Summary Information
Title: Edward J. Shourek Photograph Collection
Collection Number: AIS.1991.19b
Creator: Shourek, Edward J.

Collection Dates: 1913-1920
Extent: 196.0 items (8) boxes

Language: English

This collection consists of the photographic glass-plate negatives of Edward J. Shourek for the years 1913-1920. There are 196 negatives that document Shourek's activities in the Lincoln-Lemington area of Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood from 1913-1920. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

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


Finding aid prepared by Vince Kwiotek and John Thompson. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process by Andy Newman in May, 2004.
Revision Description:
December 2010:
Description of oversize material added to the finding aid.


Edward J. Shourek was born in Pittsburgh in June 1895. The Shourek family lived at 811 East View Avenue in the Lincoln-Lemington area of Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood. As a young man, Shourek's hobby of photography captured family life in Pittsburgh during the early 1900s. Subjects of his photographs were the East Libery neighborhood, Central High School, George Westinghouse High School, family vacations, other families and friends. Shourek graduated from Pittsburgh's Central High School in 1914 and soon after enlisted in the United States Army Corps of Engineers where he worked as a draftsman. Shourek worked as a draftsman in the Army until 1965. Shourek was married to Florence Love and had one daughter, Marion Shourek Slabaugh of Portland, Oregon. Edward J. Shourek died in Pittsburgh on February 8, 1966.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains the glass-plate negatives of the Edward J. Shourek Photograph Collection, 1913-1920. The collection consists of 25 series which are subject oriented. The negatives are ordered chronologically within each series, except for series that have no dates. Each negative is described according to the subjects in the image, ie. person, or place. In addition to subject description, many negatives include a phrase created by Shourek that depicts the scene, these are indicated by quotation marks. Pittsburgh sites include Central High School, Westinghouse High School, Fern Hollow, Syria Mosque, and Reimer and Brothers, Inc. Sites from family vacations include Akron, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; and Huntington County, West Virgina. People identified in the photographs include Ella Shourek (Gerding), Martha Shourek (Stuck), Ida Shourek (Sant), Julia Shourek, Theodore Shourek, Uncle Luke, Aunt Tillie, Mary Ewart, Kate Flavin, Erma Gill, Billy Goodyear, Bob Holden, Catherine Kohne, Helen Lundquist, Elaine Lundquist, Alfred Mound, Karyn Mound, Joe Parrish, Jimmie Rule, Edward Stack, and Margaret Wightman. The photographs also include images of dogs, cats, horses, squirrels, groundhogs, and farm scenes.

Subject Terms

Corporate Names
  • Central High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.). -- Photographs
  • Westinghouse High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.). -- Photographs

Personal Names
  • Shourek, Edward J.

Family Names
  • Shourek family -- Photographs

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Photographs
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Social life and customs -- Photographs

  • Personal papers

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

These records were acquired from Mr. John Rischnavsky, 1991

Alternate Format:

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at

Preferred Citation:

Edward J. Shourek Photograph Collection, AIS.1991.19b, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Edward J. Shourek, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ais 91:19b, Photographs, 1913-1920, Archives of Industrial Society, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Vince Kwiotek and John Thompson in 1991 and then encoded by Andrew Newman in May 2004.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Andy Newman in May, 2004. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 4375717


Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Home, 1911-1918

Box 1 Buster (dog), Spring 1911
Box 2 Fireworks, Garaboldi celebration, "The Bombs Bursting in Air," July 17, 1916

Series II. Farm, 1913-1920

Box 3 Julie, Helen, Emily, and Grace (girls) with Shep and Tige (dogs) on lawn, 1913

Series III. Central High School, 1913-1914

Box 4 Trophy case, 1913

Series IV. Akron, Ohio, 1913-1914

Series V. Lennon's Horse, 1913

Box 5 Horse harnassed to buggy, 1913

Series VI. The Lundquist Family, 1914

Series VII. The Reimer Family Picnic, 1914

Series VIII. Shopgang, 1914

Series IX. Clark's Camp, 1914

Series X. Buffalo, New York, 1914

Series XI. Big Willow Tree Camp, 1915-1917

Box 6 Roach and Woolyo in the "swim," July 29, 1917

Series XII. Inca, 1915-1918

Series XIII. Huntingdon County, 1915

Box 7 Picture of BWTC from Allegrippas Ridge, July 1915

Series XIV. George Westinghouse High School, 1916

Series XV. Pittsburgh, 1916

Series XVI. Uncle Luke's, 1918

Series XVII. Niagara Falls, 1920

Series XVIII. McCartney's, no date

Series XIX. Reymer and Brothers, Inc., no date

Series XX. Scene, no date

Series XXI. Animals, no date

Series XXII. Reymer's, no date

Series XXIII. Fern Hollow, no date

Series XXIV Unlabeled, no date

Scope and Content Notes:

Series XXIV. contains unlabeled negatives identified by subjects on the image.

Box 8 Dog "dressed up" in house

Series XXV Copies, 1914-1918

Scope and Content Notes:

Series XXV. contains copies of negatives or photographs of other photographs. Series in chronological order.

Series XVI. Oversize

Scope and Content Notes:

This material was added to the finding aid in December 2010.

Map-case 7
Drawer 5 1. Picture of the boat, “Henry L. Hillman”