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Teenie Harris Archivist successfully endowed

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Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) is thrilled to announce the successful completion of fundraising efforts toward the Teenie Harris Archivist endowment. This $1.5 million campaign ensures that the museum will continue to research and interpret one of its most important collections, the Teenie Harris Archive.

Dominique Luster, CMOA’s current Teenie Harris Archivist, was hired in 2016. “Charles  ‘Teenie’ Harris had no idea, at the time, that he was building what would become one of the most important archives of the 20th-century African American experience,” said Luster. “It is a great honor to share the stories of the thousands captured in the photographs. And this archive still has countless more stories to tell. I’m grateful and excited to see the support for this position, and eager to continue with this amazing body of work.”

Charles "Teenie" Harris, Self-portrait, c. 1938-1945, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, Self-portrait, c. 1938-1945, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

In a joint statement, co-interim directors Catherine Evans and Sarah Minnaert said, “Teenie Harris is special, to CMOA and to Pittsburgh. Visitors tell us again and again that the photography in the Teenie Harris Archive is a favorite aspect of CMOA’s collection. The sheer size and scope of the archive, and the personal connections many people hold to these images, make this endowed position absolutely essential. We can’t wait to see the discoveries we’ll make.”

About the Teenie Harris Archive
Charles “Teenie” Harris produced nearly 80,000 images of Pittsburgh’s African American community as a photographer for the influential Pittsburgh Courier and as a freelancer. The photographs, taken from the 1930s to the 1970s, capture a period of momentous change for black Americans, and depict a black urban community that, in spite of the segregationist policies and attitudes of midcentury America, was innovative, thriving, and proud. The museum acquired these negatives in 2001 from the Harris estate, and established the Teenie Harris Archive soon afterward. It is one of the most complete records of a single community.

This fundraising drive was kicked off by a $300,000 challenge grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Leadership support was provided by:
Nancy and Milton+ Washington, the Davenport Family Fund, and Cecile M. and Eric N. Springer.

Generous institutional support was provided by:
The Heinz Endowments, Anonymous, PNC Bank Foundation, EQT Foundation, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Massey Charitable Trust.

Dedicated Individual support provided by:
David and Gabriela Porges, Betsy and Doug Branson, Janet and Bill Hunt, Clyde B. Jones III, Nancy and Woody Ostrow, Brian Wongchaowart, Ellen Still Brooks, Christopher Carson and Maria Kast-Carson, Dawn and Chris Fleischner, Margo M. Flood, Charles A. Harris, Greg J. Hohman, Richard V. Gambrell, and the generous partners, employees, and friends of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.


Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this statement do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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