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May 17, 2017

Investigating the Ray Sprigle Papers and Photographs

By the 1950s, the colorful and opinionated Ray Sprigle had cemented his reputation as a reporter willing to fight for the underdog. A reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since the paper’s inception in 1927, Sprigle wrote exposés on conditions in mental hospitals and coal mines, illegal gambling operations, and the black market for meat during World War II. Sprigle often went undercover in pursuit of his stories, donning disguises and assuming bogus identities.

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April 5, 2017

Advocacy on Record: The Collection of the ACC-PARC

In powerful and profound ways, the archival records of human rights advocates stand as essential evidence of their efforts to affect positive change in society. The letters, notes, reports, photographs, and news articles are all a part of a path into the heart and history of a movement. The History Center’s Detre Library & Archives holds one such collection, generated by a small but dedicated group of local advocates. The records of the Allegheny County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children (ACC-PARC) vividly capture a watershed moment in Western Pennsylvania’s Disability Advocacy Movement.

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March 22, 2017

Could this be the oldest photograph of a Pittsburgher? … Maybe.

You never know what you will find at the Detre Library & Archives. I was in the process of conducting genealogical research for a story and came across an envelope of unidentified photos in the McClelland Family Papers and Photographs.

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