Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Knoxville Branch 2 CLP.20170718.004

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections
Title
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Knoxville Branch 2
Collection Number
CLP.20170718.004
Date [inclusive]
1936-1965
Extent
1 Linear Feet Two boxes
English

Preferred Citation

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Knoxville Branch 2, William R. Oliver Special Collections, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Biographical / Historical

In 1928, preparations were made for the opening of the Knoxville-Carrick branch in the Rochelle School, which was the first full scale branch building located in a school building. The Board of Education provided the space, heat, light and janitor service, and the library serviced staff, books, furniture and equipment. During the reduction of staff during the Depression, Knoxville along with a number of other branches were put on a half-time schedules where one staff covering two branches, each of which was open on alternating days. In September 1943, the Knoxville branch was forced from its original rented location at the Rochelle School when the Board of Public Education sold the school. The Knoxville business area on Brownsville Road provided an ideal location for the library reach the public. The only store available was not adequate to fully house the library and its services and was rented as a temporary space. The temporary occupancy lasted 22 years, until the completion of the Knoxville building in 1965, which was one of the first newly constructed branches since the establishment of the library system in 1895.

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Content Description

The collection consists of documents pertaining to branch history, the renovation of the library, and annual reports.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the original order the materials were received in. Two oversized photographs of the original Knoxville Branch building are included as "Box 2, Folder 1".

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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, Knoxville Branch and transferred to the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room.

Accruals

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

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Collection Inventory

  boxfolder
Andrew Carnegie 11
  boxfolder
Library History 12
  boxfolder
Branch History 13
  boxfolder
Dedication 1965 14
  boxfolder
Renovation 15
  boxfolder
Boys and Girls Department Annual Reports 16
  boxfolder
General Statistics 1936 17
  boxfolder
Photographs of Original Knoxville Library 21