Darlington Autograph Files
3.17 linear feet (8 boxes, 6 oversize folders)
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.