Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Sheraden Branch 2 CLP.20170801.004

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Archives and Special Collections
Title
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Sheraden Branch 2
Collection Number
CLP.20170801.004
Date [inclusive]
1966-2002
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet One box
English

Preferred Citation

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

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Biographical / Historical

After American Avenue Elementary was demolished in 1958 the American Avenue Branch moved from the school to the main floor of the Sheraden School; and the branch was renamed the Sheraden Branch. The branch shared space with the school library, and initially opened to the public only after school hours. During the school year the branch hours were Monday through Thursday 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The branch was beholden to district hours and emergencies that occasionally closed the branch. Teachers' strikes and janitors' strikes occasionally threatened to close the branch; one example was a brief closure of the branch from January 3rd through January 9th 1971. The branch staff was generally concerned that the library remained a school library, and never really became a public library. Additionally, discipline problems with local youth plagued the branch and ultimately discouraged community use in the branch. In 1969 through 1971 there were efforts to locate a new space for the branch. Two locations were considered: 1) The Temple Theatre; and, 2) Greenway School. Neither location was approved. In 1979 the city began discussing the construction of a new building to house the library and a community center. On March 23, 1981 the branch opened to the public in its new building with an official dedication ceremony of the Sheraden Branch Library/Sheraden Community Building, located at 720 Sherwood Avenue, on April 21st.

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Content Description

The collection consists of documents pertaining to branch history, the history of the surrounding area, and annual reports.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the original order the materials were received in.

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

Accruals

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

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Collection Inventory

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Sheraden and the Community 1981-1990 11
  boxfolder
Children's Services Annual Report 1994-1998 12
  boxfolder
Children's Services Annual Report 1987-1993 13
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Children's Services Annual Report 1981-1986 14
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Children's Services Annual Report 1966-1979 15
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Branch Profile and Analysis 16
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Children's Services Annual Report, Monthly 2002 17