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June 9, 2020

Maude Y. Hawkins: Charting an Independent Path

Tempted by the lure of being their own boss, many dream of opening a business. Few will follow through, perhaps warned off by statistics detailing the high percentage of businesses that fail within their first years. Maude Y. Hawkins took this risk, seizing the opportunity to create a better work environment for herself. A small group of archival materials held by the Detre Library & Archives documents the challenges faced by Hawkins as repercussions from tumultuous events placed obstacles in her path.

June 3, 2020

The Nine Jobs of Barney May

Baruch May was the son of a Bavarian farmer and cattle dealer. His first job was bringing lunch and beer to the field hands, who worked several miles from town. His second job was working in the fields. His third job was peddling trinkets through Quebec and Ontario.

May 13, 2020

Pittsburgh’s Fight Against Tuberculosis

As the world grapples with COVID-19, health officials are stressing the need for social distancing, contact tracing, and mass testing to curb the spread of the disease. Archival records from the Tuberculosis League of Pittsburgh, today known as Breathe Pennsylvania, shed light on how healthcare workers employed similar strategies to fight an earlier pandemic that swept across the world.