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Oct 11, 2011

Finding Aids to Oral History Collections Available

The Archives Service Center has recently created finding aids to two important oral history collections that aurally document Pittsburgh history. The Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project consists of tape recorded interviews from a project conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Department of History in 1975 which explores the roles and influences of ethnic fraternal organizations in the Jewish, Black, Croatian, Italian, Polish and other ethnic communities in the Pittsburgh area. The Pittsburgh Renaissance Project: The Stanton Belfour Oral History Collection was initiated and carried out by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 1971-1973 with funds from the Buhl Foundation. The purpose of the collection was the "...creating [of] a new research source a living record of the Pittsburgh Renaissance obtained from the oral reminiscences of Pittsburghers' own lives and activities which would supplement documentary files and provide for the qualitative enrichment of the written record."