistics 1968 52
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Statistics 1967 53
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Statistics 1966 54
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Statistics 1965 55
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Statistics 1964 56
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Statistics 1963 57
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Statistics 1962 58
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Statistics 1961 59
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Statistics 1960 510
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Statistics 1959 511
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Statistics 1958 512
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Statistics 1957 513
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Statistics 1988-1989 514
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Tutorial Project (North Side) 1965 515
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Annual Reports (all branches) 1999 61
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Staff Information; Facilities; Correspondence 2000 62
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Staff Information; Facilities; Government Repository Program 1999 63
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Alcoa Grant; Young Adult Services Government Repository Program 1998 64
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Flyers; Correspondence; News Article 1997 65
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Flyers; Annual Reports 1970-1989 66
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Centennial Celebration 1990 67
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Connie Galbraith Correspondence and Miscellaneous 68

Series  II Neighborhood Services 1993-2000 

Scope and Contents

The Neighborhood Services series includes information on facilities, purchase and work orders, summary statistics for data entry forms, and correspondence materials.

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Correspondence; Facilities; Incident Reports 1995 71
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Correspondence; Events; Facilities 1994 72
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Correspondence; Facilities; Government Depository Program 1993 73
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Adult/Young Adult Services Report by month 2000 74
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Adult/Young Adult Services Report by month 1998-1999 75
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Summary Statistics Form for Data Entry by month 1996-1997 76
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Summary Statistics Form for Data Entry by month 1995 77
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Summary Statistics Form for Data Entry by month 1993-1994 78

Series  III Director's Office of the CLP 1926-1967 

Scope and Contents

The Director's Office series contain materials relating to the history of the Allegheny Regional Branch and the merger between the Carnegie Free Library and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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History of the Allegheny Regional Branch 1967 81
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Binder of Merger Materials 1926-1956 82

Series  IV Allegheny City Department of Public Works and Carnegie Free Library 1891-1930 

Scope and Contents

The Allegheny City Dept. of Public Works and the Carnegie Free Library contains bond contracts for construction of the original building and resolutions on staff appointments.

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Pamphlet Law and Formation of the Public Works Office 1891-1892 91
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Booth and McQuaid sewer construction Bond Contracts 1891-1892 92
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Electrical Supply and construction Bond Contracts 1891-1892 93
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Fertig sewer supplier Bond Contracts 1891-1892 94
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McAfee grade and paving Bond Contracts 1891-1892 95
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O'Donnell sewer construction Bond Contracts 1891-1892 96
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Ogden stationary supplier Bond Contracts 1891-1892 97
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Patterson and Co. coal supplier Bond Contracts 1891-1892 98
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R.D. Nuttall and Co. and Sloan et al. Grade and Paving Bond Contracts 1891-1892 99
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Binding Proposals 1889-1930 101
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Materials relating to the donation of books 1889-1930 102
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Materials relating to the purchase of books 1889-1930 103
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Book Acquisition materials 1889-1930 104
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Resolution about library cards 1889-1930 105
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Correspondence between the Board and J. P. Cavanaugh 1889-1930 106
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Resolution about public use of the library facilities 1889-1930 107
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Materials relating to Finances 1889-1930 108
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Materials relating to Finances 1889-1930 109
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Materials relating to Hiring and Staff 1889-1930 1010
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Materials relating to Hiring and Staff 1889-1930 1011
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Materials relating to Hiring and Staff 1889-1930 1012
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Materials relating to salaries 1889-1930 1013
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Materials relating to salaries 1889-1930 1014
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Materials relating to organization transfer 1889-1930 1015
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Materials relating to vacations, conferences and absences 1889-1930 1016
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Materials relating to vacations, conferences and absences 1889-1930 1017
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List of letters by Andrew Carnegie 1889-1930 1018
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Resolution of the appointment of the Librarian 1889-1930 1019
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Draft of the contract for the Library 1889-1930 1020
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News Clipping "A Faulty Building" 1889-1930 1021
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Temporary Library Closures 1889-1930 1022
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Resolutions dealing with the Library Building 1889-1930 1023
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Will of John Alfred Brashear; Birth Certificate of Mary Sullivan 1889-1930 1024