Charles "Teenie" Harris

Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) was the preeminent photographer for The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s most prominent Black newspapers photographing Pittsburgh’s historic African American community from 1935 to 1975. His archive of over 70,000 images is one of the most detailed and intimate historical records of Black life in America.

The Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art is a richly detailed chronicle ranging from World War II to the Civil Rights movement, entertainers to local heroes, sports to churches, and other hallmarks of everyday family life.

Thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Carnegie Museum of Art has digitized nearly 60,000 of Harris’ negatives, and the collection is now available online!