Category Archives: Government

A.M. Brown’s Union Executive Committee letter book.

(This blog post appeared originally as the “Library and Archives Treasures” column of the Fall 2013 issue of Western Pennsylvania History) Though it seems unimaginable today, Abraham Lincoln faced considerable challenges on his path to winning a second term in … Continue reading

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Electing Leonard C. Staisey

Leonard Staisey in 1967 was no stranger to election campaigns. Prior to that year Staisey had been elected to the City of Duquesne Board of Education in 1949, served 2-terms in the Pennsylvania State Senate between 1960 and 1966, and … Continue reading

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William J. Coyne Papers

The Detre Library and Archives is home to records pertaining to a number of local politicians, including Mayor Thomas J. Murphy,  Pennsylvania State Representative Andrew T. Fenrich, and Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll. Recently added to that list are the … Continue reading

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Tom Foerster Papers

Tom Foerster (1928-2000) was a political force in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for more than 40 years.  First elected as a state representative in 1958, he would go on to serve as an Allegheny County commissioner for … Continue reading

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Bertha Rauh

From an early age, Bertha Floersheim Rauh (1865-1952) was active in civic and philanthropic community service. Deeply concerned about the plight of the poor, especially women and children, Bertha Rauh was involved in many organizations that offered assistance programs, including … Continue reading

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