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Welsh Ethnic Groups

Pittsburgh Region

John Worthington Welsh Collection

Presented to the library in 1948, the John Worthington Welsh Collection, housed in the library's William R. Oliver Special Collections Room is considered to be the finest assemblage of works on Wales and the Welsh people in this region. The subjects covered include the topography of Wales, history (ancient and modern), literature, antiquities, and church and county histories. There are also many titles in Welsh. The highlight is Thomas Pennant's Tour in Wales, 2 volumes in eleven, London, 1778. It is in elaborate full red morocco binding and decorated in gilt. Compiled and bound for R.M. Trench Chiswell, of Debden Hall, Essex. Our edition is one of ten, with almost 2,000 engravings and maps, as well as pen and ink and watercolor sketches by John Ingleby.

In addition to the Worthington Welsh Collection itself, the Worthington family also established an endowment to support library purchases and preservation for materials of Welshiana and Americana. This endowment generates enough income each year to accommodate additional purchases of titles relating to Wales, Welsh history, culture, literature, and the Welsh language.

St. David's Society of Pittsburgh, Inc.

The St. David's Society of Pittsburgh, Inc. ("SDS") is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating, preserving, promoting and cultivating a knowledge of the history of Wales and of the Welsh language, literature and music in the tri-state area. Recent projects of the society include sponsorship of the Welsh Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, which was opened in 2008, and The Wales-Pennsylvania Project, a joint project of SDS, various other Welsh Societies in Pennsylvania and the National Library of Wales to digitize and present online materials relating to Welsh cultural heritage in Pennsylvania. Current activities of SDS are described on its web site:

In 2012 the St. David's Society and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh established The Welsh Library Resources Fund. The fund will be used to enhance the library's collection of books and other resources available to the public for learning about Wales, Welsh history, literature, music and culture.

Contributions to the Fund can be made by mailing a check, payable to "Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh" to the following address:

St. David's Society Welsh Library Resources Fund
Development Office
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080

Please include "Welsh Library Resources Fund" in the memo section of the check or specify this purpose in a note sent with the check.

Additional Information

For additional information on Wales, Welsh history, culture and literature, the following booklists offer a sampling of the content available at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. There is also a brief overview of using the library's online catalog to find related materials in the library's collection.

Welsh History & Culture
Welsh Literature
Catalog overview and Suggestions