Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch CLP.20170523.001

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections
Title
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch
Collection Number
CLP.20170523.001
Date [inclusive]
1962-2002
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet Three boxes
English

Preferred Citation

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch, William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Biographical / Historical

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch was dedicated on December 13, 1972 on the corner of Forbes and Murray Avenues. Its centrality within Pittsburgh's largest neighborhood and convenience to the residents of adjacent neighborhoods such as Shadyside and Point Breeze made it one of the most anticipated and widest-serving branches in the Carnegie system. The 1.5 million dollar project incorporated a spacious parking level, street side commercial space, gallery areas and meeting rooms.

Planning began in 1967 but was periodically stymied by conflicts over location, labor, and funding as well as shipping delays and antidiscrimination demonstrations. The project was nevertheless championed by community interest, local civic groups and business owners eager for revitalization in the Forbes and Murray area.

The building has undergone renovations twice since its construction. The first of these in 1987 amended conflicts for blind and handicapped patrons. A second, full-scale renovation was completed in 2002.

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Content Description

A finding aid for the documents and materials of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch.

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Arrangement

Each of the collection's six series is arranged by subject largely according to the original order of the files. All but the last are concerned with the branch in general, and include files on planning and construction, budget materials and branch events. The last of the series contains circulation records of the Children's Department.

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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 collection was transferred from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch to the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room

Accruals

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill Branch sends new materials to the Oliver Room on an irregular schedule

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Collection Inventory

Series  I Branch Planning and Construction 1965-1972 

Scope and Contents

Branch and site planning, construction and event materials dating as early as 1962 form the majority of the collection.

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Site Planning and Acquisition 1965-1970 11
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Site Selection and Planning 1965-1972 12
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Branch Planning 1965-1972 13
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Branch Planning 1968-1972 14
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Site Construction and Provisioning 1969-1973 15
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Branch Specifications 1972 16

Series  II Advisory Committee 1972-1973 

Scope and Contents

Files pertinent to the foundation and notes of the Advisory committee, budgeting and employee statistics, branch events and renovations as recent as 2002 are also included in four subsequent series.

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Advisory Committee 1972-1973 17

Series  III Budget Materials and Statistics 1971-1988 

Scope and Contents

Files pertinent to the foundation and notes of the Advisory committee, budgeting and employee statistics, branch events and renovations as recent as 2002 are also included in four subsequent series.

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Budget Materials and Statistics 1971-1988 18

Series  IV Branch Events 1968-1993 

Scope and Contents

Files pertinent to the foundation and notes of the Advisory committee, budgeting and employee statistics, branch events and renovations as recent as 2002 are also included in four subsequent series.

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Open House 1972 21
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10th Anniversary 1982 22
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Squirrel Hill Poetry Workshop 1987 23
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Miscellaneous Events 1972-1993 24
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Branch Scrapbook 1968-1974 21

Series  V Branch Renovation Materials 

Scope and Contents

Files pertinent to the foundation and notes of the Advisory committee, budgeting and employee statistics, branch events and renovations as recent as 2002 are also included in four subsequent series.

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Renovation Plans and Materials 1987 25
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Renovation Plans 2002 26

Series  VI Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1972-1989 

Scope and Contents

The last series includes the 1972-1989 Circulation Statistics for the branch's Children's Department.

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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1988-1989 31
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1987 32
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1986 33
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1985 34
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1984 35
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1983 36
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1982 37
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1981 38
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1980 39
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1979 310
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1978 311
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1977 312
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1976 313
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1975 314
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1974 315
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1973 316
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Children's Department Circulation Statistics 1972 317