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Roman Catholicism in Western Pennsylvania: Parish Histories

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Parish Histories

St. Bernard's Church

St. Bernard's Church, Mt. Lebanon, PA

Photo by Jim Henderson, 27 March 2011

Image source: Wikimedia Commons; placed in the public domain by the photographer

Searching QuickSearch for Parish Histories

The Gumberg Library owns many parish histories. Some will be in the stacks on the 3rd floor of the building. Some will be with the Oversized Books on the 1st floor. However, most will be in the University Archives and Special Collections department. Most of the parish histories are rare and hard to find and will need to be used in the Library.


Find all Parish Histories

To see catalog records for all books in the QuickSearch Catalog containing the words "parish and "history" click the link directly below:

Keyword search "parish AND history"

This search will bring up a large number of items, many of which are relevant to your interests, but many of which are not.


Find Specific Parish Histories

If you just want to see if the Gumberg Library owns a history of a specific parish, a more precise way of searching QuickSearch is to use the Advanced Search interface and to search using the name of the parish.

To get to the QuickSearch Advanced Search, click the blue button in the box on the right side of the screen.

Once on the QuickSearch Advanced Search screen, type the name of the parish in the first search box. Then change the menu in front of the search box to "title." This will ensure you search for the name of the parish in the title of the book. In the second search box you should add the words "parish" and "history." You can just search them as keywords. If you retrieve a a result, click on the title of a work to see more information about that book



Search tip: If the parish history you are looking for is for a church named after a saint, do not type the possessive form of the saint's name (ie, St. Paul's). If the possessive form is not in the official name of the parish, you will not get a result. Instead, type the name, ending it with an asterisk (*) instead of an "'s". This will cause the search engine to look for all forms of the name and increase your likelihood of finding a result.


Where is it?

So you do a search and get a result. How do you know where to go for the parish history you are interested in? The location is given in the catalog record. See image below. In this image, "Not Available" does not mean that you cannot see the parish history, but that it cannot be taken out of the library. Following this, you will see the location of the item in the library. In some cases a call number will be given. If this is the case, the floor on which the call number is located will be given as well.



Need Help?

If you need help with this, click here to Ask-A-Librarian. Or call the University Archives for assistance at 412.396.4870.

 Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons; created by Alekjds, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic license

QuickSearch Advanced Search

Use the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search for greater precision in your searching for books, DVDs, CDs, musical scores, etc. in the Gumberg Library collection.