Summary Information
Title: State and Local Government Archives Oral History Collection
Collection Number: AIS.1997.02
Creator: University of Pittsburgh. Archives Service Center.

Collection Dates: 1996-2002
Extent: 3.75 linear feet (229 cassettes; 3 boxes)
Location: Oral History cassette tapes are housed in the oral history cabinet with a 97:2 accession number and filed alphabetically within the collection. The originals tapes are closed to patrons, but they may listen to the duplicate copies.

Language: English

Abstract:
The State and Local Government Archives (SLGA) Oral History Collection includes transcripts of interviews, audiocassettes, research notes, newspaper clippings, and sundry items donated by interviewees. Interviewees are notable figures in state and local government, especially those who were involved in the areas of environmental issues, electoral campaigning, urban redevelopment, civil rights, the role of gender in governance, and details of the workings and processes of governing. The SLGA Collection complements other collections in the Archives Service Center in areas such as urban planning and development, ethnic settlement, industrialization and deindustrialization, air pollution, union organizing, and university courses and policies affecting politics.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

September 2010
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center staff.
Revision Description:
July 5, 2011:
Received permission to open interview with Elsie Hillman.

History

In 1997, staff at the Archives Service Center began the State and Local Government Archives (SLGA) Oral History Program. They aimed to capture the living memories of politicians from the local, state, and federal governments from Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania area. SLGA interviewed local political figures about governmental and political workings in the region, emphasizing the role of parties, environmental issues, electoral campaigning, urban redevelopment, civil rights, the role of gender in governance, and obscure happenings. In May of 1998, work on the SLGA greatly accelerated with the hiring of a graduate student assistant who conducted many more interviews.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

Along with the main transcript, other information is included in the interviewees’ individual files. These additional sections will provide some structure and summary of the interviewees’ life and work. These sections include:

1. “Interviewer’s Notes” which refer to the notes taken by the interviewer while doing research for the interview. Research contained in “Interviewer's Notes” comes from newspaper clippings (pertaining to the interviewee’s life and work) found at the Pennsylvania Room and/or the clipping files of the Carnegie Library, from Pittsburgh's alternative papers the Pittsburgh Point and the Pittsburgh Forum, or from searches from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Database (downloads from which are no longer free of charge). The primary person researching the interviewees used abbreviations to denote the source of the information: PPG denotes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Press denotes the Pittsburgh Press.

2. “Interviewer’s Questions” usually provides a rough index of most interviews. They often contain notes the interviewer took during the interview. However, some interviewees spoke at length and wandered from the main subject of the question, or the research on the interviewee did not turn up his/her involvement in something which occupied a large segment of the interview.

The first office listed for each interviewee is the one covered in the most depth and detail by the interview(s). Interviewees’ time constraints kept some interviews from covering the length of their careers. Some of the interviewee files contain records duplicated elsewhere in the archives. The Pittsburgh Renaissance Oral History Project Collection (AIS.1973.24) should also be consulted to supplement material from the SLGA.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Civil rights -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Civil rights -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Environmental management -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Environmental protection -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Legislators -- Pennsylvania
  • Legislators -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Legislators -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Local government and environmental policy -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Municipal government -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Urban renewal -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Urban renewal -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Locations
  • Allegheny County (Pa.)
  • Allegheny County (Pa.) -- Officials and employees
  • Allegheny County (Pa.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania -- Officials and employees
  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 20th century
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Officials and employees
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Politics and government

Genres/Forms
  • Audiocassettes
  • Memorabilia
  • Oral histories (Document genres)

Category
  • Government
  • Politics
  • Social action
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Women

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions other than Part 5 (Tape 1 Side 2) of the interview with JoAnn Evansgardner is closed for 40 years from the interview date.

Acquisition Information:

Interviews conducted with funds from the Buhl Foundation under a grant titled, “Twentieth Century Transitions: Pittsburgh politics from 1950 to the present.”

Preferred Citation:

State and Local Government Archives Oral History Collection, 1996-2002, AIS.1997.02, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Copyright:

All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh.


Collection Inventory

Series I. Audiotapes

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains audiotapes on which are recorded interviews with a variety of well-known and influential people in the realm of the Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania political scene. The original audiotapes of the interviews cannot be used by researchers, but they may consult the working copy of the tapes of the interview (except for the list of restricted tapes).


Audio-cabinet 3
Drawer 1-2 Audiotapes

Series II. Individuals' Folders

Scope and Content Notes:

The following series contains folders pertaining to each individual interviewed and recorded on the tapes in Series I. The folders are arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the interviewee. These folders contain transcripts of the recorded interviews, relevant newspaper clippings and articles, the interviewer’s research notes, as well as any other information available about the person in question. In some cases, photographs of the individuals may be available. The descriptions of each folder include biographical and content information.


Box 1
Folder 1 Adams, Harvey, Jr., 2000

Head of the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP, president of the Guardians, former police chief of Pittsburgh Housing Authority founder Afro-American Heritage Parade; interviewer's questions, newspaper clippings; interviewer's notes; interviewer's notes on the 1999 Afro-American Heritage Parade, photo.

Folder 2 Altenburger, Christine, 2001

Christine Altenburger, former professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Former member of the Home Rule Study Commission for Penn Hills and research consultant for several Rule Charter Government Study Commissions. File contains transcript of interview.

Folder 3 Barr, Alice, 1998

Wife of the late Joe Barr, former Mayor of Pittsburgh, interviewer's questions; transcript of interview; photo; newspaper clipping; interviewer's notes; addenda to interview.

Folder 4 Begler, Sam, 1999

Former director if the Committee for Political Education of the Allegheny County Labor Council and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Personnel. File includes interviewer's notes, a questionnaire, and transcript of the interview.

Folder 5 Block, William, 1998

Publisher Pittsburgh Post Gazette, transcript of interview; interviewer's questions, newspaper clipping; interviewer's notes; addenda to interview.

Folder 6 Bodnar, Raymond, 1998

Transcript of interview; interviewer's questions; interviewee's business card.

Folder 7 Brown, Byrd, 1998

Head of the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP; solicitor Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations; transcript of interview; interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; interviewee's editorial changes to transcript.

Folder 8 Colautti, Aldo, 1998

Executive secretary to Mayor Barr; transcript of interview; photo; interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; newspaper clipping (1); interviewee's notes for a speech on "Highlights--Joseph Barr Administration"; addenda to interview.

Folder 9 Coleman, Morton, 1999

Head Institute of Politics; transcript of interview (parts 2 and 3 are not edited as of May 3, 2001); interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; newspaper clipping (1).

Folder 10 Colville, Robert, 2000

Pittsburgh Director of Public Safety; Allegheny County District Attorney; interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; newspaper clippings.

Folder 11 Cooke, Edward, 1997

Mayor of Oakmont, Pa.; transcript of interview; photos (4); interviewee's responses to biographical questionnaire; interviewee's resume.

Folder 12 Cosetti, Joseph, 2000

Treasurer Pittsburgh; interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; newspaper clipping, photo.

Folder 13 Craig, David, 1998

Pittsburgh Director of Public Safety; transcript of interview (part 1); interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; interviewee's editorial changes to transcript; interviewee's resume. Speech by David Craig on "Joseph Barr's Administration as Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh"; interviewee's addenda to interview; Summary of minutes of the Pittsburgh Government Study Commission; graduate seminar paper "Why Did They Win? An Analysis of Pittsburgh's 1972 Government Study Commission Election"; Memorandum (1986) on At Large Election of council in the Home Rule Charter; City Controller's "Performance Audit Department of Public Safety Office of Professional Standards".

Folder 14 DeMao, William, 1997

Mayor of Arnold, Pa.; transcript of interview; outline of important topics in DeMao’s life provided by Mayor DeMao; Centennial program of Arnold, three photos- one of Mayor DeMao and two of the Municipal Building.

Folder 15 Dindak, John, 1997

Mayor of West Homestead, Pa.; transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions; newspaper clippings (14); West Homestead 75th Anniversary Commemorative Album.

Folder 16 Donahoe, David, 2000

Executive secretary to Mayor Caliguiri; director Allegheny Regional Assets District Board; interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; newspaper clippings (2); leaflet ARAD, transcript of interview.

Folder 17 Evansgardner, JoAnn, 2001

JoAnn Evansgardner, a founder of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Organization for Women, a City Council Candidate, and former member of the Allegheny County Government Study Commission. File contains newspaper clippings, questionnaire, and interviewer's notes. The file also contains a transcript of the interview, Part 1-4:Part 5 (T1S2) is closed for research use for 40 years from date of interview.

Folder 18 Fisher, D. Michael, 2000

Pa. State Representative; Pa. State Senator; interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; official biography from state website, photo.

Folder 19 Flaherty, James, 2000

Allegheny County Commissioner; interviewer's questions; interviewer's notes; biography.

Folder 20 Flaherty, Peter F., 1999

Mayor of Pittsburgh; Allegheny County Commissioner; photo; transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions; interviewer's notes from an interview with Flaherty's executive secretary Bruce Campbell; newspaper clippings (2).

Folder 21 Fox, Alma Speed, 2002

Member of the Pennsylvania Commission on the Status of Women, one the Chairs of the East Hills National Organization for Women (NOW), Executive Secretary of the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP, NOW Director, and holder of numerous other positions.

Folder 22 Franklin, Carolyn, 1998

Carolyn Franklin, first deputy director for Gov. Shapp's Commission on the Status of Women, Gov. Casey's deputy Secretary of Welfare, member of the commission to draw up Pittsburgh City Council districts. File contains interviewer's notes and transcript of interview.

Folder 23 Gretz, Edward, 1998

Mayor of Whitaker, Pa.; transcript of interview; photo; interviewer's questions.

Folder 24 Hafer, Barbara, 2000

Allegheny County Commissioner; interviewer's questions; newspaper clippings (3).

Folder 25 Haney, Harold, 1998

Member Denominational Ministry Strategy, transcript of interview; 2 photos; interviewer's questions; Hank Haney, “Wind/Mills and Tom Tinker.

Folder 26 Heflin, Rosemary, 1997

Mayor, Bellevue, Pa., transcript of interview, interviewer’s questions, 4 photos; newspaper clipping (1), program of the Centennial of Bellevue, program of the 125th anniversary of Bellevue, program of the centennial of the Bellevue Police Department, program of the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Columbia Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, program of the One Hundredth of the Columbia Hose Hook and Ladder Company, brochure from the dedication ceremony of Bellevue Memorial Park, certificate of the Bellevue Centennial, copy of the incorporation of the Borough of Bellevue, Borough of Bellevue 1996 Community Information Guide.

Folder 27 Hillman, Elsie, 1999

Elsie Hillman, former member of the Republican National Committee, former chairperson of the Allegheny County Republican Party, holder of numerous other offices. File includes transcript of interview, interviewer's questions, newspaper clippings, interviewer's notes, and a photograph of Elsie Hillman on April 6, 1999 taken in her office at the Hillman Company, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Folder 28 Itkin, Ivan, 1999

PA State Representative, interviewer’s questions, newspaper clippings (5), interviewer’s notes.

Folder 29 Kane, Rita Wilson, 1998

Register of Wills, Allegheny County; transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions, newspaper clippings (2), answers to follow up questions; Kane's corrections to draft of transcript.

Folder 30 Kernick, Phyllis, 2000

Mayor of Penn Hills, Pa., interviewer’s questions, Pa. Manual biography, campaign leaflet- "Kernick for Penn Hills Treasurer."

Folder 31-32 Knox, James, 1998

Allegheny County Controller, transcript of interview, interviewee’s editorial changes to transcript, interviewer’s questions, biography for VITA Award, newspaper clippings (5), photo.

Folder 33 Kobosky, Bernard, 2000

Vice Chancellor for Urban Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, photo.

Folder 34 Lafranchi, Sylvia, 2000

Mayor of Wilkinsburg, interviewer’s questions, newspaper clippings (9), letter from Lafranchi to interviewer with follow up information, open letters from the Wilkinsburg Citizens Coordinating Committee (2), photo.


Box 2
Folder 1 Lamb, Thomas, 1998

Pa. State Senator, transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes, newspaper clipping, photo.

Folder 2 Levine, Mike, 1997

Radio journalist, transcript of interview, interviewer’s questions, obituary.

Folder 3 Lieberth, Charles, 1997

Pa. Sec. Of Labor, transcript of interview; “Public Administration,” a speech by Lieberth, Charles Lieberth’s statement before the Labor and Industry Committee, 11/2/1979, “Secretary’s Goals,” interviewer’s questions, newspaper clipping, Lieberth’s biography and resume, programs from tributes to Lieberth (3), obituary, 2 photos.

Folder 4 Linn, Robert, 1997

Mayor, Beaver, Pa., transcript of interview, interviewer’s questions, newspaper clipping, photo, slide.

Folder 5 Louik, Maurice, 1998

Allegheny County Solicitor, transcript of interview, interviewer’s questions, campaign flyers for Judicial race.

Folder 6 Lucchino, Frank, 1998

Pittsburgh City Councilmember interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes, newspaper clippings (5); photo.

Folder 7 Macleod, Gordon, MD, 1997

Pa. Secretary of Health, transcript of interview, interviewer’s questions, copy of release form, newspaper clipping, photo, slide.

Folder 8 Masloff, Sophie, 1998

Mayor of Pittsburgh, transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes, “Biography of Sophie Masloff,” newspaper clippings (2), interviewee’s ration book, photo.

Folder 9 Neffke, Janice 2001

Janice Neffke was a founder of the Pittsburgh Coalition to Counter Hate Groups. She was a public affairs organizer with the YWCA, and a member of the board of directors of the Allegheny County Council on Civil Rights. File contains written transcript of the interview.

Folder 10 O'Loughlin, David, 2000

Federal aid coordinator for Pittsburgh, director of Planning and Development for Allegheny County, interviewer’s questions, interviewers notes, portion of Allegheny County Overall Economic Development Plan 1977, Six Year Summary of Allegheny County’s HUD Development Block Grant Allocation, 1975-1980.

Folder 11 Parker, H. Sheldon, 2000

Pa. State Representative, interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes, H. Sheldon Parker, The State of Allegheny: the Republican Party in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County from 1930-1961, program of the PA Model Legislature 2000, photo.

Folder 12 Patrick, LeRoy 2002

Rev. LeRoy Patrick, Pastor Emeritus of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, former member and president of the Pittsburgh School Board, former member and chair of the Pennsylvania Black Democratic Committee, and member of numerous other boards.

Folder 13 Pease, Robert, 1999

Director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, transcript of interview; proper names list, interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes, newspaper clippings (2), photo.

Folder 14 Pitts, Robert, 1997

Former Mayor of Wilkinsburg, Pa.; transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions, biography form, interviewee’s resume, newspaper clippings (6), 6 photos.

Folder 15 Posvar, Wesley, 1999

Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh, transcripts of interviews, interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes from Posvar’s university clippings file, book excerpt on Posvar’s air force days, 3 newspaper clippings, program from the dedication of Wesley W Posvar Hall.

Folder 16 Rea, William, 1998

President Board of Trustees University of Pittsburgh, transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes, newspaper clipping, photo.

Folder 17 Robin, John, 1998

President Urban Redevelopment Authority, transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions, proper names list, newspaper clippings (6), interviewer’s notes, 50th Anniversary Report of the Urban Redevelopment Authority, 2 photos.

Folder 18 Robinson, James, 2002

Rev. James Robinson, Pastor Emeritus of Bidwell Presbyterian Church, a member and Chair of the Citizens' Clergy Coordinating Committee, Member of the Pittsburgh School Board, former candidate for city council and director of the Manchester Youth Development Center. File contains transcript of interview.

Folder 19 Robinson, William Russell, 2002

Rep. William Russell Robinson, former political writer for the New Pittsburgh Courier, former Pittsburgh City Council member and Pennsylvania State Representative for the 19th District. File contains transcript of interview.

Folder 20 Roderick, David, 1999

CEO US Steel, transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes, table Corporate Pittsburgh’s Elite, newspaper clippings (3), photo.

Folder 21 Schwartz, Nathan, 1998

Solicitor for Citizens’ Committee to Save Oakland from the Ravages of Development, interviewer’s questions, excerpt from Neighborhood Shock; interviewer’s notes, 2 photos.

Folder 22 Shaffer, Tim, 2000

Pa. State Senator, interviewer’s questions

Folder 23 Shapira, Frieda, 2000

Board member YWCA and WQED, proper names list, interviewer’s questions interviewer’s notes, Frieda Shapira preface to Their Voices Were Heard; abstract of Shapira’s NCJW oral history interview, newspaper clippings (2) photo.

Folder 24 Stackhouse, Paul Andrew, Sr., 1997

Labor Leader, transcript of interview.

Folder 25 Thomas, Clarke, 1999

Editorial writer for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, transcript of interview; interviewer’s questions, foreword, excerpt, and author’s biography from Clarke Thomas, They Came to Pittsburgh, newspaper clippings (2) photo.

Folder 26 Thornburgh, Richard, 1999

Former candidate for US Congress, former US Attorney General, and former Governor of Pennsylvania. File includes transcript of interview, newspaper clippings, and interviewer’s notes.

Folder 27 Udin, Sala, 1999

Civil rights activist, transcript of interview, interviewer’s questions, interviewer’s notes, newspaper clippings (19).

Folder 28 Wecht, Cyril, 1999

Transcript of interview, interviewer’s questions, Wecht’s curriculum vitae, interviewer’s notes, newspaper clippings (7).

Folder 29 Wetherby, Phyllis, 2001

President of the first Pittsburgh chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Series III. Memorabilia

Box 3 Items commemorating the centennial of Bellevue and the 125th anniversary

Contents include bow tie, baby bonnet, garter, eight wooden nickels, peddler’s permit, three buttons from the centennial, two buttons commemorating the 125th anniversary of Bellevue’s founding, and three shot glasses commemorating the Centennial of the City of Arnold.