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Collection Title: American Service Institute Records
Creator: American Service Institute.
Bulk dates: Bulk, 1941-1961
Inclusive dates: 1920-1961
Extent: 62.5 linear feet
Abstract: The American Service Institute was founded in Pittsburgh in 1941 with the purpose of working through the organized structure of the Pittsburgh community to promote better understanding and appreciation among people of all cultural and national backgrounds. The American Service Institute was in existence from 1941 through 1961. The records include material from the 1920s through 1961. The records include minutes and committees, unpublished studies and reports, ASI community projects, immigration and naturalization files, ASI publications, ASI programs, general information on local organizations, material on local community projects, the aged population, youth immigration records, and customs and traditions of cultural groups.
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Collection Title: Luigia Clerici Papers
Creator: Clerici, Luigia
Collection dates: 1889-1899
Extent: 0.375 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The Papers of Luigia Clerici consist of a collection of handwritten notebooks and workbooks in Italian, describing methods of instruction and curriculum in the schools of Bologna, Italy, in the 1890's.
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Collection Title: National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh Section, RecordsDigitized Content Available
Creator: National Council of Jewish Women. Pittsburgh Section.
Collection dates: 1894-2011
Extent: 139.71 linear feet (120 boxes, 5 volumes, and 8 drawers of cassette tapes)
Abstract: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh Section Records, consist of organizational records, including correspondence, memorabilia, reports, minutes, photographs, and oral histories for the period 1894 to 1997. The bulk of the records are from the NCJW Pittsburgh Section, however, there are some materials in the collection regarding NCJW state and national activities. Digital reproductions of the audio component of the oral history project are available online.
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Collection Title: Heck Family Papers
Creator: Heck family
Inclusive dates: 1788-1881
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection is an example of German immigrant life in early 19th century Ohio. Jacob Heck, Sr. and his family immigrated to the United States from Wurttemberg, Germany in 1830. They settled in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. The Papers of the Heck family include legal documents, citizenship papers, correspondence and letters of attestation. Some of these documents are in German.
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Collection Title: Jewish Community Relations Council of Pittsburgh, Pa. Records
Creator: Jewish Community Relations Council (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Inclusive dates: 1928-1959
Extent: 10.625 linear feet (20 boxes)
Abstract: The Jewish Public Relations Council was an organization designed to deal with the problems inherent in the relationships between Jews and all other religions and races. The records in this collection include correspondence, reports, periodicals, and pamphlets of extremist groups and individuals, largely anti-semitic, for the period 1935-1950.
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Collection Title: Poles in Western Pennsylvania CollectionDigitized Content Available
Creator: Borkowski, Joseph A., 1907-2003
Collection dates: 1950s-1990s
Extent: 26.5 linear feet (20 record boxes and 3 manuscript boxes)
Abstract: Material documenting Polish Americans in western Pennsylvania collected by Joseph A. Borkowski. A digital reproduction of the last issue of the Pittsburczanin can be accessed online.
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Collection Title: Committee on Immigration and Naturalization of Allegheny County Records
Creator: Committee on Immigration and Naturalization of Allegheny County.
Collection dates: 1953-1967
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The Committee on Immigration and Naturalization of Allegheny County was a citizen's group established, as a result of a 1953 study committee, to promote and sustain the idea of a liberal immigration policy through educational and legislative support. Materials include announcements, brochures, clippings, correspondence, lists, memoranda, minutes, miscellaneous publications and statements supporting a liberal immigration policy.
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Collection Title: Hadassah Records
Creator: Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Pittsburgh Chapter.
Bulk dates: Bulk, 1940-1968
Inclusive dates: 1917-1968
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: Hadassah, founded in 1912 by Henrietta Szold, is a volunteer Jewish women's community organization whose purpose is to promote Zionist Jewish institutions and enterprises in Israel and to foster Zionist ideals in the United States. Materials in the collection span 1917-1968 and include announcements, ballots, brochures, clippings, constitution, correspondence, invitations, membership cards, memorabilia, newsletters, pamphlets, programs, (annual and biennial) reports, yearbooks and a play and song.
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Collection Title: Research Project on Slavonic Immigration to Western Pennsylvania Records
Creator: University of Pittsburgh. Department of History.
Collection dates: 1953-1954
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection contains research materials for a project focusing on Slavonic immigration to Western Pennsylvania. The project was directed by William V. Wallace, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, 1953-1954.
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Collection Title: Pittsburgh Conference of Jewish Women's Organizations Records
Creator: Pittsburgh Conference of Jewish Women's Organizations.
Collection dates: 1923-1963
Extent: 0.63 linear feet
Abstract: The Pittsburgh Conference of Jewish Women's Organizations began in 1923. The collection consists of minutes of regular meetings, annual meetings and meetings of the executive board, the Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania portfolio of Lillian Friedberg, and yearbooks.
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Collection Title: Grace Reformed Church, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records
Creator: Grace Reformed Church (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1853-1964
Extent: 14.7 linear feet (28 boxes)
Abstract: This collection contains the records of the Grace Reformed Church, Pittsburgh, PA, 1853-1964 and relates primarily to financial information and organizational infrastructure. These records include bank ledgers, statements, receipts, bills of sale, church programs, bulletins, missals, sermons, member lists, burial records, correspondence, meeting minutes, memoranda, and miscellaneous medias.
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Collection Title: Kingsley Association RecordsDigitized Content Available
Creator: Kingsley Association.
Collection dates: 1894-1980
Extent: 6.88 linear feet (14 boxes)
Abstract: The Kingsley Association was formed in 1893 by George Hodges as a Pittsburgh settlement house. The collection includes: administrative and annual reports, books, brochures, budget information, case studies, clippings, correspondence, directories, minutes, photos and surveys spanning intermittent years from 1894-1980. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.
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Collection Title: Harry F. Shaw, Jr. Papers
Creator: Shaw, Henry F., Jr.
Bulk dates: Bulk, 1965-1972
Inclusive dates: 1965-1973
Extent: 8.75 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract: The Harry F. Shaw, Jr. Papers are mainly comprised of 1960s and early 1970s leftist publications on topics ranging from coal miners rights, civil rights movement, communism, Angela Davis, the draft, feminism, student unrest, syndicalism, the Vietnam War, unionism, etc. Additional types of material include correspondence, speeches, and photographs.
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Collection Title: Women's History Anthology Collection
Collection dates: 1826-1974
Extent: 1.44 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: This collection concerns the historical role of the woman in the United States from Colonial to present time. The materials include photocopied manuscripts and articles from books, pamphlets, periodicals, and newspapers, together with photocopied oral interview transcripts, fables, poems, and songs.
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Collection Title: Dillon and Fetterman Families Papers
Creator: Dillon family
Creator: Fetterman family
Collection dates: 1799-1854
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The papers of the Dillon and Fetterman families consist of thirteen items, including personal letters, a diary, and other documents concerning Humphrey Dillon and his family.
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Collection Title: Slovak Presbyterian Church, Mingo Junction, Ohio Records
Creator: Slovak Presbyterian Church (Mingo Junction, Ohio).
Collection dates: 1903-1960
Extent: 1.0 microfilm reel (negative and positive)
Abstract: The Records of the Slovak Presbyterian Church, Mingo Junction, Ohio includes Minute Books, April 23, 1905 - February 4, 1960 in English, and Cirkevna Zapismica (kniha protokol), September 1, 1903 - August 4, 1936, in Slovak.
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Collection Title: Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America Records
Creator: Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America.
Collection dates: 1929-195?
Extent: 113.75 linear feet (plus 14 microfilm reels)
Abstract: The records of the Order Italian Sons and Daughters of America document the Fraternal and social organization of Italian Americans founded in 1930 in Pittsburgh by individuals who had been expelled or were former members of the Order Sons of Italy of America, Grand Lodge. The records contain applications for admission, mortuary fund files, application for loans, membership roll books, correspondence, financial records, convention books and minutes.
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Collection Title: Swabian Beneficial Society Records
Creator: Swabian Beneficial Society (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1885-1959
Extent: 6.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract: The Swabian Beneficial Society was officially founded in 1886 to provide health insurance and life insurance to members, all of whom had emigrated from the duchy of Swabia in present-day southwestern Germany or were Swabian descendents. The Society also functioned as a social club. The Society's records include minute books, financial records, and membership information from its inception until 1959.
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Collection Title: Bartol Francic on Croatians in Western Pennsylvania Collection
Creator: Francic, Bartol
Collection dates: 1897-1968
Extent: 3.0 items (1 microfilm reel)
Abstract: The Bartol Francic collection contains microfilmed printed material about the history of Croatian immigrants in Pittsburgh, especially those affiliated with St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church on the North Side. The collection also includes photocopies of three notebooks kept by Ivan Francic.
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Collection Title: Bloomfield Liedertafel Singing Society Records
Creator: Bloomfield Liedertafel Singing Society (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1904-1965
Extent: 1.0 microfilm reel
Abstract: The Bloomfield Liedertafel Singing Society was a German choral group located in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This collection, available on microfilm, contains records from 1904 to 1965 in the form of the society’s minute book, ordinance book (Neben-Gesetze), and a choral program pamphlet.
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Collection Title: Teutonia Maennerchor Records
Collection dates: 1910-1976
Extent: 1.13 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: This collection includes the history, by-laws, constitution, minutes, financial records, contracts, correspondence, programs, and the publications of the Teutonia Maennerchor, a German Singing Society located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There are also records relating to the North American Singer's Union of which the Teutonia was a member.
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Collection Title: Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project Collection
Creator: University of Pittsburgh. Department of History.
Collection dates: 1975-1976
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (plus 445 audiocassette tapes)
Abstract: The Ethnic Fraternal Organizations Oral History Project consists of taperecorded oral interviews from a project conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Department of History 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; partly transcribed; limited indexing.
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Collection Title: Friendship Club Records
Creator: Friendship Club of Pittsburgh (Pa.).
Collection dates: 1935-1976
Extent: 3.75 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract: The Friendship Club of Pittsburgh is a German-Jewish immigrant organization founded in 1936 to aid German-Jewish refugees. The records of the Friendship Club include: charter, constitution and by-laws, board meetings, membership lists, minutes, reports, elections, case files, correspondence, publications, clippings, speeches, photographs, questionnaires, social calendars, memorials, financial records, and miscellany.
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Collection Title: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Records
Creator: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1906-1976
Extent: 7.0 microfilm reels
Abstract: The records of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral contains baptismal record books, 1906-1976; marriage record books, 1906-1976; death record books, 1917-1976; charter, 1906; constitution and by-laws, 1945; census record books; financial record books, 1972-1975; church council minutes, 1956-1975; general assembly attendance, 1960-1976; resolutions from 1951 general assembly; regular Sunday bulletins, 1968-1976; "Ecclesia" 1961-1977 (incomplete); and miscellaneous memorial publications, 1940-1966.
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Collection Title: Donohoe Family PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Donohoe family
Collection dates: 1851-1865
Extent: 0.31 linear feet
Abstract: Collection comprises correspondence to Thomas Donohoe, Blairsville, Indiana County (Pa.), from his family in Ballyellin, County Carlow, Ireland. Subjects include family events; economic conditions; social conditions; state of harvests; prices of crops and produce; rates for labor; and the Civil War in the United States. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.
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