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Collection Inventory

Series I. Business Correspondence, 1832-1848

Scope and Content Notes:

Sterling's outgoing correspondence is contained in a copy book and received letters are contained separately. Sterling maintained correspondence with congressmen in the 1840s regarding the annexation of Texas and the Tariff of 1842. Many of his other letters indicated enclosed payments for mortgages, leases, and purchases. Also included are letters from Lorenz & Sterling Co. to Sterling during his 1842 trip to Sandusky, Ohio. In a related letter, Sterling's partner, James Cuddy, argues against selling shares in the company.


Box 1
Folder 1 Business Correspondence, 1832-1848
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1832-1845
Folder 3 Copybook, 1838-1848

Series II. Legal Papers, 1820-1868

Scope and Content Notes:

These legal agreements relate to personal and professional agreements made by Sterling . The notices are form letters notifying the public of various business closings. The collection also includes copies of mortgages made by Sterling to John Daragh and John Snyder. Also, a mortgage of Samuel Baird to William McKnight and Benjamin Darlington is in the collection. Sterling insured various properties in Pittsburgh, and maintained indentures documenting debts owed to him. Henry Sterling's will documents his properties and survivors at the time of his death. Undated land plots show the relative location of Sterling's properties.

Folder 4 Notices, 1820-1859
Folder 5 Mortgages, 1827-1854
Folder 6 Insurance, 1828-1845
Folder 7 Indentures, 1835-1842
Folder 8 Will of Henry Sterling, 1868
Folder 9 Land Plots, undated

Series III. Receipts and Bills, 1819-1862

Scope and Content Notes:

The series includes tuition receipts from the Steubenville Women's Seminary and Western University. Receipts from the Pittsburgh Iron Works, the Pittsburgh City Water Works, and the City Ice House record goods and services purchased for Sterling's business. Receipts for the purchase of food and dry goods, including sugar, bacon, coffee, soap, silk, calico, ribbon, thread, damask, glass, shoes, boots and paving bricks relate to Sterling's dry goods business. An undated ledger book may also document some of these transactions. Passenger and cargo rail tickets between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on the Pioneer, Pittsburgh Transportation, and the Good Intent Railroad and Canal Packet Lines document Sterling's travels in Pennsylvania. An undated ledger includes monies paid and received for unspecified goods and services.

Folder 10 Children's Tuition Payments, 1819-1855
Folder 11 Receipted Bills, 1828-1855
Folder 12 Transportation Receipts, 1835-1862
Folder 13 Ledger, undated

Series IV. Community Involvement, 1818-1822

Scope and Content Notes:

This series documents Sterling's community involvement in Pittsburgh. Included are minutes, treasurers' reports and manuscripts of speeches from the Church Society of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Allegheny City, the Pittsburgh Quintillion Society, and the Associated Singing Society of Pittsburgh. A number of poem's are present, possibly related to the Quintillion Society.

Folder 14 Poetry, 1818-1819
Folder 15 Church Society, 1822