Summary Information
Title: Guide to the Photographs of Pittsburgh Public Schools
Collection Number: MSP#117
Creator: Pittsburgh Public Schools
Collection Dates: 1880-1982
Extent: 19.0 cubic feet
Abstract:
This collection features images which document events and activities of students, teachers, parents and board members of the Pittsburgh School District from 1880-1985.

Language:

The material in this collection is in English.

Repository:

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@hswp.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Sponsor:

This finding aid has been encoded as a part of the Historic Pittsburgh project a joint effort of the University of Pittsburgh and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Funding for this portion of the project has been donated by the Hillman Foundation.
Date Published:

Fall, 1999
Author:

This guide to the collection was originally prepared by: Stephen Doell in 1994. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process Fall, 1999.
Encoder:

Encoded by: Janet Begnoche on September 10, 1999 from an existing finding aid. >Reviewed by Stephen Doell in December 1999
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

Historical Note

For the historical note of the Pittsburgh Public Schools please see the finding aid for MSS# 117.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The images document events and activities of students, teachers, parents and board members of the District from 1880-1985. Many of these photographs display buildings that have been demolished as well as areas of Pittsburgh which have changed dramatically over the last seventy-five years. The four series arrangement represents the most logical order giving the fact that there was very little order to the photographs upon their accession.


They are arranged in four series designated as Public Relations, Student Activities, Class Photos and Sports.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools Photographs are housed in 31 archival boxes, and oversized folders designated on shelf.


Controlled Access Terms
Topics
  • Education -- Curricula -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Educational law and legislation -- Federal aid -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
  • Elementary schools -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Elementary school buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • High schools -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • High school buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Parents' and teachers' associations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Personnel management -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • School integration -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • School libraries -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Student teaching -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Vocational education -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
Corporate Names
  • Department of Public Instruction -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh.
  • Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
  • Pittsburgh Council on Public Education.
Personal Names
  • Davidson, William Mehard, -- 1863-1930.
  • Dimmick, Earl.
  • Faison, Helen S.
  • Graham, Benjamin G., -- 1880-1942.
  • Gross, Calvin.
  • Heeter, S.L.
  • Kishkinas, Louis, -- 1927-
  • McCormick, Bernard, -- 1907-
  • Marland, Sidney Percy.
  • Olson, Jerry, -- 1931-
  • Wallace, Richard.
Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Photographs of the Pittsburgh Public Schools

Previous Citation:

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Stephen Doell in 1994.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Janet Begnoche on September 10,1999.

Copyright:

Property rights reside with the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or publish, please contact the curator of the Archives.


Contents List
Series I Public Relations/Information Services
Scope and Content Notes:

The Public Relations Department (1930-1980) represents the largest group of photographs. It documents events, activities and functions sponsored by the school district including board and PTA meetings, classroom activities, educational programs, school building exteriors and interiors, and vocational classes. All of these photographs were taken for the purpose of publication in either in-house newsletters, local newspapers or national periodicals. Therefore, they convey the Pittsburgh Public Schools in the most positive settings as possible. The bulk of these photographs are dated from 1950 to 1970. The building photographs are a vital aspect of this collection because many of these structures have been razed so these images are the only documentation of their existence. The Personnel and Board of Education photos provide researchers with an accurate list of the many people who have worked for the district.

The Public Relations Department is arranged alphabetically by subject; the Personnel and Board of Education photos are arranged alphabetically by name.


Box 1
folder 1 Adult Education 1949-1955
folder 2 Advanced Placement-Aeronautics 1945-1960
folder 3 Americanization 1917-1977
folder 4 Annual Reports 1963-1965
Arts and Crafts
folder 5 1934-1958
folder 6 1959-1965
folder 7 1970
folder 8 Auditorium 1934-1955

Box 2
folder 1 Automotive-Awards 1949-1967
folder 2 Beechwood Teacher Center 1973
Board of Education
Group Photographs
folder 3 1911-1966
Shelf
1948
folder 4 1967-1979
folder 5 1976-1979
Members-Individual 1940-1975
folder 6 Dedication Plaques 1925-1945
folder 7 Aaron-Foster 1928-1940
folder 8 Calloway-Davidson 1934-1970
folder 9 Davis-Foster 1960

Box 3
folder 1 Gerwig-Jones 1959-1966
folder 2 Khorey-Lewis 1950-1972
folder 3 McClain-Patrick 1960-1972
folder 4 Penn-Scott 1959-1966
folder 5 Sergi-Venson 1959
folder 6 Vessley-Young 1955-1967

Box 4
folder 1 Miscellaneous 1928-1970
Buildings
folder 2 Administration 1916-1938
folder 3 Closed and/or Razed 1917-1962
folder 4 Demountable 1962-1972
Elementary
folder 5 Arlington-Crescent 1959-1967
folder 6 East-Carnegie-Frick 1930-1973
folder 7 Grandview-King 1923-1973

Box 5
folder 1 Letsche-Murray, Phillip 1956-1973
folder 2 Northview-Roosevelt 1959-1964
folder 3 Schiller-West Liberty 1929-1959
High Schools
folder 4 Allerdice-Greenway 1928-1975
folder 5 Langley-Westinghouse 1924-1979
folder 6 Liberty Regeneration Project 1966
folder 7 Middle Schools 1966-1967
folder 8 Pioneer School 1964-1975

Box 6
folder 1 Suburban Districts 1966
Miscellaneous
folder 2 Interiors 1950-1961
folder 3 Non-School related 1953-1966
folder 4 Business and Industry Day 1955
folder 5 CACREE-Career Planning 1935-1973
folder 6 Commencement-Communication Skills 1949-1968
folder 7 Community Intervention-Dance 1949-1976
folder 8 Distinguished Graduates-Drafting 1953-1967

Box 7
folder 1 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Conference 1966
Elementary Education
folder 2 Classroom Activites 1950-1971
folder 3 Miscellaneous 1951-1978
folder 4 Evacuations-Experiments 1951-1958
folder 5 Extracurricular Activites 1942-1970

Box 8
folder 1 Faculty-Food Management 1950-1973
folder 2 First Aid-Frick Foundation 1951
folder 3 Gardening-Guidance 1950-1951
folder 4 Harvard Study-Health Services 1940-1965
folder 5 High School Plan 1975
Home Economics
folder 6 1950-1965
folder 7 1970
folder 8 1950-1978

Box 9
folder 1 Juvenile Detention School-Kindergarten 1935-1971
folder 2 Kindergarten 1951-1960
folder 3 Library 1934-1968
folder 4 Math-Music 1958-1969
folder 5 Music 1939-1973
folder 6-7 Music

Box 10
folder 1 Neighborhoods, Environment Study-Youth Corps 1965
folder 2 Newspaper Project-Operation HELP! 1949-1981
folder 3 Newspaper Photos 1934-1960
folder 4 Occupational Vocational and Technical 1951-1977
Parent Teacher Association
folder 5 1950-1960
folder 6 1961-1968
folder 7 Personalities 1951-1968
Personnel 1940-1968

Box 11
folder 1 Arch-Evans
folder 2 Fascetti-Gross
folder 3 Haffner-Kisinick
folder 4 Lamping-Outen
folder 5 Palmer-Robinson
folder 6 Sawyer-Tygard
folder 7 Vasser-Young

Box 12
folder 1 Miscellaneous group shots
Physical Education
folder 2 Elementary 1950-1973
High School
folder 3 Female 1950-1972
folder 4 Male 1949-1976
folder 5 Schaeffer School 1920
folder 6 Miscellaneous 1934
folder 7 Plant Operations-Preschool 1951-1973
folder 8 Primary Activities 1944-1950

Box 13
folder 1 Primary Education Project-Racial Equality 1967-1973
folder 2 Radio and Television 1953-1965
folder 3 Safety Program 1951-1968
folder 4 Salary-Science Fairs 1951-1973
folder 5 Science 1947-1977
folder 6 School Days-Scholars 1953-1958
folder 7 Schools, Collegiate Programs 1948-1966
Social Studies

Box 14
folder 1 1948-1951
folder 2 1952-1953
folder 3 1958-1973
Special Education 1955-1977
folder 4 Arsenal Open Air-Conroy
folder 5 Frick Hearing and Speech Center
folder 6 Homebound Students-Industrial Home for Crippled Children
folder 7 Larimer-Pioneer
folder 8 Schenley-Leo Weil

Box 15
folder 1 State Subsidy-Student Activities 1953-1969
folder 2 Student Activites 1959
folder 3 Student Council-Superintendents 1968-1975
folder 4 Teachers 1914-1970
folder 5 Team Teaching 1949-1968
Training Programs 1968-1969

Box 16
folder 1 Alderice-Arsenal
folder 2 Carrick-Fifth Avenue
folder 3 Heron Hill-Schenley
folder 4 South Hill School-Westinghouse
folder 5 Tutors 1967-1973
Vocational Studies

Box 17
folder 1 Alderice-Allegheny 1948-1951
folder 2 Bellefield Girls Vocational 1950-1953
folder 3 Carrick-Conneley 1951-1978
folder 4 Conneley-Oliver 1949-1978
folder 5 Schenley-South Hills 1950
South Vocational
folder 6 Females 1953
folder 7 Males 1953-1978
folder 8 Veterans 1950-1953
folder 9 Washington 1965
folder 10 Washington-Westinghouse 1951-1977
Miscellaneous

Box 18
folder 1 1934
folder 2 1940-1970
folder 3 War Activities 1940-1946
folder 4 Work Opportunities 1950-1955
folder 5 Workshops-Yummy Rolls 1953-1973
folder 6 Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous School Functions

Box 19
folder 1 Alderdice-Burgwin 1948-1979
folder 2 Carmalt-East Hills 1973-1976
folder 3 Fairywood-Forbes 1976-1980
folder 4 Fort Pitt-Hays 1951-1973
folder 5 Herron Hill 1950-1976
folder 6 Holmes-Linden 1975-1977
folder 7 McNaugher-Peabody 1971-1979
folder 8 Reizenstein-Roosevelt 1976
folder 9 Rogers-Woolslair 1970-1976

Box 20
box 20 Allegheny High School Yearbook Proofs 1980

Box 21
box 21 Miscellaneous-Unidentified
Series II Students (1895-1934)
Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains scenes of students and teachers in various activities. These photographs appear as a separate series because of their identification labels, which indicate that they were created and filed together. The building interior shots in this series add a unique dimension to the images in Series I. Significant pictures also include images of the agriculture program sponsored by the district showing students working in individual school gardens.


Box 22
folder 1 Allegheny High School 1915-1928
folder 2 Allegheny Vocational-Beechview 1914-1928
folder 3 Beechwood-Brilliant 1915-1937
folder 4 Brookline-Carmalt 1914-1937
folder 5 Carrick-Chartiers 1915-1928
folder 6 Central High-Concord 1914-1925

Box 23
folder 1 Connelley-Duquesne 1915-1928
folder 2 East Carnegie-Fifth Avenue 1915-1928
folder 3 Fifth Avenue-Fulton 1917-1925
folder 4 Garfield-Hazelwood 1914-1928
folder 5 Holmes-Humboldt 1915-1928
folder 6 Irwin Avenue-Larimer 1914-1927

Box 24
folder 1 Latimer 1917-1928
folder 2 Lawrence-Longfellow 1915-1928
folder 3 McKelvey 1916-1928
folder 4 McNaugher-Morningside 1915-1928
folder 5 John Morrow-North Industrial 1895-1920
folder 6 Northview Heights-Park Place 1914-1934
folder 7 Peabody 1914-1927

Box 25
folder 1 Penn-Rogers 1917-1928
folder 2 Quentin Roosevelt-Schaeffer 1915-1928
folder 3 Schenley 1916-1927
folder 4 Schiller-Sommers 1915-1927
folder 5 Springfield-Squirrel Hill 1914-1918
folder 6 South High (South Side) 1914-1928
folder 7 South Hills High 1915-1928

Box 26
folder 1 Sterrett-Sunnyside 1914-1920
folder 2 Swisshelm-Washington Vocational 1914-1937
folder 3 Watt (Vann)-Westlake 1915-1928
folder 4 West Liberty-Woolslair 1912-1939
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous Departments
folder 5 Art
folder 6 Art-Manual Training
folder 7 Unidentified
Series III Class Photographs
Scope and Content Notes:

This series shows posed figures documenting student and faculty at various schools in the Pittsburgh school system. Some photos are from districts that were not part of the Pittsburgh Public Schools at the time, i.e. Minersville, Mount Lebanon, but were later absorbed into the system.


Box 27
folder 1 Allegheny High School 1957
folder 2 Brookline 1910-1940
folder 3 Colfax c. 1900
folder 4 Columbus 1896-1900
Conroy
folder 5 1895-1948
Shelf
1949-1960
folder 6 1958-1959
Shelf
1961
folder 7 1961-1962
Cowley
Shelf
1946-1947
folder 8 1960-1962
Davis Elementary
folder 9 1963-1968
folder 10 1970
folder 11 1972-1973

Box 28
folder 1 1973-1975
folder 2 1978-1979
Fairywood Elementary
folder 3 Faculty 1972-1984
folder 4 1963-1981
folder 5 1981-1983
folder 6 1983-1985
folder 7 Frick Elementary 1940
folder 8 Greenfield School 1963
folder 9 Holmes School 1915
folder 10 Humboldt School 1953
folder 11 Larimer c. 1960
folder 12 Lemington 1896-1917
Lincoln
volume 1896

Box 29
volume 1899
folder 1 1899
volume 1901
Shelf
1902
folder 2 1904
volume 1907
folder 3 1917
folder 4 1936
Shelf
1950-1951
McNaugher
folder 5 1912

Box 30
folder 1 1930-1945
folder 2 1946-1962
folder 3 Miller School 1968
Minersville/Leo Weil
volume 1898
volume 1898
volume 1898-1910

Box 31
folder 1 1901-1905
volume 1934
folder 2 Overbrook 1947
folder 3 Phillips School 1964-1969
folder 4 Rogers School 1924
Quentin Roosevelt
folder 5 1910
folder 6 1959
folder 7 1973-1979
folder 8 1980-1982
Schiller School
folder 9 1954
folder 10 1960-1961
folder 11 1964-1979
Tenth Ward School

Box 32
folder 1-2 1907
Washington
Shelf
1948-1960
folder 3 1955-1981
folder 4 West Liberty 1910
Wightman
folder 5 1963-1964
folder 6 1964-1965
folder 7 1966-1967
folder 8 1970-1974
folder 9 1975
folder 10 Woolslair 1963-1972
folder 11 Miscellaneous Unindentified
Series IV Sports Teams
Scope and Content Notes:

This series represents sports activities and team photographs from different schools. This series is limited to only a few schools with Arsenal Vocational and South Hills High being the most predominant. Several championship team photographs are oversized and designated as "shelf." Some of the different sports are soccer, baseball, football, basketball, and track and field.


Box 33
folder 1 Alderdice 1973
folder 2 Arsenal Trade School 1935-1956
folder 3 Holmes School 1914
folder 4 South Hills High School 1935-1945
folder 5 Washington Vocational 1930-1952
folder 6 Weil-Westinghouse 1965-1973
folder 7 Miscellaneous Track 1950-1970