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Collection Title: Ernest Rice McKinney Papers
Creator: McKinney, Ernest Rice, 1886-1984
Bulk dates: Bulk, 1929-1935
Inclusive dates: 1929-1942
Extent: 0.56 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: Ernest McKinney was an African American journalist who played an integral role as an unemployed organizer for the National Unemployed League. This collection includes personal papers; it should be noted that McKinney sometimes wrote under the pseudonym of David Coolidge.
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Collection Title: Weaver Social History Collection
Creator: Weaver, John C., 1896-1985
Collection dates: 1913-1970
Extent: 115.0 linear feet (104 boxes)
Abstract: The Weaver Social History Collection contains correspondence, memorabilia, newspapers and pamphlets of discussion and action groups interested in economic, social, and labor problems in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania within a national and international scope from 1913 to 1970.
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Collection Title: Jennie Bradley Roessing Papers
Creator: Roessing, Jennie Bradley
Inclusive dates: 1887-1962
Extent: 1.875 linear feet
Abstract: Jennie Bradley Roessing was an active participant in the women's suffrage movement and various Pittsburgh-area organizations, principally for the period, 1904-1920's. This collection includes personal papers, correspondence, newspaper clippings, travel diaries, photographs, architectural drawings, pamphlets, speeches, and memorabilia.
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Collection Title: Neighborhood Centers Association, Pittsburgh Records
Creator: Neighborhood Centers Association (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Inclusive dates: 1890-1954
Extent: 6.25 linear feet (16 boxes)
Abstract: The Neighborhood Centers Association, established in 1895 and incorporated in 1912, provided neighborhood centered services on the North Side in an effort to promote, encourage, and provide a means for individual and cooperative activities among residents of neighborhoods. The collection includes correspondence, minutes of the board of directors, records on Camp Bonsall, reports, settlement books and miscellaneous unpublished social studies and statistics.
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Collection Title: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Pittsburgh Branch Records
Creator: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Pittsburgh Branch.
Inclusive dates: 1940-1974
Extent: 32.5 linear feet (60 boxes)
Abstract: The Records of the NAACP Pittsburgh Branch consist of an extensive collection of correspondence, minutes, local headquarters activities, chapter records, membership campaigns, bills and receipts, reports, pamphlets and other miscellaneous information.
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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: Heber Blankenhorn Papers
Creator: Blankenhorn, Heber, 1884-1956
Inclusive dates: 1919-1937
Extent: 0.625 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection deals particularly with Heber Blankenhorn's writings on the Steel Strike of 1919-1920 and the Somerset Coal Strike of 1922-1923. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, interviews, testimony, and background data produced by the Commission of Inquiry of the Interchurch World Movement of North American Steel Strike of 1919.
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Collection Title: Western Pennsylvania Academic Council on Problems of War and Peace Records
Creator: Western Pennsylvania Academic Council on Problems of War and Peace.
Collection dates: 1967-1968
Extent: 0.31 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The Western Pennsylvania Academic Council (WPAC) on Problems of War and Peace was formed in 1967. The WPAC primarily focused on issues concerning the Vietnam Conflict and also dealt with general matters of war and peace. The collection contains announcements, articles, correspondence, forms, minutes, newsletters, publications and questionnaires from 1967-1968.
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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: Pittsburgh Zionist District Records
Creator: Pittsburgh Zionist District.
Bulk dates: Bulk, 1955-1965
Inclusive dates: 1945-1965
Extent: 40.0 linear feet (96 boxes, 6 oversize volumes)
Abstract: The Pittsburgh Zionist District Records document the activities of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Zionist Organization of America between 1945 and 1965. The collection consists primarily of correspondence, campaign materials, publicity, committee materials andn reports, records of celebrations and dinners, fundraising and membership records, programs, and publications.
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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: Health and Welfare Federation of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records
Creator: Health and Welfare Association of Allegheny County.
Collection dates: 1943-1950
Extent: 10.63 linear feet
Abstract: The Health and Welfare Federation of Allegheny County organized in March, 1943, as the Federation of Social Agencies of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The Federation promoted cooperation among the social agencies of Pittsburgh and surrounding vicinity for the improvement of social conditions and development of an adequate welfare program for the community. The collection includes the constitution and by-laws of the organization and its divisions, organizational charts, correspondence, minutes, reports, and publications of the agency.
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Collection Title: Community Chest of Allegheny County Records
Creator: Community Chest of Allegheny County.
Collection dates: 1933-1960
Extent: 6.19 linear feet (11 boxes)
Abstract: The Community Chest of Allegheny County operated as a non-profit organization from 1928 through the 1950s for the purpose of conducting annual fund-raising campaigns for the maintenance and support of voluntary health and welfare services in Allegheny County. Community Chest volunteer committees would allocate funds to the designated community agencies and work year-round to make the member agencies more effective. Materials in the collection include brochures, correspondence, manuals, mimeograph lists, minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, organizational charts, pamphlets, photographic reproductions, reports, stenographic notes, and sheet music.
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Collection Title: Association of Community Councils Records
Creator: Association of Community Councils (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1940-1947
Extent: 0.31 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The Records of the Association of Community Councils consist of meeting minutes and an annual report for the years 1940-1947. The councils are associated with neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh.
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Collection Title: Draft and War Resistance Movement, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records
Creator: Draft and War Resistance Movement (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1966-1972
Extent: 2.81 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract: The records of the Pittsburgh draft and war resistance movement were collected between 1966-1972 and donated by University of Pittsburgh graduate student, David Morrison, coordinator of the Pittsburgh Draft Information Center which provided Conscientious Objector (C.O.) counseling service. Materials include books, brochures, calls to meetings, correspondence, court cases, legal briefs, manuscripts, miscellaneous mimeographed leaflets, pamphlets, publications and issues of local and national resistance newspapers relating to draft resisters and peace movements.
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Collection Title: Peace and Freedom Party of Allegheny County Records
Creator: Peace and Freedom Party of Allegheny County (Pa.).
Collection dates: 1968
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The records of the Peace and Freedom Party of Allegheny County consist of news releases, brochures, newspaper clippings, correspondence, campaign materials, and convention and platform materials for the year 1968.
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Collection Title: Robert J. Simonds Papers
Creator: Simonds, Robert J.
Collection dates: 1963-1966
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (15 folders)
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Collection Title: James R. Cox PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Cox, James R., 1886-1951
Collection dates: 1904-1950
Extent: 4.38 linear feet
Abstract: James R. Cox, a son of a Pittsburgh millworker, was a Pittsburgh Catholic priest and a political and social activist. The collection contains Father Cox's diary (1904), scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (1923-1951), 426 photographs, and 28 audio cassettes of radio broadcasts, sermons, and hymns (1944-50). Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.
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Collection Title: Peace and Freedom Center of Pittsburgh Records
Creator: Peace and Freedom Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Inclusive dates: 1967-1969
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Abstract: The Peace and Freedom Center was a Pittsburgh based anti-war group in the 1960s and 1970s. It was originally located in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, until its offices moved to the Bloomfield neighborhood. The collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, posters, results from opinion polls and information concerning different events associated with the group.
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Collection Title: Young Friends of North America, Committee on Conscription Records
Creator: Young Friends of North America. Committee on Conscription.
Collection dates: 1968-1969
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The Young Friends of North America, whose members were between the ages of 18-30, established a Committee on Conscription in the fall of 1968. The Committee on Conscription facilitated communication among members who were involved with draft resistance. The Committee also collected information from members who have resisted the draft since the 1940's and from those who were imprisoned for draft resistance. This collection contains photocopies of memoranda, minutes, questionnaires, brochures, broadsides, pamphlets, a newsletter and membership and mailing lists.
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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: Catherine Hoyt Papers
Creator: Hoyt, Catherine, d. 1956
Collection dates: 1907-1951
Extent: 0.31 linear feet (84 items)
Abstract: Catherine Hoyt was a Social Worker who worked with the Red Cross, Allegheny County Juvenile Court, and other agencies. The collection includes correspondence, writings, reports, notes and studies of a former probation officer of the Allegheny County Juvenile Court; studies relate to juvenile delinquency in the East End of Pittsburgh during the period 1908-1915.
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Collection Title: K. Leroy Irvis Papers
Creator: Irvis, K. Leroy, 1919-2006
Bulk dates: Bulk, 1945-2006
Inclusive dates: 1865-2007
Extent: 121.7 linear feet (194 boxes)
Abstract: The K. Leroy Irvis Papers document the life of one of Pennsylvania's prominent politicians. Irvis, a Democrat, represented Pittsburgh in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1958-1988. Among his achievements, Irvis was elected Speaker of the House in 1977, the first African-American to hold that position in any state legislature in the United States since Reconstruction. The collection contains a wide variety of material, including correspondence, legislative material, interviews, photographs, publications, and campaign literature.
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Collection Title: Woman's Christian Temperance Union, Wilkinsburg, Pa. RecordsDigitized Content Available
Creator: Woman's Christian Temperance Union (Wilkinsburg, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1885-1955
Extent: 1.88 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: The mission of the Woman's Temperance Union of Wilkinsburg was to: educate public sentiment up to the standard of total abstinence, train the young, save the inebriate, secure the enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution and complete banishment of liquor traffic. This collection contains a constitution and by-laws, a directory, reports, minute books, a membership roll book (1911), programs, memorabilia, and published histories regarding organizational operations and activities of the Woman's Temperance Union from 1885-1955. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are online.
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Collection Title: Citizens for McGovern Records
Creator: Citizens for McGovern Committee.
Collection dates: 1972
Extent: 1.88 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: The Citizens for McGovern was an election campaign committee within the Americans for Democractic Action, Pittsburgh Chapter. The records of the Citizens for McGovern include news releases, newsclippings, speeches and research data for positions on various issues taken by the McGovern-Shriver ticket. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by campaign issue culminating with election analysis.
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