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Collection Title: Darlington Family PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Darlington family
Inclusive dates: 1753-1921
Extent: 18.0 linear feet (28 boxes, 61 volumes)
Abstract: The Darlington family lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from the late eighteenth through the early nineteenth centuries. William M. Darlington and his wife, Mary Carson O'Hara Darlington, collected thousands of books and manuscripts documenting the frontier history of western Pennsylvania. The collection includes financial, personal and legal papers, and documentation of collecting activities and ephemera related to William M. Darlington and his family. Formats of materials include ledger books, research notes, manuscripts, personal diaries, photographic prints and negatives, letters, and artwork. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Ohio Company PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Ohio Company (1747-1779).
Collection dates: 1736-1813
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: The Ohio Company, founded in 1747, represented the trading and land prospecting interests of a handful of Virginia planters. In 1748, company representative George Mercer secured a land grant from the British Crown for 200,000 acres in the Ohio territory, a colloquial term for what is now modern day West Virginia, much of Ohio, western Pennsylvania and parts of Maryland. The company employed frontiersman Christopher Gist to survey the area of the grant and negotiate a treaty with the Native Americans in the 1750s. Gist embarked on three separate journeys into the Ohio territory in 1750-51, 1751-52, and 1753-54. The Ohio Company’s efforts in the contested region were largely stymied by the outbreak of the French and Indian War, despite its continued existence until its formal dissolution in 1779. Members of the company included Virginians George Mason, brothers Lawrence, Augustine, and George Washington, Virginia colony Governor Robert Dinwiddie, and British merchant John Hanbury. This collection includes manuscript copies of the Case of the Ohio Company, a collection of materials compiled by George Mercer to demonstrate the progress made by the Ohio Company, and a number of debt notes related to the company’s trade in dry goods. The collection documents the involvement of John Mercer, James Mercer, George Mercer, George Mason, George Croghan, Thomas Cresap, Adam Stephen, and William Crawford in the company. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Pittsburgh Waste Book and Fort Pitt Trading Post PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Allen, George, Indian Trader
Collection dates: 1757-1765
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Abstract: The documents known as the Pittsburgh Waste Book and Papers of the Fort Pitt Trading Post, 1757-1765, are reputed to be the first known accounts of trade at Fort Pitt. Information recorded in the book and associated documents detail business transactions through daily accounts, correspondence and receipts. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Daniel Brodhead PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Brodhead, Daniel, 1736-1809
Creator: Gibson, John, 1740-1822
Creator: Pennsylvania. Militia. Pennsylvania Regiment, 4th.
Creator: Pennsylvania. Militia. Pennsylvania Regiment, 8th.
Creator: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Inclusive dates: 1779-1781
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: Born in 1736 in Marblehead, New York, Daniel Brodhead served as a colonel in the Revolutionary War, commanding the Western Department from his headquarters at Fort Pitt from 1779 to 1781. The collection contains copies of orders sent by Brodhead to various military officers, including those stationed at Forts Armstrong, Wheeling, Tuscarora, and Laurens. The letters reveal the recurring difficulties posed by food shortages, lack of money, uncooperative officers, and raids conducted by hostile Indian tribes, which contributed to settlers abandoning their property. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Robert Stobo PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Stobo, Robert, 1726-1770
Collection dates: 1754
Extent: 0.08 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection contains an original French and Indian War era letter written by Robert Stobo to Colonel Innes, who were officers in the British Army. Stobo writes in captivity from Fort Duquesne, describing French negotiations with the Shawnee [Shanoe] Indians. On the reverse of the letter is a map of Fort Duquesne and its environs. The collection also contains a manuscript copy of the 1754 letter, and transcriptions of the letter. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Alexander Addison PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Addison, Alexander, 1759-1807
Inclusive dates: 1786-1803
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence to Alexander Addison, the president judge of the Fifth District Court of Pennsylvania from 1791 to 1802. His correspondents include Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Findley and Charles Nisbet. It also contains two letters written by Alexander Addison to Hugh Henry Brackenridge. The bulk of the correspondence discusses political events in the United States and Europe, particularly the Constitutional Convention, Jay and Pinckney Treaties, Indian wars, and the Whiskey Rebellion. The majority of the correspondence has typed transcriptions that are included within the files. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Darlington Autograph FilesDigitized Content Available
Creator: Darlington family
Inclusive dates: 1610-1914
Extent: 3.17 linear feet (8 boxes, 6 oversize folders)
Abstract: The Darlington Autograph Files are a selection of documents created by various historical figures between 1610 and 1914. It consists of documents, some related to one another through specific historical events, while others were collected by the Darlington family for their rarity. The Darlington family were nineteenth and early twentieth century collectors who had an interest in the colonial period, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, Whiskey Rebellion, and westward expansion particularly in relation to western Pennsylvania. The documents include correspondence, receipts, wills, warrants, depositions, indentures, land surveys, and speeches, among other forms of documentation. Many of the items are from such notable individuals as Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Bonaparte, William Penn, Robert Fulton, Robert R. Livingston, King George III, and Patrick Henry. Prominent citizens of the Pittsburgh area are also represented in the collection, with letters and other documents from Mary Croghan Schenley, James O’Hara, William Wilkins, and Richard Butler. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: William Pitt Family PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Pitt family
Creator: Pitt, William, Earl of Chatham, 1708-1778
Inclusive dates: 1757-1804
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: William Pitt the Elder, 1st Earl of Chatham, for which Pittsburgh and Chatham University are named, was born in 1708 to a merchant family. He rose to great heights in British politics, serving at various times as a member of Parliament, secretary of state, and prime minister. Most of this collection consists of letters sent from Pitt’s wife, Hester, to Alexander Hood, who lent the couple money during times of financial instability. The remainder of the collection contains assorted documents detailing some of the political activities of Pitt as well his son, William Pitt the Younger. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Eliphalet Smith Account BookDigitized Content Available
Creator: Smith, Eliphalet
Inclusive dates: 1807-1824
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: Eliphalet Smith was a court officer from 1807 to 1824 in Pittston Township, Luzerne County, in northeastern Pennsylvania. Smith maintained an account book of his personal and professional transactions. The account book records his itemized income for executing will and civil judgments, delivering subpoenas, and issuing summons and militia warrants; it also documents his personal or small business transactions for the purchase and sale of various goods, including lumber, foodstuffs, cloth, and other supplies. Both court and personal transactions include the date and nature of the transaction, and the name of the person with whom Eliphalet had interacted. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Conference Between the Six Nations and the Quakers MinutesDigitized Content Available
Collection dates: 1756
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: In April of 1756, the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the Quakers held a conference in Philadelphia in an attempt to create peace for innocent inhabitants during the French and Indian War. Records for part of this meeting are available in this collection. There is a list of the names of the Quakers and the Indians present along with the names of three interpreters. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: James Veech Copybook of the General William Irvine PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Veech, James, 1808-1879
Inclusive dates: 1778-1822
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The collection consists of a single bound volume containing copies of extracts from Brigadier General William Irvine’s book and papers. Irvine commanded Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from November 6, 1781 to September 30, 1783. During that time, Fort Pitt served as the headquarters for the western theatre during the Revolutionary War. One section of this collection is comprised of copies of letters to and from General Irvine, as well as summaries of orders he issued and courts-martials he presided over while in command of Fort Pitt. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: William M. Darlington Fort Pitt CopybooksDigitized Content Available
Creator: Darlington, William M. (William McCullough), 1815-1889
Inclusive dates: 1752-1782
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: These copybooks were hand written by William Darlington, a nineteenth century collector of American history, in 1839. The volumes contain records about Fort Pitt, business transactions from 1752 to 1782, a list of names of some inhabitants at the fort, and some unrelated notes about Darlington's observations of birds in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Iroquois Land DeedDigitized Content Available
Creator: Susquehanna Land Company.
Collection dates: 1754
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The Iroquois Land Deed documents a secret agreement between the Susquehanna Land Company and the Iroquois Nation regarding the sale of the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania to Connecticut settlers. The deed outlines the stipulations of the agreement, the names of the colonial land purchasers, and the marks of the Iroquois involved in the negotiations. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Christopher Gist's Journals by William M. DarlingtonDigitized Content Available
Creator: Darlington, William M. (William McCullough), 1815-1889
Collection dates: 1882-1893
Extent: 0.92 linear feet (1 box and 2 oversized boxes)
Abstract: This collection primarily contains manuscript drafts of William Darlington's book, Christopher Gist's Journals, published posthumously in 1893 by J.R. Weldin & Co. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Included are many handwritten research notes, manuscript drafts, a partial galley proof, and several printing plates of the maps used in the publication. A digitized version of the published Christopher Gist's Journals can be found online at the Internet Archive website (http://www.archive.org/details/christophergists00gistuoft). Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Company Records
Creator: Byrne, John
Creator: Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Company.
Inclusive dates: 1901-1902
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection consists of a single copybook containing approximately 650 outgoing letters from Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Company President, John Byrne, in 1901 and 1902. The letters relate to the day to day business of hauling freight between New York and Pennsylvania, including internal communication with officers, as well as letters to clients such as the Shawmut Mining Company and representatives of other railroads including the Erie Railroad Company. Byrne also wrote to Congressman James Knox Polk Hall regarding bank lands.
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Collection Title: Beazel Family Papers
Creator: Beazell family
Inclusive dates: 1809-1888
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The Beazel family papers hold the accounting records and personal and business correspondence related to the Beazel family, who lived in Westmoreland County and Washington County, Pennsylvania. The records reflect the period from 1809 to 1888. The majority of the collection consists of invoices, receipts, bills, business correspondence, and legal documents relating to Matthew Beazel, a land agent, and Henry Beazel, a steamboat officer. The accounting records suggest Matthew and his family may have also operated a general store.
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Collection Title: Henry Marie Brackenridge and Family PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Brackenridge family
Inclusive dates: 1816-1889
Extent: 1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: Henry Marie Brackenridge, eldest son of Hugh Henry Brackenridge, was a prominent statesman and writer involved in the politics of South America, Mexico, Louisiana, Florida, and Pennsylvania. The collection mainly focuses on correspondence concerning Henry Marie Brackenridge's political career. It contains letters from notable politicians of his day including Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, and William Henry Harrison, among others. Also included are letters to and from Brackenridge's wife, Caroline, as well as other family and friends, which provide a context for traveling, health, and life at that time. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Brackenridge, H. H. (Hugh Henry), 1748-1816
Creator: Watson, Andrew, 1755-1823
Inclusive dates: 1784-1827
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Abstract: The majority of the collection consists of the business papers and correspondence of Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson regarding various properties in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hugh Henry Brackenridge, a prolific writer and political commentator of the time, practiced law in Pittsburgh and founded the Gazette newspaper. Andrew Watson was involved in property sales and officiated Pittsburgh land transactions for Hugh Henry Brackenridge. Many Pittsburgh properties change hands throughout the papers; deeds, leases and other documents are witnessed by a variety of Pittsburgh residents. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: The Franklin Literary Society Minutes
Creator: Franklin Literary Society (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Inclusive dates: 1906-1921
Extent: 2.0 volumes
Abstract: Literary societies were common among universities in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and professionals also formed these societies to promote learning among like-minded individuals. The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Franklin Literary Society is no exception, having originally been formed by prominent Pittsburgh intellectuals during the nineteenth century. The Franklin Literary Society Minutes consist of two volumes of minutes from 1906-1921. Included in the minutes are brief notes of visits to local institutions, such as the Allegheny Observatory, and comments about guest lecturers, their paper topics, and the ensuing discussions.
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Collection Title: An Attempt to Describe the Future of the United States
Inclusive dates: 1863-1865
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection consists of six bound sections of a partial manuscript written aboard the steamship Emily B. Souder in 1865 by an unknown author. The manuscript discusses the author's views on the American Civil War, self-governance, and slavery.
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Collection Title: Ephraim Douglass LedgersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Douglass, Ephraim, 1749?-1833
Creator: O'Hara, James, 1752-1819
Creator: Pennsylvania. Militia. Pennsylvania Regiment, 8th.
Inclusive dates: 1769-1790
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: Ephraim Douglass was a trader in western Pennsylvania and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. This collection consists of four ledgers that primarily document the stock and sale of supplies at Forts Pitt and Kittanning during the 1770s. Douglass's business partners during these years were his brother, Joseph, Devereaux Smith, and Richard Butler. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: James Wilkinson PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Smith, Samuel Harrison, 1772-1845
Creator: Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825
Inclusive dates: 1790-1818
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The papers contain correspondence to and from James Wilkinson, governor of the Louisiana Territory, high ranking official in the United States Army, and informant of, and suspected co-conspirator in the Aaron Burr conspiracy. Also included in the collection is a copy of a letter from Andrew Jackson to the governor of New Orleans, William C. C. Claiborne, and a letter written by Harman Blennerhassett, a plotter in the Burr conspiracy. Of note is the official document Wilkinson writes as commander in chief of the United States Army to Manuel Antonio Cordero y Bustamante, governor of Coahuila and acting governor of Texas, Wilkinson's dispatch of Lieutenant Zebulon Pike to explore and chart the new frontier. Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid.
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Collection Title: Mrs. Hanlin's DiaryDigitized Content Available
Creator: Hanlin family
Inclusive dates: 1857-1863
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This small bound personal diary contains the writings of Mrs. Hanlin, who was a resident of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. The diary dates from the years 1857 to 1863 and covers topics such as religion, church activities, her son William, as well as the illnesses and deaths of friends and family members. A digital reproduction of the diary is available online.
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Collection Title: Branton H. Henderson Papers
Creator: Henderson, Branton H. (Branton Holstein), b. 1823
Inclusive dates: 1833-1888
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract: Branton H. Henderson was a businessman who worked in the coal, steel, and finance industries in northwestern Pennsylvania during the mid- to late 1800s. This collection of correspondence details his professional and personal life, which were often interconnected.
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Collection Title: Juniata Crossings House Records
Creator: Juniata Crossings House (Everett, Pa.).
Inclusive dates: 1886-1916
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (2 volumes)
Abstract: The Juniata Crossings House was a nineteenth century inn owned and operated by Samuel P. Shull in the town of Everett in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The records of the Juniata Crossing House include two volumes of the guest register which contains the names and permanent residences of guests who stayed at the Crossings House between 1886 and 1916.
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