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Series I. Magee Family Papers

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains the papers of Christopher and Louisa McLeod Magee, their son, Walter, and the papers of extended family members. The materials encompass family correspondence, financial documents, land plots, and papers from Christopher's legal career. Highlights of this series include materials related to a family trip to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, stock and correspondence of the silver mining Algonquin Co. of Montana, and estate documents.

Subseries 1. Elizabeth and Christopher Magee, 1817-1908

Scope and Content Notes:

This correspondence is largely between Christopher and Louisa from the 1850s until Louisa's death in 1902. The letters discuss domestic matters, particularly the lives of their children, and are often warm and politely romantic.

Correspondence to Louisa from her father, Reverend John M. McLeod of New York, her brothers, Rutgers and Alexander, and her Aunt Sue often inquires about her children and health, and shares family news. Christopher received letters from Walter during his travels abroad. This subseries also includes Elizabeth and Christopher's 1859 marriage certificate, Christopher's memberships to the Bellefield Club and the National Geographic Society, an architectural drawing by J. W. Kerr of a summer house, and Louisa's estate papers. Ephemera and newspaper clippings relate to literature and poetry collected from print sources.


Box 1
Folder 1-19 Correspondence, 1817-1858

Box 2
Folder 1-11 Correspondence, 1859-1864

Box 3
Folder 1-21 Correspondence, 1865-1885

Box 4
Folder 1-11 Correspondence, 1886-1895

Box 5
Folder 1-10 Correspondence, 1896-1901

Box 6
Folder 1-10 Correspondence, 1901-1908

Box 7
Folder 1-5 Correspondence, undated
Folder 6 Henry Baldwin to Christopher Magee, 1827
Folder 7 Address to electors of Allegheny County, 1833
Folder 8 John A. Parkinson to Christopher Magee, 1855
Folder 9 Marriage Certificate, January 12, 1859
Folder 10 Algonquin Company, 1876-1881
Folder 11 Christopher Magee, membership at the Bellefield Club, 1889-1903
Folder 12 Chicago Worlds Fair, 1893
Folder 13 Christopher Magee Pennsylvania Forestry Association membership, 1896

Box 8
Folder 1 Christopher Magee National Geographic membership certificate, April 21, 1905
Folder 2 Elizabeth Louise McLeod Magee Estate, 1905
Folder 3 In Memoriam Hon. Christopher Magee, booklet 1909
Folder 4 Stock, undated
Folder 5 Receipts, undated
Folder 6 Receipts, undated
Folder 7 Printed ephemera, undated
Folder 8 Printed ephemera, undated
Folder 9 Printed ephemera, undated
Folder 10 Newspaper clippings, undated
Folder 11 Newspaper clippings, undated
Folder 12 Newspaper clippings, undated
Folder 13 Newspaper clippings, undated
Folder 14 Shadyside Presbyterian, undated
Folder 15 Envelopes, undated

Subseries 2. Christopher Magee Legal Papers, 1856-1903

Scope and Content Notes:

Handwritten notes of Christopher Magee, during his time as an attorney from 1856 through his appointment to the Court of Common Pleas in 1885, are found in this subseries. These papers indicate that he still worked as an attorney during his 1856 tenure in the state legislature. The legal notes in this collection are handwritten, and seem to have been for personal use; they list the date and title of the case, and may be drafts of briefs. The subseries contains business letters from James Negley, John A. Parkinson and Henry Baldwin, Jr. Additionally, the law degrees of both Christopher Jr. and Sr. from the University of Pennsylvania are present; these degrees, including dates, are in Latin. Certificates of Christopher Magee's temporary appointment and subsequent election to the Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of the Fifth Judicial District of Allegheny County are also present.


Box 9
Folder 1-11 Legal notes, 1856-1888

Box 10
Folder 1-4 Legal notes, 1888-1889

Box 11
Folder 1-6 Legal notes, 1889-1891

Box 12
Folder 1-7 Legal notes, 1891-1894

Box 13
Folder 1-7 Legal notes, 1895-1903, undated

Box 14
Folder 1-8 Legal notes, undated

Box 15
Folder 1-6 Legal notes, undated

Box 16
Folder 1 Receipt of payment to Robert Carothers, July 3, 1826
Folder 2 Henry Baldwin, Jr. to Christopher Magee, April 25 1827
Folder 3 Henry Baldwin, Jr. to Christopher Magee, January 2, 1828
Folder 4 John A. Parkinson to Christopher Magee, 1855
Folder 5 Pennsylvanian, July 19, 1856
Folder 6 James Negley to Christopher Magee, July 1, 1859
Folder 7 Christopher Magee Law License, 1862
Folder 8 Casebooks, 1880-1891
Folder 9 Pittsburgh Junction Railroad Case, 1882
Folder 10 William Searhart to Unknown, July 3, 1891
Folder 11 William L. Campbell to Christopher Magee, January 19, 1892
Folder 12 Christopher Magee to James Galbreach, undated
Folder 13 Ladies Aid Society of Bloomfield to Christopher Magee, undated
Folder 14 Casebooks, 1887
Folder 15 Paperbooks, 1889
Folder 16 Allegheny Company notice, 1891
Folder 17 Samuel McCamant to Christopher Magee, February 1, 1892
Folder 18 T.B. Patton to Christopher Magee, February 2, 1892
Folder 19 William Yost to Christopher Magee, May 9, 1895
Folder 20 Legal catalog, undated
Folder 21 A & A.M. Blakely Law Office notice, undated
Folder 22 Clipping, undated
Folder 23 Record of Clerk of Courts, undated
Folder 24 Petition, undated

Subseries 3. Personal Papers of Walter Pollack Magee, 1894-1952

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains correspondence and ephemera. While Walter resided on Diamond Street in Pittsburgh he held memberships to the Pittsburgh Golf Club and the White Marsh Valley Hunt Club, and applied to the American Committee for a Devastated France during the First World War. Walter's received correspondence documents his extensive world travels, including visits to Egypt, Italy, Greece, England, France, Hawaii, Japan, and Burma in the early 1900s. Letters from his parents, siblings and his niece, Louise, indicate a strong relationship with his family. A variety of postcards from friends abroad have photographs with ethnographic and erotic themes. Series IV contains images of Walter throughout his life, including many photographs taken while he was in college. One such notable photograph shows Walter and a classmate dressed in women's clothing, likely as part of a college prank. The series contains a description of Walter's estate, and the design image for his headstone.


Box 17
Folder 1-15 Correspondence, 1894-1914

Box 18
Folder 1-14 Correspondence, 1915-1926, undated

Box 19
Folder 1 Open letter, RMS India, 1893
Folder 2 Printed Ephemera, undated
Folder 3 Memberships, 1916-1917
Folder 4 Travel itinerary, 1908
Folder 5 Estate, 1952
Folder 6 Bills, undated
Folder 7 Bills, undated
Folder 8 Bills and receipts, undated
Folder 9 Compositions, undated

Subseries 4. Extended Family Papers, 1798-1901

Scope and Content Notes:

Included are Louise's correspondence from her father, Kier Mitchell and grandfather, Christopher Magee, as well as her report cards from Miss Gleim's School for Girls in Pittsburgh in 1905. Also present are the 1798 citizenship papers of Christopher's Irish-born paternal grandfather, Robert Magee, and the 1880 will of Norman McLeod Magee. Various wills, letters and ephemera are included.


Box 20
Folder 1 Robert Magee Citizenship Papers, May 12, 1798
Folder 2 Discharge papers, Hugh Huiphan, 1815
Folder 3 Matthew J. Magee Law certificate, 1818
Folder 4 Proceedings of Freemasons, Edwardsville Chicago, undated
Folder 5 Sir to Charles Bradford, 1832
Folder 6 Dick John to William Pentland, April 30, 1841
Folder 7 David Dick to James R. Dick, February 1839
Folder 8 Miscellaneous Family Correspondence, 1861-1910
Folder 9 Sir to Sister, 1862
Folder 10 Sir to William Pentland, 1866
Folder 11 Drawings, Norman McLeod Magee, February 1880
Folder 12 Margaret McLeod Magee Correspondence, 1880
Folder 13 Will of John Niel McLeod, undated
Folder 14 Elizabeth Louise McLeod Mitchell papers, 1893-1901
Folder 15 Thomas Mumford, Will, 1896
Folder 16 Sir to G. W. Roberts, 1900
Folder 17 Louise Mitchell to Sue, 1916
Folder 18 Indenture, undated
Folder 19 Unknown to Margaret, undated
Folder 20 Frances Carr to Lucianda Hite, undated
Folder 21 Sir to Mrs. Wylie, undated
Folder 22 Estate of Ann McKinney, undated
Folder 23 Sir to Platt Hubbard, undated
Folder 24 Mamma to Norman Magee, undated
Folder 25 Mr. and Mrs. Kier Mitchell correspondence, undated