Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Brookline Branch CLP.20160619.001

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections
Title
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Brookline Branch
Collection Number
CLP.20160619.001
Date [inclusive]
1930-2003
Date [bulk]
1960-1989
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet Five boxes
English

Preferred Citation

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Brookline Branch Collection, William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Biographical / Historical

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Brookline Branch is located in the Brookline neighborhood of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The branch was first opened by the Carnegie Library in 1930. Its first location was in a rented store building at 802 Brookline Boulevard with Glenn Myers as the first branch librarian. In the beginning the branch's staff was shared with the nearby Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library.

The library quickly gained a strong presence in the community. It was constantly outgrowing its spaces, needing more room and a newer facility. By 1941 the library had moved from its locations twice. Brookline citizen Morris Rosenberg, a Polish immigrant who had learned English through the reading of books, decided to construct a new building for the library. Rosenberg then leased the building to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the new one-story facility was officially opened in January of 1942 at 730 Brookline Boulevard.

Brookline Branch continued to grow through the next two decades. During the mid-1960s, staff began noticing the deteriorating condition of the library's twenty-year-old building. The Carnegie Library pressed the owners of the building to make much-needed repairs; however, by the early 1970s discussions were underway for a possible new location for Brookline Branch. Plans of opening a library and parking garage complex were discussed as well as moving into different buildings, but nothing ever came to fruition. The building at 730 Brookline Boulevard was ultimately sold to new owners in 1980.

Even though the Brookline Branch remained at its location, discontent amongst the staff and patrons of the branch continued into the 1980s. By 1986 the branch had acquired a new head librarian named Arthur Stewart. Stewart helped in revitalizing Brookline Branch's Friends of the Library group, a group that would become influential in the opening of a new branch building. The need for a new building seemed obvious to the library's patrons and staff as the branch had greatly increased its number of volumes as well as its number of cardholders. The citizens of Brookline – spearheaded by the Friends of the Library and the Brookline Area Community Council – began to plead with the Carnegie Library and the City of Pittsburgh for a new facility for their beloved library.

Brookline Branch finally relocated to 708-710 Brookline Boulevard, holding its grand opening on April 20, 1991. In May of 2001 the Brookline Branch building was purchased by the City of Pittsburgh. The Carnegie Library agreed to lease the building from the city for another fifteen years. The library building at 708-710 Brookline Boulevard was greatly renovated in February 2004 by opening the front of the building into a two-story space and adding more windows. Designed by Pittsburgh firm Loysen & Associates/Loysen & Kreuthmmeier, the renovated building remains as the home of the Brookline Branch of the Carnegie Library.

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Content Description

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Brookline Branch collection consists of seven series spanning from the 1930s into the early 2000s. The majority of the collection is made up of annual reports for the entire branch as well as annual and monthly reports for the branch's children's department. The collection also includes correspondence, documents, and newspaper articles regarding the branch. Drawings of the branch's building at 730 Brookline Boulevard are featured along with the plans for the 2004 renovation of the branch's current location. Finally, the collection also contains various photographs of the branch and its programs throughout the decades.

Although the bulk of the collection is its branch annual reports there remains missing years, especially during the 1950s and 1960s. The series on the children's department features a monthly report for every year beginning in 1935 and ending in 1989; however, not every year features an overall annual report.

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Arrangement

The materials have been separated into seven series. Each individual series is arranged by year or subject. The first five series deal mainly with the branch as a whole and are arranged starting with the annual reports and ending with the records on the renovation of the library's current location. The sixth series focuses entirely on the branch's children's department, and the seventh series features photographs of the branch. Since most of these photographs are associated with the children's department, the series has been placed after the sixth series. Although a majority of the collection's photographs are a part of the seventh series, there are some photographs of the library and/or events associated with the library that were kept with their corresponding documents or reports as a way to protect the original order of the collection.

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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, Brookline Branch to the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room

Accruals

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

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Collection Inventory

Series  I Branch Annual Reports 1937-1994 

Scope and Contents

The Branch Annual Reports series is the second largest series in the collection as it contains the bulk of the Brookline Branch's annual reports beginning in 1937 and ending in 1994. While some of the annual reports during this time span are missing, the series remains a strong representation of statistics and valuable information on the branch's history.

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Annual Reports 1937 11
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Annual Reports 1938 12
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Annual Reports 1939 13
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Annual Reports 1940 14
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Annual Reports 1941 15
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Annual Reports 1942 16
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Annual Reports 1943 17
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Annual Reports 1944 18
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Annual Reports 1945 19
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Annual Reports 1946 110
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Annual Reports 1947 111
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Annual Reports 1948 112
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Annual Reports 1957 113
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Annual Reports 1958 114
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Annual Reports 1959 115
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Annual Reports 1960 116
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Annual Reports 1961 117
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Annual Reports 1962 118
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Annual Reports 1963 119
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Annual Reports 1964 120
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Annual Reports 1970 121
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Annual Reports 1971 122
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Annual Reports 1972 123
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Annual Reports 1973 124
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Annual Reports 1974 125
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Annual Reports 1975 126
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Annual Reports 1976 127
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Annual Reports 1977 128
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Annual Reports 1978 129
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Annual Reports 1979 130
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Annual Reports 1980 131
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Annual Reports 1981 132
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Annual Reports 1982 133
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Annual Reports 1983 134
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Annual Reports 1984 135
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Annual Reports 1985 136
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Annual Reports 1987 137
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Annual Reports 1988 138
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Annual Reports 1993 139
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Annual Reports 1994 140

Series  II Correspondence and Relating Documents 1941-1989 

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence and Relating Documents series consists of correspondence, documents and other materials relating to various subjects such as the branch itself, the building of the new library in 1941, liquor license disputes with neighboring business owners throughout the years, building and lease issues, and thank-you letters from the Brookline community. The largest and perhaps most vital parts of the series are the building and lease issues that stretched from the 1960s into the 1980s as well as the controversy over a new library facility in the late 1980s.

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Regarding Brookline Branch 1966-1989 141
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New Library 1941 142
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Liquor License Disputes 1943-1988 143
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Building/Lease Issues 1962-1980 144
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New Library Facility Controversy 1986-1989 145
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Thank You Letters from Community Organizations 1987-1989 146

Series  III Articles 1930-1989 

Scope and Contents

The Articles series contains various news articles from throughout the branch's history. There are articles regarding the branch in general, articles relating to the opening of the branch in 1930 and the building of the new library in 1941, and articles relating to the new library facility controversy of the late 1980s.

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Regarding Brookline Branch 1971-1987 21
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New Library 1930-1948 22
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New Library Facility Controversy 1981-1989 23

Series  IV Drawings 1941-1967 

Scope and Contents

The Drawings series contains multiple drawings of plans for the building at 730 Brookline Boulevard, the building in which the branch relocated in 1941. Most of the drawings are from 1941 with the exceptions of one from 1967 and those which are undated.

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First Floor & Basement Heating Plans for 730 Brookline Blvd 24
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Blueprints for New Library 1941 25
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New Library, Plans 1 & 2 1941 26
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Plan for Structural Repair by J. Fred Triggs 1967 27

Series  V Renovation 2002-2003 

Scope and Contents

The Renovation series focuses exclusively on the renovation plans for the branch's current location at 708-710 Brookline Boulevard. The series consists of plans, drawings, proposals, and correspondence relating to the renovation. Most of these materials date from 2002.

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Correspondence, Design Plans, and Relating Documents 2002-2003 28
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Design Development 2002 29

Series  VI Children's Department 1935-1992 

Scope and Contents

The Children's Department series is the largest series in the collection. It contains correspondence and other documents relating to the Brookline Branch's children's department as well as materials from the department's various programs. The bulk of the series is the annual and monthly reports of the department, stretching from 1935 to 1989. While this time span is not interrupted, there are some years which feature only monthly reports instead of both monthly and annual reports.

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Correspondence and Documents 1938-1992 31
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Program Related Materials 1947-1985 32
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Monthly Reports 1935 33
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Monthly Reports 1936 34
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1937 35
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Monthly Reports 1938 36
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1939 37
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1940 38
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Monthly Reports 1941 39
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Monthly Reports 1942 310
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1943 311
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1944 312
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1945 313
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1946 314
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1947 315
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1948 316
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Monthly Reports 1949 317
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Monthly Reports 1950 318
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Monthly Reports 1951 319
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Monthly Reports 1952 320
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Monthly Reports 1953 321
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Monthly Reports 1954 322
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Monthly Reports 1955 323
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Monthly Reports 1956 324
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Monthly Reports 1957 325
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Monthly Reports 1958 326
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Monthly Reports 1959 327
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Monthly Reports 1960 328
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Monthly Reports 1961 329
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1962 330
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Monthly Reports 1963 331
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Monthly Reports 1964 332
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Monthly Reports 1965 333
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Monthly Reports 1966 334
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Monthly Reports 1967 335
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Monthly Reports 1968 336
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Monthly Reports 1969 337
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Monthly Reports 1970 41
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Monthly Reports 1971 42
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Monthly Reports 1972 43
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Monthly Reports 1973 44
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Monthly Reports 1974 45
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Monthly Reports 1975 46
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Monthly Reports 1976 47
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1977 48
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Monthly Reports 1978 49
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Monthly Reports 1979 410
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1980 411
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1981 412
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1982 413
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Monthly Reports 1983 414
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1984 415
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1985 416
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1986 417
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1987 418
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Annual/Monthly Reports 1988 419
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Monthly Reports 1989 420

Series  VII Photographs 1980-2005 

Scope and Contents

The Photographs series features photographs of the branch's location at 730 Brookline Boulevard as well as photographs of the library's current location at 708-710 Brookline Boulevard. The majority of the photographs are of programs and events presented by the children's department during the 1990s and 2000s.

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Prints of Photograph of Brookline Branch 51
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Photos of Various Branch Programs 1980-1989 52
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Photos of Various Branch Programs 1995-1999 53
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Photos of Various Branch Programs 2000-2005 54
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Photos of Various Branch Programs 2000-2005 55
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Photos of Various Branch Programs 56
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Photos of Various Branch Programs 57