Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Music Department maintains a collection of Pittsburgh music concert programs dating back to the mid 19th century. They include individual programs stored in file drawers, programs from specific organizations that are bound together, and programs in scrapbooks compiled by individuals or organizations.
The programs are housed in several locations:
- A file cabinet in the Music Department, alphabetically by organization.
- A collection of scrapbooks and bound volumes in the Music Department, known as “Pittsburgh Concert Programs.” Click for a guide to the provenance of these scrapbooks and bound volumes. View provenance guide.
- From various archival collections known as “Pittsburgh Music Archives.” Click to see the index to this collection. View music archive index.
- In the reference stacks of Carnegie Library – Main. Click to see the index to this collection. View index to programs in the stacks.
- The Pittsburgh Music Information File contains a large collection of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and other ephemera. There are some concert programs in this collection under the names of specific organizations, such as “Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society” or “Organ Players Club of Pittsburgh.”
These indexes include all of the concert programs held at Carnegie Library – Main:
Other collections of Pittsburgh Concert Programs
Concert Programs from the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh
The Music Department has 43 volumes of programs from the Carnegie Music Hall beginning with the inaugural concert in Nov. 5, 1895 through June 7, 1931. These are facsimiles of the originals, archivally photocopied to duplicate the layout of the original brittle scrapbooks that were found in the attic of the Carnegie Music Hall in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The creation of these facsimiles was funded using part of a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1999–2000, in order to preserve the legacy of Andrew Carnegie.