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"The Basement"

The main work space for the Children's Hospital history project is a suite of rooms in the basement of one of our buildings. Each of these rooms is filled with boxes and files of material. Until recently, there was no order to it, but now, thanks to Liz Beckman and Bernadette Callery, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences' graduate program in Library and Information Science, we have a complete survey of the general contents of the rooms. This will provide us with a roadmap to take us back through Children's history.

Here are some of our interesting finds as of December 2011.

The earliest report of the hospital I’ve found so far – from 1894, four years after Children’s was founded.
cartoon about Tag Day in 1911 A newspaper cartoon from May 27, 1911, cut out and pasted in a scrapbook that documents the beginnings of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s “Tag Day.”
One of the tags from the first “Tag Day” in 1911, pasted in the same scrapbook.
child shirt from 1951 A child’s shirt from 1951 – the shirt is accompanied by a story by its owner’s mother of how her daughter recovered from pneumonia thanks to the care she received at Children’s.
1926 Time Capsule The hospital’s 1926 time capsule, complete with its original box (which appears to be copper).
 donation from Norm Rabinovitz Norm Rabinovitz, the director of Medical Photography at Children’s for many years, recently donated some of his vast collection to the archives, including this letter.
 1996 proclamation from Mayor Tom Murphy A proclamation by then mayor of Pittsburgh Tom Murphy in recognition of the 25th anniversary of Mr. Yuk in 1996.

If you have photos, artifacts, or other historical memorabilia you would like to share with us, please email kathleen.lindholm@chp.edu or beckmanee@upmc.edu.

Help us identify these questionable items.

Last Update
December 5, 2011
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Last Update
December 5, 2011