Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

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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Sto-Rox Nationality Festival Records

Western Pennsylvania is home to a wide variety of ethnic groups that have all worked together to build the mosaic of culture, industry, and religion that characterizes our region.  In the 1960s and 1970s, cultural groups from McKees Rocks and … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Voelker Papers and Photographs

Judging from past posts on this blog, one might get the impression that all of the images held in our archives are black and white or sepia-toned.  There are, however, occasional bursts of vibrant color, as is the case with … Continue reading

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A True Performer: the Harry Albacker Papers and Photographs

Harry Albacker was born on April 20, 1925, although he often claimed his birth date was October 31, 1926, the date of Harry Houdini’s death. Such was the lure of magic to the young boy, who at age 11 decided … Continue reading

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The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh

Even though Pittsburgh is no longer widely envisioned as the smoky city, to this day it probably would not be most people’s first guess if asked about the likely home of this country’s oldest continuously exhibiting association of visual artists. … Continue reading

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New online finding aids

Ten new online finding aids were added to Historic Pittsburgh last week, including:  Abe Weiner Papers and Photographs, 1936-2011, MSS# 582 Abe Weiner was a Pittsburgh Surrealist painter and teacher.  This collection consists of his artwork, exhibition and sales records, … Continue reading

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