[PW] photographs of black news-makers

Lois Aleta Fundis fundisl at weirton.lib.wv.us
Wed Aug 10 10:44:10 PDT 2016

Try the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
or the Special Collections at the Hillman Library of the University of
Pittsburgh (my alma mater!)

CLP has back issues of the Courier although according to their website it's
available to library cardholders only.

Hillman doesn't seem to have Courier back issues, but they do have some
collections/papers of people who were connected with the Courier.  One
Collection Title: *Percival L. Prattis Papers*
*Creator: *Prattis, Percival Leroy, 1895-1980
Bulk dates: Bulk, 1936-1964
Inclusive dates: 1916-2011
*Extent: *3.75 linear feet (3 boxes, 4 volumes)
*Abstract: *This collection contains documents relating to the life and
career of journalist, Percival L. Prattis, executive editor of the *Pittsburgh
Courier* newspaper. The material dates between 1916 and 1980, with the
majority of material dating from 1936 to 1964. The materials in this
collection are correspondence, financial reports of the *Courier*, drafts
of articles and stories, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Both staffs are likely to know of other places, if any, that may also have
what you need if anyone does.

And should you need to travel to Pittsburgh to consult these collections,
the two buildings are very near each other, just across a small park!

The main phone number for CLP is 412-622-3114

Contact info for Hillman (cut-and-pasted from the website):

Hillman Library
Third Floor, Room 363

Contact by Phone 412-648-8190 <+14126488190>
Fax:  412-648-7887
Send us an email <uls-specialcollections at pitt.edu>
uls-specialcollections at pitt.edu

On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Donna Halper <dlh at donnahalper.com> wrote:

> This is purely for my own research, so, there's no hurry.  I am working on
> a conference paper and finding it very difficult to locate photographs of
> certain black news-makers from the 1920s-1930s. The news industry was
> segregated, sad to say, and black reporters generally worked for the black
> press; but many of those papers are now defunct, or under new ownership,
> and their photo files have either vanished or were never preserved. I can
> easily find the photos on microfilm, but they are usually of very poor
> quality and would not look good in a presentation.
> I especially need some photos that appeared in the Chicago Defender &
> Pittsburgh Courier in the mid-to-late 1930s, but neither newspaper has
> saved the originals; nor does the Library of Congress or the Chicago Public
> Library own copies-- I've checked (both online, and by calling their
> archivists). Any ideas about whether a repository for news photos from the
> black newspapers and magazines exists anywhere? Thanks for any suggestions.
> Donna L. Halper, PhD
> Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
> Lesley University, Cambridge MA
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Lois Fundis   fundisl at weirton.lib.wv.us
Reference Librarian, Mary H. Weir Public Library
3442 Main Street
Weirton, West Virginia  26062
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