Guide to the Welsh Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1931-2011 UA.40.24

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Welsh Nationality Room Committee Collection
Creator
University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. Welsh Nationality Room Committee.
Collection Number
UA.40.24
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 2001-2008
Date [inclusive]
1931-2011
Extent
2.9 linear feet (8 boxes)
Abstract
The Welsh Nationality Room Committee Collection is a compilation of correspondence, meeting minutes, financial reports, various print and non-print media, draft texts, reference materials, and blueprints used by committee members from, and pertaining to, the Welsh Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The bulk of the materials are from 2001 to 2008.

Preferred Citation

Welsh Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1931-2011, UA.40.24, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

In 2001 the St. David's Society of Pittsburgh approached the University of Pittsburgh's Nationality Rooms Program about the prospect of creating a Welsh Nationality Classroom. The Welsh Room Committee was established shortly thereafter, with the St. David's Society taking on the role of the committee. Dale Richards and John (Jack) Owens were appointed committee chairs. Information and plans about the proposed Welsh Nationality Room were conveyed via St. David's Society newsletters and meeting minutes.

After considering designs for a Welsh manor house, castle, and a farmhouse, the committee decided upon an 18th-century Non-Conformist chapel. Rural chapels, such as the Pen-rhiw Chapel in Cardiff, Wales (after which the Welsh Nationality Room is modeled), were considered to be centers of village social life, education, and worship. The Welsh Nationality Room Committee chose The Design Alliance architecture firm to draw up plans for the Welsh room.

Many fundraising events were sponsored by the St. David's Society -- most notably, the annual Gymanfa Ganu, or Welsh singing festivals. With the help of several corporate sponsors, including an appointment of Bob Evans as honorary chairman, the Welsh Nationality Room Committee was able to raise the entirety of their funds by 2007. Construction began in November 2007 and was completed in April 2008.

Features of the Welsh Nationality Room include a pulpit, deacon's benches, a long-case clock, a communion table, box pew seating, and milk paint on the walls. The Welsh room was dedicated on June 1, 2008 - the least amount of time taken from conception to completion for any Nationality Classroom. The Welsh Nationality Room Committee remains active with the Nationality Rooms Program, funding study-abroad scholarships and participating in open house cultural events at the Cathedral of Learning.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Welsh Nationality Room Collection comprises materials acquired by the Nationality Rooms Program from c. 1931 through 2011, though the bulk of the items are dated 2001-2008. Most of the materials in this collection pertain to the fundraising for and construction of the Welsh Nationality Room at the Cathedral of Learning. This collection includes correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, financial reports, fundraising media, text drafts, photographs, print and non-print media, reference materials, and blueprints.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into seven series:

Series I. Welsh Nationality Room Committee Correspondence

Series II. Nationality Room Program Correspondence

Series III. Meeting Minutes, Finance Reports and Contributors

Series IV. Dedication Day Documents

Series V. Drafts, Texts, and Photographic Reference Materials

Series VI. Print and Non-Print Media

Series VII. Architectural Renderings

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, May 2013

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions, except Box 2, Folder 13: Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence 2005-2006.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

The materials in the Welsh Nationality Room Committee Collection were acquired by the Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh from 2001 through 2011. The collection was transferred to the University Archives in 2012.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Julia N. Rossi in March-April 2012, then revised and updated by Cameron Villarreal in April-May 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Material

The Welsh Nationality Room is one of 28 Nationality Rooms located in the Cathedral of Learning. Records for some of the other rooms are housed at the Archive & Special Collections ASC facility.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Nationality Rooms (Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. Welsh Nationality Room Committee.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program.
  • Welsh Classroom (Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Genre(s)

  • Architectural drawings (Visual works)
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Classrooms -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Welsh -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Welsh Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Welsh Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1931-2011, UA.40.24, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Welsh Nationality Room Committee Correspondence 2001-2011 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains general correspondences of the Welsh Nationality Room Committee and the St. David's Society. Included are: advertisements and fundraising letters; periodic newsletters and brochures distrubuted by the St. David's Society; historical notes; project manuals; bids, re-bids, and bid analyses pertaining to the plans for Welsh room; and the preliminary sketches and architectural renderings submitted by the Design Alliance Architectural Firm for the design of the Welsh Nationality Room.

Subseries WNRC General Correspondence 

  BoxFolder
Welsh Nationality Room Committee General Correspondence, 2001-2004 11
  Folder
Welsh Nationality Room Project Manual, November 2006 2
  Folder
Welsh Nationality Room Bid Manual, January 2007 3
  Folder
Welsh Nationality Room Re-Bid Manual, April 2007 4
  Folder
Welsh Nationality Room Bid Analyses, 2007 5

Subseries Newsletters, Brochures and Preliminary Sketches 

  Folder
St. David's Society Newsletters, 2001-2011 6
  Folder
St. David's Society of Pittsburgh Brochures, c. 2004 7
  Folder
Welsh Nationality Room Sketches and Plans, 2002-2009 8

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Series  II. Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence 

Scope and Content Notes

This series houses correspondence accumulated by the Nationality Rooms Program and the Welsh Nationality Room Committee throughout the planning and construction of the Welsh Nationality Room located in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Included are: letters from members of the Pittsburgh Welsh community to Ruth Crawfor Mitchell (director of the Nationality Rooms Program from 1926-1956); file materials; university communications; handwritten notes from notable figures involved with the Welsh Nationality Room Committee; early design proposals; and other notes pertaining to the dedication of the Welsh Room.

Folder 10 features a signed letter from former Member of Parliament (MP), Martyn Jones. Jones, a British Labour Party politician and former Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee, served as MP for the Clwyd South constituency of the House of Commons from 1987 until his retirement at the 2010 general election.

  BoxFolder
Nationality Rooms Program Pre-Committee Welsh Files, 1931-1984 29
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2000-2002 10
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2003 11
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2004 12
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2005-2006 13

Restricted due to personal content

  BoxFolder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2007 314
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2008 15
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2008 16
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2008 17
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, 2009-2011 18
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program General Correspondence, undated 19
  Folder
Personal Correspondence, 2008 20

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Series  III. Meeting Minutes, Finance Reports and Contributors 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the meeting minutes of the St. David's Society of Pittsburgh, as well as minutes from construction planning meetings between the Design Alliance architecture firm, St. David's Society members, the University of Pittsburgh architects, Nationality Rooms Program staff, and various other vendors including Poerio Construction, Clugsten Cabinetry, and Lisanti Painting. Also included in the series are the monthly financial summary reports generated by the University of Pittsburgh accounting system. A draft copy of the donor book for the Welsh Nationality Room concludes the series.

  BoxFolder
St. David's Society Meetings, 2002-2008 421
  Folder
Construction Meeting Minutes, 2003-2009 22
  Folder
Financial Reports, 2001-2011 23

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  Folder
Donor Book Draft, 2008 24

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Series  IV. Dedication Day Documents 2008 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains materials pertaining to the dedication day ceremony of the Welsh Nationality Room on June 1, 2008. Included are the formal planning and operational materials generated by the Nationality Rooms Program for the dedication ceremony; printed invitations and sample RSVPs; guest lists and address worksheets of the invitees; copies of the official program created for the dedication day ceremony, as well as the final version of the Welsh Nationality Room booklet.

  Folder
Dedication Day Guest List, 2008 25
  Folder
Dedication Day Sample Invitations, 2008 26
  Folder
Dedication Programs, 2008 27
  Folder
Dedication Day Materials, 2008 28
  Folder
Welsh Nationality Room Booklets, 2008 29
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program Planning and Operational Materials, 2007-2008 30
  Folder
Nationality Rooms Program Planning and Operational Materials, 2008 31

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Series  V. Drafts, Texts, and Photographic Reference Materials 

Scope and Content Notes

This series primarily consists of textual and photographic reference materials utilized by members of the St. David's Society, as well as the Nationality Rooms Program staff, for the planning and design of the Welsh Nationality Room. Textual reference documents include information on Welsh genealogy, Welsh pronunciations, prominent Welsh-Americans, Welsh traditions, and Welsh symbols and icons. Photographic reference materials include photos taken during trips to Wales, graphics of Welsh symbols and icons, and maps; photographs of the Welsh Nationality Room can also be found in the series. Also included are reference publications and newsletters of various Welsh societies throughout the United States. The remainder of the series includes draft versions of the Welsh Nationality Room booklet, the dedication day program, and other textual materials related to the Welsh Nationality Room.

  BoxFolder
Welsh Nationality Room Booklet Drafts, 2008 532
  Folder
Other Text Drafts, 2008 33
  Folder
Textual Reference Materials, 2004-2008 34
  Folder
Photographs, 2000-2008 35
  Folder
Photographic Reference Materials, 2007-2008 36
  Folder
Reference Publications, 1945-1950 37
  Folder
Reference Publications, 1998-2001 38
  Folder
Reference Publications, 2003-2005 39

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Series  VI. Print and Non-Print Media 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of four folders which contain print and non-print media releases, as well as fundraising advertisements and newspaper articles pertaining to the Welsh Nationality Room. Topics covered include: preliminary and final plans; construction progress; fundraising efforts and events; leadership; and dedication of the Welsh room. The series also includes an audio CD of Welsh tenor Kenneth Davies; two CDs of photographs depicting the construction and progress of the Welsh room; and information pertaining to notable fundraising events, including several Gymanfa Ganus-Welsh Hymnal Festivals and a Dylan Thomas Poetry reading in 2003.

  BoxFolder
Newspaper Articles, 1999-2009 640
  Folder
Fundraising Media, 2001-2009 41
  Folder
Media Releases, 2001-2008 42
  Folder
Non-print Media, 2005-2008 43

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Series  VII. Architectural Renderings 2006-2007 

Scope and Content Notes

This series houses two complete rolls of blueprints created by the Design Alliance Architects for the Welsh Nationality Room. The first is dated November 27, 2006, with the subsequent updated version of January 9, 2007.

  Box
Welsh Nationality Room Blueprints, November 2006 7
  Box
Welsh Nationality Room Blueprints, January 2007 8

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