Summary Information
Title: Nationality Rooms Council Records
Collection Number: UA.40.01.02
Creator: University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Council.

Collection Dates: 1947-2003
Extent: 4.6 linear feet (11 boxes)

Language: English

This collection consists of the records of the Nationality Rooms Council, a part of the Nationaity Rooms Program. It is the governing body of the Nationality Rooms Program and consists of representatives of the extant rooms under development or committees that support a scholarship program for study abroad.

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

April 2013

Finding aid prepared by Angela Couse, Carly Lough and Marianne Kasica.

The Nationality Rooms Program (NRP) was envisioned as a part of the same educational mission that inspired Chancellor John G. Bowman to found the Cathedral of Learning. Together with program advisor Ruth Crawford Mitchell, Bowman invited members of Pittsburgh communities to create apolitical classrooms symbolizing their national heritage. Participants in both Pittsburgh and the committees’ cultural homelands accomplished the fundraising, design and construction of the first classrooms cooperatively. The original eighteen committees formed the Nationality Rooms Council to espouse additional cultural and educational exchange initiatives and promote and oversee the continuance of the Rooms program.

Any committee that has completed a classroom, is in the process of creating a classroom, or is dedicated to sponsoring a student exchange scholarship is eligible for representation on the Council. Meetings are tri-annual and report in March, June and October. The Council and its meetings thus serve as a consistent link between the Rooms committees and other NRP organizations, as well as their respective missions and activities.

The Nationality Rooms Council remains the governing body of the Nationality Rooms committees and allied organizations at the University of Pittsburgh. Delegates from each committee and organization form the Council, although all committee and organization officers are permitted to attend as non-voting participants.

In addition to supervising the construction of new classrooms, the Nationality Rooms Council has overseen scholarship fundraising, visiting lectures, cultural exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, and the celebration of traditional events and holidays at the University of Pittsburgh.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains records generated by the Council and its committees in the course of routine activity. The collection includes minutes, agenda, correspondence, scholarship fund accounts and financial reports, invitations and pamphlets, committee reports to Council, program publicity, scholarship awardee and selection information and other administrative records. All records were compiled by the Nationality Rooms Program (NRP) office, which maintains all Council files in addition to all committees and allied organizations. The collection is arranged in two series according to the original filing scheme used by the Nationality Rooms Program office. Series I contains the meeting records for all Nationality Rooms Council Meetings from 1960-2003. Series II contains the administrative files the NRP office maintained for the Council. Subseries 1 contains financial accounts, scholarship information and other administrative documents. Subseries 2 contains files compiled alphabetically by subject name that were used for reference purposes by the NRP office

Subject Terms

  • Classrooms -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Ethnic groups -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Ethnicity -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Societies and clubs
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Corporate Names
  • Cathedral of Learning (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Nationality Rooms (Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Council.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program.

  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters

  • University of Pittsburgh

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Deposited by Christina Lagnese in April 2013.

Preferred Citation:

Nationality Rooms Council Records, 1947-2003, UA.40.01.02, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Angela Course in 2011 and completed by Carly Lough in 2013. Subsequent revisions were made by Marianne Kasica.


The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Nationality Rooms Council Meetings

Scope and Content Notes:

The Nationality Rooms Program office maintains chronological meeting files for the tri-annual Nationality Council Meetings. This series includes inter-committee memos, programs, and member directories; event publicity, calendars, programs and invitations; committee meeting minutes, agenda and reports to Council; and scholarship awardee lists.

Box 1
Folder 1-15 March 1960-January 1965

Box 2
Folder 1-11 May 1965-October 1968

Box 3
Folder 1-16 February 1969-October 1974

Box 4
Folder 1-19 March 1975-October 1980

Box 5
Folder 1-21 October 1980-March 1987

Box 6
Folder 1-23 June 1987-March 1995

Box 7
Folder 1-17 June 1995-October 2000

Box 8
Folder 1-9 March 2001-October 2003

Series II. Administrative Files

Scope and Content Notes:

Series II contains the administrative files the NRP office maintained for the Council.

Subseries 1. Administration

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains Council meeting minutes, financial reports and accounts, scholarship exchange information and correspondence.

Box 8
Folder 10-11 Newsletter Files, 1959-1960

Box 9
Folder 1-2 Accounts, 1957-1960
Folder 3 Committee Officers, 1966
Folder 4-5 Correspondence, 1959-1970
Folder 6 Cultural and Educational Exchange Foundation, 1964-1967
Folder 7-8 Agenda, Minutes and Financial Reports, 1966-1972

Box 10
Folder 1-3 Agenda, Minutes and Financial Reports, 1973-1984
Folder 4 Minutes, 1973-1986
Folder 5 Financial Reports, 1965-1982

Subseries 2. Subject Files

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the alphabetized subject files for the Nationality Council. These include records of events, member directories, Nationality Room history, and committee participation in the building of University of Pittsburgh Library collections and exhibits. Included also is a folder on the program’s participation in the University of Pittsburgh Bicentennial Celebration.

Box 11
Folder 1 Tower of Learning Film, 1963

Details of a plan to show the film to select groups of people to garner support for the French Classroom.

Folder 2 Library, 1959-1968
Folder 3 Nationality Room Bibliography, 1970
Folder 4 Member Directory, 1966-1977
Folder 5 Nationality Room History, 1927-1970

Included in this folder is Principles followed in the Develoment of the Nationality Room Program.

Folder 6 Cathedral First Floor Drawing
Folder 7 University Bicentennial Celebration, 1987
Folder 8 World Literature Lecture Series, 1948-1955