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Nationality Rooms Resources - Oakland Campus: Introduction

Resources for the public to use in researching Pitt's Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning, Oakland.


This LibGuide has been designed to assist members of the Pitt community in locating information resources on The Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at the University Pittsburgh.  It involves the history of immigration into the city, Pittsburgh's social history, group identity, public memory, and commemoration and memorials as well as social identities.  By using this LibGuide, the student is introduced to helpful suggestions on finding online and print resources, finding books, finding print journals and e-journals and how to get materials the library does not have, and how to cite resources for a written paper, how to ask for help and more.

About the Nationality Rooms

The Cathedral of Learning The Russian Nationality Room


The Nationality Rooms were designed as gifts to the University of Pittsburgh from the various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County. The period depicted in the architecture of each room is one important to the culture, and generally prior to 1787, the date of the U.S. Constitution. The Nationality Rooms include authentic examples of Classical, Byzantine, Romanesque, Renaissance, Tudor and Empire styles and architecture. Access to the rooms is by tour only. Both guided and recorded tours are available.

Art Librarian

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Kate Joranson
Head, Frick Fine Arts Library
149 Frick Fine Arts Building
Subjects: Art & Architecture