Author Archives: Sierra Green

Life on the Mississippi with Mark Twain: An Interactive Journey in the Archives

Before introducing the world to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, famed author Mark Twain labored on the waters of the Mississippi River as a steamboat pilot’s apprentice. While serving aboard the steamer Pennsylvania during the 1850s, Twain worked alongside several men from … Continue reading

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The J. W. Lynch Journals

A unique collection of unique voices, each archives exists to capture, preserve, and share firsthand accounts of history. Among the most iconic of these windows into the past is the daily journal. Constructed day by day, year after year, journals … Continue reading

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Collection Spotlight: D. L. Clark Company Records

D. L. Clark Company Records, 1923-1992, MSS 640 Extent: 0.75 linear ft. (2 boxes) History of the D. L. Clark Company The D. L. Clark Company traces its roots to Pittsburgh’s North Side in 1886 when David L. Clark, an … Continue reading

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Your Brother in Arms; Civil War Book Lecture and Signing

As the Civil War Sesquicentennial enters its fourth year, the anniversary continues to afford us opportunities to reflect on one of our nation’s most storied wars. Next Thursday evening, May 15, 2014 from 6pm-8pm, the Detre Library & Archives will host a … Continue reading

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Collections Spotlight: the Civic Light Opera Records

Civic Light Opera Records, 1946-1996, MSS 955 Extent: 18 linear ft. [18 boxes] History of the Civic Light Opera The Civic Light Opera Association of Greater Pittsburgh (later the Civic Light Opera) was founded in 1946 by Edgar J. Kaufmann … Continue reading

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The Spencer Family Valentine Hunt

In the early 1900s on the corner of Amberson and Dahlia Avenues in Shadyside, an eclectic Valentine’s Day tradition thrived in the household of a local middle class family. Rather than simply exchange sentiments of love and other holiday pleasantries, … Continue reading

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Mrs. Soffel and the Biddle Boys in the Archives

It was a tale that reached legendary status well within its own time. With each newspaper edition, readers devoured reports that revealed the escape, capture, and ultimate death of the two most notorious criminals in Pittsburgh lore.  After 102 years, … Continue reading

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