Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Homewood Branch CLP.20170725.002

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections
Title
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Homewood Branch
Collection Number
CLP.20170725.002
Date [inclusive]
1902-2002
Extent
5.5 Linear Feet Eleven boxes, two oversized items
English

Preferred Citation

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

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Biographical / Historical

The Homewood Branch of the Carnegie Library was dedicated on March 10, 1910, and officially opened for circulation on March 14, 1910. It was the ninth and last of the Carnegie branches to be built until 1964. Its budget exceeded that of any other branch, costing a total of $150,000. In 1902 the Homewood Board of Trade formed a Library Committee, which met with and convinced Andrew Carnegie to give back to the Homewood community by providing funding for a public library. Carnegie himself purchased the building site in 1903. All previous branches had been purchased by the city. The Committee petitioned Carnegie for a sum of $150,000 with which to build the branch in 1904. Carnegie refused until 1906, upon the agreement that the Committee would pay $15,000 annually for the expenses of general upkeep. At the time of its opening, the branch had a total collection of 20,000 volumes, of which 4,000 were children's books. Throughout its existence, the Homewood Branch has focused on giving back to and working alongside the community. In 1954, the Homewood library became the first of the Carnegie branches to have a Teen-Age Room, which was governed by a Youth Council made up of local middle- and high school students. Similarly, the Homewood Branch was also the first of the branches to have organized African American poetry and historical clubs. Over the years it has worked with various community and cultural groups, including the YMCA, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), and the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the Homewood Branch offered extensive inner-city services and community relations projects and programs. The Branch offered Swahili classes through CCAC, incorporated an African American book collection, hired an African storyteller, tutored local students through the Rockwell International Tutoring Program, and created a Toy Lending Library for parents of small children. The African American Collection includes the John E. Wideman Collection, which was dedicated during the Branch's 75th Anniversary celebrations in 1985. The Wideman Collection is made up of the works of African American authors of fiction, non-fiction, and career materials. The Branch is also home to works of art. As part of the Public Works of Art Project in 1934, artist Marcella Comes painted two works for the Branch. One painting features characters from internationally known children's fiction, such as Arabian Nights, King Arthur, Pinocchio, and Alice in Wonderland; the other features characters from American literature for older children, including characters from the stories of Washington Irving, Louisa May Alcott, and Mark Twain. The paintings hang in the Boys and Girls Department of the Branch. Also housed in the library is a memorial mural dedicated to Roberto Clemente. It was added in 1975, and was painted by students of the Carnegie Institute Saturday art class. The Homewood Branch has undergone extensive renovations. The first set of renovations took place between 1971 and 1974, and included the addition of a multimedia mezzanine and multiple safety measures. The Branch was the first of fourteen Carnegie branches to undergo renovations in 2003. Additions included an elevator, auditorium, meeting rooms, new restrooms, and the restoration of windows and skylights/ the multimedia mezzanine was replaced by the African American Collection.

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Content Description

The collection consists of seven series spanning the years 1902-2002. The first part of the collection contains records pertaining to annual and monthly reports and circulation statistics; it makes up the majority of the collection. The second part of the collection is made up of two series, and contains the records of the Advisory Board and records pertaining to Branch renovations, including meeting minutes, correspondence, legal documents, and architectural reports and schematics. The third part of the collection is also made up of three series, and contains historical and audio/visual materials. It includes books, correspondence, slides, audiotapes, films, photographs, newspaper articles, and a model of the renovated library.

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Arrangement

The materials have been separated into seven series and arranged primarily by year or subject. Most of the collection has been arranged according to its original order, although materials similar in content have been combined where appropriate. Similarly, loose pictures and newspaper clippings previously located in the oversize scrapbook have been moved to their respective folders in the series Branch History & Memorabilia.

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

Accruals

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

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Collection Inventory

Series  I Homewood Branch Reports & Statistics 1910-1989 

Scope and Contents

The Reports & Statistics series contains annual and monthly reports from both the entire branch and the Boys and Girls Department, as well as monthly Inner-City Services reports and circulation statistics.

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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1910-1919 11
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1920-1929 12
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1930-1939 13
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1940-1944 14
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1945-1949 15
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1950-1952 16
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1954-1959 17
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1960-1969 21
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1970-1972 22
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Homewood Branch Annual Reports 1980-1986 23
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Annual Reports 1910-1919 24
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Annual Reports 1920-1929 25
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Annual Reports 1930-1939 26
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Annual Reports 1940-1950 27
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Annual Reports 1960-1966 28
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1910-1913 31
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1914-1917 32
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1926-1928 33
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1929-1932 34
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1935-1939 35
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1940-1945 36
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1946 41
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1947 42
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1948 43
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1949 44
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1950 45
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1951 46
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1952 47
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1953 48
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1954 49
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1955 410
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1956 411
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1957 412
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1958 413
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1959 414
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1960 415
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1961 416
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1962 417
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1963 418
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1964 419
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1965 420
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1966 421
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1967 422
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1968 423
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1969 424
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1970 425
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1971 426
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1980 51
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1981 52
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1982 53
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1983 54
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1984 55
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1985 56
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1986 57
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1987 58
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1988 59
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Homewood Branch Juvenile Monthly Reports 1989 510
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Inner-City Services Monthly Reports 1971 511
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Circulation Statistics 1914-1946 512

Series  II Advisory Board 1959-1982 

Scope and Contents

The Advisory Board series consists of correspondence to and from the Advisory Board regarding the running of the Branch and the Board, meeting minutes, budget records, and Board member lists.

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Advisory Board Minutes & Correspondence 1959-1969 513
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Advisory Board Minutes & Correspondence 1970-1971 514
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Advisory Board Minutes & Correspondence 1972-1982 515

Series  III Branch Renovations 1971-2002 

Scope and Contents

The Branch Renovations series is made up of legal materials, correspondence, and budget information regarding the renovations completed in the 1970s. Also included are renovation proposals and schematics from architectural firms from the planning stages of the 2003 renovations.

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Branch Renovation Materials 1971 61
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Branch Renovation Materials 1971 62
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Branch Renovation Materials 1972-1973 63
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Branch Renovation Materials 1974 64
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Branch Renovation Materials 1975-1989 65
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Loysen & Associates Fee Proposal 2001 71
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Pfaffman & Associates Design Submission 2002 72
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Pfaffman & Associates Phase Drawings & Illustrations 2002 73

Series  IV Special Services & Collections 1949-1997 

Scope and Contents

The Special Services & Collections series contains information regarding Homewood Branch's involvement in the Homewood-Brushton community, special programs offered through the Branch, and special collections held at the Homewood Branch.

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Swahili Classes at CCAC 1971-1974 81
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Toy Lending Library 1980 82
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Rockwell International Tutoring Program 1980-1987 83
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Programs & Community Involvement (various) 1970-1989 84
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Homewood-Brusthon Community Information 1949-1989 85
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John Edgar Wideman Collection 1985-1987 86
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Carolyn Howe Collection 1994-1997 87

Series  V Branch History & Memorabilia 1902-1985 

Scope and Contents

The Branch History & Memorabilia series contains information on the Branch's history, as well as on special events, such as the Branch Opening, anniversaries and open houses. Materials include newspaper articles, event fliers, correspondence, programs, information on Carnegie Library history, guestbooks from the 1963 Open House, a souvenir program from the 1902 Mardi Gras Carnival, photographs of the library and the community, a collections book from 1921 to 1953, and the head librarian's logbook from 1911 to 1914.

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Newspaper Articles 1910-1989 91
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Events & Scrapbook Materials 1907-1975 92
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Branch Anniversaries 1945-1985 93
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Open House Guestbook 1963 91
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Open House Guestbook 1963 92
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Mardi Gras Carnival & Fair Souvenir Program 1902 101
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Photographs 1917-1982 101
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Carnegie Library History 1945-1986 102
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Librarian's Daily Logbook 1911-1914 102
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Collection Book 1921-1953 103

Series  VI Audio/Visual Materials 1970-1980 

Scope and Contents

The Audio/Visual Materials series is made up of loose audio tapes, film reels, and color slides from various events and programs from the 1970s.

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Audio Cassettes (9) 1970-1980 111
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Film Reels (5) 1975-1977 111
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Color Slides (304) 1975-1977 111

Series  VII Oversized Materials 1910 2002 

Scope and Contents

The Oversize Materials series consists of two items. The first is a scrapbook from 1910, put together by the librarians at the Branch. It contains correspondence from patrons, library cards, and various other materials. The second item of the oversize collection is a to-scale model of the renovated Branch from 2002.

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Scrapbook 1910 1
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Branch Model 2002 2