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Collection Scope and Content Notes


The records of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust contain the organization’s office files from the beginning, in 1984, to the opening of the O’Reilly Theater in 1999. The majority of the materials concern the restoration of the Stanley Theatre and its reopening as the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, the settlement files for every show that performed at the Benedum Center from its opening in 1987 to 1998, the development of the Cultural District between Penn and Liberty avenue, the planning and construction of the O’Reilly Theater, and finally the advertising and marketing information for a majority of the productions presented by the Cultural Trust as well as the marketing of the Trust itself.

The vast majority of the collection are office files, but there are a few other types of materials, including photographs, slides, ledgers, newspaper clippings, and architectural designs. There are very few materials that date before the early eighties.


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