Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Knoxville Branch CLP.20170725.003

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
Collection Number
CLP.20170725.003
Date [inclusive]
1935-1989
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet Three boxes
English

Preferred Citation

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Knoxville Branch, 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 administrative correspondence, annual reports, building planning, construction, maintenance and furniture reports and correspondence pertaining to the construction of the branch. The bulk of the records are monthly reports from the Boys and Girls Department dating from 1935-1989.

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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

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
Administrative Correspondence 1944-1989 11
  boxfolder
Annual Reports-Branch 1943-1948 12
  boxfolder
Annual Reports-Branch 1939-1942 13
  boxfolder
Blueprints/Site Plans/Sketches 1964-1966 14
  boxfolder
Budget 1985-1987 15
  boxfolder
Building Construction/Maintenance 1986-1988 16
  boxfolder
Building Construction/Maintenance 1961-1967 17
  boxfolder
Circulation Statistics 1972-1979 18
  boxfolder
Furniture and Equipment 1963-1965 19
  boxfolder
Incident Reports 1976-1988 110
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1988-1989 111
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1986-1987 21
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1984-1985 22
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1981-1983 23
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1978-1980 24
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1975-1977 25
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1970-1974 26
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1962-1969 27
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1954-1961 31
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1945-1953 32
  boxfolder
Monthly Reports-Boys and Girls Department 1935-1944 33
  boxfolder
Neighborhood Analysis 1958-1977 34
  boxfolder
Newspaper Clippings 1946-1988 35
  boxfolder
Publications 1966 36
  boxfolder
Sign Design 1966 37
  boxfolder
Staffing 1957-1989 38