Guide to the Allegheny County, Pa. Health Department, Bureau of Air Pollution Control Records, 1941-1978 AIS.1980.07

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Allegheny County, Pa. Health Department, Bureau of Air Pollution Control Records
Creator
Allegheny County (Pa.). Bureau of Air Pollution Control.
Collection Number
AIS.1980.07
Date
1941-1978
Extent
1.68 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract
The Allegheny County Bureau of Air Pollution Control Records contains materials related to smoke control and air pollution. It includes minutes of the County Smoke Control Advisory Committee; annual reports and ordinances for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County; research, studies and informational reports from Pittsburgh Bureau of Smoke Prevention, County Bureau of Air Pollution Control, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other organizations on pollution concerns.

Preferred Citation

Allegheny County, Pa. Health Department. Bureau of Air Pollution Control Records, 1941-1978, AIS.1980.04, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

In 1941 Pittsburgh instituted its first smoke control ordinance and established the Bureau of Smoke Prevention, under the city's Department of Health, in order to collect data and administer the new law. In 1949, Allegheny County passed its first smoke control ordinance and simultaneously established its own smoke control agency, the Bureau of Air Pollution Control (alternately called the Bureau of Smoke Control). Both the city and the county continued to act separately until the county took full responsibility in 1957.

In 1947, the Board of County Commissioners appointed a Smoke Abatement Advisory Committee of seventeen citizens under the chairmanship of Dr. Edward R. Weidlein, Director of the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. This committee was charged with the duty of drawing up an ordinance which would be applicable to the conditions existing in the County. After the enactment of this ordinance in 1949, the Bureau of Air Pollution was formed under the jurisdiction of the County Health Department. In addition, a permanent advisory committee was established and renamed the Smoke Control Advisory Committee. The advisory committee, composed of scientists, economists, and industry leaders, has played an important role in smoke control in Pittsburgh.

Over the years, the Allegheny County Bureau of Air Pollution Control has become increasingly sophisticated in its collection of data and research methods. Additional, more stringent ordinances have been passed and licensing and fee collection systems have been put into practice. Thirty-four research reports, prepared by the Bureau's directors and staff members, are included in this collection.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Bureau of Air Pollution Control Records span the years 1941-1978. Minutes and organizational charts trace the bureaucratic history (1947-1954) of Allegheny County's Smoke Control Advisory Committee. There are annual reports from the Advisory Steel Research Subcommittee of County Bureau of Air Pollution Control (1960-1969) as well as annual reports covering smoke control for the city and county (1941-1969). Also collected are various city and county ordinance, rules, and regulations dealing with air pollution (1946-1978). Finally, there are several reports done by the county's Bureau of Air Pollution Control, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and by external researchers on subjects related to air pollution control.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, September 2011

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Accruals

An addition of five folders was accrued in 1984. The material dates from 1949-1965 and is located at the end of Box 4. The files include correspondence; personnel rosters; reports; salary information; and speeches.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Howard Weisz on April 28, 1980.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Katie Kirwan in August 1980.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Allegheny County Air Pollution Advisory Committee Records, 1959-1986, AIS.1992.03, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Allegheny County (Pa.). Bureau of Air Pollution Control.
  • Allegheny County (Pa.). Health Department.
  • Allegheny County (Pa.). Smoke Control Advisory Committee.
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.). Bureau of Smoke Prevention.
  • United States. Environmental Protection Agency.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Reports
  • Speeches

Geographic Name(s)

  • Allegheny County (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Schreibeis, Lee
  • Wurts, Thomas C.

Subject(s)

  • Air -- Pollution -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Business and Industry
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Health and medicine
  • Smoke prevention -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Smoke prevention -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Allegheny County, Pa. Health Department. Bureau of Air Pollution Control Records, 1941-1978, AIS.1980.04, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Minutes - Allegheny County Smoke Control Advisory Committee, 1947-1949 11

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  Folder
Minutes - Allegheny County Smoke Control Advisory Committee, 1950-1954 2

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  Folder
Organizational charts for Bureau of Smoke Control, 1948-1949 3

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  Folder
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1948 and April - December, 1950 4

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  Folder
Annual Reports for Bureau of Smoke Prevention, 1941-1969 5

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  Folder
Annual Reports for Bureau of Air Pollution Control, 1950-1951 6

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  Folder
Annual Reports for Bureau of Air Pollution Control, 1952-1956 7

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  Folder
Annual Reports for Bureau of Air Pollution Control, 1957-1962 8

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  BoxFolder
Annual Reports for Bureau of Air Pollution Control, Advisory Steel Research Subcommittee 1960-1964 29

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  Folder
Annual Reports for Bureau of Air Pollution Control, Advisory Steel Research Subcommittee 1965-1969 10

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  Folder
Ordinances for City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Health, 1946-1954 11

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  Folder
Ordinances for Allegheny County Health Department, Bureau of Air Pollution Control, 1949, 1955 12

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Rules and regulations, Allegheny County Health Department, 1949-1978 13

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  BoxFolder
In-house reports, 1941-1969 314

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  Folder
In-house reports, 1970-1974 15

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In-house reports, 1974-1978 16

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  Folder
External reports, 1962-1977 17

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  BoxFolder
Informational reports, 1952-1962 418

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  Folder
Informational reports, 1967-1973 19

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  Folder
Environmental Protection Agency reports, 1972-1975 20

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  Folder
Environmental Protection Agency reports, 1975-1976 21

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  Folder
Table of organization - personnel rosters 1

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  Folder
Letters, August 11, 1965 2

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  Folder
Monthly activity reports, March - October, 1963 3

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  Folder
Speeches, etc. by Lee Schreibeis, Jr., 1959 4

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  Folder
Speeches, etc. by Thomas C. Wurts, 1949-1958 5

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