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Access and Use

Acquisition Information:

The Darlington Memorial Library acquired the collection as gifts in 1937 and 1956.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.


No copyright restrictions.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Crystal Hanna in June 2006 and Matthew Strauss in September 2006.

Custodial History:

The first gift mainly consisted of letters between Brackenridge and his wife, Caroline Marie. In 1956, Mrs. Helen Brackenridge Painter gave the University of Pittsburgh a letter book containing Henry Marie's political correspondence. This second gift housed approximately 130 items. The letter book was taken apart in 1970 and placed into individual folders. The two acquisitions were combined in 2006 to provide improved access to this comprehensive collection. Some of the correspondence was originally contained in a letter book, which was disbound by the Darlington Memorial staff upon its acquisition. The order of these documents from the letter book has been noted by the inclusion of a letter book number (e.g. LB#01).

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.


  • Honeycutt, Jane. "The Letters of H. M. and H. H. Brackenridge in the Pittsburgh Archives, 1796-1868." PhD diss., University of California Davis, 1986.
  • Keller, William F. The Nation’s Advocate: Henry Marie Brackenridge and Young America. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1956.

Related Material:

Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson Papers, 1790-1827, DAR.1937.04, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

Papers of the Brackenridge Family, 1796-1963, MSS #160, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania

Preferred Citation:

Henry Marie Brackenridge and Family Papers, 1816-1889, DAR.1937.03, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh