Summary Information
Title: Burgwin Family Papers
Collection Number: AIS.1971.14
Creator: Burgwin family

Collection Dates: 1844-1963
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (1 box)

Language: English

This collection consists of correspondence, genealogies, clippings, and memorabilia of the Burgwin, Audubon, Bakewell, Holland, Hughart, James, McCandless, Nash, Ormsby, Page, Phillips, and Wharton Families, 1844-1963.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

Spring 2004

Finding aid prepared by David Rosenberg. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process on May 19, 2004.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002


The Burgwin Family was established in America by John Burgwin, the son of a wealthy landowner in South Wales, Great Britian. The family settled in the Carolinas in the 1750s and was involved in the state legislature. Hill Burgwin (1825-1898), the youngest of John Burgwin's 10 children was born in 1825. In 1847 he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court, and after practicing for a while at Elizabeth City, he moved to Pittsburgh. Hill Burgwin was a prominent barrister and businessman in Pittsburgh in the last half of the 19th century, serving as counsel to the Mechanics National Bank of Pittsburgh; solicitor, vice-president, and member of the board of trustees at Dollar Savings Bank; and director of the Connellsville Railroad Company. He owned "Hasell Hill"- a mansion and large amount land in what is now known as Hazelwood. Burgwin Elementary School is located on land purchased from the Burgwin Estate. He was also very active in the church, holding a deed to a pew at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists primarily of correspondence, genealogies, clippings, and memorabilia of the Burgwin Family, 1844-1963. The collection also includes correspondence, genealogies, clippings, and memorabilia of families that were related to the Burgwin family including Audubon, Bakewell, Holland, Hughart, James, McCandless, Nash, Ormsby, Page, Phillips, and Wharton Families. The records are photocopies of originals held by Howard J. Burgwin of Pittsburgh PA.

Subject Terms

  • Family histories

Family Names
  • Burgwin family

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Genealogy

  • Family papers

  • Personal papers

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

This collection was photocopied by Archives of Industrial Society from materials in the possession of Howard J. Burgwin of Pittsburgh, Pa., Summer 1971.

Preferred Citation:

Burgwin Family Papers, 1844-1963, AIS.1971.14, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Burgwin Family Papers, ca. 1844-1963, ais 71:14, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by ASC Staff in 2004.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Dan Horvath on May 19, 2004. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1409514


Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Burgwin Family

Box 1
Folder 1 Genealogy
Folder 2 Memorabilia
Folder 3 Clippings
Folder 4 Burgwin, Hill
Folder 5 Burgwin, Howard J.
Folder 6 Burgwin, Howard J. - Family Correspondence
Folder 7 Burgwin, Howard J. - Family Memorabilia
Folder 8 Burgwin, John H.K.
Folder 9 Burgwin, Kenneth

Series II. Audubon-Bakewell Family

Folder 10 Audubon-Bakewell, material

Series III. Bakewell Family

Folder 11 Bakewell Family, material

Series IV. Holland Family

Folder 12 Holland Family, material

Series V. Hughart Family

Folder 13 Hughart Family, material

Series VI. James Family

Folder 14 James Family, material

Series VII. McCandless Family

Folder 15 McCandless Family, material

Series VIII. Nash Family

Folder 16 Genealogy
Folder 17 Nash, Abner

Series IX. Ormsby Family

Folder 18 Genealogy
Folder 19 Ormsby, John

Series X. Page Family

Folder 20 Genealogy

Series XI. Phillips Family

Folder 21 Genealogy
Folder 22 Correspondence

Series XII. Wharton Family

Folder 23 Wharton Family, material