Charles 'Teenie' Harris Photo Archive

The Carnegie Museum of Art is home to the photographic collection of Charles "Teenie" Harris, who documented life in Pittsburgh's Hill District. View the Archive.

Unknown American, Charles “Teenie” Harris, holding camera and standing on sidewalk, ca. 1938



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 records of the Black urban experience known today.


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.