Indian Room Brick Sample

Item Name: 
Indian Room Brick Sample
Inventory Number: 
2016.1016.2000.16
Category: 
Other
Maker: 
Powell & Minnock Brick Works, Inc.
Ethnicity: 
Indian
Acquisition Year: 
2000
Condition: 
Excellent
Size: 
25" x 14"
Sample of 15 bricks set in mortar made in preparation for the Indian Nationality Room, dedicated 2000. In wooden frame.

Slovak Ritual Pillow Cover

Item Name: 
Slovak Ritual Pillow Cover
Inventory Number: 
2016.1007.2.2015.35
Category: 
Art, Fabric (woven)
Ethnicity: 
Czechoslovak
Acquisition Year: 
2015
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
76" x 54"
IHS monogram in center, in blue and red. Sixteen floral urns, floral border, finished with hem stitching and lace, fabric is linen, cross stitch embroidery. Placed on the bridal bed's pillows upon the wedding day. Approximate age: 75 + years old.

English Room Plans by Klimcheck

Item Name: 
English Room Plans by Klimcheck
Inventory Number: 
2016.1005.2.1958.26
Category: 
Art, Drawings / Prints
Maker: 
Albert Klimcheck, Univ. Architect
Ethnicity: 
American
Acquisition Year: 
1950-1958
Condition: 
Fair
These are six elevations and blueprints from a larger box of proposed English Nationality Room drawings and prints. Albert Klimcheck was the University of Pittsburgh architect from 1933. These six pages are: Plans and Elevations (superceded) 1950, 15" x 10.5"; Floor & Ceiling Plans cyanotype (in two pieces) 1951 32" x 20"; Floor and Ceiling Plans 1951 20.5" x 14.5"; Seating Arrangement 1951? 15" x 10.5"; English Room Furniture 1954 27" x 21"; Proposed Arrangement for Seals in the Windows 1958 21" x 21"

Wratten & Godfrey Proposed English Room Drawings

Item Name: 
Wratten & Godfrey Proposed English Room Drawings
Inventory Number: 
2016.1005.2.1937
Category: 
Art, Drawings / Prints
Maker: 
Wratten & Godfrey, Architects (Walter Godfrey)
Ethnicity: 
English
Acquisition Year: 
1937
Condition: 
Fair
This selection of an original ink wash drawing, four line drawing prints, and three photographically reproduced cyanotype copies are part of a larger box of proposed plans for the English Nationality Room. The ink wash drawing shows a grandiose Tudor styled room with elaborate plaster ceiling. They are: View, front half of the room 22" x 14"; Elevation, South Wall 25" x 11"; Half Ceiling Plan 25" x 18"; Elevation, Northwest Wall 15" x 8"; Elevation, Southwest Wall 15" x 8"; Elevation, Southeast Wall 15" x 8"; Elevation, Southeast Wall 25" x 11"; Elevation, Northwest Wall (fireplace) 25" x11". All are worn, with liberal evidence of contact tape residue, and fold creases. Walter Godfrey (1881-1961) was an English architect known for scholarly renovations of older architecture and first president of the National Building Record (England). His designs were not chosen for use in the English Nationality Room. His practice was known as Wratten & Godfrey.

List of African Languages

Item Name: 
List of African Languages
Inventory Number: 
2016.1012.2.1988.63
Category: 
Ephemera
Ethnicity: 
African
Acquisition Year: 
1988
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
102" x 36"
Long computer print-out of African languages spoken in several different countries. Used in planning for the African Heritage Room, where the interior chalkboard doors list spoken African languages.

Korean Heritage Room Dedication Key

Item Name: 
Korean Heritage Room Dedication Key
Inventory Number: 
2016.1004.2.2015.22
Category: 
Art, Metal
Maker: 
Poongsan Corporation
Ethnicity: 
Korean
Acquisition Year: 
2015
Condition: 
Excellent, like new
Size: 
20" long with tassle
Made in August 2015. Made of copper plated silver. Described as a copper tile key, the key depicts the traditional guardian god "Gwi-Myeon-Wa_Dang." There is a stone top to the magenta knotted tassle at the end of the key. Set in an orange leather box, marked Poongsan, all of which is in a black cardboard box marked the same.

Roots signed novel

Item Name: 
Roots signed novel
Inventory Number: 
2016.1011.2.1984.87
Category: 
Books
Maker: 
Alex Haley
Ethnicity: 
African, American
Acquisition Year: 
1976
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
9 1/2" high x 6 3?8" wide
This is the novel "Roots" by Alex Haley, personally inscribed by Mr. Haley to Nancy Lee, African Heritage Room Committee member, on October 6th, 1976. A second inscription, dated December 13th 1984, is in Ms. Lee's hand, "For our African Heritage Classroom Collection." 1976 first edition. Doubleday & Co., publishers.

Green and Yellow Kente Cloth

Item Name: 
Green and Yellow Kente Cloth
Inventory Number: 
2016.1007.1.0.34
Category: 
Art, Fabric woven
Ethnicity: 
Ashanti (Ghana)
Condition: 
Excellent
Size: 
115" x 80"
Cloth traditionally worn by the Ashanti people. This particular piece is green, yellow, blue, and black and made up of 20 horizontal strips of cloth with geometric designs.

Czechoslovak Coat of Arms Banner

Item Name: 
Czechoslovak Coat of Arms Banner
Inventory Number: 
2016.1006.1.0.19
Category: 
Art, Fabric non woven
Ethnicity: 
Czechoslovak
Condition: 
Good
Size: 
20" x 26"
White silk banner with red felt depicting the rampant lion of Czechoslovakia's state coat of arms. Small tear on edge.

Japanese Bird Watercolor

Item Name: 
Japanese Bird Watercolor
Inventory Number: 
2016.1001.2.0.11
Category: 
Art, Paintings
Ethnicity: 
Japanese
Condition: 
Excellent
Size: 
23" x 4.5"
Framed and matted vertical watercolor painting depicting blue bird perched on a branch of a purple-flowered plant.
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