Pittsburgh Art and Architecture Collections

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Art and Architecture Special Collections

Pittsburgh Art Topics
An extensive collection of newspaper and magazine clippings ranging from about 1930-2000, The Pittsburgh Art Topics File contains information about art events, galleries, festivals, organizations and other subjects that have some connection with the Pittsburgh region. It also includes catalogs, mounted pictures and other ephemera unique to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Artists File
This file consists of index cards listing names of over 2500 visual artists who have some connection to the Pittsburgh area, whether they were born or worked in the region. It’s the first place to go when researching a particular artist in Pittsburgh. The cards reference entries in catalogs, local directories, citations in one of the Library’s reference resources or a corresponding Pittsburgh Artist Information File.

  • The Pittsburgh Artist Information File
    With coverage ranging from 1930-2000, this file contains newspaper and magazine clippings, opening event announcements, exhibition catalogs, obituaries and other ephemera.

The Pittsburgh Architects File
This file consists of index cards with the names of over 1000 architects and firms with some connection to Pittsburgh. The cards point to specific information on an architect or company mentioned in the Library’s reference resources, local directories, catalogs or the corresponding Pittsburgh Architects Information File. It is not, however, an index of architects currently working in the Pittsburgh area, but this information is also available at the library.

  • The Pittsburgh Architects Information File
    With coverage ranging from about 1930-2000, this file is a collection of newspaper and magazine clippings and other ephemera. Collected by Carnegie Library librarians through the pre-internet years, the file includes rare and unique items.

The Pittsburgh Architecture File
This file consists of index cards containing information about specific buildings, architectural styles, areas, building types, houses, and other structures built in the Pittsburgh region during the 20th Century. The information on these index cards varies in degree of detail. Some cards refer to journal articles, citations in books, and the architect or the designer. Some cards point to a corresponding clippings file folder, called The Pittsburgh Architecture Information File.

  • The Pittsburgh Architecture Information File
    This clippings file is a collection of newspaper and magazine clippings and other ephemera, about different buildings and other architecture of the greater Pittsburgh region. Carnegie Library librarians collected these documents before the development of the Internet, and includes rare and unique items not easily found in other places.

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Collection
The library holds the complete set to date of the annual exhibition catalogs of The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, one of the country’s oldest artist organizations. A corresponding card index includes artists’ names and the years that their work was included in the Associated Artists’ annual exhibitions.

Bernd Collection of Architecture
Established in 1895 through a bequest to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh from the estate of successful Pittsburgh merchant Julius D. Bernd, this collection of books about architecture and related arts is still funded by his generosity today, well over 100 years later. Many of the earlier titles, ranging from 1540-1850, acquired by the Library through the Bernd fund can be found in the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room, while other Bernd titles can be found interfiled in the general collection.

For more information about these collections, contact the Reference Services Department.
Phone 412.622.3175
Email info@carnegielibrary.org

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