Guide to the State and Local Government Archives Oral History Collection, 1996-2002 AIS.1997.02

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Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
State and Local Government Archives Oral History Collection
Creator
University of Pittsburgh. Archives Service Center.
Collection Number
AIS.1997.02
Date
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.
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.

Preferred Citation

State and Local Government Archives Oral History Collection, 1996-2002, AIS.1997.02, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, September 2010

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Received permission to open interview with Elsie Hillman. July 5, 2011

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.

Copyright

All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh.

Acquisition Information

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Audiocassettes
  • Memorabilia
  • Oral histories (Document genres)

Geographic Name(s)

  • 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

Subject(s)

  • Civil rights -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Civil rights -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Environmental management -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Environmental protection -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Government
  • Legislators -- Pennsylvania
  • Legislators -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Legislators -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Local government and environmental policy -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Municipal government -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Politics
  • Social action
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Urban renewal -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Urban renewal -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Women

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Previous Citation

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

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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-cabinetDrawer
Audiotapes 31-2

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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.

  BoxFolder
Adams, Harvey, Jr., 2000 11

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
Altenburger, Christine, 2001 2

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
Barr, Alice, 1998 3

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
Begler, Sam, 1999 4

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
Block, William, 1998 5

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

  Folder
Bodnar, Raymond, 1998 6

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

  Folder
Brown, Byrd, 1998 7

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
Colautti, Aldo, 1998 8

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
Coleman, Morton, 1999 9

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
Colville, Robert, 2000 10

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

  Folder
Cooke, Edward, 1997 11

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

  Folder
Cosetti, Joseph, 2000 12

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

  Folder
Craig, David, 1998 13

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
DeMao, William, 1997 14

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
Dindak, John, 1997 15

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

  Folder
Donahoe, David, 2000 16

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
Evansgardner, JoAnn, 2001 17

Scope and Content Notes

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.

JoAnn Evansgardner Part 1, September 19, 2001 ("JoAnn Evansgardner Part 1," online pending)
JoAnn Evansgardner Part 2, October 23, 2001 ("JoAnn Evansgardner Part 2, " online pending)
JoAnn Evansgardner Part 3, November 7, 2001 ("JoAnn Evansgardner Part 3, " online pending)
JoAnn Evansgardner Part 4, January 18, 2001 ("JoAnn Evansgardner Part 4, " online pending)
JoAnn Evansgardner Part 5, April 9, 2002 

Side 2 of this interview is closed.

("JoAnn Evansgardner Part 5, " online pending)
  Folder
Fisher, D. Michael, 2000 18

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

  Folder
Flaherty, James, 2000 19

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

  Folder
Flaherty, Peter F., 1999 20

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
Fox, Alma Speed, 2002 21

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
Franklin, Carolyn, 1998 22

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
Gretz, Edward, 1998 23

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

  Folder
Hafer, Barbara, 2000 24

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

  Folder
Haney, Harold, 1998 25

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

  Folder
Heflin, Rosemary, 1997 26

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
Hillman, Elsie, 1999 27

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
Itkin, Ivan, 1999 28

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

  Folder
Kane, Rita Wilson, 1998 29

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
Kernick, Phyllis, 2000 30

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

  Folder
Knox, James, 1998 31-32

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

  Folder
Kobosky, Bernard, 2000 33

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

  Folder
Lafranchi, Sylvia, 2000 34

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.

  BoxFolder
Lamb, Thomas, 1998 21

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

  Folder
Levine, Mike, 1997 2

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

  Folder
Lieberth, Charles, 1997 3

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
Linn, Robert, 1997 4

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

  Folder
Louik, Maurice, 1998 5

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

  Folder
Lucchino, Frank, 1998 6

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

  Folder
Macleod, Gordon, MD, 1997 7

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

  Folder
Masloff, Sophie, 1998 8

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
Neffke, Janice 2001 9

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
O'Loughlin, David, 2000 10

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
Parker, H. Sheldon, 2000 11

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
Patrick, LeRoy 2002 12

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
Pease, Robert, 1999 13

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
Pitts, Robert, 1997 14

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

  Folder
Posvar, Wesley, 1999 15

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
Rea, William, 1998 16

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

  Folder
Robin, John, 1998 17

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
Robinson, James, 2002 18

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
Robinson, William Russell, 2002 19

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
Roderick, David, 1999 20

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

  Folder
Schwartz, Nathan, 1998 21

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
Shaffer, Tim, 2000 22

Pa. State Senator, interviewer’s questions

  Folder
Shapira, Frieda, 2000 23

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
Stackhouse, Paul Andrew, Sr., 1997 24

Labor Leader, transcript of interview.

  Folder
Thomas, Clarke, 1999 25

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
Thornburgh, Richard, 1999 26

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
Udin, Sala, 1999 27

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

  Folder
Wecht, Cyril, 1999 28

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

  Folder
Wetherby, Phyllis, 2001 29

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

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Series  III. Memorabilia 

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

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.

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