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Nannie Pinkney Papers

Identifier: harsh-1994-07

Scope and Contents

collection includes photographs from retirement parties for Nannie Pickney’s co-workers (Bennie Brown, Charlemae Hill Rollins, and Irene Watkins). The collection also includes an audio cassette tape of Nannie Pinkney discussing Vivian G. Harsh.


  • Creation: circa 1959-1994


Conditions Governing Access

Most materials are open without restrictions, audio cassette restricted due to physical condition

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection

Biographical / Historical

Nannie Pinkney was born in 1925. She joined the staff of Chicago Public Library in the summer of 1945 working at the Timothy B. Blackstone Branch. Pinkney became a junior clerk at the George Cleveland Hall Branch in 1946. At Hall Branch, Pinkney worked closely with librarians Vivian G. Harsh and Charlemae Hill Rollins. Pinkney stayed at Hall Branch until 1956 when she became a senior clerk at a Chicago Public Library’s Washington Park Branch (now closed).


1 Linear Feet (in 1 box, includes 1 audio cassette and 15 photographs)

Language of Materials



In the 1950s, Nannie Pinkney was a clerk at George Cleveland Hall Branch Library. Her papers include an oral history audiotape on the Hall Branch and the last years of Vivian Harsh’s life, as well as photographs.


The 15 photographs and one audio cassette tape in this collection are organized alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Nannie Pinkney in 1994

Related Materials

Related materials at the Chicago Public Library include:

    Charlemae Hill Rollins Papers
  • George Cleveland Hall Branch Archives

Nannie Pinkney Papers
Elizabeth Loch, Archival Specialist
April 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection Repository

Woodson Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628 United States
(312) 745-2080