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Subseries 4. Diaries

Scope and Content Notes:

William M. Darlington used these twenty-nine diaries to make brief notes about court dates, meetings, payments he received, the purchase of stocks, and other personal and professional transactions. The diaries occasionally mention William's health and personal habits. Many of the entries involve mortgage payments he received for various properties in and around Pittsburgh. Throughout the diaries, he describes the weather at Guyasuta, and occasionally notes the height of the Allegheny River. He also briefly mentions if he had received or sent any letters. In addition, William M. Darlington writes about legal cases in which he was engaged. Social events are occasionally mentioned, including parties at the homes of Mr. Lewis Hutchinson and Mr. McKnight in 1847 and 1848. Entries in 1873/4 and 1881/2 describe the Darlington family's travels in Europe. Three undated diaries contain historical research notes, including a list of officers that served at Fort Pitt, and information on various maps and books in the Guyasuta library. Corporate and personal names mentioned in the diaries include: Allegheny Company, Penn Railroad Company, Pleasant Valley Railroad Company, Monongahela Bridge Company, John B. Herron, J. H. Fibson, John Lundy, H. Fellman, Leo Schmidt, Reverend E. McKnight, E. P. Jones, and Dr. Harrison L. Robson.


Box 4
Folder 1 Diaries, 1844, 1846-1847
Folder 2 Diaries, 1847-1848, 1850
Folder 3 Diaries, 1863-1864, 1869
Folder 4 Diaries, 1870-1872
Folder 5 Diaries, 1873-1874
Folder 6 Diaries, 1875-1876, 1879
Folder 7 Diaries, 1880-1882
Folder 8 Diaries, 1883-1885
Folder 9 Diaries, 1886-1887, 1889
Folder 10 Diaries, undated