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Documenting Our Past: The Teenie Harris Archive Project

Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908–1998) photographed the personalities, events and daily life of African Americans for The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation's most influential Black newspapers. As a principal photographer for The Courier from the 1930s to the '70s, Harris documented nearly all of the notable African-American events in the Pittsburgh region’s heyday.

In 2001, the Carnegie Museum of Art purchased Harris' archive of nearly 80,000 photographic negatives, few of which are titled and dated. The archive, a richly-detailed record of public personalities and events and the every day lives of ordinary people, is considered one of the most important documentations of 20th-century African American life. Since 2003, the museum has scanned and cataloged nearly 60,000 images, many of which are available through the online collection database.

The Teenie Harris collection is archived at Carnegie Museum of Art to preserve, showcase and promote Harris' remarkable work and images of life in Pittsburgh's African-American communities through four decades. The Charles "Teenie" Harris archive can be viewed online at

Hours:Mon-Sat, 10-5; Thur, 10-8; Sun, noon-5. Closed New Year's Day, Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

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  • Miles from DLCC: 3.70

Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Music Hall Foyer X                   600     1000  
Founder's Room X                   40     70  
Grand Staircase X                       150  
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater X           200              
Music Hall X           1928              
Foster Overlook/Dinosaur's in Their Time Touring X                   60     100  
North American Wildlife X                   120     300  
Hall of Architecture X                   80     100  
Hall of Sculpture X                   210     300  
Scaife Foyer X                       300  
Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems X                       150