Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Regional Branch 2 CLP.20170627.001

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections
Title
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Regional Branch 2
Collection Number
CLP.20170627.001
Date [inclusive]
1934-2005
Extent
2 Linear Feet Four boxes
English

Preferred Citation

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

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Biographical / Historical

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Regional Branch is the oldest branch of the eighteen branches of the Carnegie Library. On the North Side of Pittsburgh in what was originally the City of Allegheny, the Allegheny Regional Library opened in 1890 as the Carnegie Free Library. Andrew Carnegie chose the City of Allegheny for his public library on the condition that it would be supported by public funds. The building cost $300,000 and began construction in 1886. The original building opened in 1890 and Carnegie funded the 1915 addition with $150,000. The building contained a music hall that had a seating capacity of 1,100. The architects, Smithmeyer and Pelz of DC, who were also responsible for the 1889 Library of Congress, completed the building. The library merged with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and was renamed the Allegheny Regional Branch Library in 1956. In 1967, the branch underwent major remodeling and renovation and operations were moved temporarily to the Allegheny Center Mall. The interior renovation and exterior cleaning of the massive granite structure took seven years and the library reopened its doors on May 19, 1974. Renovations and additions since its opening include: 1897, 1901, 1905 1906, and 1958. In service for over a hundred years, the Allegheny Regional Branch services the populations of the North Side and downtown as well as Pittsburgh's northern boroughs and townships. One of the 18 Carnegie Branch Libraries, its collections of over 100,000 volumes is the second largest in the system. The collection includes items of interest to children, young adults, and adults ranging from classics to best sellers. Its offers magazines, large print books, audio cassettes, and record albums. The library also provides a wide variety of adult and young adult programming. The reference department contains government documents, newspapers, periodicals, out-of-state telephone directories, microfilm/fiche readers, and wide range of other information resources. Children's services are a large part of the library's services and the library offers book talks, storytelling, puppet plays, and library orientations. Programs are offered to 24 Headstarts, daycares centers, and preschools in the North Side and downtown Pittsburgh as well as 14 elementary schools and secondary schools, and 12 youth agencies on the North Side. Also the headquarters of for NeighborLINE, a public/private partnership of the Carnegie library of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh's graduate school of public and international affairs, the community information exchange and the north side conference. The project provides neighborhood organizations with access to computer equipment, software, and databases provided by the community information exchange. The library also works with many literacy initiatives, including Beginning with Books, the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and Reading is Fundamental/North Side. Another component of the North Side branch is the Pittsburg film center that serves public libraries in Allegheny County and parts of Westmoreland County. The film center offers over 2,000 16mm films and over 1,000 videos all free to the public. The basement of the library is used for the city of Pittsburgh group meeting and recreation rooms for the North Side Senior Center. The Carnegie Hall side of the library building is the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh's resident theater since 1975. The construction of the library included a memorial to Colonel James Anderson. Colonel Anderson would open his personal library each Saturday to local working boys, when Andrew Carnegie was a child. Anderson's generosity was what inspired Carnegie to establish public libraries throughout the world when he made his fortune. The monument was dismantled during the 1960s urban renewal of the North Side. Ann P Wardrop, a Life Trustee of the Carnegie led the effort to restore the monument which was rededicated on May 15, 1988. The original monument was designed by Daniel Chester French and Francis Bacon who were also responsible for the Lincoln Memorial of Washington DC.

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Content Description

The collection consists of fifteen series which span the years 1934 to 2005. Many of the series consist of a small number of folders and these series are grouped into the beginning as box one contains the first eleven series. Three larger series are grouped into the second box. The final series of reports and statistics is by far the largest series and takes up two boxes.

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Arrangement

The materials in the collection have been separated into fifteen series and arranged primarily by date or subject. The majority of the collection was arranged according to original order, while some materials were moved so to keep similar materials together.

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

Accruals

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

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Collection Inventory

Series  I Pittsburgh Public Theater 1995-1999 

Scope and Contents

Pittsburgh Public Theater series contains information about the theater in the library from 1995 to 1999.

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Pittsburgh Public Theater 1996-1999 11
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Hazlett Theater 1995-1999 12

Series  II Lecture Hall 1998 

Scope and Contents

Lecture Hall series consists of information on the lecture hall of the library in 1998.

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Lecture Hall 1998 13

Series  III Building Concerns 1995-1998 

Scope and Contents

The Building Concerns series is made up of information about roofing at the library, asbestos testing, Pittsburgh Thermal, and OSHA.

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OSHA 1998 14
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Roofing 1995 15
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Asbestos Testing 1998 16
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Pittsburgh Thermal 1996 17

Series  IV Programs and Projects 1985-2002 

Scope and Contents

The Programs and Projects series has information on the Polaroid Program at the library, Young Adult Services, Reading is Fundamental, and Beginning with Books.

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Bell of Pennsylvania  1985-1993 18
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Polaroid Program 1986-1998 19
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Young Adult Services 2001 110
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Reading is Fundamental 1991-2001 111
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Beginning with Books 1999 112

Series  V Piano 1986-1994 

Scope and Contents

The Piano series contains information from 1986 to 1994 about the piano that was located at the library.

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Piano 1986-1994 113

Series  VI Correspondence 1994 

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence series contains correspondence between the library and the Allegheny City Society.

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Correspondence with Allegheny City Society 1994 114

Series  VII Collections 1934-1998 

Scope and Contents

The Collections series has information on the Anderson Collection, William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, CLP Deposit Collections, and government documents that are stored at the library.

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Anderson Collection 1934-1975 115
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Oliver Special Collection Room 1992 116
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CLP Deposit Collections 1992 117
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Government Documents 1992-1998 118

Series  VIII Library Program Services 1998 

Scope and Contents

The Library Program Services series has information about the Library Program Services in 1998.

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Library Program Services 1998 119

Series  IX Tax Forms 1985 

Scope and Contents

The Tax Form series contains the 501(c)3 tax form of 1985.

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501(c)3 tax form 1985 120

Series  X Grants and Purchases 1990-2004 

Scope and Contents

The Grants and Purchases series contains various grants and purchases at the Allegheny Regional branch from 1998 to 2003.

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Grants 1990-1992 121
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Gates Grant 1997-1998 122
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Heinz Grant 1997-1999 123
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Alcoa Grant 1996-1998 124
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Teen Initiatives grant 2002 125
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Senior Computer grant 2002 126
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Wise and Wonderful Women grant 2003 127
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CDBG grant 2004 128
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Allegheny Regional City Block grant 2001-2002 129
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Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Center 2002 130
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City C&G grant 2002 131
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CDBG grant 2001-2003 132
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Gates Grant 1998 133

Series  XI Budget and Finances 1998-2003 

Scope and Contents

The Budget and Finance series consists of information on the pay delivery system, financial statements, budgets and budget proposals.

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Pay Delivery System 2001 134
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Audited Finance Statements 1998-1999 135
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Budget 1999 136
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Budget 2001 137
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CLP Budget Proposal 2002 138
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Budget Process 2003 139

Series  XII Friends of Allegheny Regional 1987-2001 

Scope and Contents

The Friends of Allegheny Regional series is made up of monthly and annual reports of the group, administrative information, bank statements, and reports from meetings.

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Friends of Allegheny Administrative Information 1987-1988 21
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Friends Council Meetings 1991-1998 22
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Friends Minutes and Monthly Reports 1988-1995 23
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Friends Minutes and Monthly Reports 1996-2001 24
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Friends Annual Financial Reports 1991-1998 25
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Friends Annual Reports 1993-1994 26
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Friends Annual Reports 1995-1996 27
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Friends Monthly Bank Statements 1998-1999 28
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Friends Bank Statements 1994-1999 29

Series  XIII Strategic Initiatives 2001-2002 

Scope and Contents

The Strategic Initiatives series consists of strategic plans and outlines titled Strategic Initiatives for 2001 to 2002 as well as an article about the progress of these plans.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article on Library Changes 2001 210
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Strategic Initiatives Organizational Chart  2001 211
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CLP Strategic Plan, Salaries and Benefits 2001 212
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Outline for Strategic Initiatives 2001-2002 213

Series  XIV Celebrations and Awards 1990-2000 

Scope and Contents

The Celebrations and Awards series has various plagues and brochures from different celebrations and groups

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Allegheny Regional Centennial Celebration 1990 214
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Plaque from Langley High School CBVT Program 1999-2000 215
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Plaque from Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council 1999-2000 216

Series  XV Reports and Statistics 1957-2002 

Scope and Contents

Reports and Statistics series is made up of annual reports, state annual reports, and monthly activities reports.

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Annual Reports 1957-1959 31
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Annual Reports 1960-1963 32
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Annual Reports 1964-1966 33
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Annual Reports 1967-1968 34
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Annual Reports 1969-1972 35
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Annual Reports 1973-1974 36
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Annual Reports 1975-1977 37
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Annual Reports 1978-1979 38
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Annual Reports 1980-1982 39
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Annual Reports 1983-1984 310
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Annual Reports 1985-1986 311
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Annual Reports 1987-1988 312
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Annual Reports 1989-1990 313
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Annual Reports 1991 314
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Annual Reports 1992 315
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Annual Reports 1993 316
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Annual Reports 1998-2000 317
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State Annual Reports 1986-1998 318
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Technical Report 1993 319
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Monthly Activities Reports 1989 320
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Monthly Activities Reports 1990 321
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Monthly Activities Reports 1991 322
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Monthly Activities Reports 1992 41
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Monthly Activities Reports 1993 42
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Monthly Activities Reports 1994 43
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Monthly Activities Reports 1995 44
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Monthly Activities Reports 1996 45
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Monthly Activities Reports 1997 46
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Monthly Activities Reports 1997 47
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Monthly Activities Reports 1998 48
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Monthly Activities Reports 1998 49
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Monthly Activities Reports 1998 410
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Monthly Activities Reports 1999 411
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Monthly Activities Reports 2000 412
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Monthly Activities Reports 2001 413
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Monthly Activities Reports 2002 414