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Acquisition Information:

Part of the original donation of William M. Darlington’s family library to the University of Pittsburgh in 1918 and 1925 by his daughters, Edith Darlington Ammon and Mary Carson Darlington.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.


No copyright restrictions.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Kate Colligan, Allison Houser and Kristien Boyle in October 2006, and by Angela Manella in November 2007.

Alternate Format:

Digital reproductions of this collection are available online. Digitized images of the Darlington Family photographs are available at

Custodial History:

The Darlington Family Papers consist of three separate accessions. The first group of materials was donated to the University of Pittsburgh by Mary Carson Darlington and Edith Darlington Ammon in 1918. In 1925, Mary Carson Darlington bequeathed the remainder of the family library and a number of ephemeral items to the University. The third accession consisted of a collection of correspondence between Edith Darlington and Mittie Hemphill that was presented to the University of Pittsburgh in November of 1977 by Richard Johnson of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The Darlington-Hemphill letters had been gifted to the New England Historic Genealogical Society earlier in 1977 by Mrs. Henry Mayo, a granddaughter of Mittie Hemphill.

This collection was located in the Darlington Memorial Library in the University’s Cathedral of Learning until 2007 when it was moved to the ULS Archives Service Center for processing, storage, preservation and service. However, it remains in the custodianship of the ULS Special Collections Department.


  • Davison, Elizabeth M. and Ellen B. McKee, eds. Annals of Old Wilkinsburg and Vicinity: The Village, 1788-1888, Wilkinsburg, Pa: Group for Historical Research, 1940.
  • Bomberger, C. M. Brush Creek Tales. Jeannette, Pa: Jeannette Publishing, 1950.
  • Boucher, John Newton. A Century and a Half of Pittsburg and Her People New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1908.
  • Chalfant, Ella. A Goodly Heritage : Earliest Wills on an American Frontier. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1955.
  • Cope, Gilbert. The Genealogy of the Darlington Family. West Chester,Pa: Printed by the committee for the family, 1900.
  • Course of Study in Geographic, Biographic and Historic Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, Pa: The Board of Public Education, 1921.
  • Fleming, George. History of Pittsburgh and Environs, from Prehistoric Days to the Beginning of the American RevolutionNew York: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1922.
  • Pittsburgh Freemasons, Lodge no. 45. History of Lodge no. 45, 1785-1910. Pittsburgh, Pa.,: Press of Republic Bank Note Company, 1912.
  • Harper, Frank C. Pittsburgh of Today, Its Resources and People. New York: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1931-1932.
  • Herbert, Anne Hemphill. Personal Memories of the Darlington Family at Guyasuta. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1949.
  • Kussart, Sarepta Cooper. The Allegheny River. Pittsburgh, Pa: Burgum Printing Company, 1938.
  • Starrett, Agnes Lynch. Through One Hundred and Fifty Years: The University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1937.
  • Wilson, Erasmus, and Weston Arthur Goodspeed Standard History of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.. Chicago: H.R. Cornell & Co., 1898.
  • Shine, Bernice. "Oakland: Mary Croghan Schenley: Schenley Park Donated by a Girl Whose Romance Shocked a Queen." Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, 15 September 1941.
  • Schock, Hiram. The History of the Masonic Fund Society for the County of Allegheny. Pittsburgh, Pa: 1923.
  • Rubin, Julius. Canal or Railroad? Imitation and Innovation in the Response to the Erie Canal in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston.Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1961.
  • Patch, Margery Hulburt. "The Darlington Family Collection." The Pittsburgh Record v1.

Separated Material:
Large artwork, framed photographs, bound volumes and the majority of photographs are stored separately from manuscript materials. Throughout the finding aid, separated materials are indicated as “oversize” if they are stored separately due to size, and “volume” if they are bound items.

Preferred Citation:

Darlington Family Papers, 1753-1921, DAR.1925.01, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh