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Subseries 10. William B. Foster Papers, 1814-1955

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries includes the business papers of Stephen Foster's father, William B. Foster, Sr. It consists of corrrespondence, papers related to court cases, the War of 1812, the establishment of Lawrenceville, and materials general by Morrison Foster related to his attempts to settle his father's estate.

Section: 1. War of 1812 Correspondence and Transactions

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains the correspondence of William B. Foster during his years as a commissary agent for the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Most of these papers deal with supply and military sustenance issues; occasionally a letter emerges that tells of William’s amicable relationship with several of these military officers.

D.1 Letter from Commissary General's Office to William Foster, May 21, 1814
D.2 General Order: Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, August 4, 1814
D.3 Accounting of Purchases by William Foster and account of William Lyman, August 31, 1814
D.4 Letter from Commissary General's office to William Foster, October 11, 1814
D.5 Invoice of purchases from John Mclean, signed by Captain Woolley, October 20, 1814
D.6 Payment transaction sheet, Mechanics Bank, signed by William Foster, November 9, 1814
D.7 Letter from Commissary General's Office to William Foster, November 28, 1814
D.8 Memorandum of Agreement between William Foster and Reuben Neal, January 20, 1815
D.9 Summary of proposals and purchases, December 17, 1814
D.10 Letter from Commissary General to William Foster, December 31, 1814
D.11 Letter from Col. John Miller to William Foster, January 2, 1815
D.12 Letter from Commissary General's to William Foster, January 21, 1815
D.13 Letter from Washington DC Military Supply Officer to William Foster, January 26, 1815
D.14 Letter from Commissary General to William Foster, January 29, 1815
D.15 Letter from Col. John Miller to William Foster, February 10, 1815
D.16 Returns of Ordnance Dept. needs; Capt. Woolley, February 11, 1815
D.17 Ordnance Dept. Purchase Sheet; Capt. Woolley signed, March 1, 1815
D.18 Letter from Colonel John Miller to William Foster, March 24, 1815
D.19 Ordnance Dept. Purchase sheet; Capt. Woolley signed, March 30, 1815
D.20 Requisition for clothing, Jacob Cormack to William Foster, April 3, 1815
D.21 Requisition for summer clothing, Jacob Cormack to William Foster, April 10, 1815
D.22 Request for equipment: Col. John Miler to William Foster, April 20, 1815
D.23 Requisition for hospital stores; Col. John Miller to William Foster, April 20, 1815
D.24 Requisition for clothing; Lt. McGunnegle to William Foster, April 25, 1815
D.25 Requisition for clothing; Jacob McCormack to William Foster, Mary 4, 1815
D.26 Clothing requisition; Thomas Helms to William Foster, May 4, 1815
D.27 Clothing requisition: Thomas Helms to William Foster, May 4, 1815
D.28 Letter from Thomas Horne to William Foster, May 5, 1815
D.29 Clothing requisition; Jacob Cormack to William Foster, May 8, 1815
D.30 Letter from Brig. Gen. Bipell to William Foster; equipment requisition, May 17, 1815
D.31 Clothing requisition; J.M. Aebrashel to William Foster, June 5, 1815
D.32 Letter from Capt. Woolley to William Foster, July 11, 1815

Section: 2. Papers Relating to Federal Court Case, U.S. vs. William Foster

Scope and Content Notes:

This section is composed of papers dealing with the Federal Court Case, U.S. v. William Foster, a case in which Foster argued for years that the U.S. government owed him money for services rendered and personal money used during his years as a commissary agent. These papers contain documents dealing prominently with cases in 1822 and 1850.

D.33 Series of handwritten documents dealing with Foster's advances for the federal government, 1814, 1815, 1822
D.34 USA vs. William Foster, copy of docket entries, January 9, 1822
D.35 Report of committee of claims, constructed by J.H. Eaton, petitioner, January 26, 1826
D.36 Article from Pittsburgh Mercury on paper, October 23, 1822
D.37 Letter from Amasa Stetson to William Foster, November 10,1822
D.38 USA vs. William Foster, court documents, December 6, 1822
D.39 Printed extract from publication on case of William Foster, undated
D.40 Letter from John Snowden to Senate and House of Representatives, USA, January 1, 1836
D.41 Signatures of support for William Foster (accompanied D.40), January 1, 1836
D.42 Notes on a 'civic parade,' January 4
D.43 Brief on case of William Foster; signed, J.S. Eaton, undated
D.44 Publication and letter concerning Amasa Stetson's case, February 7, 1846
D.45 J.H. Eaton to Senator Cameron regarding Foster's claim (2), February 28, 1846
D.46 Sheet of monetary tabulations, November 1849
D.47 Court papers from Pittsburgh, regarding government payment, undated
D.48 William Foster to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, January 1850
D.49 Monetary transaction slip; court case reference, undated
D.50 Contract signed by William Foster; asserts that Abraham Farquhar has power to pursue the court case, March 15, 1850
D.51 Account of USA vs. William Foster (original and 3 duplicates), April 3, 1850
D.52 Account of USA vs. William Foster; enclosed in envelope to Honorable D. Hubbard, April 3, 1850
D.53 Letter from William Foster to A.M. Farquhar, April 30, 1850
D.54 Tabulated amounts stemming from Foster's service and court fees, 1850s
D.55 Letter from Morrison Foster to his sister, December 2, 1861
D.56 Contract signed by Horatio King outlining terms for William Foster's case; Jesse Thornton signed also (2), March 11, 1862
D.57 Letter from Henrietta Foster to Morrison Foster (business card included), March 21, 1862
D.58 Letter from Morrison Foster to John Wilson, February 16, 1867
D.59 John Wilson to Morrison Foster, March 4, 1867
D.60 Letter from Morrison Foster to Honorable J.R. McClintock, June 8, 1876
D.61 Letter from Jesse Thornton to unknown, March 1, 1878
D.62 Newspaper clipping on Col. John Miller, April 14, 1882

Section: 3. Land Warrants of Lawrenceville

Scope and Content Notes:

This section deals with William Foster’s prominent role in establishing the community of Lawrenceville in modern day Pittsburgh, Pa. Most of these documents are land warrant receipts and notes of the first inhabitants of the area, many of whom were soldiers who were reimbursed with land grants for their service during the War of 1812.

D.63 Receipt of money paid on estate of John A. Kritze, signed John Scotte, register, February 27, 1849
D.64 U.S. Army Pay Dept., award back pay to father of deceased, A. Kritzer, signed by William Foster, October 15, 1849
D.65 Letter from Jesse Kilgore to William Foster regarding Kritzer back pay, October 17, 1849
D.66 Letter from Jesse Kilgore to William Foster regarding Kritzer back pay, November 16, 1849
D.67 Letter from John Kilgore to William Foster regarding Kritzer back pay, March 8, 1850
D.68 Register Francis Springer to 'Sir' (from Land Office), June 26, 1851
D.69 Statement proclaiming that John Schwartz appoints William Foster as his attorney, August 5, 1851
D.70 Letter form John Schwartz to William Foster, August 11, 1851
D.71 Letter from John Wilson (pension office) to William Foster, September 26, 1851
D.72 Letter from W. Buehler to Stephen C. Foster, November 26, 1851
D.73 Letter from W. Buehler to William Foster, November 26, 1851
D.74 Land Warrant receipt no. 75.445, signed Jacob Little, February 23, 1852
D.75 Notice: Land Warrant for Andrew Black; attach: document stating Andrew Black has appointed Thomas Hamilton as his attorney, March 3, 1852
D.76 Letter from G.E. Arnolds to Morrison Foster; Land Warrant 74.642 receipt, May 3, 1852
D.77 Land Warrant receipt of Thomas Hickenloper; attached to Document that states that William Foster is selling him land, May 29, 1848
D.78 Land Warrant receipt 41.348 signed by John Ferrel, May 17, 1852
D.79 Land warrant purchase receipt, signed by A.S. Bell, June 2, 1852
D.80 Land warrant receipt 44.616 signed by Harry Quest, June 5, 1852
D.81 Land warrant receipt for John Dietz, August 16, 1852
D.82 Land warrant receipt no. 17.816 signed by Joshua Cook, September 30, 1852
D.83 Collection notice for Morrison Foster, no date
D.84 Land Warrant receipt 17.315 signed by James Patterson, November 1, 1852
D.85 Letter from Myron Gray to William Foster, January 18, 1853
D.86 Surgeon's certificate of ordinary disability; Myron Gray, U.S. Army, April 27, 1848
D.87 Jesse Kilgore to William Foster, concerning Kritzer back-pay, April 4, 1853
D.88 Letter from Robert Fleming to Jesse Kilgore, April 27, 1853
D.89 Letter from Jesse Kilgore to Robert Fleming, May 4, 1863
D.90 Indiscernible land warrant notes (1 of 4), 1822
D.91 Indiscernible land warrant notes (2 of 4), undated
D.92 Indiscernible land warrant notes (3 of 4) W. Foster signed, undated
D.93 Indiscernible land warrant notes (4 of 4), undated
D.94 Typed soldier rosters taken from William Foster's Soldier's Agent Book; typed by Evelyn Morneweck (2 copies), undated

Section: 4. Morrison Foster: Personal Correspondence

Scope and Content Notes:

This section is composed of the personal correspondence of Morrison Foster, a son of William B. Foster and older brother to Stephen Collins Foster. Besides the general correspondence found here, a small group of Valentines are also present. Also of note is the letter from Andrew Carnegie to Morrison Foster, dated 11/24/1897.

D.95 Letter from Henry Murray to Morrison Foster, June 7, 1838
D.96 Hannah S. to Morrison Foster, April 23, 1846
D.97 Letter from I. Blair to Morrison Foster, April 23, 1846
D.98 Letter from Hannah S. to Morrison Foster, January 26, 1847
D.99 Letter from Dan Betzhoover to Morrison Foster, December 15, 1847
D.100 Letter from Lt. H.B. Field to Morrison Foster, March 30, 1848
D.101 Letter from Mary Anderson to Morrison Foster, July 29, 1848
D.102 An announcement of the Knights of the Square Table, January 21, 1849
D.103 Letter from Dan Betzhoover to Morrison Foster, February 8, 1849
D.104 Letter from Dan Betzhoover to Morrison Foster (retyped by Evelyn Morneweck), February 8, 1849
D.105 Letter from Mary Anderson to Morrison Foster, November 23, 1849
D.106 Letter from Richard Cowan to Morrison Foster, July 11, 1850
D.107 Letter from Thomas Blair to Morrison Foster, December 1, 1850
D.108 Letter from Oliver W. Barnes to Morrison Foster, December 13, 1850
D.109 Letter from Richard Cowan to Morrison Foster, July 12, 1851
D.110 Letter from J.H. Reid to Morrison Foster, March 27, 1852
D.111 Letter from Richard Cowan to Morrison Foster (retyped by Evelyn Morneweck), January 14, 1853
D.112 Letter from Richard Cowan to Morrison Foster, January 14, 1853
D.113 Letter from Richard Cowan to Morrison Foster, January 22, 1853
D.114 Letter from Richard Cowan to Morrison Foster (retyped by Evelyn Morneweck), January 22, 1853
D.115 Letter from Richard Cowan to Morrison Foster, February 8, 1853
D.116 Letter from Richard Cowan to Morrison Foster, April 17, 1853
D.117 Letter from S. Bateman to Morrison Foster, September 18, 1853
D.118 Letter from Ed Collier to Morrison Foster, January 28, 1855
D.119 Letter from R. Biddle Roberts to Morrison Foster, September 17, 1856
D.120 Letter from N.J. Carey to Morrison Foster, January 3, 1858
D.121 Letter from K.J. Lambert to Morrison Foster, June 27, 1859
D.122 Letter from M.K. Jesup to Morrison Foster, November 11, 1859
D.123 Letter from Gilead Smith to Morrison Foster, February 20, 1860
D.124 Letter from William Muller to Morrison Foster, September 13, 1860
D.125 Letter from Governor Samuel Black (Nebraska) to Morrison Foster, December 13, 1860
D.126 Letter from Gov. Samuel Black to Morrison Foster, March 18, 1861
D.127 Letter from Samuel Randall to Morrison Foster, August 29, 1861
D.128 Printed speech of Rep. George Pendleton, September 15, 1864
D.129 Letter from George Pendleton to Morrison Foster, July 18, 1875
D.130 Letter from M. Hordoch to Morrison Foster, February 6, 1880
D.131 124th Robert Burns Celebration Pamphlet, January 25, 1883
D.132 Letter from Mary Drummston to Morrison Foster, August 29, 1886
D.133 Letter from Mary Drummston to Morrison Foster, August 24, 1886
D.134 Letter from Mary Drummston to Morrison Foster, August 30, 1886
D.135 Letter from Mary Drummston to Morrison Foster, September 9, 1886
D.136 Letter from Mary Drummston to Morrison Foster, September 16, 1886
D.137 Letter from Mary Drummston to Morrison Foster, September 22, 1886
D.138 Photograph of William Haslitt, September 9, 1887
D.139 Letter from Sir Edwin Arnold to Morrison Foster, May 23, 1894
D.140 Letter from Andrew Carnegie to Morrison Foster, November 24, 1897
D.141 Composition by Thomas Blair, undated
D.142 Valentine from Julia Murray to Morrison Foster, February 14, 1847
D.143 Valentine from Julia Murray to Morrison Foster, retyped by Evelyn Morneweck, February 14, 1847
D.144 Valentine from Morrison Foster to Julia Murray, retyped by Evelyn Morneweck, February 14, 1847
D.145 Valentine from Thomas Blair to Julia Murray, retyped by Evelyn Morneweck, February 14, 1847
D.146 Valentine from J.C. Blair to Julia Murray, retyped by Evelyn Morneweck, 1847 or 1848
D.147 Valentine from J.C. Blair to Julia Murray, retyped by Evelyn Morneweck, 1846, 1847, or 1848
D.148 Valentine from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, February 6, 1939
D.149 Valentine from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, February 14, 1939
D.150 Valentine from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, February 24, 1939

Section: 5. Morrison Foster: Business Correspondence

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains the business correspondence of Morrison Foster. Most of these letters tell of Morrison’s various business transactions and partnerships during the 1850s and late 1860s.

D.151 Letter from P. McCormick to Morrison Foster, May 5, 1848
D.152 Letter from P. McCormick to Morrison Foster, May 11, 1848
D.153 Letter from Morrison Foster to P. McCormick, December 20, 1849
D.154 Newspaper: Allegheny Daily Enterprise, January 1, 1851
D.155 Annual dues for young men's Mercantile Library Association and Mechanic's Institute, January 1, 1852
D.156 McCormick notice to Kramer and Rahm, September 16, 1852
D.157 Promissory note to pay W.W. Wilson from Morrison Foster, October 16, 1852
D.158 Formal invitation to the "Assembly Ball," February 1, 1853
D.159 Payment of "Assembly Ball"; W.S. Haven to managers of the ball, undated
D.160 Morrison Foster payment to John Crassan, undated
D.161 Tabulation of expenses, July 4, 1853
D.162 Payment receipt signed by Jesse Thornton, undated
D.163 Letter from P. McCormick to Morrison Foster, August 22, 1853
D.164 Letter from P. McCormick to Morrison Foster, October 1863
D.165 Instructions for payment of Morrison Foster and Jesse Thornton, October 1853
D.166 Letter from W.W. Wilson to Morrison Foster, October 14, 1853
D.167 Receipt of costs for "Assembly Ball," February 2, 1854
D.168 Letter from Morrison Foster to N. Young, February 3, 1854
D.169 Payment for Jesse Thornton, signed by J. Thornton, February 13, 1854
D.170 Letter from P. Schoenberger to Morrison Foster, March 19, 1854
D.171 Payment receipt, signed by Eliza Foster, April 13, 1854
D.172 Receipt of payment by Morrison Foster, June 30, 1854
D.173 Receipt, signed by Eliza Foster, July 20, 1854
D.174 P. McCormick acknowledges Morrison Foster as his representation for one year, September 28, 1854
D.175 Statement of sale signed by Morrison Foster, December 13, 1854
D.176 Letter from D.M. Foster to brothers, December 28, 1854
D.177 P. McCormick; receipt from Morrison Foster, January 15, 1855
D.178 Letter from Major Thomas Martin to Morrison Foster, April 30, 1855
D.179 Quartermaster's Office -- Pittsburgh, May 11, 1855
D.180 Mr. Dowd of the Pittsburgh Club to Morrison Foster, June 1855
D.181 Morrison Foster business dues, June 11, 1855
D.182 Newspaper notice; "Dissolution of Thornton and Foster partnership," undated
D.183 Payment for beverages by Morrison Foster, February 4, 1857
D.184 Letter from S. Jones to Morrison Foster, January 22, 1858
D.185 Letter from P. McCormick to Morrison Foster, undated
D.186 Letter from M.I. Stewart to Morrison Foster, January 22, 1859
D.187 Letter from A.B. McCalmont to Morrison Foster, January 22, 1859
D.188 Letter from R. Biddle Roberts to Morrison Foster, January
D.189 Letter from Captain Overton Carr to Thomas B. Florence, undated
D.190 Letter from Thomas B. Florence to Morrison Foster, February 19, 1859
D.191 Letter from Thomas B. Florence to Captain Overton Carr, February 19, 1859
D.192 Letter from Captain Overton Carr to Morrison Foster, February 20, 1859
D.193 Letter from Thomas Florence to Morrison Foster, March 1, 1859
D.194 Letter from John B. Guthrie to Morrison Foster, June 13, 1859
D.195 Letter from Thomas Blair to Morrison Foster, June 8, 1859
D.196 Letter from Morrison Foster to D.C. McCormick, November 18, 1859
D.197 Memorandum of agreement between William F. Carey and Schoenberger and Co., December 19, 1859
D.198 Ohio Union State Ticket (2 copies), 1863
D.199 Cuyahoga County Democratic Ticket (2 copies), 1863
D.200 National Democratic Ticket, 1864
D.201 Letter from Morrison Foster to A.W. Randall, October 1, 1866
D.202 Stock Account Statement, February 1, 1869
D.203 Stock Account Statement, February 27, 1869
D.204 Stock Account Statement, March 31, 1869
D.205 Stock Account Statement, April 30, 1869
D.206 Stock Account Statement, May 31, 1869
D.207 Stock Account Statement, June 30, 1869
D.208 Stock Account Statement, July 31, 1869
D.209 Stock Account Statement, August 31, 1869
D.210 Contract: Schoenberger & Co. and Morrison Foster, September 13, 1869
D.211 Stock Account statement, September 30, 1869
D.212 Letter from Schoenberger & Co. to Morrison Foster, October 5, 1869
D.213 Stock Account Statement, October 30, 1869
D.214 Stock Account Statement, November 30, 1869
D.215 Stock Account Statement, December 31, 1869
D.216 Schoenberger and Co. to Morrison Foster, February 16, 1871
D.217 Schoenberger & Co. to Morrison Foster, March 4, 1871
D.218 Booklet, Report: The Blair Iron and Steel Company, undated
D.219 J.L. Newberry to Morrison Foster, September 13, 1876
D.220 Typed excerpt from Allegheny Evening Mail, October 28, 1878
D.221 Postcard: Echo Valley, Utah, August 22, 1883
D.222 Newspaper article, "Complete List of Members of the Democratic County Organization," 1895
D.223 Article, Pittsburgh Gazette, January 4, 1895
D.224 Article, The Youngstown Telegraph, March 18, 1895
D.225 Article, The Pittsburgh Dispatch, "Bryan's Skate Across Country was a Marvel," 1896
D.226 Letter from Guild and Lord to Morrison Foster, undated

Section: 6. Morrison Foster: Inquiries; Grant's Hill and The Enterprise,

Scope and Content Notes:

This section deals with Morrison Foster’s inquiries into the Grant’s Hill Foundry and his father’s involvement during the War of 1812 with the naval vessel, The Enterprise. These letters largely are written during the 1880s.

D.227 Typed excerpts from 1824 edition of The Pittsburgh Gazette, 1824
D.228 Letter from Randolph Klein to Morrison Foster, March 27, 1880
D.229 Letter from John N. Bofinger to Morrison Foster, undated
D.230 Letter from D. Lowry to Morrison Foster, 1888
D.231 Letter from John A. Sargent to Morrison Foster, March 6, 1888
D.232 Postcard: Samuel Hay to Morrison Foster, March 9, 1888
D.233 Letter from John Matthews to Morrison Foster, March 13, 1888
D.234 Letter from Morrison Foster to War Department; response on back, May 14, 1888
D.235 Letter from Commissary General's office to Morrison Foster (2 copies of 1814 dispatches, response to inquiry), May 29, 1888
D.236 Letter from John Tweedale of War Department to unknown (probably Morrison Foster), June 8, 1888
D.237 Letter from Morrison Foster to chief clerk, Commissary General's Office, response on bottom, July 14, 1888
D.238 Letter from Morrison Foster to New Orleans subsistence department, response on back, July 18, 1888
D.239 Letter from L.E. Stofiel to Morrison Foster, February 24, 1891

Section: 7. Lawrenceville Burial Ground vs. War 17 School Board

Scope and Content Notes:

This section concerns itself with the Pittsburgh Ward 17 School and the issue of building upon the Lawrenceville Burial Ground, which was established by William B. Foster. The majority of these letters and clippings deal with the 1880's court battle between the two parties regarding building rights in the area on, and adjacent to, the burial ground.

D.240 Article, The Pittsburgh Dispatch, 1850
D.241 Small ad, no publication documentation, March 1882
D.242 Article, The Evening Chronicle, March 3, 1882
D.243 Article, The Pittsburg Leader, March 18, 1882
D.244 Article, The Pittsburg Leader, March 19, 1882
D.245 Article, The Daily Post, March 20, 1882
D.246 Article, The Daily Post, March 21, 1882
D.247 Article, The Pittsburgh Dispatch, March 21, 1882
D.248 Article, The Pittsburgh Dispatch, March 22, 1882
D.249 Article, no date, no documentation, undated
D.250 Article, no date, no documentation, undated
D.251 Letter from Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, March 23, 1882
D.252 Letter from Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, retyped by Evelyn Morneweck, March 23, 1882
D.253 Letter from George M. Dallas to Morrison Foster, March 24, 1882
D.254 Note on paper: address of Nathan Gunnegle, undated
D.255 Article, The Pittsburg Leader, March 26, 1882
D. 256 Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas: Roger Jeffrey, William Moore, A.M. Mooreland, Morrison Foster v. City of Pittsburgh and 17th Ward School (2 copies), undated
D.257 Article, The Daily Post, June 1, 1882
D.258 Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, publication, November 1882
D.259 Unintelligible document regarding the Lawrenceville Burial Ground Court Case, undated
D.260 Statement regarding the formation of the Lawrenceville Burial Ground Court Case, undated
D.261 Journal sheets of speech denouncing the 17th Ward School being allowed to build on the burial ground, 1882
D.262 Article, The Pittsburg Leader, February 4, 1883
D.263 Letter from A. Harbaugh to Morrison Foster, March 17, 1883
D.264 Article, no documentation, undated
D.265 Attorney Charles McKenna to Board of Directors, 17th Ward School District, March 29, 1883
D.266 Article, The Daily Post, May 7, 1883
D.267 Article, The Pittsburgh Evening Chronicle, May 30, 1883
D.268 Article, The Pittsburgh Dispatch, May 31, 1883
D.269 Letter from Nathaniel G. Gunnegle to nephew, Charles E. Barr, June 29, 1883
D.270 Letter from Nathaniel G. Gunnegle to nephew Charles E. Barr, retyped by Evelyn Morneweck (2 copies), June 29, 1883
D.271 Letter from Nathaniel G. Gunnegle to Morrison Foster, August 8, 1883
D.272 Letter from Nathaniel G. Gunnegle to Morrison Foster; retyped by Evelyn Morneweck (2 copies), August 8, 1883
D.273 Postcard from Nathaniel G. Gunnegle to Morrison Foster, August 10, 1883
D.274 Letter from Nathaniel G. Gunnegle to Morrison Foster, undated
D.275 Court suggestion for settlement with possible concessions, undated
D.276 Letter from Charles McKenna to Morrison Foster, August 22, 1883
D.277 Letter from G.W. Irwin to J.E. McKelvy, August 27, 1883
D.278 Master's report, Decree of the Court, October 4, 1884
D.279 Master's Report, Decree of the Court (rough copy), October 4, 1884
D.280 Letter from S.A. Will to Morrison Foster, October 17, 1884
D.281 Letter from Mrs. E.Y. Buchanan to Morrison Foster, October 25, 1884
D.282 Receipt of Morrison Foster and heirs' claim against 17th Ward School District, November 18, 1884
D.283 Letter from Thomas Marshall to Morrison Foster, November 18, 1884
D.284 Letter from Charles McKenna to Morrison Foster, May 22, 1886
D.285 Sketch of Foster Memorial and inscriptions, signed by Morrison Foster, May 27, 1886
D.286 Letter from George Moke to Morrison Foster, May 5, 1887
D.287 Letter from Mrs. E.Y. Buchanan to Morrison Foster, May 17, 1887
D.288 Letter from S.A. Will to Morrison Foster, May 19, 1887
D.289 Postcard from G. Seebird to Morrison Foster, May 26, 1887
D.290 Postcard addressed to Morrison Foster, May 16, 1887
D.291 Article from The Penny Press, May 20, 1887
D291.1 Letter from Gov. J. Foraker (Ohio) to Morrison Foster, August 27, 1888

Section: 8. Morrison Foster: Correspondence; Allegheny County Centennial, 1886

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains the correspondence and items dealing with Morrison Foster’s involvement with the 1886 centennial celebration of Allegheny County. Prominent in this series are letters from William Tecumseh Sherman and Rutherford B. Hayes, both of whom were invited to the celebration by Morrison Foster; both were unable to attend.

D.292 Letter from Levi P. Martin to Morrison Foster, August 28, 1888
D.293 Letter from William Tecumseh Sherman to Morrison Foster, August 29, 1888
D.294 Letter from Governor E.W. Wilson (WV) to Morrison Foster, September 10, 1888
D.295 Letter from Governor Fitzhugh Lee (VA) to Morrison Foster, September 1888
D.296 Letter from Samuel Gompers to Morrison Foster, September 18, 1888
D.297 Letter from Rutherford B. Hayes to Morrison Foster, September 20, 1888
D.298 Letter from Governor James Beaver (PA) to Morrison Foster, September 20, 1888
D.299 Photograph, "Centennial of Allegheny County, Meeting," September 24, 1888
D.300 Front page of Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, September 25, 1888

Section: 9. "My Old Kentucky Home"

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains pamphlets, clippings, letters concerning the house called ‘Federal Hill’, in Bardstown, Ky whose owners claimed to be the inspiration for Foster’s melody, “My Old Kentucky Home.”

D.301 Postcards of "My Old Kentucky Home," Bardstown, KY (2 copies), undated
D.302 Booklet, Foster Melodies Medley in Memory of Judge John Rowan (2 copies), 1921
D.303 Official Kentucky Souvenir: Foster Melodies, 1921
D.304 Souvenir Booklet of My Old Kentucky Home (41 pages), 1923
D.305 Pamphlet, My Old Kentucky Home, 1923
D.306 Pamphlet, Visit Bardstown and My Old Kentucky Home, undated
D.307 Guidebook, Kentucky -- The Bluegrass State, undated
D.308 Souvenir postcards: My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown, KY, undated
D.309 Souvenir edition of Historic Bardstown and My Old Kentucky Home (32 pages), undated
D.310 My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown, KY, pamphlet and road map, undated
D.311 Published will of John Rowan, esq, (4 copies), undated
D.312 Article, "Homecomers will see statue of author of "My Old Kentucky Home" unveiled," The Louisville Herald, June 6, 1906
D.313 News clipping, "Federal Hill (The Old Kentucky Home," The Louisville Herald, January 13, 1922
D.314 Letter from Madge Rowan Frost to Evelyn Morneweck (typed copy), February 18, 1922
D.315 Letter from Madge Rowan Frost to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, February 18, 1922
D.316 Typed poem, "Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home)" signed by Edwin Carlisle Litsey, 1922
D.317 News clipping, 59th Anniversary of Stephen C. Foster's Death, January 13, 1923
D.318 News clipping, "Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home)," January 13, 1923
D.319 News clipping, "Foster Family will go to Old Kentucky Home," June 23, 1923
D.320 News clipping, "State makes shrine to man who wrote song," The District News, July 5, 1923
D.321 Postcard from Bill (?) to Evelyn Morneweck, July 5, 1923
D.322 "Foster House at Bardstown Formally Opened July 4th," Louisville Civic Opinion, July 7, 1923
D.323 News clippings, "Document Pittsburgh Delegation in Kentucky," 1923
D.324 Article, "Kentucky Pays Homage to Man Who Put Name on World's Lips," 1923
D.325 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Evelyn Morneweck (2 pages), January 6, 1926
D.326 "Rare Treasures Added to Federal Hill Collection," Louisville Courier Journal, January 24, 1926
D.327 Letter from Laura Lott to Mr. and Mrs. Morneweck, January 26, 1926
D.328 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Evelyn Morneweck, June 26, 1926
D.329 Article: "Pilgrimage of Kentuckians to Foster Shrine Arrange," 1926
D.330 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Evelyn Morneweck, July 16, 1930
D.331 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Evelyn Morneweck, November 19, 1933
D.332 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Jessie (Morneweck), November 19, 1933
D.333 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Eli Lilly, December 18, 1933
D.334 Article on the death of Warren Clay Callahan, The Courier Journal, January 23, 1934
D.335 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Eli Lilly, February 22, 1934
D.336 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Evelyn Morneweck, February 23, 1934
D.337 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Eli Lilly, March 6, 1934
D.338 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Jessie and Evelyn Morneweck, March 7, 1934
D.339 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Lorena Callahan (2 pages), March 14, 1934
D.340 Article, "Kentucky Fetes Stephen C. Foster at Original Old Kentucky Home," Detroit Sunday Times, July 1, 1934
D.341 Letter from Lorena Callahan to Evelyn Morneweck, July 25, 1934
D.342 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Lorena Callahan, July 26, 1934
D.343 Photobook: In Memory of Madge Rowan Frost, the Last Mistress of My Old Kentucky Home, undated
D.344 Mrs. Maude Rowan Starr to Her Majesty Marie, Queen of Rumania (2 copies), undated
D.345 Envelope: "Louisville Addresses," undated
D.346 Photograph, "My Old Kentucky Home," Bardstown, KY, signed by Lorena Callahan, undated
D.347 News clipping dealing with the memorial of My Old Kentucky Home, undated
D.348 News clipping, "May Preserve Home Where Old Kentucky Home Originated," undated

Section: 10. McIlvaine-Morneweck Correspondence

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains correspondence between Evelyn Morneweck and Julie McIlvaine, both of whom were descendents of the Foster family. Most of these letters contain general correspondence and date from the 1930s.

D.349 Letter from Josiah Lilly to Evelyn Morneweck, February 19, 1935
D.350 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, February 27, 1935
D.351 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, March 6, 1935
D.352 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, March 9, 1935
D.353 Letter from William McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, March 14, 1935
D.354 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, March 19, 1935
D.355 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, March 20, 1935
D.356 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, March 29, 1935 (?)
D.357 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, May 19, 1935
D.358 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, June 6, 1935
D.359 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, July 12, 1935
D.360 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to "My Dear Friend," no date
D.361 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Mornweck, September 24, 1935
D.362 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, October 14, 1935
D.363 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Fletcher Hodges, Jr., October 17, 1935
D.364 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, February 20th
D.365 Letter from Evelyn Mornweck to Julie McIlvaine, March 12, 1937
D.366 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, April 4, 1937
D.367 Description of "Homewood," Home of William Wilkins, undated
D.368 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, October 19, 1937
D.369 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, January 26, 1939
D.370 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, February 22, 1939
D.371 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Julie McIlvaine, March 17, 1939
D.372 Photograph of Mr. and Mrs. McIlvaine with grandsons, undated
D.373 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, January 5, 1940
D.374 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, undated
D.375 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, September 11, 1940
D.376 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, October 2, 1940
D.377 Typed excerpt from The Pittsburg Dispatch, September 6, 1903
D.378 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, December 2, 1940
D.379 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, September 26, 1942
D.380 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, March 23, 1943
D.381 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, August 3, 1943
D.382 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, December 24, 1943
D.383 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, April 21, 1944
D.384 Letter from Julie McIlvaine to Evelyn Morneweck, July 2, 1944

Section: 11. Rededication of Foster Memorial

Scope and Content Notes:

This section concerns publications and correspondence dealing with the 1955 rededication of the Foster Memorial in Lawrenceville, Pa. Among the correspondents are Evelyn Morneweck (descendent), Fletcher Hodges Jr. (director of the Foster Hall collection), and Joseph Borkowski (a local member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars).

D.385 Fletcher Hodges Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, February 7, 1955
D.386 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Fletcher Hodges, Jr., February 9, 1955
D.387 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, February 21, 1955
D.388 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, March 11, 1955
D.389 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, April 1, 1955
D.390 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Fletcher Hodges, Jr., April 5, 1955
D.391 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, April 13, 1955
D.392 Article: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette article on rededication of Foster Memorial, May 6, 1955
D.393 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Fletcher Hodges, Jr., May 7, 1955
D.394 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, May 10, 1955
D.395 Events Program, Rededication and Patriotic Program at Lawrenceville Burial Grounds, May 15, 1955
D.396 Remarks of Fletcher Hodges, Jr., at Foster Memorial rededication, May 15, 1955
D.397 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, May 19, 1955
D.398 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, May 24, 1955
D.399 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Fletcher Hodges, Jr., May 26, 1955
D.400 Letter from Fletcher Hodges, Jr., to Evelyn Morneweck, June 9, 1955
D.401 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Joseph Borkowski, June 22, 1955
D.402 Letter from Joseph Borkowski to Evelyn Morneweck, December 3, 1955
D.403 Letter from Evelyn Morneweck to Joseph Borkowski, December 10, 1955

Section: 12. Miscellaneous

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains unrelated clippings and items which are connected to the Foster family. Perhaps the most interesting item is a large pocketbook with the penciled inscription “Morrison Foster, 1863.”

D.404 Pocketbook, "Morrison Foster, 1863," 1863
D.405 Photograph, "Jessie Schulten," undated
D.406 Article, "The Quiet Observer," The Post-Gazette; Morrison foster discusses paintings in family's possession, undated
D.407 News clipping, "Notable Paintings from the Carnegie Art Galleries...No. 21, Portrait of Stephen C. Foster," February 1, 1912