Summary Information
Title: Recordings of the Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh Oral History Project
Collection Number: AIS.1977.46
Creator: Gottlieb, Peter

Collection Dates: 1916-1930
Extent: 33.0 cassette tapes (23 interviews)

Language: English

This oral history collection contains 23 interviews conducted by Peter Gottlieb for his Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh oral history project in 1976. It consists of 33 cassette tapes and nine interview indexes. The project documents the experience of individuals who migrated from the southern United States to the Pittsburgh area between 1916 and 1930. The content of the interviews span the life histories of the individuals from the turn of the century to 1976.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

February 7, 1978

Finding aid prepared by Frank Zabrosky.
Revision Description:
April 2, 1990:
Revisions occurred to the finding aid as part of the encoding process

Collection Scope and Content Notes

For his dissertation, "Making Their Way: Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh, 1916-1930" (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1977), Peter Gottlieb in 1976 interviewed 23 individuals who migrated from the south United States to Pittsburgh and vicinity, particularly Homestead, between 1916 and 1930. After incorporating the information into his dissertation, Gottlieb deposited copies of he spoken history interviews in the Archives Service Center.

The collection consists of 23 interviews on 33 cassette tapes. The content of the interviews span the life histories of the individuals and address the topics of community and family life from the turn of the century to 1976. The majority of the interviews range from 80 to 100 minutes. No transcriptions were made of the interviews. Some of the tapes were transferred from reel-to-reel tapes held and retained by Mr. Gottlieb onto audio cassette tapes.

The collection also contains 12 interview indexes with subject descriptions that have been compiled by Mr. Gottlieb to accompany the selected tapes. The indexes are to the reel-to-reel tapes and not to the cassette tapes, and therefore, the counter times will not correspond.

Subject Terms

  • African Americans -- Interviews
  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History
  • African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Interviews
  • Southern States -- Emigration and immigration

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Emigration and immigration

  • Oral histories (Document genres)

  • Ethnic groups

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

To protect their anonymity, the names of the interviewees are not listed in the finding aid. To gain access to the collection, a signed confidentiality agreement is required. No duplication may be made of the tapes. In attribution, users of the collection must maintain anonymity of interviewees; there can be no use of real names. Please contact the Archives Service Center for more information.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Peter Gottlieb in 1978.

Physical Characteristics & Technical Requirements:

The oral histories exist on tape cassettes and therefore require the use of a cassette machine in order to listen to the tapes. The Archives Service Center can provide such device.

Preferred Citation:

Recordings of the Southern Blacks' Migration to Pittsburgh Oral History Project, 1916-1930, AIS.1977.46, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Frank Zabrosky on February 7, 1978.


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