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Access and Use

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Harold Corsini in July 2007.

Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions to the collection; however, all copyrights are maintained by the Corsini family. Permission to publish is issued by the Corsini family.


All copyrights reside with the Corsini family.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by John Tomasicchio and Renee J. Ziemann in November 2008.


  • Daniel Malloy, "Obituary: Harold Corsini / Photographer who chronicled steel industry Aug. 28, 1919 - Jan. 1, 2008," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 5, 2008. Nicholas Lemann, Album, "The Way They Were," The New Yorker, April 15, 2002, p. 72. "The Photographers: Harold Raymond Corsini," Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, source Roy Stryker: U.S.A., 1943-1950 by Steven W. Plattner (1983).

Related Material:

An index to the photographic jobs was provided by Mr. Corsini at the time of donation. This index can be found in the collection’s case file and includes a brief description of work projects numbers 1-2382. While it provides a look into the types of work completed by Mr. Corsini, not all jobs listed are contained within the physical collection held by the archives.

Collections of Corsini’s work are located in several repositories nationwide, including The University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

The George Eastman House of Photo Collections which houses two of Corsini’s photographs, “Playing football” and “Shoe Repair Shop, Cushing, Oklahoma.”

The Library of Congress houses much of Corsini’s work as a photographer for Standard Oil. This work can be found as part of two larger collections, lot 3562 titled, “Standard oil co. (N.J.), New York, N.Y.” and lot 11772 titled “Standard Oil Company operations in Northwest Territory, Canada, Feb.-Nov. 1944,” and two collections consisting only of Corsini’s work, lot 11778 “Oil fields and oil workers in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf” and lot 11768 “Photographs of workers building a derrick for Carter McAllister well #1 in Oklahoma.”

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) also houses several collections of Corsini’s work taken while working for the Petroleum Administration for War, including one collection of 252 photographs entitled, "A Photographic Story of Oil at War: Catalog of Photos for the Press Illustrating the War in the Pacific."

Yale University, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library houses several images related to image number 02.1645.100. These are found in the Saarinen Collection in Oversize, Box 678, Folder 117 and slides found in Series IV, Box 400, Folder 1090.

The University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System has cataloged two volumes, Carnegie Mellon: A Portrait and Floral Art for America, which contain his photographs.

Preferred Citation:

Harold Corsini Photographs, ca. 1943-1970s, AIS.2007.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh