Guide to the Foster Hall Collection, 1800-1952 CAM.FHC.2011.01

ULS Center for American Music

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Center for American Music
Title
Foster Hall Collection
Creator
University of Pittsburgh. Center for American Music.
Collection Number
CAM.FHC.2011.01
Date
1800-1952
Extent
11.5 linear feet
Location
With few exceptions, items with accession numbers starting with the letter "A" are located in the vault. Items noted with a "C" or "D" are located in the Center Archive Room.
Abstract
The Foster Hall Collection provides a valuable record of Stephen Foster's composition process, nineteenth century life in the United States, the music business, Pittsburgh history, and Foster's legacy. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

Foster Hall Collection, CAM.FHC.2011.01, Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh.

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Biography

Stephen Foster was born the ninth child of William Barclay Foster, a businessman and sometime politician, and Eliza Clayland Tomlinson. Though neither parent was musical, their daughters' education in voice and piano and Mrs Foster's subscriptions to literary magazines brought music and poetry into the home. The details of his life and career are sketchy. His first biography, an introduction to a collected edition of his songs, written by his brother Morrison (1896), offered impressions that have been repeated unquestioningly. As the keeper of the family papers, Morrison retained only selected correspondence and manuscripts, destroyed embarrassing items, and portrayed the songwriter as a naive genius, devoted to his parents, a dreamer and hopelessly inept at business. Emerson's more recent biography (1997) helps relate Foster to the other cultural figures and movements of his era in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and New York.

From the age of five, Foster grew up in Allegheny City (now Pittsburgh's North Side), where he heard contrasting musical styles in Scots-Irish, German, Italian and American neighbourhoods and in public halls. He received a thorough education at private academies in Allegheny and at Athens and Towanda in northeastern Pennsylvania. He taught himself the flute (his principal instrument), clarinet, violin, piano and guitar sufficiently to perform socially. Although he did not study composition formally, he was helped by the German-born Henry Kleber (1816–97), who from 1830 began a career as songwriter, music teacher, impresario, accompanist, conductor and music dealer in Pittsburgh. When he was 14 Foster composed the "Tioga Waltz" ; his first published work was  "Open thy lattice love" (1844), a barcarolle setting of a poem by George Pope Morris. Foster was attracted to the parlour ballads of Henry Russell and William Dempster, and to the songs and dances of the blackface minstrel shows. With a group of friends that included the writer Charles Shiras, who later collaborated with Foster on a musical play  The Invisible Prince (performed 1853, now lost) and the song "Annie My Own Love" (1853), Foster first tried out his polka-songs  "Lou'siana Belle" and  "Susanna" (Oh! Susanna) and the dirge  "Uncle Ned" (Old Uncle Ned).

Like his brothers, Foster was expected to find work in industry, and served from late 1846 to 1849 as a bookkeeper for his brother Dunning's steamship company in Cincinnati. His main interest was music, however, and he offered his minstrel songs in manuscript copies to professional performers and the ballads and piano dances to young ladies, making presents of neatly inked scores. "Susanna" became an instant hit, even before he offered it to the publisher W.C. Peters in Cincinnati for a token payment. As the ‘marching song of the ’49ers’ in the California Gold Rush and the unofficial theme song of the wagon trains of the westward expansion, the song became known by members of all levels of society and all ethnic and racial groups, its melody and words – “I come from Alabama, with my banjo on my knee” – becoming enduring as icons of Americana.

Largely on the unprecedented popularity of the minstrel songs, he signed a contract with the New York publishers Firth, Pond & Co. in 1849, then in 1850 returned to Pittsburgh and married Jane Denny McDowell. From 1851 until his death, initially to the disapproval of his family, he wrote songs professionally, becoming the first person in the United States to earn his living solely through the sale of compositions to the public. In February 1852 he took his only trip to the South, a delayed honeymoon with Jane on a steamboat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. In 1853 he wrote a new contract with Firth, Pond & Co., and in January 1854 produced The Social Orchestra, a collection of 73 of his own and other composers' melodies arranged as instrumental solos, duets, trios and quartets to accompany quadrilles and other social dancing. In the same year he ceased writing minstrel melodies and began arranging his most popular songs for guitar accompaniment, focusing his efforts on parlour ballads such as  "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and  "Hard Times Come Again No More " (1854), the unaccompanied quartet  "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming" , the comedic  "Some Folks" , his only temperance song  "Comrades Fill No Glass for Me" (all 1855) and  "Gentle Annie" (1856).

In 1853–4 Stephen and Jane were separated, Shiras died in 1854, and in the following year Foster lost both parents and all but ceased writing music. He produced one published song each in 1856 and 1857; with debts mounting, in 1857 he sold the future rights to his previous work back to his publishers Firth, Pond & Co. and F.D. Benteen. He wrote a new contract with Firth, Pond & Co. in 1858, although still not producing songs, and was soon overdrawn. In 1860 he moved to New York to be near the publishers and theatres, and returned briefly to minstrelsy with "The Glendy Burk" . The same year  "Old Black Joe" (Poor Old Joe) appeared, a synthesis of his ideals for stage and parlour ballads. His wife and daughter returned to Pennsylvania, and his remaining three years were his most productive if least inspired, with 98 titles including 27 Sunday School hymns. He collaborated with the lyricist George Cooper on music hall songs such as  "If You've Only Got a Moustache" and the comic duet  "Mr. & Mrs. Brown" (issued posthumously in 1864). His one enduringly memorable song from this period is the serenade  "Beautiful Dreamer" , written in 1862 but published after his death.

Foster's difficulty in earning a living was due in part to a lack of legal recourse with publishers and the absence of performing or mechanical rights; he frequently borrowed against future earnings and accrued unpayable debts. During the Civil War his health declined and he resorted to alcohol. Weakened by a fever and an untreated burn from an overturned lamp, on 10 January 1864 he collapsed in his New York hotel room, struck a wash basin and gashed his head: he died three days later at Bellevue Hospital. After a funeral at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh where his birth and marriage had been registered, he was buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville.

Works

From the start Foster concentrated his attention on songs for the home and for the stage, demurring when asked to write other genres. His 287 authenticated works include songs with piano accompaniment, arrangements of his songs with guitar accompaniment, vocal duets, quartets, hymns, piano pieces and other instrumental works and arrangements published as The Social Orchestra. He left a number of unfinished songs and instrumental pieces, mostly in a sketchbook he kept from 1851 until his final departure from Pittsburgh for New York in 1860.

By far the majority of the songs are ballads of sentiment, centered on longing for a place or an absent loved one, written for women who undertook the formal music-making in the home. Only 23 of the songs have ‘southern’ themes, but these provided 90% of his income while his contracts were in force. Foster had little knowledge of professional blackface minstrelsy, and even less about the American South: his letters (23 Feb 1850 and 20 June 1851) enclosing new songs prior to publication revealed that he was unfamiliar with the Christy Minstrel's voices and instruments and that he had not even heard this widely popular band. Foster composed lyrics and music instead from his own experience of parlour poetic imagery and from the perspective of northern urban society. Hamm (1979, 1983) has identified the immigrant influences in Foster's music, noting that the composer had to appeal to all tastes in order to sell sufficient copies of his songs to support himself; Austin has made a similar point about the imagery of Foster's lyrics. Even in the minstrel songs of pathos, beginning with "Uncle Ned" but increasingly in  "Old Folks at Home" (‘Way down upon de Swanee Ribber’),  "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-night!" (My Old Kentucky Home),  "Massa's in de cold ground" , and  "Old Black Joe" , Foster drew not so much on stage conventions as on the themes of longing for home and family that were so prevalent in his parlour repertory, thus appealing across all boundaries of ethnicity, race, national origin, economic level and class.

Morrison Foster's story of their family's bonded servant taking the young Stephen to a black American church where he ‘was fond of their singing and boisterous devotions’ has stoked the imaginations of scriptwriters, whose scenes have given rise to the false impression that Foster copied and sold for his own profit the traditional music of its unrecompensed creators. A more pervasive myth sees Foster as an American Thomas Moore (ii) or proto-Bartók, who gathered appealing melodies which he then reworked in his published compositions. Hamm's analysis, however, reveals Foster's command of British pleasure-garden song, Irish and Scottish melodies, Italian opera airs, German Lieder and other national schools of song, without documentable trace of black American styles. The early songs such as "Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!" ,  "I Would Not Die in Spring Time" , and the duet  "Turn Not Away!" especially show the influence of Anglo-American concert music. The Irish influence predominates in  "Gentle Annie" and  "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" . For the piano introduction to  "Sadly to Mine Heart Appealing" Foster did borrow eight bars of  "Robin Adair" from a book of Scottish melodies, but in the song itself the Germanic tradition is most apparent. Opera is his model for the duets  "The Hour for Thee and Me" and  "Wilt Thou Be Gone, Love?" (on a text from Shakespeare's  Romeo and Juliet) and the solo  "Linger in Blissful Repose" . He did not typically use syncopation, something considered a marker for black American rhythmic influence, but rather the Scotch snap, frequently to set a two-syllable name as with Mary, Annie, Dolly and Lily.

Foster wrote most of his own lyrics, which usually preceded his work on the musical setting, Morrison's claim to the contrary notwithstanding. Here he took a similarly eclectic approach, drawing on his familiarity with the themes and conceits of immigrant song-poetry: grieving for family and friends, recalling earlier homes and longing for the carefree joys of childhood. Events in Foster's life might have suggested ideas for his songs, but he transformed them from the specific to the universal. His sentiments crossed boundaries of race and social standing and transcended barriers of class and political power throughout the United States and abroad.

A chronological survey of Foster's output reveals his foresighted approach to racial conciliation. His early song "Nelly was a Lady" (1848, published 1849) was among the first songs by a white author or composer to portray a black husband and wife as a loving, faithful couple, and to insist on the term ‘lady’ for the woman. The dialect in Foster's minstrel lyrics, often exaggerated in later editions and in imitations of his work by other songwriters, is limited in his authorized editions mostly to selectively substituting ‘d’ for ‘th’, ‘b’ for ‘v’ and ‘a’ for ‘e’ (‘whar’ instead of ‘where’); other vernacular touches not necessarily denoting race are either contractions or the adding of ‘a’ to the beginning of present participles of verbs. Foster abandoned these along with race-specific terms in the early 1850s, and his stage-song imagery thoroughly merged with his parlour ballad style. His first minstrel song published without dialect is  "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-night!" (drafted in dialect in 1852, copyrighted in 1853), and the first to appear in fully standard English is  "Old Dog Tray" (1853), although in 1860 he briefly went back to dialect (  "The Glendy Burk" ) in an apparent attempt to boost flagging sales. The illustrated sheet-music covers of his authorized editions lack the cartoon caricatures of black Americans or black-face performers that proliferated on other minstrel music and on pirated and foreign editions of his songs. He admonished Christy to perform his tragic plantation songs ‘in a pathetic, not a comic style’ which would engender pity and compassion rather than derision.

Whether or not Foster sought to redress the injustice of insensitive caricatures of black Americans in popular culture, his tragic minstrel songs conveyed universal human emotions that were embraced by black and white alike. Early stage productions of Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" prominently employed  "My Old Kentucky Home, good-night!" and  "Old Folks at Home" . Clearly Foster sought to reform minstrels songwriting: at the start of his career Foster felt he could unite with Christy ‘in every effort to encourage a taste for this style of music [minstrelsy] so cried down by opera mongers’ (letter, 23 February 1850). Two years later, after Christy had paid Foster to name him as the composer and author of  "Old Folks at Home" , Foster expressed himself more clearly (letter, 25 May 1852):

“As I once intimated to you, I had the intention of omitting my name on my Ethiopian songs, owing to the prejudice against them by some, which might injure my reputation as a writer of another style of music, but I find that by my efforts I have done a great deal to build up a taste for the Ethiopian songs among refined people by making the words suitable to their taste, instead of the trashy and really offensive words which belong to some songs of that order. ”

He wrote frolicking tunes that entered oral tradition as instrumental numbers, such as "Nelly Bly" ,  "Camptown Races" ,  "Angelina Baker" (all 1850) and  "Ring, Ring de Banjo!" (1851). But his minstrel songs, usually written as solos with four-voice chorus, increasingly portrayed sympathetic, dignified, compassionate, even tragic characters:  "Oh! Boys, carry me ’long" and  "Old Folks at Home" (both 1851),  "Massa's in de Cold Ground" (1852),  "My Old Kentucky Home, Good-night!" and  "Old Dog Tray" (1853). His parlour ballads such as  "Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!" (1850), solos with refrain but (in the early years) lacking the multi-voice chorus, were more prolific but collectively less remunerative.

Reputation and Influence

The estimation of Foster as a composer varies widely. Within two months of his death Harper's New Monthly Magazine proclaimed that ‘The air is full of his melodies. They are our national music’. Contemporary reviews noted that his songs sounded distinctively American, and were unprecedentedly popular. The singers who have performed Foster's songs include Jenny Lind, Adelina Patti, John McCormack, Paul Robeson, Richard Crooks, Marilyn Horne and Thomas Hampson. Foster's melodies have been arranged for many combinations of instruments and voices, beginning with the piano variations by Henri Herz, extending through Dvořák's setting of  "Old Folks at Home" for soloists, chorus and orchestra, and continuing through Fritz Kreisler's violin encores and Robert Shaw's choral arrangements. Foster's contemporary advocates of refined culture, led by John Sullivan Dwight (Dwight's  Journal of Music, 19 November 1853), excoriated them: ‘they persecute and haunt the morbidly sensitive nerves of deeply musical persons’, and ‘such and such a melody breaks out every now and then, like a morbid irritation of the skin’. Such scorn notwithstanding, the American songwriter George F. Root credited Foster with creating the ‘people's song’, seemingly simple words and music combined in such a way ‘that it will be received and live in the hearts of the people’.

The appraisal of Foster has also shifted with changing social views. In the late 19th century, the post-Reconstructionist recasting of minstrelsy as ‘coon songs’ coincided with a condescending view that Foster's songs elevated and ennobled the crude music of uncultured peoples; simultaneously, black Americans' sense of ownership is reflected in the assessment by W.E.B. Du Bois that "Old Folks at Home" and  "Old Black Joe" were different from the debasing minstrel songs, and in Henry T. Burleigh's singing of Foster's melodies along with black spirituals for Dvořák. By the second quarter of the 20th century, Foster's songs were freely performed on radio and in films, and he was acclaimed as ‘America's troubadour’;  "My old Kentucky home, good-night!" was adopted as the official state song of Kentucky (1928) and  "Old Folks at Home" as that of Florida (1935). Josiah Kirby Lilly, an Indianapolis philanthropist and bibliophile, issued a facsimile edition of Foster's complete works in 1933, and in 1940, Foster was the first musician elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Between 1939 and 1952 three Hollywood biographical films appeared.

Following the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, which heightened sensitivity to minstrelsy's racism, many schools in the USA abandoned Foster's songs. In the 1980s and 90s, however, they gained new currency, partly through scholarly research into the songs' history of interpretations and significance for racial conciliation, partly because of their continued circulation among American country and folk-music performers, partly through worldwide interest in Americana, and partly because the American entertainment industry continued to use them as iconic melodies in cartoons, films and television shows. Ethnomusicologists have recorded them along the Tibetan border in China; black South Africans taught them in their schools under Apartheid; since the 1880s when Luther Whiting Mason created a system of music education for Japan, all Japanese children have sung the music of Foster along with Mozart and Schubert as part of a mandatory eight-year music curriculum. In the 1850s Foster's songs were the first significant body of identifiably American song; by the end of the 1990s, a handful of Foster's songs remained among the best-known music in the world.

Taken from The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Foster Hall Collection consists of music manuscripts, Stephen Foster's bound sketchbook, his bound account book, his personal and family correspondence, musical instruments, business records, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera. As the centerpiece of the Center for American Music's library, the collection provides a valuable record of Foster's composition process, nineteenth century life in the United States, the music business, Pittsburgh history, and Foster's legacy. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Center for American Music, May 2012

University of Pittsburgh Library System
106A Stephen Foster Memorial
4301 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-624-4100
amerimus@pitt.edu

Access Restrictions

Access to the Foster Hall Collection is restricted to approved researchers. Facsimiles of most materials are available for those who wish to examine the materials but who do not receive appropriate approval.

Copyright

These items are no longer under copyright although some items are not permitted to be republished without permission from the Center for American Music.

Acquisition Information

The majority of the collection was donated to the University by Josiah Kirby Lilly in 1937 to be housed in the newly built Stephen Foster Memorial at the base of the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Other items were purchased or donated by Foster family descendants, including Evelyn Foster Morneweck and Dick Foster (Stephen Foster's grand-nephew) and, more recently, by Arthur Humphrey, a collection benefactor who purchased items off of eBay after Dick Foster's rented storage unit went up for auction following his death.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kathryn Miller Haines during August-October 2011.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid. Also a digital reproduction of Foster's sketchbook is available at http://images.library.pitt.edu/s/sketchbook/.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pittsburgh. Foster Hall Collection.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Manuscripts (Document genre)
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Realia
  • Sheet music

Personal Name(s)

  • Foster family
  • Foster, Morrison, 1823-1904
  • Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864
  • Foster, William B., 1779-1855

Subject(s)

  • Composers -- United States
  • Minstrel music -- United States
  • Music
  • Musicians -- United States
  • Popular music -- United States -- To 1901

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Stephen Foster, 1837-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes those materials owned and/or directly created by Stephen Foster, including his manuscript material, correspondence, personal possessions, and other items in his autograph, and makes up the centerpiece of the Foster Hall Collection.

Subseries  1. Foster's Personal Possessions, 1837-1864 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains possessions owned by Foster, including his personal books, sheet music, and musical instruments.

Books Owned by Foster, 1837-1863 

Scope and Content Notes

This section contains published books that were owned by Foster.

 B5185 .P5 1854  Holy Bible (Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co.), 1854 

Formerly owned by Foster's daughter, Marion, who verified that this copy belonged to her parents.

Online
 AG5 .W21  Walker's Dictionary, unknown 

Copy owned by Foster. Date and edition indiscernible due to damage.

Online
 BX2113 .C37 1855  Nouveau Petit Paroissien (Tours: Mam et Cie), 1855 

Foster's prayer book. Contains inscriptions in Foster's autograph; "Stephen C. Foster's Christmas gift to himself Dec. 25, 1856." "To John D. Scully Oct. 21, 1859 S.C. Foster." "A specimen of good binding, good paper, and good printing." Scully was married to Marion McDowell Scully, the sister of Foster's wife Jane.

Online
 M1746 .N375 1849  National Melodies of Scotland United to the Songs of Robert Burns, Allan Ramsay and Other Eminent Lyric Poets with Symphonies and Accompaniments for the Pianoforte by Haydn, Pleyel, Lozeluch (London; New York; John & Frederick Tallis), 1849 

This is the book of "Scotch melodies" Foster asked his brother Morrison to send to him in his letter of October 22, 1858.

Online
 PR4351 .L34 1870  Byron's Works, 1870 

Foster's signature inside book.

Online

Musical Instruments, 1837-1863 

Scope and Content Notes

This section contains musical instruments that were owned by Foster.

 E1 Flute with case owned by Foster, undated 

Eight-keyed rosewood flute pitched in D built by Chabrier Peloubet circa 1850-1855. Bears a silver band engraved with "Stephen C. Foster to William Hamilton 1857." Hamilton was a boyhood friend of Foster's. The flute was eventually passed on to Hamilton's grandson, Alfred R. Hamilton, who gave it to the Stephen Foster Memorial at the University of Pittsburgh.

 E2 Piano owned by Foster, undated 

Standard nineteenth-century six-octave square piano with rosewood case. Built by Dubois & Stodart, 167 Broadway, New York. On loan from the Carnegie Museum.

 E3 Melodeon owned by Foster, undated 

Three-octave instrument with oak case. Features knee bellows, detachable legs and shoulder straps for portability when serenading. Built by the George A. Prine Company of Buffalo and Chicago. Believed to have been acquired by Foster in Pittsburgh circa 1850-60. Eventually given, or sold, by Foster to his friend, George K. Flower.

 Red Box B. Two Silver Spoons, undated 

Given to the composer and his wife as wedding presents. One bears engraved initials "JDF" [Jane Denny Foster] and bears "J.B. McFadden & Co." on back of handle. The other bears "D. Reinman" on back of handle.

Subseries  2. Death Realia, 1837-1863 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains materials related to the death of Stephen Foster, including correspondence and hospital documents.

 A361 Letter from George Cooper to Morrison Foster, January 12, 1864    1.0 folders

Letter from George Cooper to Morrison Foster informing him that Stephen has been hospitalized at Bellevue and asking, on Stephen's behalf, for financial assistance. Erroneously dated Jan. 12, 1863.

Online
 A362 Western Union Telegram reporting Foster's death, Jan. 14, 1864    1.0 folders

Standard Western Union form addressed to Morrison Foster in Cleveland on January 14, 1864, from George Cooper in New York. Message states: "Stephen is dead. Come on."

Online
 A363 Receipt for Stephen's Hospital expenses, Jan. 16, 1864    1.0 folders

Ink on ruled paper; "Rec'd of Mr. Foster ten shillings charge for Stephen C. Foster while in hospital -- Jany 16, 1864. Wm. E. White Warden Bellevue Hospital.

Online
 A364 Inventory of Foster's personal possessions, Jan. 10 - Jan. 13, 1864 

Made by a staff member of Bellevue Hospital at the time of Foster's death. Ink on ruled paper, "Ward 11. Stephen Foster. Died Jan. 13. Coat. Pants. Vest. Hat. Shoes. Overcoat. Jan. 10, 1864." On reverse, "Beller." The second date refers to Foster's admission. It has been speculated that the name Beller may refer to a doctor of possibly the person who made the inventory.

Online

Subseries  3. Foster Iconography, 1837-1863 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains images of Foster.

Foster Photographs, 1837-1863 

Scope and Content Notes

This section contains original photographs of Stephen Collins Foster.

 A358 Ambrotype Portrait of Foster, 1854-1864 

Copies located at 10693. Original ambrotype of Foster posed nearly full-face. Probably made after 1854.

 26163 Tinytpe of Foster, 1859-1863 

Original tintype of Foster posed with elbow on table, chin resting on hand. Note that this photographic process reversed the image. Probably the portrait referred to in Foster's letter to his brother Morrison, June 13, 1859.

Online
 14346 Carte de visite print of original tintype, 1859-1864 

Standard carte-de-visite size albumen print of the original tintype. On reverse in pencil in an unidentified hand, "Stephen C. Foster circa 1864, aged 37." Mount bears printed advertisement of "Cargo's Photographic Rooms Dispatch Buildings No. 69 Fifth Street, Near Post Office, Pittsburgh.

 38299 Albumen print of floral arrangement for Foster's funeral, 1864 

Standard cabinet-size albumen print of cross-shaped floral arrangement on Foster's grave, given by a group of Pittsburgh musicians. Mount bears the printed advertisement "J.R. Pearson, 79 Fifth Avenue. 43 & 45 Federal Street."

 A360 Original ambrotype of Stephen Foster and George Cooper, 1863 
 A369 Silver print of original ambrotype, 1854-1864 

Standard Victoria size silver print of original ambrotype.

Foster Silhouettes, 1837-1863 

Scope and Content Notes

This section includes paper silhouettes of Foster's profile, some of which were autographed by the composer.

 A295 Framed silhouette of Foster facing right "To John Mahon my friend Stepn Foster," undated 
 A294 Framed silhouette of Foster facing left "to my friend John Mahon Stepn Foster," 1861 

From back of frame "portrait of Stephen Foster given to John Mahon who knew Foster in 1861. Acquired from W.H. Lowdern IK & Co of Washington D.D. November 7, 1838."

 25990 Framed silhouette of Stephen Foster facing left "To George Cooper from Stepn Foster," undated 

Acquired from Mrs. Edward Candor of Upper Montclair, New Jersey, October 24, 1939.

 25989 Silhouette of Foster in frame, by M. Hubard, inscribed to and presented by W. Pond, undated 

Subseries  4.  Manuscripts, 1837-1863 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains manuscripts written in Foster's hands, including music manuscripts, his account records, and correspondence. The most significant item in this subseries is Foster's manuscript or sketchbook, which has been fully digitized and may be viewed online through Pitt's Digital Research Library.

Music Manuscripts, 1837-1863 

Scope and Content Notes

This section contains the individual music manuscripts written in Foster's hand.

 A324 "Willie Has Gone to War," 1837-1864    1.0 folders Online
 A325 "Where is Thy Spirit, Mary?," 1837-1864    1.0 folders

A second original, mounted copy also exists in the collection (no accession number) with an 1895 letter from Morrison Foster.

Online
 A326 "Lou'siana Belle," 1837-1863    1.0 folders Online
 A328 "Old Folks Variations," 1837-1864    1.0 folders Online
 A330 "March in the Prophets," by Meyerbeer, 1837-1860    1.0 folders

Manuscript of Meyerbeer's "March in Prophets" in Foster's hand.

Online
 A331 "Abolition Show," March 11, 1857    1.0 folders Online
 A332 "The May Queen," 1837-1860    1.0 folders Online
 A333 "Meet Me Tonight Dearest," 1837-1860    1.0 folders Online
 A350 "Sadly to Mine Heart Appealing," 1837-1864    1.0 folders Online
 A351 "The Wife," 1837-1864    1.0 folders Online
 A352 "Willie My Brave," 1837-1864 
 A353 "Linda has Departed," 1837-1863    1.0 folders Online
 A354 "I Would Not Die in Spring Time," 1837-1864    1.0 folders Online
 A355 "For Thee, Love, For Thee," 1837-1864    1.0 folders Online
 A230 Account Book, 1837-1863 

Commercial ledger book bearing "Stephen C. Foster" in autograph on flyleaf recto. Contains records of expenses, such as washing and room rents, as well as payments from Foster's publishers, Firth, Pond and Company. Measures 7-3/8" by 5-1/4" , includes on ruled blue paper with thumb-index guides. A photostat created in the 1930s is available at the Center for American Music.

Account Book,
 A298 Sketchbook, 1851-1863 

Stephen Foster’s sketchbook is a twelve- by eight-inch (30.9 x 20.5 cm) book of 113 leaves half-bound in brown leather with heavy paper boards covered in red and blue marbleized paper. All entries are in similar handwriting in pencil, except for red pencil for verse 1 of “Old Black Joe” (p.109v); all on same paper. The book is inscribed “Allegheny City June 26 1851” in Foster’s hand on page 1 recto and appears to span a nine-year period.

The sketchbook includes draft texts for sixty-four different songs including several of his most popular ones; a few pages include sketches of the music. Several of the draft lyrics are for unpublished songs (these are noted with brackets around the titles). The book also contains odd jottings, scribbles, doodles, and exercises in which Foster apparently practiced his signature and initials. A number of pages were torn out and are missing.

One page had been cut out by the composer’s granddaughter; it has been recovered and placed in its original position.

A photostat copy created in the 1930s is available of this item, as is a digitized copy ( http://images.library.pitt.edu/s/sketchbook/), and a transcript of the entire document.

Miscellaneous Items in Foster's Hand, 1837-1864 

Scope and Content Notes

This section contains items written in Foster's hand, including autographs, poems, his last message, contracts, and other miscellaneous items.

 A312 Autograph of Foster for George Cooper, 1862    1.0 folders

"This Saturday I write my name for George Cooper. S.C. Foster." Written on a small scrap of paper probably sometime in 1862.

Online
 A329 The Five Nice Young Men, May 6, 1845    1.0 folders

Poem in Foster's autograph dated May 6, 1845. Describes Foster's fellow "Knights of the Square Table" in humorous terms. Foster's brother, Morrison, penciled in the name of each friend at the appropriate stanza. These friends were Charles P. Shiras, Charles Rahm, Andrew L. Robinson, Robert P. McDowell, and J. Harvey Davis.

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 A322 Foster's last message, 1863-1864    1.0 folders

The famed scrap of paper found in Foster's wallet after his death bearing the words "Dear friends and gentle hearts" in his autograph. Allegedly the last thing written by Foster and assumed to have been an idea for an unwritten song.

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Bank draft of Firth, Pond, and Company, May 31, 1860 

Standard printed bank draft with steel engravings. Written in Foster's autograph: "$50. Warren, O, May 31, 1860 One day After Sight Pay to the order of M. Foster Fifty Dollars value received and charge the same to the account of Very Respy Yours S.C. Foster To Firth Pond & Co. New York." Referred to in a letter to Morrison Foster (A342) which accompanied the draft. It is not known why Morrison never cashed the draft.

 C920 List of songs with prediction of future earnings, given to Firth Pond by Foster, undated 

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 C921 Contract between Foster and Firth Pond & Co., 1854 

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 C922 Contract between Foster and Firth Pond & Co., 1858 

Item is a photocopy; original is held by the Library of Congress, call number ML95 .F8.

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 M1622 .F67 .055 1851 c.6 Self-portrait of Foster in top hat, 1851 

Drawing appears on the back of "Old Folks at Home."

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Stephen Foster's Correspondence, 1837-1863 

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This section contains correspondence from Stephen Foster and written in his hand.

 A343 To his father, William B. Foster, Sr., January 14, 1837    1.0 folders  typed transcript at C845.

My Dear father

I wish you to send me a commic songster for you promised to. if I had my pensyl I could rule my paper. or if I had the money to by Black ink But if I had my whistle I would be so taken with it I do not think I would write atall. there has been a sleighing party this morning with twenty or thirty cupple. Dr. Bane got home last night and told us Henry was coming out here I wish Dunning would come with him tell them bothh to try to come for I should like to see them both most two much to talk about.

I remane your loving song

Stephen C. Foster

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 A344 To his brother, William B. Foster, Jr., November 9, 1840    1.0 folders  typed transcript at C845.

Athens Nov. 9th

Dear Brother

As Mr. Mitchell is going to start for Towanda to day, I thougt I would write you a line concerning my studies as he says you will not be here for more than a week.

My Philosophy Grammar & Arithmetic not being enough to keep me going I would ask your permission to Study either Latin or Bookkeeping.

I have no place to study in the evenings as the little ones at Mr. Herricks keep such a crying and talking that it’s impossible to read. There is a good fire place in my room and if you will just say the word I will have a fire in it at nights and learn something. When you come don’t forget my waistcoat at the tailors. there are several little articles which I need though I have no room to mention them. I must stop writing as I am very cold.

Your affectionate Brother

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 A345 To his brother William, circa 1840-1841    1.0 folders  typed transcript at C845.

Towanda Thursday

My Dear Brother,

As you wish to have me go to Athens for fear I will not learn enough in this place, I will tell you what my ideas were on the subject.

Mr. Vosberry is a very good mathematition, and as he has quit keeping school he is going to occupy a private room in the house of Mr. Elwell.

Mr. Kettle will be here tomorrow and will stop at Barlett & Fords. he will have a room there but will not be in it in the daytime as his paint room will be at another house. Mr. Ford says he will board me and give me a good a room as I wish for $2.00 per week.

If you will let me board here (while you stay) and room with Kettle I will promise not to be seen out of doors between the hours of nine & twelve A.M. and one & four P.M. Which hours I will attribute to study, such as you please to put me into. I will also promise not to pay any attention to my music untill after eight Oclock in the evening after which time Mr. Kettle will probably be in the room as he cannot paint after dark. I don’t se how I could have a better chance for study. & the above price is as cheap as I could live in Athens that lonesome place-— can go over to recite in the forenoon at about 10 oclock and in the afternoon at 4—do please consent.

Your affectionate & grateful brother

Stephen

Please pay Mr. D. Mitchell $3.00 which I borrowed from him to pay for pumps, subscription &c for the exhibition. I allso owe Mr. Vandercook a very small amount. Don’t pay Mr. Herrick for fire in my room as I have not had any since you payed him last.

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 A346 To his brother, William, July 24, 1841    1.0 folders  typed transcript at C845.

Canonsburg Saturday

My Dear Brother,

I arrived her on last Tuesday, and found among the quantity of Students of this institution , several of my old acquaintances.

This is a very pretty situation where I board as it is on an elivation of about four hundred feet. We have about two hundred and thirty students here at the present time, and a library of about 1500 volumes.

Pat left this on Wednesday last and is now at Warren I believe.

The tuition instead of being $5.00 amounts to $12.50 and boarding $2.00 per week.

Pa paid my tuition bill in advance, as is customary at this place. There is several other bills which I have not paid as I have not the means. Such as 2 or $3.00 for joining one of the literary societies, as all of the students belong to them I was requested to joiin one and put it of for a couple of weeks, for as Pa has not much more than the means of getting along I thought I would write you this letter that you might considder over the matter. I will also have to pay boarding bill at the end of every month which will amount to $8.50 that is at the end of four weeks and a half which generally makes a month, and if you see fit to send me a little of the bino. Once in a while I will insure you there is no inducements here to make me spend any money unnecessarily. I will allso have to pay about $1.25 per week for washing as I have to keep myself very clean here.

I would inform you in the meantime I need another summer coat or two especially for Sunday.

The Ohio river is very low and falling gradually. The boats have ceased runing.

As I have made out a mideling long letter and am clear out of information (news) I would only say, wishing you a safe journey home and through life, and that I may some day be fit to render thanks to you for your unceasing kindness to me. I remane your ever grateful and affectionate brother

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 A347 To his brother, William, August 28, 1841    1.0 folders  typed transcript at C845

Pittsburgh August 28th---41

My Dear Brother,

I suppose that you are surprised and probably displeased at me for not being more punctual in writing to you every fortnight, as you wished to have me do. I will therefore proceed to make my best excuses.

When I wrote to you from Canonsburg I did not tell you whether I liked the place or not (if I remember aright) but now I will take the liberty of telling you that I became more disgusted with the place as long as I stayed in it. It is not a good time to begin college in the middle of the Session as I could not get into any class for three or four days after I went there, and when I did get started into a recitation it was in irregular hours.

If I had went as a regular student I might have been examined and got along very easily, but going as I did just to stay a session or two, I suppose they did not care much whether I was attended to or not. Besides, when I had been there but five days I took sick (from a disiness in my head occasioned by an overflow of the blood) and was confined to bed for two days.* [In a footnote:] *Whenever I would go to raise up out of bed I would become so dizy that I could scarcely see.

In the night of the second day of my Sickness, my nose took to bleeding which made me feel better the next morning.

It so happened that one of the students was coming in to town that day (Samuel Montgomery of Pittsburg) and I concluded I would come in with him, as he asked me to.

When I left Canonsburg your letter had not arrived. So that I wrote to Mr. Mercur (brother to the Mercur’s in Towanda) to forward it on as soon as it arrived, but nevertheless I did not receive it untill about two weeks after won wrote it. Although you told me not to wate for your letters when I wrote, still I expected it every day so that I was put of beyond the regular time.

When I did get it we were just preparing to move over here, which kept me buisy for two or three days, and as soon as we got partly moved I commenced going to School to Mr. Moody—So that I never got a fair chance to write untill to-day.

I hope that you will pardon me for writing to you so extensively on the money subject. But at the same time I will let you know that a boy comes out mighty thin in Canonsburg without some of it in his pocket.

Pa had not told me that he would furnish me with as much money as I needed, or I would not have troubled you on that subject.

As we were all talking over different subjects the other evening among others the subject of the Navy was talked of. Now a midshipman is just what I fancy.

Pa is away in Washington county at a temperance meeting and will return this evening I think.

With these few lines I will bring to a close by stating that we are all well and in good spirits. Hopeing that you will ever be blessed with the same qualities I remain your ever affectionate and justly dutiful brother

Stephen

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 A335 To his sister, Ann Eliza, September 15, 1845    1.0 folders  Typed transcript exists at C493

September 15, 1845 [To his sister, Ann Eliza]

Pittsburgh, Sep. 15, 1845

My Dear Sister,

In one of your letters you expressed a desire that I should compose for you some organ music, but as I have no knowledge of that instrument I have thought it advisable not to explore my ignorance. I have, however, seen Mr. Mellor who has promised to lend me some music that he thinks will suit, which I will copy and send to you.

Henry has written home saying that he would like to change places with some person until he may have time to come to Pitt. and rest himself, and as it would be a very pleasant change I have thought of taking his place in Washington. If I do so I will, no doubt, have an opportunity of visiting you. He seems to think that there is no chance of advancement in the office which he now holds and if he can get a good situation here he will let me make a permanent stay as Washn.

We have received one letter from Dunning since he left us I suppose he visited Paradise on his way east he had not, when he wrote, visited Philadelphia, where (as you must know) his true-love is staying.

I am writing amidst the bustle of the Hope ware-house you must forgive therefore my haste.

We are all well excepting little Tom, who has had quite a fever but is now getting better.

Love to all--. Your affectionate brother

Stephen

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 A349 To William E. Millet, May 25, 1849    1.0 folders

Cincinnati May 25, 1849

Mr. Wm. E. Millet

Dear Sir

I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 21st inst. and to give you what information I can touching the subject of your inquiry.

I gave manuscript copies of each of the songs “Lou’siana Belle”—“Uncle Ned”--& “Oh, Susanna” to several persons before I gave them to Mr. Peters for publication, but in neither instance with any permission nor restriction in regard to publishing them, unless contained in a letter to Mr. Roark accompanying the m.s. of “Uncle Ned” – although of this I am doubtful. Mr. Peters has my receipt for each of the songs.

The only information which I can give you in regard to dates, as my memory does not serve me, must be in copying the years named on the title-pages of the Cincinnati publications, from which I infer that “Lou’siana Belle” was copy-righted in 1847 – the others in 1848.

If I see Mr. Roark (who lives in our city) I will give you further information in regard to the letter which I wrote him. I have the honor, sir, to subscribe myself

Very Respectfully Yours,

Stephen C. Foster

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 A336 To his sister, Ann Eliza, July 16, 1850    1.0 folders  Typed Carbon copy at C467

Pittsburgh, July 16, 1850

My Dear Sister,

I write to say that I am to be married on Monday next to Miss Jane, daughter of the late Dr. McDowell of this place, and that we will start on the same evening for Baltimore and New York, The trip will be on business as much as for pleasure, as I wish to see my publishers in the east as soon as possible, Therefore I regret that I cannot, to my own advantage, pay you a visit in going, although I will pass very near your house. We will however endeavor to give you a call in returning, but this may not be for several months. We are to have a small wedding. With love to Mr. Buchanan and the dear children.

Your affectionate Brother

Stephen

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 A348 To his brother, Morrison, July 8, 1853    1.0 folders

New York, July 8, 1853

My Dear Brother,

Your letter of the 6th is received. The vest arrived safely, I am glad you sent it. I wish you could send me Mess. F.P. & Co.’s note for 125$ which I gave you. In my anxiety to pay you I rather stinted myself expecting to be able to live modestly at home, but circumstances have increased my expense as you know since that time. They have just rendered my account which is over five hundred dollars, and that for the dullest season of the year, so you can see my prospects are good but I dare not claim any money until these notes are all paid, though full amt of my a/c current is passed to my credit, & bal. Due to be claimed after that time. If you will let me have the note I will take the first occaision to pay you. I am not living expensively, and I hope it will not be long before I can pay you back the amt.

I made it payable to your order, so, if you send it, don’t forget to indorse it.

I am getting along first rate, with plenty of work to keep me busy.

Hippodrome no humbug, races there very exciting. Taylor’s new saloon great. Sontag opera with Salvi Seffaroni &c. next week. Crystal Palace in a week. Fourth of July here good for nervous sick people I dare say, cleared myself out of town, went over to Staten Island and saw Vin Smith. Gilliad and wife at Niagra – home next week. I am bringing out a couple of good songs. Love to all

Your affectionate brother

Stephen

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 A308 To his sister, Henrietta, March 19, 1855    1.0 folders

Allegheny City, March 19, 1855

My Dear sister

You will be delighted to hear that I have received a letter from Dunning written at New Orleans conveying cheering news with regard to his health. He says that he is so much improved in health as to feel that he will ultimately overcome his complaint entirely, at the same time saying that he has suffered a great deal both in body and mind. His letter is full of affection expressed towards us all and of deep feelings on the subject of our dear mother’s death. He hopes to visit us all in the summer, naming in this connection Youngstown, Allegheny City & Philada. Pa’s health has been excellent ever since you left us. I have taken great care to see that he is treated with regularity and system. Biddy is my main stay, and is even a much better girl than I had expected to find her. Margaret is also an excellent girl. I found, for many reasons, that Mrs. Gibson was any thing but an assistance to us, though her intentions for the most part were good. She and Carry, her daughter, have gone home. I get along much better without having any strangers in the house except as servants. I hope dear Mary’s health is firmly established by this time. Mit. is in Philada. With love to all.

Your affectionate brother

Stephen

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 A311 To his friend, Billy Hamilton, January 16, 1857    1.0 folders

Pittsburgh Jan. 16, 1857

Dear, Billy,

Your letter from Point Pleasant has been received, and I am glad to know the whereabouts of the great North American ballad singer. When can you promise to appear again before a Pittsburgh audience? Masonic Hall can be had now. I have also had an engagement, tendered me, but I declined. Kleber is going to give a concert and he has offered me the post of first anvil player in the “Anvil Chorus” from a new opera. I was unwilling to go through the course of training and dieting requiste for the undertaking, and consequently declined. I understand he has sent to Europe for a “first anvil.” We have had another little political brush in the election of Mayor, but there was very little excitement.

I have not yet received the Cincinnati Gazette and suppose that puff has not appeared. I will send you by this mail a copy of “Jeanie with the light brown hair” if I can find a copy. Mit is now living with us. James Buchanan returned yesterday from a long visit home. Mrs. F. and Miss Maggie are quite well. Your account of your appearance on stage rather got them.

I am much obliged to you for that dog, “Rat-trap” as we call him, on account of his well known ferocity toward those animals. You must pardon me if I inform you that he is now with us no more. He continued to devour shoes, stockings, spools, the Cat and everything else that he could find lying around loose. At last we held a council of war, and thought we would put him in the cellar. There he stayed for three weeks and howled all the time, and would have howled until now if I had not let him out. I was afraid the neighbors would inform on us for keeping a nusiance. Solitary confinement did not agree with him. He lost his appetite. Then I gave him some garlic as you had instructed me. This gave him a sort of diarrhea, and he got into Mit’s room and relieved himself on his bed, then he scattered his dirty shirts over the floor, sprinkled his shoes and played hob generally. This performance seemed to bring him to his appetite, for that same evening he stole a whole beef steak off the Kitchen table and swallowed it raw. We concluded that this was too much to stand even from “Friendships offering,” so I made up my mind to trade him off. John Little had a friend in Chicago who wanted just such a dog, so he gave me a very fine Scotch terrier eighteen months old for him. “Trap” is enjoying the lakebreezes. I am very much obliged to you for that dog.

James Buchanan has just come in to see me, so here I will wind up.

Your Friend

S.C. Foster

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 A337 To his brother, Morrison, October 22, 1858    1.0 folders

Pittsburgh Oct. 22/58

Dear Mit

I recd. the medicine you sent me for Bill Blakely and took it over to him. I also left with him all the directions contained in both your letters. Bill looks worse than when I last saw him, and he told me that he had been sinking for the past two weeks more than formerly. He says that your medicine is much better than that by the same name which he has been using. I will call on Cupid and get the shaving fixings.

If you are not in any particular hurry for Benton’s books I would like to read a little in them before sending them to you.

Please give my love to Brother William and ask him whether he would like to have me send him the Assembly books that Pa had. We are all well—

Your Affec. bro

S.C. Foster

If you have the book containing Scotch melodies I wish you could send it to me, I will return it to you. I have sent to F.P. & Co. the song “Sadly to mine heart appealing” (Lyrics suggested on hearing an old Scottish melody) and would like to select an old tune for the introductory symphony. If you have not the book probably you can tell me where to find one.

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 A310 To his brother, Morrison, November 2, 1858    1.0 folders

Pittsburgh Nov. 2, 1858

Dear Mit

Neither Henry nor I feel inclined to go to Cincinnati, but our old friend Tom Smith says he will go willingly. I told him he should have his passage free if he paid for his meals. This he has agreed to. I will pay the $3 – extra passage. Will this suit? If so let me know and send me the pass, and I will notify Mary when to be at Salem.

By the way, there is an excellent man named James Gray here who desires to see him family in Cincinnati. He is a hard working Glass blower. He says he could get off from duty if he could only afford to pay his passage. If it can be done send a pass for him. I like his general character.

Your affectionate brother

S.C. Foster

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 A338 To his brother, Morrison, November 11, 1858    1.0 folders

Pittsburgh, Nov. 11, 1858

Dear Mit

Mary Wick, Jane, Marion and I start tomorrow for Cincinnati on Billy Hamilton’s boat, the “Ida May.” We all went to see Miss Davenport last night at the “old” theatre. We will stirr old John McClellan up in Cincinnati, make the children sing and bring in Billy’s bass voice. The trip will be a recreation and variety for me. Siss gets along very well since mother’s death. We had a nice duck supper with her the other evening. She had plenty of jokes about Andy as usual.

Our old friend Bill Blakely died this morning. There is a very favorable notice in the evening’s “Chronicle.” I posted O’Neil on the matter. When I saw him last he said he wondered whether he would ever see you again.

Your Affectionate Brother

S.C. Foster

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 A339 To his brother, Morrison, June 13, 1859    1.0 folders

Pittsburgh June 13, 1859

My dear brother Mit.

Yesterday my neighbor who has the Daguerreotype establishment invited me to have my picture taken. I think it is rather good and I send it to you, my dear brother.

Did you receive my letter intended for Mr. Bateman, and did you forward it?

I sent off a first rate song that other day to Firth, Pond & Co. When I receive a printed copy I will send it to you.

Your affectionate bro.

Stephen

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 A340 To his brother, Morrison, August 15, 1859    1.0 folders

Dear Mit,

I went to Baden on Saturday, and took Jane with me. I saw Mr Deerdorf who said that the crops had been bad and dull payments &c &c. In short, he had not the money. He had not recd “the scratch of a pen” from you in a long time that you had not demanded the money when it was due, &c. I asked him when he would be ready with the money, he said, about the 1st of October. I told him to leave it with Henry. We took dinner and tea at Mr. Aderson’s. He was not at home, but the girls were. Mrs. Berry (the youngest daughter) is very pretty and entertaining, being a combination of Mary Wick, Mary McClelland, Mrs Mitchell, Mrs. Woods, &c.

Much love to all

Your Affec. bro

S. C. Foster

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 A342 To his brother, Morrison, May 31, 1860    1.0 folders

Warren, O. May 31, 1860.

Dear Mit

Herewith I send you a draft on Firth Pond & Co. for $50 – which I wish you to hold for ten days, and, if you can conveniently, please send me the amount by return mail. There will be no trouble about payment of the draft. I have only one song to finish in the time mentioned. I desire you to pay Mr. Shoenberger (the landlord) at the end of the month as I engaged to do, and have told him that I would pay him when I hear from Cleveland.

I received a very cheering letter yesterday from F.P. & Co. and feel in good spirits generally.

Jesse Thornton arrived yesterday looking very well. We all did our best to give him a hearty welcome, and you never saw such a happy family. He informed me that Jessie (yours) was in Cleveland, therefore I infer that you have been in Pittsburgh since I saw you. I expect to start for New York, before very long and hope to see you both.

Your affectionate brother

S.C. Foster

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 A341 To his brother, Morrison, April 27, 1860    1.0 folders

Warren, O. Apl. 27, 1860

Dear Mit.

Please send me by return mail $12 – I have received from F.P. & Co. a letter stating that they cannot advance me any more money till I send them the songs now due them (about two as I make the calculation) as our present agreement is about expiring. They show a disposition to renew agreement, but, very properly required payment in music before any new arrangement. I have entered into an arrangement with a new house for part of my music, but, as the terms are not entirely fixed, I cannot well draw on them just now. I expect to be in Cleveland very soon on my way to New York, and will be able to settle with you. I require this amount for little washing bills &c. which are, you know, the most perplexing. Please send the amt. immediately in receipt of this.

Jane and Marion are well, also Etty’s family. I am very well, but had, as I supposed a slight touch of ague yesterday. I think today that it was only a false alarm. I have written two songs since I have been in Warren and have two under way, but do not feel inclined to send them off half made up. Much love to Jessie.

Your affec. bro

Stephen

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 A309 To his brother, Henry, December 6, 1862    1.0 folders

My dear brother,

Send the money for the pictures to care of John J. Daly 419, Grand Street.

I received a nice letter from Willie Foster but have not yet answered him. When you write, tell me all the news you can think of. You must remember it is nearly three years since I was in Pittsburgh.

I am very well and have been working quite industriously, but pay, these times, especially in music, is very poor.

Your affec. bro.

S.C. Foster

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 A334 To George W. Birdseye, February 11, 1863    1.0 folders

Dear Sir

I will arrange Mr. Cooper’s melody when my hand gets well.

Very Respy Yours

S.C. Foster

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 A350 To J.B. Russell, January 28, 1857    1.0 folders Online
 C916 From Firth Pond & Company, September 12, 1849 

This copy is a photocopy; the original is held by the Library of Congress, call number ML95 .F8.

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 C917 To E.P. Christy, February 23, 1850    A photostat of the letter is located at C999

This copy is a photocopy. The original is held by the Library of Congress, call number ML95 .F8.

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 C997 To E.P. Christy, June 20, 1851    Item is a photostat.
 C961 From Mrs. Esten Cooke to Stephen Foster, July 26, 1859 Online
 c999 To E.P. Christy, June 12, 1851    Item is a photostat. Online
 C998 From Mrs. Esten Cooke to Stephen Foster, July 26, 1859 Online
 D001 From Stephen Foster to Morrison Foster, April 27, 1849    Item is a typed copy.

Cincinnati April 27, 1849

Dear Mit

You must be tired waiting for an answer to the many favors which I have received from you not the least welcome of which was that, introducing to my acquaintance Signor Biscaccianti and his accomplished lady. I called on Madame B. and was as much delighted by her conversation and agreeable manners as I was subsequently by her singing at her concerts. She spoke very affectionately of you and the ladies who accompanied you on the occasion of your visit to her as if you had been her own brother as well as mine. Her concerts were very well attended here, indeed such was her encouragement, notwithstanding the formidable opposition carried on at the theatre by Mr. Macready, that she expressed an intention to return after she should have made a visit to Louisville where she is now singing.

In writing to Gil Smith please say that I am very much grieved at having been the cause of so much trouble and humiliation to him on account of a miserable song, and tell him that if he has not already burned the copyright (and I certainly should have done) he may give it to Mess Firth & Pond any time that he may be in the neighborhood of No. 1 Franklin Square. If they will him 10$ 5$ or even 1$ for it, let him make a donation of the amt to the Orphans Asylum or any other charitable or praiseworthy institution. Mess F. & P have written to me for the song. ("Nelly Was a Lady" was the song here referred to.)

I did not read the articles which I marked in the Atlas but supposed them to be written in the usual style of the editor whom I consider the most powerful and talented writer in the West, therefore you must not blame me if he treated of Kamtchatka or Noatka sound, I merely desired that you should have a touch of his quality.

Tell Ma she need not trouble herself about the health of Cincinnati as our weather here is very healthy the cholera not having made its appearance. There is something about letter writing which so runs away with my hand that my ideas can find no interpreter I think I must study photography which will probably remove this blind bridle orthography, and give my brain a lighter harness to work in.

With love to all, Your affectionate brother Stephen

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Subseries  5. Post-Mortem Royalty Statements & Correspondence 1864-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries includes records and correspondence regarding Foster's earnings after his death. These were all records kept and maintained by Foster's brother, Morrison, who entered into an agreement with each of Foster's original publishers that secured any earnings for Foster's widow, Jane, and his daughter, Marion, and who took it upon himself to re-register many of Foster's songs so that they remained under copyright after their initial expiration. Of greatest interest perhaps are Morrison's early letters with William A. Pond, a publisher who tried to avoid paying Foster's heirs. Morrison refused to relent to their bullying tactics. Also of interest is Morrison's attempt to restore his brother's name on "Old Folks at Home" which had been attributed to E.P. Christy.

 D196 July 1884 statement of royalties from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1884 

$4.35 in royalties.

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 D197 Letter from William A. Pond enclosed with January 1884 royalty statement, February 4, 1884 

Two payments for $49.50 each.

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 D198 Cover letter for January 1888 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., April 13, 1888 

$103.50 in royalties.

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 D199a Cover letter for July 1888 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 26, 1888 

$178 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D199b July 1888 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1888 Online
 D200a Cover letter for January 1889 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., March 14, 1889 

$61.50 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D200b January 1889 Royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1889 January 1889 Royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co.,
 D201 July 1889 Royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1889 

$99 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D202 January 1888 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1888 

$103.50 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D203 Cover letter for January 1887 royalties from William A. Pond & Co., February 9, 1887 Online
 D204 Cover letter for January 1886 royalties from William A. Pond & Co., January 21, 1886 

$42.15 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D205a Cover letter for July 1886 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., August 30, 1886 

$47.25 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D205b July 1886 royalties statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1886 Online
 D206 Cover letter for July 1887 royalties, September 8, 1887 

Two checks for $77.25.

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 D207 Letter from William A. Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, June 21, 1879 

Letter to Morrison saying that the copyrights don't need to be entered in the name of Foster's heirs. Morrison's response is on the back of the letter, indicating Pond is mistaken.

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 D208 Letter from William A. Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, August 8, 1879 

Requesting that Morrison redraw agreements to fix errors. Wants to be able to sell copies on hand he has of songs that were printed before the copyright expiration. Claims Stephen owed them over $1,000 at the time of his death. Morrison's response on back includes that he made the changes and indicated that there is no way he will permit them to continue to sell songs with expired copyrights.

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 D209 Letter from William A. Pond to Morrison Foster, September 2, 1879 

Returning signed agreement, with a few more corrections. Insisting Morrison allow them to sell copies on hand without providing royalties to heirs, especially since Stephen owed them $1,000.

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 D210 Letter from Morrison Foster to William A. Pond & Co., September 4, 1879 

Indicating the check supposed to be enclosed in his Sept. 2nd letter was not there, but even if it were, it would not be accepted until the matter about royalties on songs with expired copyrights has been resolved. Until all is resolved the contract remains in abeyance. He cannot fathom why they keep bringing up the money Stephen owed them when Stephen made them thousands of dollars.

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 D211 Letter from William A. Pond to Morrison Foster, September 9, 1879 

Seeking to correct Morrison's claim that they were planning on printing a large quantity of songs just before the copyrights expired and selling them -- what Pond wants to do is merely get rid of the stock they already have. Also enclosed the missing check. Morrison's response on back indicates he agrees.

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 D212 Letter from Jane (Foster) Wiley to Morrison Foster, August 9, 1888 

Acknowledging royalty checks from Ditson that he sent to Jane for her and Marion. She will present Marion with her check when she visits hers and will have her acknowledge the receipt.

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 D213 Letter from Jane (Foster) Wiley to Morrison Foster, July 31, 1888 

Acknowledging receipt of royalty check.

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 D214 Postcard from William A. Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, June 27, 1879 

Cannot respond to Morrison's request until he answers his.

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 D215 January 1890 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1890 

$46.50 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D216 July 1896 Royalty Statement from William A. Pond & Co., August 1, 1896 

$19.80 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D217 July 1895 Royalty Statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1895 

$90.75 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D218 January 1896 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., February 1, 1896 

$37.20 in royalties.

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 D219 July 1894 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1894 

$116.25 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D220 Cover letter for July 1893 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 5, 1893 

$75.00 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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Fonds  D221 July 1893 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1893 

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 D222 Royalty statement for January, 1893, from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1893 Online
 D223a Cover letter for July 1892 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., October 27, 1892 

$76.50 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D223b July 1892 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1892 Online
 D224a Cover letter for January 1892 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., May 23, 1892 

$67.50 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D224b January 1892 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1892 Online
 D225 July 1891 royalty statement and cover letter from William A. Pond & Co., November 23, 1891 Online
 D226 Letter from William A. Pond to Morrison Foster, May 3, 1890 

Forwarding request from J.S. Unger of Reading, PA, to use the airs of "Old Dog Tray" and "My Old Kentucky Home" in a military band arrangement.

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 D227 Cover letter for July 1890 royalty statement, October 13, 1890 

$108.25 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D228 Letter from Jane (Foster) Wiley to Morrison Foster, September 7, 1889 

Acknowledging receipt of royalty check.

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 D229 July 1890 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co. July 1, 1890 

$108.75 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D230 January 1891 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1891 

$82.50 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand that he distributed it to Jane & Marion.

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 D231 Letter from William A Pond to Morrison Foster, May 11, 1890 

Responding to a Library of Congress letter claiming that two copies of "Oh, Boys Carry me 'long" hadn't been deposited as required. Pond forwards the letter claiming they did.

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 D232 Letter from William A. Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, June 18, 1879 

Requesting to republish Foster's songs. Morrison's response on back indicates that he is fine, but would like a $100 advance and 3 cent per copy royalty.

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 D233 Letter from William A. Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, June 3, 1879 

Clarifying past royalty agreements and how royalty rate was tied to price. Proposes $50 advance instead of $100. Morrison's response on back: requests 3 cent uniform royalty regardless of price. Asking for a list of songs that Ponds owns that expire that year and asks that Pond reenter them for copyright in Jane and Marion's names. Suggests it would be great for them to issue a cheap volume of Foster's melodies.

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 D234 Letter from William A. Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, May 28, 1879 

List of songs that have already expired. List of what they will reenter in their name.

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 D235 Letter from William A. Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, May 19, 1879 

More discussion of copyright renewals, new royalty agreement for reissues.

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 D236 Letter from William A. Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, July 8, 1879 

Agreeing to his proposition from June to pay Marion & Jane a three cents per copy royalty, and $100 advance. Would like the heirs to recognize the reentry. Emphasizes that it's legal to re-copyright under the publisher's name provided heirs assent to it. Morrison's response on back indicates that it is Pond's responsibility (and expense) to re-enter copyrights. Wants the $1.00 it cost him to reenter "Oh, Boys."

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 D237 Letter from Morrison Foster to William A. Pond & Co., May 31, 1879 

This letter is a copy. Granting permission to publish songs for 3 and 4 cent royalty. Lists songs. Requesting $20.00 advance against royalties. Copyrights must be taken out in Jane and Marion's names. Asking if anything was done about those songs originally copyrighted in 1849 and 1850, as well as "Farewell Old Cottage." Also wants a copy of previous royalties.

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 D238 Library of Congress Directions for Securing Copyrights, 1888 Online
 D239 Library of Congress Directions Securing Copyrights, 1874 Online
 D240 Letter from Library of Congress to Morrison Foster, May 14, 1889 

Regarding copyright dates he queried.

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 D241a Cover letter for agreement from Attorney George Murray to Morrison Foster, July 3, 1889 

Regarding Morrison Foster's proposed contract with S.T. Gordon. Morrison's response in his hand on bottom; authorized $10 advance. Includes two copies of the agreement.

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 241b Agreement from Attorney George Murray to Morrison Foster (copy for Gordon & Son), July 3, 1889 Online
 241c Agreement from Attorney George Murray to Morrison Foster (Morrison Foster's copy), July 3, 1889 Online
 D242 Letter from S.T. Gordon & Son to Morrison Foster, April 15, 1889 

Request to renew copyrights for Foster's compositions held by Gordon.

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 D243 Letter from S.T. Gordon & Son to Morrison Foster, April 22, 1889 

Denying Morrison's request to have Gordon list all of their Foster titles and when the copyrights run out as it's too much work.

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 D244 Letter from Attorney George F. Murray to Morrison Foster, July 9, 1889 

Regarding the contract Morrison is attempting to negotiate with S.T. Gordon.

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 D245 Letter from S.T. Gordon to Morrison Foster, July 9, 1889 

Declining Morrison's request for a $10 advance to renew "Why Have My Loved Ones Gone."

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 D246 Letter from Library of Congress to Morrison Foster, June 28, 1889 

Info on renewing copyright. Note in Morrison's hand that there is no certificate of copyright and that S.T. Gordon will take care of taking it out.

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 D247 Letter from Morrison Foster to Library of Congress, June 26, 1889 

Inquiring about submitting "Why Have My Loved Ones Gone" for re-copyright. Item is a copy.

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 D248 Letter from S.T. Gordon to Morrison Foster, June 22, 1889 

Request to resubmit "Why Have My Loved Ones Gone?" for copyright.

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 D249 Letter from S.T. Gordon & Son to Morrison Foster, May 9, 1889 

Requesting a response to his request for renewing Why Have My Loved Ones Gone.

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 D250 Letter from S.T. Gordon & Son to Morrison Foster, May 14, 1889 Online
 D251 From Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, April 28, 1879 

Alerting him that they have all the business plates & rights from Firth Pond and a convoluted tale of their trying to renew copyright for "Old Folks at Home."

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 D252 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Mrs. Stephen Foster (Jane Wiley), March 29, 1879 

Trying to contact her.

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 D253 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Mrs. Stephen Foster (Jane D. Wiley), April 22, 1879 

Wants to renew "Old Folks at Home" copyright, offering her either a royalty or $100 flat.

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 D254 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, May 13, 1879 

Responding to Morrison's modifications to contract, requesting only two royalty periods rather than four, and indicating that it is not in their practice to pay for arrangements

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 D255 Letter/agreement from Morrison Foster to Oliver Ditson, May 10, 1879 

Item is a copy. Draft agreement requesting checks be made payable to Jane's married name, requesting removal of Christy's name from "Old Folks at Home," granting permission to renew "Old Folks at Home."

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 D256 Letter from Morrison Foster to Oliver Ditson & Co., May 5, 1879 

Item is a copy; describing how Christy came to be listed as author of OFAH, offering to renew copyright if they pay Jane $100 plus 3 cent royalty.

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 D257 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, May 19, 1879 

Agreeing to his terms.

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 D258 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, August 2, 1880 

Enclosing payment of $132.00.

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 D259 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, May 7, 1879 

Terms accepted; clipping of new copyright notice enclosed.

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 D260 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, March 18, 1881 

Print run of "Old Folks at Home," royalty periods.

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 D261 January 1881 cover letter & royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., March 12, 1881 

$72.60 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand of how he dispersed funds.

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 D262a Cover letter for July 1882 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., August 2, 1882 

$94.11 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand of how he dispersed funds. Includes request from the Yale College Songs editor to include "Old Folks at Home" in their collection.

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 D262b July 1882 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., August 2, 1882 Online
 D263 January 1882 royalty statement, January 1, 1882 

$110.28 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand of how he dispersed funds.

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 D264 July 1882 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1882 

$125.88 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand of how he dispersed funds.

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 D265 Postcard from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, February 4, 1883 

Reassuring him that the Yale Songbook will correct "Old Folks at Home" in next edition.

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 D266 July 1883 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1883 

$71.45 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how the funds were dispersed.

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 D267 January 1883 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1883 

$151.88 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how the funds were dispersed.

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 D268 January 1884 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1884 

$37.15 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how the funds were dispersed.

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 D269 Letter from Jane (Foster) Wiley to Morrison Foster, August 24, 1884 

Acknowledging that she received the July royalties.

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 D270a Cover letter for July 1884 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., August 15, 1884 

$80.63 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed the funds.

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 D270b July 1884 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., August 15, 1884 Online
 D271a Cover letter for January 1885 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 3, 1885 

$85.60 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed the funds.

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 D271b July 1885 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1885 

$85.89 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed the funds.

July 1885 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co.,
 D272 January 1886 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 23, 1886 

$69.90 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed the funds.

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 D273 July 1886 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1886 

$100.08 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed the funds.

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 D274 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, August 31, 1886 

Asking him to forward sheet music to Jane.

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 D275 January 1887 royalties and cover letter from Oliver Ditson & Co., February 3, 1887 

$30.96 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed the funds.

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 D276 July 1887 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1887 

$131.63 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed funds.

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 D277 January 1888 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1888 

$61.11 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed funds.

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 D278 July 1887 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co. July 1, 1887 

$77.25 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed funds.

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 D279 July 1888 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1888 

$161.10 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed funds.

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 D280 January 1889 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1889 

$61.41 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed funds.

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 D281 July 1889 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1889 

$94.56 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand indicating how he dispersed funds.

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 D282 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, February 13, 1889 

Regarding check from Ticknor & Co. for "Massa's in de Cold Ground." On back of letter is Morrison's notes about how he distributed the money.

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 D283 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, December 17, 1889 

Cover letter and signed agreement to pursue legal action against Echo Music for copyright infringement.

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 D284 Letter from Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, December 10, 1889 

Regarding pursuing legal action against Echo Music Co. for copyright violation.

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 D285 January 1890 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1890 

$77.61 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D286 January 1891 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1891 

$81.37 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D287 July 1891 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1891 

$84.30 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D288 July 1890 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1890 

$181.57 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D289 Letter from Jane (Foster) Wiley to Morrison Foster, August 10, 1890 

Acknowledgement that she received his royalty check.

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 D290 January 1892 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1892 

$88.97 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D291 July 1882 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., August 10, 1882 

$19.65 in royalties.

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 D292 January 1887 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1887 

$15.75 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D293 July 1884 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1884 

$23.25 in royalties.

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 D294 January 1884 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1884 

$27.60 in royalties.

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 D295 January 1884 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1884 

On notepaper. Not a duplicate of D294. A continuation perhaps?

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 D296 July 1883 royalty statement from William A. Pond & Co., July 1, 1883 

$36.75 in royalties. On notepaper.

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 D297 January 1886 royalties from William A. Pond & Co., January 1, 1886 

$46.50 in royalties.

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 D298 July 1892 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1892 

$133.00 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D299 January 1893 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1893 

$66.91 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D300 July 1893 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson Company, July 1, 1893 

$85.64 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D301 January 1894 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., January 1, 1894 

$21.76 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D302 July 1894 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Co., July 1, 1894 

$15.25 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D303 January 1895 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson Company, January 1, 1895 

$10.59 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D304 July 1895 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson Company, July 1, 1895 

.90 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D305 January 1896 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson Company, January 1, 1896 

.90 in royalty. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds. Also a note that Ditson has no permit to publish the two songs ("Gentle Annie" and "Nelly Bly").

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 D306 January 1897 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson & Company, January 1, 1897 

.90 in royalty. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D307 January 1898 royalty statement from Oliver Ditson Company, January 1, 1898 

$7.95 in royalties. Note in Morrison's hand regarding how he dispersed the funds.

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 D308 Library of Congress Copyright Certificate for "Old Folks Quadrilles," February 28, 1881 

Copyright renewal for "Old Folks Quadrilles."

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 D309 Library of Congress copyright certificate for "Comrades Fill No Glass for Me," July 11, 1883 

Copyright renewal.

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 D310 Library of Congress copyright certificate for "Village Maiden," July 11, 1883 

Copyright renewal.

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 D311 Library of Congress copyright certificate for "Oh Boys Carry Me 'Long," June 21, 1879 

Copyright renewal

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 D312 Library of Congress copyright certificate for "Little Ella," November 14, 1881 

Copyright renewal.

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 D313 Letter from Library of Congress to Morrison Foster, June 23, 1883 

Quoting rates for copyright renewal certificates.

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 D314 Letter from Library of Congress to Morrison Foster, April 19, 1883 

Sending him info on "Village Maiden" and "Comrades Fill No Glass for Me."

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 D315 Letter from Library of Congress to Morrison Foster, December 10, 1881 

Sending him the report of the party making copyright searches.

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 D316 Copyright submission of "The White House Chair," September 3, 1885 

Remitted to Library of Congress on Sept 2, 1885. Copyright #18766 issued Sept. 4, 1885

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 D317 Library of Congress Directions for Securing Copyrights, 1883 

Note that this has since been amended.

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 D318 Library of Congress Directions for Securing Copyrights, 1888 

Note that it was received in June 1889.

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 D319 List of songs and copyright dates for pieces that Foster only wrote the music for, undated Online
 D320 Copyright request for "Why Have My Loved Ones Gone," June 26, 1889 

Submitted by Morrison Foster to Library of Congress with $.50 fee to renew copyright in Jane and Marion's names.

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 D321 1831 copyright law assigning rights to widows and children, 

Handwritten transcription of the act of February 3, 1831.

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 D322a List of Foster songs with copyright dates and publishers (when known), titled 1879 at the top, 

Four separate lists, three in pencil one in pen, most likely in Morrison Foster's hand.

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 D322b List of Foster songs with copyright dates and publishers (when known), titled 1851 at the top, unknown Online
 D322c List of Foster songs published by William A. Pond, undated Online
 D322d List of Foster songs from 1853 and 1854, undated Online

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Series  II. Foster Family, 1800-1952 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes possessions, correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and business records of Stephen Foster's immediate family, including his parents, siblings, daughter and niece. Much of the correspondence and records pre-date Foster's birth and help to provide a vivid picture of Pittsburgh during the first half of the 19th century.

Subseries  1. Foster Family Photos, 1800-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains original photographs of members of Stephen Foster's immediate family.

 A365 Daguerreotype of William B. Foster, Sr. and Eliza Clayland Tomlinson Foster, ca. 1840s    Copies are 14203
 00094 Photograph of Marion Foster as a young girl, undated 
 15092 Henrietta Foster Thornton with two sons, undated 
 C472 Photo of Henrietta Crosman in As You Like It, undated Online

Subseries  2. Foster Family Books, 1800-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries includes published books owned by Foster family members.

 A222 Jane Foster's Prayer Book, 1854 Online
 C733  Pennsylvania Railroad Men's News, Vol. 9, No. 8, August 1897 

Includes an article on the History of the PA Railroad company, written by William B. Foster, Jr.

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 C735 Excursion Trip of the Directors & Officers of the Pennsylvania R.R. Co., October 3, 1859 

Includes a lock of William B. Foster, Jr.'s, hair.

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 D329  Latest Illustrated Reference Family Bible (NY: Bartlett & Jenkins), 1873 

Morneweck Family bible, presented to Ephraim and Harriet Hanson Morneweck, married December 25, 1877 by Alfred and Mary Lamb Hanson. Includes some family photos pasted in at back.

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 D330  The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments together with the Apocrypha (New York: E. Duyckinck, Smith and Forman), 1812 

Foster Family Bible, from William Foster, Sr., includes bio of William Foster written by Percy Smith, lots of handwritten genealogical information and Eliza Foster's obituaries.

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Subseries  3.  Foster Family Manuscripts, 1800-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains manuscripts created by Stephen Foster's immediate family, including correspondence, original writings, and scrapbooks.

Correspondence, 1800-1950 

Scope and Content Notes

This section includes correspondence written by Stephen Foster's immediate family, in their hands and typed transcripts of some of the original correspondence written by Stephen Foster that is contained in the Stephen Foster series. Of particular note is the correspondence by Marion Foster Welsh, Stephen Foster's daughter, discussing her memories of her father and the rift that sprung up between her and other family members after his death.

 A303 From Eliza C. Foster to Daughter Henrietta, March 5, 1841    Typed carbon copy available at C518. Online
 A304 From Eliza C. Foster to Daughter Henrietta, April 9, 1842    Typed carbon copy available at C511 Online
 A305 From Eliza C. Foster to Daughter Henrietta, July 20, 1842    Typed transcript of letter at C503 Online
 A306 From Eliza C. Foster to Son William B. Foster, Jr., May 14, 1832 Online
 A307 From Eliza C. Foster to William B. Foster, Jr., July 9, 1833    typed transcript at C845 Online
 A313 From William B. Foster to Daughter Henrietta, April 9, 1842    typed carbon copy available at C512. Online
 A314 From William B. Foster to daughter Henrietta, October 29, 1842 Online
 A315 From William B. Foster to Son William Jr., September 3, 1841    Photostat copy exists at C845 Online
 A316 From Henry Baldwin Foster to Sister Henrietta, January 1, 1869 Online
 A317 From William Foster (Morrison's son), July 28, 1908 Online
 A318 From Jessie W. Rose to Dr. E.F. Strickland, June 23, 1903 Online
 A320 From Jessie W. Rose to Dr. E.F. Strickland, April 24, 1904 Online
 A321 From Jessie W. Rose to Mayor Cornelius Scully, November 14, 1939 Online
 C578 From Jane Foster to Morrison Foster, September 30, 1861 Online
 C579 From Jane Foster to Morrison Foster, October 5, 1861 Online
 C580 From Jane Foster to Morrison Foster, June 30, 1862 Online
 A319 From Jessie Rose Welch certifying authenticity of Stephen Foster manuscript book, June 1931 Online
 D331 From Henrietta Foster to William B. Foster, Jr., April 30, 1836    typed transcript at C845
 C393 From Eliza Foster to Charlotte Foster, November 2, 1821 

Encouraging Charlotte to be open in her letters and to save them; family returned from Greensburg; "your father has been drawing a few tunes on the violin for your little brother & sister to dance"; general info on neighbors, friends.

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 C394 From Charlotte Foster to William B. Foster, Jr., March 17, 1828 

To William in Kiskiminitis, mentions Stephen is "not quite well, he is still very weak"; earthquake; Caroline Grace & her piano; gossip.

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 C395 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza C. Foster, October 27, 1828 

Louisville; difficult for her to leave; Ann Eliza's upcoming wedding; social goings on; mention of Rowans; not serious about any of her beaus "I am too hard to please."

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 C396a From Charlotte Foster to Eliza Foster, October 12, 1828 

Louisville; spent 3 weeks with Rowans at Federal Hill; justifying why she is still in KY despite their wishes; romantic goings on; "I believe I am to be an old maid"; A. Hill Rowan's proposal.

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 C396b From Sarah Foster to Charlotte Foster, undated 

Must speak to Charlotte immediately about an unpleasant subject, show this note to no one.

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 C397 From Eliza Foster to Charlotte Foster, October 4, 1828 

Pittsburg; Father excited about election; Ann Eliza's new beau; Come home before your value is lessened.

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 C398 From Rowan? to Charlotte Foster, October 3, 1828 

Brief note to accompany letters the writer is carrying from Charlotte's parents.

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 C399 From Charlotte Foster to William B. Foster, September 1828 

Federal Hill; Judge Rowan claims her as a relation; responding to William's plea that she come home; descriptions of Rowans; "how is dear little Stephen I am uneasy about him?"

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 C400 From William B. Foster to Charlotte Foster, September 7, 1828 

Once again expresses fear for her health and urges her to return, commends the Kentucky election turn out, mentions local election, "Stephen was very unwell."

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 C401 From Charlotte Foster to William B. Foster, Jr., August 13, 1828 

From Louisville to William at Kiskiminitas, pleasure at hearing that he bought a new piano; Governor elections; social goings on.

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 C402 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza Foster, August 12, 1828 

From Louisville; just returned from country, pleasure at hearing about the piano, description of "Kentucky farmer's life," intention of going to Bardstown, KY, governor election; social goings on.

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 C403 From Sally to Charlotte Foster, July 14, 1828 

To Cincinnati; tales of Sally's life.

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 C404 From Eliza Foster to Charlotte Foster, July 5, 1828 

Pittsburgh to Louisville; concerned that it's been so long since she's written; Brother William's raise; election; if you need money, borrow it from the Barclay's; mend your clothes.

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 C405 From Charlotte to William B. Foster, July 3, 1828 

From Louisville; reassuring him that she is well; concerned about Eliza; desire for a piano at home; dislike of attending Catholic services; will go to Cincinnati soon.

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 C406 From William Foster to Charlotte Foster, June 26, 1828 

Concern about Charlotte's health during heat wave, Eliza is ill, urging her to leave on schedule.

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 C407 From Charlotte Foster to Ann Eliza Foster, June 21, 1828 

Pittsburgh to Cincinnati; list of strangers visiting town; social goings on; "there is a new German teacher of music come to town" (Kleber?).

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 C407a From Ann Eliza to Charlotte, July 15, 1828 

From Louisville; tells of who she has met, goings on since her arrival; taking precautions with her health but there is no reason to worry about her.

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 C408 From Eliza Lea to Charlotte Foster, undated 

To Cincinnati; she had no idea where to contact her; when will you come visit us, compared to your goings on in Louisville we must seem quite dull; hearing so much gossip about Charlotte and Beauxs that she fears Charlotte is becoming a coquette.

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 C409 From Charlotte Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 13, 1828 

From Louisville to Kiskiminitis; countryside, canals; local politics; Rowans (they claim a connection with Pa), Barclays.

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 C410 From Miss Ashton and Ann Eliza to Charlotte Foster, June 5, 1828 

To Louisville; brief admonishment from Ann Eliza for Charlotte not writing to her; Miss Aston listing what has been sent to Charlotte and what she will be taking to her, disappointment that they won't see her in Cincinnati.

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 C412 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza, May 29, 1828 

From Cincinnati; descriptions of parties, social goings on; bonnet is torn and needs to mend it or get a new one; tell various people hello.

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 C413 From William Foster to Charlotte, May 28, 1828 

To Cincinnati; Mr. Barclay should arrive soon and insists on paying for anything you should need; I have enclosed money without his knowledge; Eliza is ill; pass on our love to various people.

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 C414 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza Foster, May 21, 1828 

From Cincinnati; social goings on, descriptions of parties.

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 C415 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza Foster, May 19, 1828 

From Cincinnati; descriptions of social goings on.

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 C416 From William Foster to Charlotte Foster, May 15, 1828 

To Cincinnati; Eliza is worried because she forgot to pack Charlotte's draping comb; Ask Mr. Baldwin for any money you need until Mr. Barkley arrives.

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 C417 From ? to Charlotte Foster, April 1828 

From Baltimore; social goings on; how much she misses Charlotte and how changed things are at home.

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 C418 From A. Hill Rowan to Charlotte Foster, undated 

Letter to accompany scrap book he sent with the intention that she laugh, but "not too violently as that would crack your lips which by and by I hope are better today."

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 C419 From Shippens to Charlotte Foster, undated 

Wants to know if Charlotte is going to Mrs. Bullett's that evening and if not he would like to call on her.

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 C420 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza Foster, August 14, 1825 

From Meadville; Description of Social goings on.

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 C421 From Susan Clayland to Charlotte Foster, November 8, 1828 

To Louisville; Ann Eliza is studying and Eliza is sewing so she has been chosen to write; description of Social goings on.

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 C422 From Susan Clayland to Charlotte Foster, October 29, 1826 

From Meadville; apology for not writing; social goings on, changes since Charlotte's departure; description of "cure for the face" (acne cure?).

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 C423 From Susan Clayland to Charlotte Foster, August 10, 1826 

From Cincinnati; description of Mr. Boson, the bearer of the letter; suggests that Stephen should be called Jefferson or Adams, local social goings on; inquiring about what happened btwn her and Henry Baldwin.

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 C424 From Charlotte to Eliza Foster, May 26, 1826 

From Greensburg; description of social goings on; list of things that she has done that Eliza requested (mending).

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 C425 From Abby Barlow to Charlotte Foster, March 3, 1826 

From Meadville; description of social goings on.

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 C426 From Caroline Grace to Charlotte Foster, September 14, 1825 

From Baltimore; desire to visit Pittsburgh; misses Charlotte; disappointed that Charlotte hasn't written her; social goings on.

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 C427 From Joshua Barclay to Charlotte Foster, November 30, 1828 

From Louisville; he and the Rowans miss her, disappointed that they haven't heard from her; social gossip.

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 C428 From Joshua Barclay to Charlotte Foster, December 14, 1826 

From Louisville; received notes and books; still planning on coming to Pittsburgh, social news.

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 C429 From Mary Jane and Matilda Prather to Charlotte Foster, December 22, 1828 

From Louisville; sorry to hear Charlotte was ill, social news; praise of Charlotte, how much everyone misses her.

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 C430 From Hannah Blair Foster to Charlotte Foster, 1825 

From Meadville; description of bad journey; social news.

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 C431 From Matilda Prather to Charlotte Foster, February 22, 1829 

From Louisville; trip to Pittsburgh was cancelled because of a death; social gossip; broke up with boyfriend but is over him.

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 C432 From C.W. Ernest to Charlotte Foster, 1829 

Requesting to borrow a book.

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 C433 From C.W. Ernest to Charlotte Foster, undated 

Presenting his compliments to Charlotte for "Vivian Grey."

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 C434 From Matilda Prather to Charlotte Foster, May 6, 18?? 

Mortified that Charlotte has not written her; social goings on; Matilda is to be married; inviting Charlotte to visit (for the wedding?).

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 C435 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza Foster, May 20, 1829 

From Cincinnati; will be leaving for Louisville tomorrow; asking Eliza to send muslin; social news.

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 C436 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza Foster, June 1, 1829 

Received the dresses Eliza sent her; social gossip; look for her on the next trip the Pennsylvania makes.

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 C437 From William B. Foster to Charlotte Foster, August 3, 1825 

To Meadville; Ann Eliza's piano progress, questioning whether Charlotte received shoes.

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 C438 From Ann Eliza Foster to Charlotte Foster, July 27, 1825 

Letter to Charlotte who is in Meadville, telling the neighborhood gossip, with a postscript written by William B. Foster.

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 C439 From William B. Foster to Charlotte Foster, June 21, 1829 

To Louisville; would like for them to come home as soon as Captain Stone is ready as the weather will be getting warm; received their letters.

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 C440 From Charlotte Foster to Eliza Foster, August 12, 1829 

From Louisville; worried about Eliza's health; grateful for what a wonderful mother Eliza is; allusion to a friendship Wm & Eliza have blown out of proportion; she is healthy and gained weight; social gossip; description of house.

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 C441 From William B. Foster to Charlotte Foster, June 11, 1829 

To Louisville; pleased Ann Eliza visited Federal Hill; best for Ann Eliza to come home and Charlotte to stay on with the Barclays--reasons will be explained when they return; will send Charlotte clothes; break in canal; social news.

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 C442 From Charlotte Foster to William B. Foster, June 22, 1829 

From Louisville; received instructions but not sure is she will stay; Judge Rowan upset she has not visited Federal Hill again; social news; description of John Rowan; Ann Eliza is tired of company & unwell; A. Hill sent Ann Eliza an edition of Byron.

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 C443 From S. Barclay to Charlotte Foster, 1829 

Apologizing for not getting a bundle of things to her; social news.

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 C444 From Rebecca Schoenberger to Charlotte Foster, 1829 

To Louisville from Cincinnati; social news.

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 C445 From William B. Foster, Jr., to Charlotte Foster, August 23, 1829 

To Louisville from Kiskisministis; detailed news on the Canal commission; family is well; may come retrieve her.

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 C446 From William B. Foster and Ann Eliza Foster to Charlotte Foster, September 2, 1829 

To Louisville; chiding James Earnest for incorrectly telling her that he had lost his office; Canal news; wants her to wait to come home until the water is acceptable; description of election; social news; wishes for her good health.

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 C447 From Charlotte Foster to William Foster, Jr., September 4, 1829 

From Louisville; delighted that he may visit; been attending Mr. Barclay's ill daughter who is now recovered; this has been a bad health year; will wait to leave until hearing from William; needs money; knows he wishes her to marry.

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 C448 From Ann Rowan to Charlotte Foster, September 12, 1829 

Apology for not writing; social news.

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 C449 From G. Barclay to William B. Foster, October 13, 1829 

Alerting him to Charlotte's illness, urging him to come to Louisville.

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 C450 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 22, 1829 

Telling William of Charlotte's illness, decision to send Ann Eliza instead.

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 C451 From A. Hill Rowan to Ann Eliza Foster, November 19, 1829 

Description of Charlotte's death.

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 C452 From G. Barclay to Morrison Foster, August 25, 1852 

Advising Morrison that Charlotte's remains were to be removed and should be retrieved.

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 C455 From Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, October 17, 1883 

Sending Morrison Charlotte's letters, nothing of Stephen in them except mention that he had cholera after visiting Uncle Joshua [Tomlinson] in Augusta; wanted to burn her own letters because of what they show of who she was.

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 C456 From Madge Rowan Foster to Evelyn Foster Morneweck (copy), February 18, 1922    This item is a typed copy. Original held at Federal Hill.

Copy from Federal Hill, preparation of Fed. Hill for the public; read Charlotte's letters.

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 C457 From Ann Rowan to Charlotte Foster (copy), September 12, 1829    This item is a typed copy. Original held at Federal Hill.

Typed copy; sorry to hear Barclay's are ill and Charlotte is spending her time so uninterestingly, sorry for not writing.

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 C459 From Edward Buchanan to Morrison Foster, October 8, 1872 

Cannot pay $300 note his son James owed him at present; will try to sell James' farm to pay him, but it may not be sufficient, he will pay though.

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 C460 From Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, September 30, 1872 

Will be going on trip if she can conquer her reluctance to leave her family.

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 C461 From Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, March 5, 1872    Typed copy at C470

Thanking him for Almanac, remembrance of Stephen's birth, recollections of William B. Foster, Sr.

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 C462 From Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, December 28, 1871 

Thanking him for his condolences (son James' death?), family news, tales of their grief.

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 C463 From Annie Buchanan to Morrison Foster, July 14, 1871 

Writing to tell of her brother's James' death since Ann Eliza hasn't the strength.

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 C464 From Lois B. Cassatt to Morrison Foster, November 5, 1893 

Trying to find information on "your" grandfather James Foster; includes clipping on Alexander Johnson Cassatt.

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 C465 From Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, February 20, 1873 

Alice sick with a nervous disorder; will still visit him and will let him know when they arrive.

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 C466 From Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, July 1873 

Alice sick with a nervous disorder; will still visit him and will let him know when they arrive.

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 C468 From Ann Eliza to Morrison Foster, August 4, 1873 

Travel plans, Alice is better.

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 C469 From Annie Buchanan to ?, undated 

Missing pages; family news.

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 C471 From James Buchanan to Morrison Foster, November 3, 1869 

Torn, only bottom 1/4 of letter regarding note owed to Morrison.

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 C473a. From Robert P. Nevin to Morrison Foster, July 21, 1865 Online
 C473b. From Robert P. Nevin to Morrison Foster, March 29, 1866? Online
 C473c. From Robert P. Nevin to Henry B. Foster, Esq., October 24, 1867 Online
 C473d. "Stephen C. Foster and Negro Minstrelsy" by Robert P. Nevin in The Atlantic Monthly, November 1867 Online
 C474a. From Barclay Foster to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, April 21, 1947 Online
 C474b. From Barclay Foster to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, undated Online
 C474c. From Mrs. William Barclay Foster, August 30, 1943 Online
 C474d. From Mrs. William Barclay Foster to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, August 16, 1943 Online
 C475 From Henrietta Foster to William B. Foster, February 19, 1849 

Law suit info; family news; religious revelation, encouraging William to save his soul.

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 C476 From Major Harding to Morrison Foster, February 25, 1853 

Note to accompany another letter (to H) not enclosed; gives regards to William Foster "whose afflictions would seem to be almost beyond endurance."

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 C477 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, March 2, 1853 

From "Steamer Norma"; Boat is delayed and will not arrive in Cincinnati as planned, asking for assistance with and detailing financial transactions.

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 C478 From Elizabeth Foster to Morrison Foster, October 29, 1852 

This is William, Jr.'s, wife; settled into wonderful new home, hope he will visit, have had a son, Henry Morrison and have friends being his sponsor (godparents?) since mother's (Eliza) decision was so long in coming.

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 C479 From Eliza C. Foster to Morrison Foster, August 23, 1847 

Eyes are bad and have prevented her from writing; have you seen anyone who has seen Stephen?; description of neighborhood, family news.

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 C480 From J.S. Dallas to Morrison Foster, March 1848 

Advising Morrison that "Alex" is very ill & asking him to stay the night.

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 C482 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, January 13, 1849 

Letting him know he owes him $50; glad Morrison didn't go to CA for gold speculating; Stephen needn't stay away b/c of the fear of cholera; social news.

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 C483 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, December 29, 1848 

Discussing gold rush and why he can't go.

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 C484 From Eliza Buchanan to Morrison Foster, July 17, 1848 

Morrison's recent illness; Morrison needs to turn to religion out of gratitude for living; family news.

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 C485 From Ann Eliza Foster to Morrison Foster, August 1847 

He needs to find God; family news.

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 C486 From P. McCormick to Mssr. Warner & Philpot, April 3, 1847 

Letter to accompany William B. Foster and some item he delivered to the President?

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 C487 Letter of Reference for William Foster from John Kane, April 22, 1846 Online
 C488 From Henry Foster to William Foster, March 16, 1846 

West Point appointment; Stephen's health may not have been strong enough anyway; social news.

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 C489 To "Mr. Foster" from Isaack Miller, February 7, 1846 

Requesting a loan of ten dollars.

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 C490 From William B. Foster to Morrison Foster, February 5, 1846 

Surprised by bills; questioning why Henry is so broke; William falsely charged with not yielding the right of way; election news.

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 C491 From William B. Foster to Morrison Foster, January 21, 1846 

Will be going to Washington to testify before subcommittee; enclosing memo for him to pass on regarding William, Jr's nomination for Canal Commissioner; asking him to encourage his friends to vote.

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 C494 From Eliza C. Foster to Morrison Foster, October 9, 1844 

Telling of her visit to William, Jr.'s; family news.

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 C496 From William Foster, Jr., to Morrison Foster, September 22, 1843 

Family news; description of travels; election news; three dollars enclosed for Eliza from Elizabeth. Included in envelope are photostats of a June 10, 1842 statement for a bridge estimate and a cover letter for that estimate dated Sept. 22, 1843.

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 C497 From William Foster, Jr., to Morrison Foster, August 30, 1843 

Advising Morrison of what to do with money sent on his behalf; family news.

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 C498 From William B. Foster to Henrietta Thornton (copy), October 29, 1842 Online
 C499 From Eliza C. Foster to William Foster, Jr., September 3, 1842 

From Youngstown; visiting Henrietta with Stephen; family news; description of aging's effect on being a woman ("no design of a woman can ever be put in practice without money or influence.")

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 C500 From Henry Foster to William Foster, Jr., August 18, 1842 

Story of burglary; sending William power of attorney; will send him $20; description of church he attends.

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 C501 From Eliza C. Foster to William Foster, Jr. August 14, 1842 

Recovering from illness; family news.

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 C502 From Henry B. Foster to "dear brother," August 2, 1842 

Has not heard from home in 3 weeks & is concerned; social news; missing page?

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 C504 From Henrietta Foster to William Foster, Jr., July 2, 1842 

Would like for him to visit--very lonely; difficult since Thomas is gone; wants one of her brothers to come live with her & support her; very self-pitying; consumed by grief.

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 C505 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 22, 1842 

Settling Thomas Wick's estate for Henrietta; news of Henrietta & her children.

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 C506 From Eliza Foster to William B. Foster, June 11, 1842 

Telling him of the death of Thomas Wick; Henrietta's grief; urges him to visit.

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 C507 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., May 25, 1842 

Informing him of Thomas Wick's death; description of death; funeral plans; news of Henrietta.

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 C508 From Eliza Foster to William B. Foster, May 18, 1842 

Henrietta & family are better; Eliza is ill; have not heard from Henry for some time; will be heading for home.

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 C509 From Eliza Foster to William Foster, Jr., May 6, 1842 

Henrietta's recovery has been slowed b/c of sick baby; does not want Eliza to leave; when she returns home she will start thinking of her own needs as he advised her to do; Buchanan speaks highly of William, Jr.; family news.

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 C510 From Henry Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 25, 1842 

Congressional news; seeking counsel on relationship with Salina.

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 C513 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 30, 1842 

William's claim; office affords him the chance to witness the worst of human nature; misses Eliza; cannot get Stephen to stick to school.

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 C514 From Henry Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 25, 1842 

Describing trip to Maryland with Eliza; flirtation with Salina; social news; Congressional news.

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 C515 From William B. Foster from William Foster, Jr., March 14, 1842 

Stephen dislikes school tho is studious at home, wish you would take him for the summer and find employment for him; family news; temperance; miss Eliza; news on situation with Mr. Stephens.

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 C516 From Eliza Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 1842 

From Baltimore; tales of her goings on in Washington and Baltimore.

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 C517 From Eliza Foster to William B. Foster, March 11, 1842 

From Baltimore; descriptions of people she has met; added note by Morrison explaining why he saved the letter.

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 C519 From Henry Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 30, 1842 

Would like to pay him the money he loaned the family, but promised to loan money himself; congressional info; romance failed; family news.

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 C520a. From Henrietta Crossman to Morrison Foster, March 14, 1919 Online
 C520b. From Henrietta Crossman to Morrison Foster, Sunday evening Online
 C520c. From Henrietta Crossman to Morrison Foster, Tuesday Online
 C520d. From Henrietta Crossman to Morrison Foster, undated Online
 C520e. Newspaper clipping, "Around Town," Youngstown Vindicator, March 1955 Online
 C521 From Eliza Clayland Skinner to Eliza Foster, February 28, 1842 

Social news; inquiring about Eliza's visit.

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 C522 From Eliza C. Foster to Henry Foster, February 16, 1842 Online
 C524 From William B. Foster to Morrison Foster, October 31, 1846 

From New Castle w/John Struthers, Jr.; Mr. Wick (Sr)'s will.

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 C529 From Mary Crossman to Morrison Foster, 1883 

Letter in response to the family scandal detailed in an enclosed clipping; begging Morrison's forgiveness and understanding.

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 C530 From Morrison Foster to Mary Crossman, February 4, 1883 

Cannot forgive her for the role in the lawsuit and for her soiling of Henrietta & Lidie's memories.

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 C531a. Photostat of letter from William B. Foster, Jr., to M. Hollenback Esq, August 22, 1851 Online
 C531b. Photostat of letter from William Foster, Jr., to G. Hallenback, Esq., May 10, 1852 Online
 C531c. Typed transcript of the lyrics for "The May Queen" by Stephen Foster, 1853 Online
 C531d. Typed copy of letter from Stephen Foster to Ann Eliza Buchanan announcing his upcoming marriage, July 16, 1850 Online
 C532 From Henrietta Thornton to "my dear brother," June 21, 1853 

Letter with portion marked through that refers to Stephen's marriage.

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 C533 From Henry Foster to Morrison Foster, March 12, 1853 

From Washington City; regarding progress toward his hoped for government appointment & James Buchanan's assistance.

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 C534a. From Henry B. Foster to "My Dear Sister," February 4, 1864 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534b. From Stephen Foster to Morrison Foster, July 8, 1853 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534c. From Stephen Foster to Henrietta Thornton, March 19, 1855 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534d. From Stephen Foster to William Hamilton, January 16, 1857 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534e. From Stephen Foster to Morrison Foster, October 22, 1858 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534f. From Stephen Foster to Morrison Foster, November 11, 1858 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534g.  From Stephen Foster to Morrison Foster, June 13, 1859 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534h.  From S.C. Foster to Morrison Foster, August 15, 1859 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534i. From Stephen Foster to Morrison Foster, April 27, 1860 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534j. From Stephen Foster to Morrison Foster, May 31, 1860 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534k. From Henry Foster to Susan Beach, January 23, 1864 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534l. From O.W. Barrett to (Mrs. Lightner?), announcing the death of her son Isaac Lightner in battle, June 25, 1864 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534m.  From Henry Foster to Henrietta Thornton, January 1, 1869 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534n. From Henry Foster to Ann Eliza Buchanan, February 4, 1864 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C534o. From J. Easten Cooke to Stephen Foster, July 26, 1859 

Item is a typed copy.

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 C535 From Edward Buchanan to Morrison Foster, August 24, 1853 

Regarding selecting a person for James to study with.

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 C536 From William Foster to Morrison Foster, August 25, 1853 

What Jesse Thornton owes William; inquiring about Dunning's whereabouts.

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 C537 From James Buchanan to Morrison Foster, September 11, 1853 

Asking him to retrieve his mail & send it to Pittsburgh, thanking him for his help.

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 C539 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, March 3, 1854 

Business news, asking him to pay Dr. bill for him; Have you heard anything from Stephen lately, it is a subject of much anxiety to me not withstanding his foolish and unaccountable course.

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 C540 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Morrison Foster, June 26, 1854 

Appreciate what he's done for James, but does not want James to be a burden; family news, veiled allusion to tension with James Buchanan's uncle.

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 C541 From James Buchanan to Morrison's Foster, September 25, 1854 

Made it home after leaving Pittsburgh b/c of cholera epidemic; family is settling into move, general regards to family.

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 C542 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, October 11, 1854 

Received check for $300.00; located missing letter.

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 C543 From Eliza C. Foster to Morrison Foster, October 19, 1854 

Social news; tell Stephen I was much relieved when I opened his letter; tell Stephen I hope to find him at home when I come; family news; tell Stephen I sent him a letter.

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 C544 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, October 25, 1854 

Starting to recover from illness; acceptance arrived, asking Morrison for assistance with it.

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 C545 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, December 13, 1854 

Distraught to hear that ma is sick; willing to help however he can; Dunning is still ill; needs to borrow money from him; Henry owes him money and should make an effort to pay Morrison to make up Dunning's share of the family expenses; travel plans.

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 C546 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, December 21, 1854 

William will loan him $300, asking Morrison to send William the note for what Morrison owes Dunning as collateral; note about interest in note; note by Morrison that he sent Dunning the note 12/27/54.

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 C547 From Wilson McCandless to Mr. J. Stewart, January 20, 1855 

Cannot be pallbearer for Eliza's funeral because of urgent matters; asking Stewart to find someone else.

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 C549 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, October 10, 1855 

Acceptance of $200, where it can be sent, his travel plans.

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 C550 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, October 18, 1855 

Check has arrived, thank you for your kindness.

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 C551 From Dunning Foster to Morrison Foster, march 17, 1856 

Very weak because of the weather; please send your acceptance for $200; not so sick that you need to come, shouldn't have stayed here this winter; note by Morrison that Dunning died soon after the letter w/ Henry, Morrison, & Stephen in attendance.

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 C552 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Morrison Foster, April 8, 1856 

Grief at hearing of Dunning's death; waiting to hear the details of his funeral; News of William, Jr., whose wife Elizabeth is about to die, hopes grief brings the remaining children closer together.

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 C554 From William B. Foster, Jr., to Morrison Foster, April 23, 1856 

Enclosed his share for Dunning's funeral; still has hope Elizabeth may recover; family news.

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 C555 From James Buchanan to Morrison Foster, December 26, 1856 

Cannot yet send the money he owes him; visiting William's; family news.

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 C556 From L.L. Lighthouse to G.P. Garner, April 15, 1857 

Can find no record of Dunning having land in that county.

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 C557 From William B. Foster, Jr., to Morrison Foster, December 5, 1857 

He is lonely & would like Morrison to spend the winter with him; advising Morrison of appointment as Collector of Pittsburgh.

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 C558 From Edward Buchanan to Morrison Foster, February 15, 1858 

Thanking him & William for the 3 tickets to the address; advising him who will be using them.

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 C559 From Lidie Wick to Morrison Foster, February 23, 1858 

Family and social news.

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 C560 From Lidie Wick to Morrison Foster, May 27, 1858 

Has switched to larger paper since he prefers it; have you heard from Uncle Steve, I wonder if he is moved yet?; social & family news.

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 C561 From Henry B. Foster to Morrison Foster, July 5, 1858 

Social news.

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 C562 From Harriet Buchanan to Morrison Foster, August 22, 1858 

Inviting him to Sunday school festival.

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 C563 From Mary Wick to Morrison Foster, November 3, 1858 

Social news; updated him on lawsuit; when might she go to St. Louis?

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 C564 From Mary Wick to Morrison Foster, November 6, 1868 

Thanking him; will go to Pittsburgh first; "before starting for St. Louis."

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 C565 From Lidie Wick to Morrison Foster, April 10, 1859 

Betsy Skinner has invited them to visit, Liddie is very anxious to hear Morrison's opinion.

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 C566 From Mary Wick to Morrison Foster, May 30, 1859 

Wants to visit Cousin Hannah in St. Louis very badly, mother won't promise if she can go, she won't spend a dime all spring to save money; social news.

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 C567 From Henrietta Thornton to Morrison Foster, June 10, 1859 

Remembered it's his birthday, contacted Thomas Struthers about "the matter we spoke of"; pray for Morrison & Stephy, the only two to remain willfully out of the church; I beg you to find God; family news.

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 C568 From Lidie Wick to Morrison Foster, June 15, 1859 

Describing visit to Cousin Eliza's; family news.

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 C569 From Lottie Foster to Morrison Foster, July 23, 1859 

Describing trip to Bedford Springs, wish he was there.

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 C570 From James Buchanan to Morrison Foster, August 9, 1859 

Enclosing repayment of loan, did not include interest, but is willing to loan money to Morrison should he ever need it.

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 C571 From Lottie Foster to Morrison Foster, August 18, 1859 

Family & social news.

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 C572 From William Foster, Jr., to Morrison Foster, September 10, 1859 

Note enclosed with note for $1500 for endorsement.

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 C573 From Carrie Skinner to Morrison Foster, September 19, 1859 

News of her family since he departed.

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 C574 From Lottie Foster to Morrison Foster, August 30, 1859 

General family news.

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 C575 From Lottie Foster to Morrison Foster, February 6, 1860 

General family news.

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 C576 From William Foster to Morrison Foster, July 14, 1860 

Thanking him for articles he sent him; general family news; added note that he died 3 weeks after writing the letter.

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 C577 From Edward Buchanan, Jr., to Morrison Foster, March 31, 1860 

Surprised to hear of Morrison's marriage; news of life at West Point.

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 C581 From Mary Crosman to Morrison Foster, June 16, 1861 

Explaining her stance on the house situation, general news.

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 C582 From Lottie Foster to Morrison Foster, August 29, 1860 

Family news.

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 C583 From L.J. Cist to Morrison Foster, 1865 Online
 C584 From L.J. Cist to Morrison Foster, March 1, 1865 

Thanking him for the photos he loaned him, asking for another item of Stephen's.

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 C586 From Edward Buchanan to Morrison Foster, November 30, 1874 

Enclosing the $300 for the note Morrison holds against James.

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 C587 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Morrison Foster, February 11, 1874 

Someone requested a complete list of Stephen's songs to bind for the library, she needs to Morrison to make the list; family news.

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 C588 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Morrison Foster, March 1, 1875 

Congratulating Jessie on her confirmation; thanking them for their condolences; Willie's last days; general family news.

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 C589 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Morrison Foster, April 29, 1876 

Railroad in place, hoping he will visit soon; Alice is engaged.

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 C590 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Morrison Foster, August 31, 1876 

Explaining when the best time for him to visit will be, family news.

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 C591 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Morrison Foster, March 15, 1877 

Acknowledging the "Stephen Foster Serenaders" program he sent; family news.

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 C592 From William Foster, Sr., to William Foster, Jr., February 20, 1837 

Business.

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 C593 From William Foster, Sr., to William Foster, Jr., June 17, 1832 

Business; politics, canal; family news.

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 C594 From William Foster to Eliza Foster, January 20, 1826 

Mr. Wilson; his activities while away from home; enclosing a letter for William.

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 C595 From Ann Eliza Foster to William Foster, March 23, 1828 

God talk, news of the family.

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 C596 From Eliza Foster to William Foster, Jr., September 16, 1841 

Her confidence in her husband has been restored; family news.

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 C597 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 1, 1941 

His claim; temperance; his portrait; election.

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 C598 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 11, 1841 

His claim/lawsuit; Henry's future; job prospects.

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 C599 From Eliza Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 18, 1841 

Stray cat; Stephen is not so much devoted to music as he was; family & social news; pray for William.

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 C600 From Dunning Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 23, 1841 

Receipt for William, Sr's portrait by Cogswell; business and election news; description of portrait.

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 C601 From Eliza Foster to William Foster, Jr., November 10, 1841 

Christ Church; ask him to hold onto Etty's note; description of her typical day.

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 C602 From William Foster to William Foster, Jr., November 22, 1841 

Job offer from Walter Howard; his claim/suit; needs to borrow $50; Stephen seems inclined to join you..and go to school at Athens.

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 C603 From William Foster to William Foster, Jr., 1841 

Instructions for when Henry comes; wants to borrow William's car if he brings it to fetch Eliza.

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 C604 From Henry Foster to William Foster, Jr., December 20, 1841 

Description of accommodations and stay in Washington City; description of his job; description of Washington statue.

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 C605 From William Foster to William Foster, Jr., July 29, 1829 

Enclosing check for William to buy salt; Stephen and Jim have whooping cough.

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 C606 From Lavinia Day to Eliza Foster, June 23, 1822 

Misses her, tales of her life.

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 C607 From Lavinia Day to Charlotte Foster, November 16, 1823 

Praising her and her family; tales of her life.

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 C608 From Eliza Foster to William Foster, Jr., May 28, 1836 

From Philadelphia; visit to the mint; regards to the family.

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 C609 From Henry Foster to Eliza Foster, March 10, 18?6 

Telling of his travels.

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 C610 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., August 7, 1832 

Congress, his work, canal.

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 C611 From Eliza C. Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 24, 1841 

Has come to peace with the wrongs she suffered in the past; there are accommodations if he comes to visit; "poor little Stephen how is he I think of him very much of late."

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 C612 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., September 14, 1833 

Enclosing a note for $200 with instructions; found a source for $300; business news.

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 C613 From William B. Foster to Charlotte Foster, September 12, 1825 

Sending package via stage; Ann Eliza has enclosed note.

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 C614 From William B. Foster to Charlotte Foster, June 22, 1829 

To Louisville; advising her to remain in Louisville b/c the river is too low; family news.

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 C615 From Ann Eliza Foster to William Foster, June 16, 1832 

The "boys are just recovered from the sore throat", general news, request that he retrieve books for her.

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 C616 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., February 8, 1833 

From Harrisburg; recovered from jaundice; joined the temperance society; confessional news.

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 C617 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Eliza Foster, May 7, 1833 

From Meadville; description of her activities; arrived safely.

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 C618 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 2, 1833 

Enclosed letter from Mr. McAnulty for William's information; reminding him to send blank note with his name signed to it.

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 C619 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 1, 1833 

Has not gotten the $100 due from Mr. McAnulty, needs William to send him $100; Ma with Henrietta and Stephen left two weeks ago for Augusta, Kentucky, where Eliza has brothers; family news; asking him to send endorsed blank note; got a raise.

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 C620 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., July 4, 1833 

Letter with $100 note received; Ma, Stephen, & Henrietta have returned; two cholera deaths in town.

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 C621 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 5, 1833 

Information about local election.

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 C622 From Henrietta Foster to William Foster, Jr., September 27, 1833 

Eliza had a toothache; Stephen had his eye bitten by a spider; family news.

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 C623 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., December 15, 1833 

Thanking him for $150 note; business; would like to see him when he goes to Harrisburg; family news.

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 C624 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., February 24, 1834 

Arrived in Harrisburg; Dunning McNair promised him money; money matters; family news.

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 C625 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 14, 1834 

Returned from Harrisburg; submitted his resignation; money matters; needs his signature to renew note; needs his advice on what to do; family news.

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 C626 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., May 18, 1834 

Living in new house; Ann Eliza had a baby; William should writer to KY congressman about his matter; politics; family news.

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 C627 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 12, 1834 

Information about election, "The boys are all at home going to school."

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 C628 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., July 14, 1834 

Anxious about not having heard from him, info on Ann Eliza and Buchanan, justification as to why he quit his job, "Little Stephen is learning fast."

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 C629 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., August 3, 1834 

Anxious about not having heard from him, family plans.

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 C630 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., September 24, 1834 

Family news; enclosing newspaper.

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 C631 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., December 7, 1834 

Buchanan's improved health, financial plans, family news.

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 C632 From William Foster, Sr., to William Foster, Jr. January 5, 1835 

Family news, boys can go ice skating.

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 C633 From William Foster, Sr., to William Foster, Jr., March 16, 1835 

Sold coal lot, boys are at school.

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 C634 From Henrietta Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 21, 1835 

Social news; family news.

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 C636 From Henrietta Foster and Mary Wick to William Foster, Jr., June 9, 1836 

Social and family news.

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 C636A From Henrietta Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 16, 1835 

Social and family news.

 C637 From William Foster, Sr., to William Foster, Jr., October 30, 1835 

Enclosing letter from Scott, explaining his viewpoint, and his take on the money scandal.

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 C638 From William B. Foster to Eliza Foster, March 2, 1836 

Failed to get money from the government; his travel plans, family news.

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 C639 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 10, 1833 

Enclosing note for $250; needs him to send a note for $200; money matters; Ann Eliza's wedding; family news.

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 C641 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., May 8, 1837 

Business news; family news.

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 C642 From William B. Foster, Jr., to Eliza Foster, May 14, 1837 

His travels and activities; future plans.

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 C643 From Henry Foster to Eliza Foster, May 31, 1837 

Arrived in Columbus; descriptions of his activities, social news.

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 C644 From Ann Eliza Buchanan to Eliza Foster, June 5, 1837 

News of her family; misses and loves her parents and prays for them.

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 C645 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 6, 1837 

Status of the publication of William, Jr.'s, dissolution with Hall; family news; financial news.

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 C646 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 8, 1837 

Money is being held for him until his instructions are received; Hard ware store has gone under.

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 C647 From Eliza Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 16, 1837 

Family news; Stephen has recovered from the whooping cough and going to school with Morrison to Mr. Todd; church news; social news; Pa has made a garden.

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 C648 From William Foster, Jr. to William Foster, Sr., July 2, 1837 

Includes a copy of an agreement between William B. Foster, Jr., and Samuel McKelvy. Response to dissolution with Hall being published; business plans; copy of agreement between William, Jr. & McKelvy.

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 C649 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., July 16, 1837 

Little Stephen went with Eliza to Uncle Struthers; he needn't worry about the Hall matter; political and financial state of the country.

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 C650 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., September 5, 1837 

Clayton's balloon trip; business matters; family news; Eliza thanks him for the $20 he sent her.

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 C651 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., August 14, 1837 

Business matters; Henrietta's baby; family news; social news.

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 C652 From Henrietta Foster Wick to William Foster, Jr., September 4, 1837 

Family news; Mary is ill and it would be good if he would come home; social news.

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 C653 From William B. Foster, Jr., to William B. Foster, September 29, 1837 

From outside of Bardstown; business matters; travel plans; was ill but is now well; needs him to make a suit for him for an "extraordinary occasion" upon his return.

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 C654 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 11, 1837 

Mr. Fisk's death and the claim against him; description of suit being made for William, Jr.; family and social news.

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 C655 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 29, 1837 

Mary was ill but is better; news of his claim against Wilkins.

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 C656 From Lidie Wick to William Foster, Jr., January 9, 1838 

News of Mary's death, description of her last moments & funeral.

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 C657 From Henry Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 12, 1838 

Cost of tombstone and description of it; family and social news.

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 C658 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 19, 1838 

Court meets today; Buchanan family visit; wants to know if he can raise the money.

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 C659 From Henry Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 21, 1838 

Thanking him for $50 note; Pa was able to arrange for a place for William on the Canal Commission in Allegheny; portraits arrived; Pa's claim; description of local legal case.

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 C660 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 16, 1838 

News of McNair and his decision; needs written permission from William, Jr., to enter decision into docket; family news.

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 C661 From William B. Foster and Henry Foster to William Foster, Jr., May 13, 1838 

Family and social news; not sure if power of attorney is sufficient; Henry's new business arrangement.

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 C662 From William B. Foster and Henry Foster to William B. Foster, Jr., June 12, 1838 

Family and social news; Henry is disappointed that he hasn't heard from him.

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 C663 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 20, 1838 

News of Henry's business and his partner; George Baldwin; need money.

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 C664 From William B. Foster, Jr., to William B. Foster, July 9, 1838 

News of his business activities; his travel plans.

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 C665 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., July 16, 1838 

Repeating info from his last letter in case it wasn't received; trying not to borrow money from store; wants William to not pay the next bill that comes due; family news; election news; social news.

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 C666 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., August 1, 1838 

Business news; Eliza is better.

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 C667 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., August 18, 1838 

Asked William to draw on his note at a different bank to save face and make it appear it was a loan; closed up business with Skinner; election news; explanation of the Judge Wilkins' note.

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 C668 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 20, 1838 

Election news; Thomas Wick is about to open a store; Ann Eliza's new baby; social news; he's going to apply for his old job; business news.

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 C669 From Henrietta and Thomas Wick to William Foster, Jr., October 21, 1838 

Family news; glad to hear he may be visiting.

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 C670 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 24, 1838 

Business news; Mr. Stevens' note; needs permission to pay Stevens' note; politics.

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 C671 From William B. Foster, Jr., to Eliza Foster, November 27, 1838 

Business activities; social news; trying to make arrangements to come to Penna for winter; description of venison meal.

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 C672 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., December 5, 1835 

Business news.

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 C673 From William Foster, Jr., to William B. Foster, December 28, 1838 

Enclosing permission to transfer judgment; will not make it home in January as hoped; needs Pa's help submitting job application for the canal commission; politics; business news.

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 C674 From William B. Foster to the Canal Commission, February 11, 1839 

Letter of application for William, Jr., for the Canal Commission.

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 C675 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 25, 1839 

Informing him of appointment as principal engineer.

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 C676 From Henry Foster and William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 15, 1839 

Dictating the letter for Pa; upset that they haven't heard from him; job is being held for him until they hear of his acceptance or refusal; copy of Thomas Struthers's letter; wants him to partner with John Homery in the lumber business.

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 C677 From William B. Foster, Jr., to William Foster, April 22, 1839 

Business news.

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 C678 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 30, 1839 

Business news, discussion of William's appointment.

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 C679 From John Struthers to William B. Foster, Jr., July 1, 1839 

Needs to borrow $100 to get accommodations renovated for the Foster's; canal.

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 C680 From William Foster, Jr., to William B. Foster, March 30, 1839 

His appointment; his schedule; business.

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 C681 From William Foster to William B. Foster, Jr., July 26, 1839 

Henry told Pa of William's desire to rent a farm, drawings and description of the properties.

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 C682 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., July 26, 1839 

Descriptions of more farms, description of current lodgings; Morrison & Stephen board at Mr. Reno's going to a free school; family news.

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 C683 From Henrietta and Thomas Wick to William Foster, Jr., September 29, 1839 

Family and social news; postscript by Thomas Wick; Stephen enjoys himself finely.

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 C684 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., October 23, 1839 

News clipping enclosed; business matters; land he intends to buy as Sheriff's sale in William's name; needs to borrow money; family news; mention of "disease" that has afflicted him.

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 C685 From William B. Foster to Morrison Foster, January 12, 1840 

Family news; we have concluded to let Stephen go with William who will put him to school at the academy in Towanda…I think it's an excellent chance for the dear little fellow to get an education; concerned about Morrison's health; telling him to study.

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 C686 From Eliza C. Foster to Morrison Foster, January 21, 1840 

Wants to know if William gave him money; encouraging him to behave and study.

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 C687 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., January 27, 1840 

Business news; surely Stephen must feel grateful to you for your brotherly kindness to him at Pittsburgh, and will I trust exert him by carefully pursuing your advice and instruction; family news.

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 C688 From Eliza C. Foster to Morrison Foster, February 7, 1840 

Family news; feel quite contented about Stephen; believe that William will take good care of him; he took him to see the Governor, the house of reps, and a fine concert in Harrisburg; encouraging him to work hard.

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 C689 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 24, 1840 

Travel plans; congressional improvements bill; we think it's time to receive another letter from Stephen, I hope he is attentive to his studies…tell him his old Uncle Struthers looks to him to become a very great man, he says he is confident he possess.

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 C690 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 27, 1840 

Scolded Stephen for not writing & then received a letter from him dated some time past; congressional news; family news.

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 C691 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., May 31, 1840 

Explaining his reasons for coming to Pittsburgh: land matter & debt; business matters; stock certificate enclosed.

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 C692 From Eliza C. Foster to William Foster, Jr., August 7, 1840 

Thanking him for letter & $20; As to Stephen I leave everything re his future to your judgment West Point or the navy I have no choice; you are not only his brother but his father; family & social news; My fears in relation to [pa] have ended.

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 C693 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., September 27, 1840 

En route to Philadelphia to pursue claim; apprising William of where he and Eliza will be.

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 C694 From Eliza C. Foster to Morrison Foster, October 7, 1840 

At Ann Eliza's house; urging him to take care of his health; family news.

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 C695 From William B. Foster, George Poe, and James Dunlop to William B. Foster, Jr., November 7, 1840 

Statements for his claim against George Poe, Jr.

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 C696 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., November 16, 1840 

Just received letter & wanted to acknowledge it; congressional news; family news; news of the McKelvy unpaid note.

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 C697 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., December 1, 1840 

Enclosing articles abusing the Gov. ; text for resolution to protect Gov.'s name; encouraging him to invest in land; family news.

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 C698 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., February 13, 1841 

George Poe suit; info regarding small steam engine; legislation on state improvements.

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 C699 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., February 17, 1841 

Thanking him for $10; money Thomas Wick owes Wm. Jr., Thomas Wick's illness; pleased to hear of his impending marriage.

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 C700 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., February 22, 1841 

Enclosed copy of his claim against Poe; Thomas Wick still ill but will most definitely repay money owed.

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 C701 From Eliza C. Foster to William Foster, Jr., February 24, 1841 

Torn in half; William's impending marriage; family news.

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 C702 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., February 27, 1841 

The money Thomas Wick owes him and William, Sr's, plan to get it.

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 C703 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., March 30, 1841 

Forwarded his letter to Thomas Wick; William, Sr's, claim; state appropriate; his lack of employment; Bank Bill; financial state.

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 C704 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 22, 1841 

His claim against Poe; his plans for Henry; travel plans; family news.

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 C705 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., April 28, 1841 

Account of local fire; encouraging William to contact Mr. Stevens about getting insurance on his houses; newspaper account of St. Louis murder.

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 C706 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., May 15, 1841 

His travel and work plans; Thomas Wick is on the mend; family news.

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 C707 From William B. Foster to William Foster, Jr., June 11, 1841 

Returned from trip to Kentucky; news of Thomas and Henrietta Wick; will be going to Butler to settle land claims; travel plans; family news; drought.

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 C708 From Eliza C. Foster to William Foster, Jr., August 14, 1841 

Need to make new living arrangements b/c of cost; wants to hear the current info on his engagement but has told no one; Stephen refuses to stay at Canonsburg & wants to come home; family news; wishing him well.

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 C721 From F.M. Hutchinson to ?, July 14, 1858 Online
 C729 From the Grand Lodge of PA to Alfred Morneweck, February 21, 1931 Online
 C736 From Thomas Burnside to William Foster, Jr., June 19, 1835 

Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C737 From William B. Foster, Jr., to William H. Packer, Esq., June 17, 1839 

William Foster, Jr.'s, job application to the Engineering Dept. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C738 From James Buchanan to James Clarke, esq., January 31, 1839 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C640 Declaration of the Office of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal Company to accept the resignation of William Foster, Jr., April 13, 1837 

Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C635 Letter of reference for William Foster, Jr., from board of Green River Comms., June 19, 1935 

Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C739 From H. Gold Rogers to William F. Packer, March 3, 1839 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C740 From Chester Butler to the PA Canal Commission, Dec. 29, 1841 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C741 From Senator and representatives of PA to David R. Porter, Governor, January 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C742 From John H. Dincork to PA Canal Commission, 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C743 From J.B. Guchiev to PA Canal Commission, Jan. 22, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C744 From Thomas Philips to the PA Canal Commission, January 24, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C745 From David Lynch to the PA Canal Commission, January 25, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C746 From William Packer to the PA Canal Commission, January 31, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C747 From William B. Foster, Jr., to the PA Canal Commission, February 3, 1842 

Cover letter stating his desire to apply as Principal Engineer. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C748 From Salisbury to PA Canal Commission, February 5, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C749 From George Crawford to PA Canal Commission, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C750 From Henry Petteboue to the PA Canal Commission, October 6, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C751 From Henry Web to PA Canal Commission, October 10, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C752 From Senator J. Horton to PA Canal Commission, October 15, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C753 From C.S. Ward to PA Canal Commission, October 18, 1842 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C754 From William B. Foster, Jr., to PA Canal Commission, October 24, 1842 

Cover letter stating his desire to apply as Principal Engineer. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C755 From George Crawford to Pa Canal Commission, January 16, 1843 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C756 From Jacob Hill to PA Canal Commission, February 1, 1843 

Letter of recommendation for William B. Foster for engineer position with Canal Commission. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C757 From G.G. Palmer to William B. Foster, Jr., January 8, 1840 

Barlow & Evans tract of land. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C758 From E.W. Stephen to William B. Foster, Jr., July 21, 1840 

Proposed building, other financial matters. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C759 From E.W. Stephen to William B. Foster, Jr., January 30, 1841 

Bills for work on William's houses, information on money that William owes him. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C760 From William Hull to William B. Foster, Jr., January 26, 1842 

Letter stating William paid him and that his suit against William has been dismissed. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C761 From Stetly? to William B. Foster, Jr., February 10, 1846 

Bill for boarding the family. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C762 From John White to Henry Parrish, Esq., January 25, 1847 

Letter of introduction for William, Jr. & Others discussing constructing new canal. Business Correspondence of William Foster, Jr.

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 C763a.  From J.W. Weidermeyer to Morrison Foster, October 27, 1887 Online
 C763b. From J.W. Weidermeyer to Morrison Foster, March 23, 1887 Online
 C763c.  From J.W. Weidermeyer to Morrison Foster, March 23, 1887 Online
 C763d.  From J.W. Weidermeyer to Morrison Foster, October 24, 1887 Online
 C763e.  From J.W. Weidermeyer to Morrison Foster, March 19, 1886 Online
 C763f. From J.W. Weidermeyer to Morrison Foster, March 22, 1887 Online
 C765 From Jessie Welsh Rose to Morrison Foster, 1900 

Includes newspaper clipping about Foster monument.

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 C768a.  Postcard to Morrison Foster from T.J. Keenan, September 6, 1900 Online
 C768b.  Freight receipt, December 7, 1896 Online
 C768c.  To Morrison Foster from Charles H. Niehaus, December 5, 1896 Online
 C768d.  From Morrison Foster to T.J. Keenan, Jr., September 6, 1900 Online
 C768e.  To Morrison Foster from T.J. Keenan, Jr., March 26, 1893 Online
 C768f. To Morrison Foster from Charles H. Niehaus, March 27, 1897 Online
 C775a. Agreement between Hudson Foster and William Foster, March 24, 1831 Online
 C775b. Agreement between Hudson Foster and William Foster and Edward C. Biddle, October 29, 1835 Online
 C775c. Power of Attorney for William Foster, November 29, 1832 Online
 C775d.  Power of Attorney for Hudson Foster, October 29, 1835 Online
 C775e. Power of Attorney for John Land, June 16, 1836 Online
 C775f. Power of Attorney for John Land, September 3, 1832 Online
 C775g.  Power of Attorney for Hudson Foster, October 29, 1835 Online
 C775h. Power of Attorney for Hudson Foster, March 29, 1831 Online
 C775i. Power of Attorney for William Foster, November 29, 1832 Online
 C776 To Henrietta Wick from Eliza C. Foster, February 14, 1841 

Brother William's job hunt; visit to President and Governor with William and Henry? ; current home.

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 C846 From Jesse A. Baker to Morrison Foster, January 26, 1871 

Regarding Baker's play "An Evening with Foster."

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 C847 From Hubert P. Main to Morrison Foster, January 10, 1870 

Requesting Stephen's autograph for his collection.

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 C848 From William Pond & Co. to Morrison Foster, February 11, 1864 

Have collected all of Stephen's songs as he requested and will forward them to him as soon as copies are available.

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 C849 From C.E. Leslie, Chicago Music Co., to Morrison Foster, October 27, 1887 

Asking permission to use "My Old Kentucky Home" for the Freedman Choral Union.

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 C850 From WL Luisley of the Lyons Weekly Republican to Morrison Foster, February 26, 1864 

Asking for a list of Stephen's compositions and for information on what publisher publishes Stephen's hymns.

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 C851 From L.M. Van Bukkelen to Morrison Foster, March 29, 1888 

Incorrectly addressed to "Harrison" Foster; asking permission to publish "Old Dog Tray" as part of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity's society song book.

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 C852 From Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, May 5, 1888 

They have no objection to Morrison publishing a collection of Foster's songs, lyrics only, as long as Marion & Jane don't, but he cannot publish the music.

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 C853 From J. Howard Wert to Morrison Foster, August 8, 1888 

Asking permission to use "My Old Kentucky Home" and potentially other songs for publication in a leaflet.

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 C854 From John D. Champlain, Jr., Charles Scribner & Sons, to Morrison Foster, January 11, 1888 

Asking for biographical info on Foster, including list of works & picture if possible.

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 C855a. From Edward Brinley to Publishers of the Pittsburg Chronicle, January 30, 1864 

Requesting a copy of an article on Stephen Foster and any photos they may have.

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 C855b. From A. Kleber to Morrison Foster, February 9, 1864 

Cover letter for other letters included in 855.

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 C855c. From Edward Brinley to H. Kleber & Co., February 1, 1864 

Asking for a complete list of Foster's songs & proposing that they put out a collection of the songs, lots of praise of Foster as a composer.

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 C855d. From Edward Brinley to Morrison Foster, February 15, 1864 

Suggesting the complete works collection.

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 C856a. From W.F. Williams to Charles McKnight, January 26, 1864 

Enclosing a copy of the NY Evening Post's Tribute to Foster. Reminiscing about how popular Foster was internationally. Requesting a memento of Foster. Includes postscript that  Harpers wants him to write an article on Foster.

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 C856b. From Charles McKnight to Morrison Foster, January 30, 1864 

Forwarding W.F. Williams' letter to him.

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 C857a. From George P. Miller to Morrison Foster, June 22, 1897 

Sending news clipping he thought Morrison might be interested in.

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 C857b. From George Miller to Morrison Foster, July 21, 1897 

Providing him with correspondent's name.

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 C858 From Jason C. Stevenson to Morrison Foster, November 21, 1898 

Remarking on Morrison's biography project; giving information on the Stevenson family.

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 C859a. From Ticknor & Co. to Morrison Foster, May 3, 1887 

Wants to create illustrated editions of "Old Folks at Home" and "My Old Kentucky Home" (Copeland editions). Morrison's response on back indicates they may proceed provided he makes arrangements with Pond and Ditson and that compensation go to his brother's heirs.

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 C859b. From Ticknor & Co. to Morrison Foster, May 14, 1887 

Thanks him for his letter, will proceed as he advised.

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 C859c. From Ticknor & Co., to Morrison Foster, June 10, 1887 

Letting him know they have made arrangements with Pond & Ditson and describing the volume. Asking for images to use.

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 C859d. From Ticknor & Co. to Morrison Foster, October 7, 1887 

They've decided to omit the biography from the book. Giving him publishing information.

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 C859e. From Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, November 23, 1887 

Enclosing a copy of the illustrated edition of "Old Folks."

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 C859f. From Oliver Ditson to Morrison Foster, December 5, 1887 

Asking if he received the illustrated "old folks" and enclosing other complimentary copies of sheet music.

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 C859g. From Ticknor & Co. to Morrison Foster, October 29, 1887 

Have mailed copies of melodies to Mrs. Buchanan per Morrison's request. Quoting cost of duplicating portrait.

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 C860 From Charles Neure of the Athens Academy to Morrison Foster, June 2, 1897 

Asking for a copy of "Tioga Waltz" to put in cornerstone of new Library.

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 C861a. From John H. McCrury to Morrison Foster, August 10, 1892 

Requesting information on Foster to include in Pittsburgh & Western PA Historical biographical sketches.

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 C861b. From J.W. McCrury to Morrison Foster, August 17, 1892 

Asking to receive materials by Dec. 1. Morrison's response on page indicates he mailed the requested items.

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 C862a. From G.A. Townsend to Morrison Foster, July 16, 1893 

Thanking him for his letter and discussing Stephen's biography.

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 C862b. From G.A. Townsend to Morrison Foster, January 2, 1894 

Suggesting possible publishers.

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 C862c. Card from G.A. Townsend to Morrison Foster, undated 

Sorry he wasn't able to meet with him when he was in town.

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 C862d. Article/advertisement "Gapland Mountain Cottages," undated Online
 C863a. From William V. Alexander to Morrison Foster, May 1, 1900 

Asking for a photo of Foster's grave for use in the Ladies Home Journal.

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 C863b. From William Alexander to Morrison Foster, May 4, 1900 

Thanking him for referring him to Percy Smith.

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 C863c. From William Alexander to Morrison Foster, May 14, 1900 

Percy Smith has no photo of the grave but believe Morrison does. Morrison responds on bottom of the letter that he sent Alexander a copy of Biography, Songs &c including the photo.

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 C864a. From Edward S. Ellis to Morrison Foster, June 23, 1900 

Pond has promised him a Foster manuscript to present to Judge Reed. Wants to know if Morrison has two copies of bio sketch he could give him. Morrison's response on bottom of letter indicates that he should send $4 to Percy Smith to obtain copies.

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 C864b. From Edward Ellis to Morrison Foster, July 7, 1900 

Would like to write a tribute to Foster. Asking Morrison to clarify a few facts.

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 C865 From W.H. Griffiths to Morrison Foster, March 31, 1892 

Asking for a souvenir of Foster.

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 C866 From John Scott to Morrison Foster, July 31, 1896 

Received biography; Foster genealogy--John is a descendant of Violet Foster & Josiah Scott and has prepared the book Hugh Scott and his descendants.

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 C867 From J.B. Wambaugh to Morrison Foster, April 21, 1897 

Requesting some of Foster's plantation melodies.

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 C868a. From C.W. Des Islets to Morrison Foster, April 1, 1892 

Asking for a chance to call him to get information on Stephen for a Foster program Jefferson Academy will be doing.

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 C868b. From C.W. Des Islets to Morrison Foster, May 2, 1892 

Thanking him for loaning her papers which she returned with this letter, allowing her to call on him, etc.

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 C869 Correspondence between Morrison Foster and and Monroe Crannell, regarding "Old Folks at Home," 1889 

 C869a From Monroe Crannell to Postmaster at Pittsburgh, February 28, 1889 Online
 C869b From Monroe Crannell to Morrison Foster, March 16, 1889 From Monroe Crannell to Morrison Foster,
 C869c From Monroe Crannell to Morrison Foster, March 11, 1889 From Monroe Crannell to Morrison Foster,
 C869d From Stephen C. Foster to E.P. Christy, May 25, 1852 

Included as enclosure for C869c correspondence from Monroe Crannell to Morrison Foster. Although Elliker states that the original of the 1852 letter is in the Foster collection, it apppears only this copy, made in Mr. Crannell's hand, is held by the Center for American Music. The whereabouts of the original document are not currently known.

Pittsburgh, May 25, 1852

E.P. Christy, Esq.

Dear Sir

As I once intimated to you, I had the intention of omitting my name on my Ethiopian songs, owing to the prejudice against them by some, which might injure my reputation as a writer of another style of music, but I find that by my efforts I have done a great deal to build up a taste for the Ethiopian songs among refined people by making the words suitable to their taste, instead of the trashy and really offensive words which belong to some of that order. Therefore I have concluded to reinstate my name on my songs and to pursue the Ethiopian business without fear or shame and lend all my energies to making the business live, at the same time that I will wish to establish my name as the best Ethiopian song-writer. But I am not encouraged in undertaking this so long as "The Old Folks At Home" stares me in the face with another's name on it. As it was at my own solicitation that you allowed your name to be placed on the song, I hope that the above reasons will be sufficient explanation for my desire to place my own name on it as author and composer, while at the same time I wish to leave the name of your band on the title page. This is a little matter of pride in myself which it will certainly be to your interest to encourage. On the receipt of your free consent to this proposition, I will, if you wish, willingly refund you the money which you paid me on that song, though it may have been sent me for other considerations than the one in question, and I promise in addition to write you an opening chorus in my best style, free of charge, and in any other way in my power to advance your interest hereafter. I find I cannot write at all unless I write for public approbation and get credit for what I write. As we may probably have a good deal of business with each other in our lives, it is best to proceed on a sure basis of confidence and good understanding, therefore I hope you will appreciate an author's feelings in the case and deal with me with your usual fairness. Please answer immediately.

Very respectfully yours, Stephen C. Foster

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S.C. Foster - A mean & contemptible - vascillating skunk & plagiarist - Pittsburg Pa May 1852 "Old Folks"

then Crannell has added "copy of Christy's endorsement"

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 C869d From Morrison Foster to Monroe Crannell, march 13, 1889 

copy of letter in Morrison's hand, written on the last page of C869c.

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 C872 From Jos (?) C. Brummer to Jos. Eishbaum & Co., April 22, 1890 

Requesting info on biography of Stephen Foster listed in Brainards Musical World.

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 C873 From D.H. James to Jane Foster, October 14, 1885 

Second Presbyterian church would like to give a Foster program and needs her help with a list of the songs.

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 C874 From Marcus M. Henry to Morrison Foster, February 6, 1883 

Requesting information on Foster for inclusion in a compilation of info on American popular composers.

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 C875a. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, July 17, 1929 

Seeking images to be included in Musical Courier "Pictorial Bibliography" article.

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 C875b. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, July 31, 1929 

Clarifying that a photographer could be sent to her home so that the items needn't leave her possession.

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 C875c. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, August 8, 1929 

Sorry that their letters crossed in the mail. Would appreciate her reading the article before it goes to print.

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 C875d. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, August 16, 1929 

Confirming time of photographer, asking after additional photos.

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 C875e. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, undated 

Thanking her for suggestions of additional photos and for sending a photo of Morrison to him.

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 C875f. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, August 21, 1929 

Arrangements with photographer, list of what he would like shot, and a wish list of other items he is seeking.

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 C875g. List of images sent by Mrs. Morneweck, August 24, 1929 Online
 C875h. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, August 28, 1929 

Thanking her for pictures she sent. Thanking her for cooperating with the photographer.

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 C875i.  From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, September 7, 1929 

Thanking her for info on White Cottage and informing her of images they received from Federal Hill and the Cincinnati Public Library.

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 C875j. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, December 28, 1929 

Sending her the article to fact check.

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 C875k. From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Grover Sims, January 1, 1930 

The only thing she asks that he change in the Musical Courier article is the description of Stephen's grave being unkempt.

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 C875l. From Grover Sims to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, January 23, 1930 

The change she suggested was made. The article should appear in January, at which point he'll forward a copy.

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 C875m. Pamphlet of Offerings from the Sims Visual Music Co. undated Online
 C876a. From E.H. Strickland to Oliver Ditson, February 13, 1882 

Would like a sample of Foster's handwriting to put in a bound volume of his music that he's assembled for his private use. Note at bottom of letter (presumably to Morrison) asking if he can oblige this man's request.

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 C876b. From E.F. Strickland to Morrison Foster, March 14, 1882 

Thanking him for his response to his request, though regrets that he wasn't able to send him his brother's handwriting. Enclosed a poem he wrote.

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 C877a. From E.H. Johnston to Henry Kleber, December 10, 1877 

Asking him for a photo of Stephen Foster for his album of "American Notabilities."

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 C877b. From E.H. Johnson to Morrison Foster, March 13, 1878 

Thanking for Foster photo. sending him .50 for the cost. Morrison notes in his hand that the photo was intended to be a gift.

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 C877c. From E.H. Johnson to Morrison Foster, January 9, 1878 

Asking where he can obtain a photo of Foster.

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 C878 From George Cooper to Morrison Foster, February 5, 1864 

Enclosing copy of The Round Table containing article on Foster; updating him on the whereabouts of the daguerreotype; is forwarding Morrison his bound collection of Foster's music.

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 C879 From Henrietta Foster Thornton to William Foster Thornton, June 7, 1865 

Includes transcript of letter. Bought from William Foster Thornton on 12/31/1941.

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 C880 From Henrietta Foster Wick Thornton to William Foster Thornton, March 21, 1864 

Includes transcript of letter. Purchased from William Foster Thornton 12/31/1941.

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 C882 From Robert Garland of Pittsburgh City Council to W.B. Foster, June 21, 1916 

Cover letter accompanying resolution to loan painting of Foster, his parents, and Dunning to the Stephen Foster Memorial home.

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 C884a.  From G.E. Johnson to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, May 23, 1919 

Writing on behalf of Mr. Waterson. Claims that Foster meant no reflection on Foster in his article.

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 C884b. From G.E. Johnson to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, May 26, 1919 

Reiterates that Mr. Watterson meant no harm in his article, but if she wishes to push the point, he has records of Foster's death from alcoholism at Bellevue, as well as testimony from lots of people.

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 C884c. From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Henry Watterson, May 20, 1919 

Correcting misstatements in his article about Foster.

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 C884d. From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to G.E. Johnson, May 29, 1919 

Reiterating that Mr. Watterson was incorrect when he quoted Will S. Hays claim that Foster was a musical thief.

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 C884e. Editorial by Henry Watterson responding to outrage over his Foster article, 1919 

Found in a cancelled envelope addressed to Evelyn Foster Morneweck from Watterson. Quotes extensively from a passionate defense of Foster by Young E. Allison.

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 C884f. "Tribute to Foster, Great Composer of Pittsburg, Wins Watterson Over," undated 

Quote extensively from the same Young E. Allison Letter as e.

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 C885a. From S.G. Pratt to Morrison Foster, October 8, 1887 

Asking permission to use "My Old Kentucky Home" in an essay. Morrison's answer is on the bottom of the letter (dated Oct. 17, 1887) grants permission provided he contact William A. Pond to make arrangements and Marion and Jane receive payment.

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 C885b. From Frank J. Loesch to Morrison Foster, October 14, 1889 

Was found originally with a. In the letter Loesch tells Morrison that the gentleman he refers to is not worth anything financially and if Morrison is hoping to get money from him, he shouldn't depend on it being much.

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 C886a. From Edmund Stedman to Morrison Foster, August 17, 1888 

Wants to include four Foster songs in his A Library of American Literature. Enclosed circular describing the project. Note in Morrison's hand that he granted permission.

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 C886b. From Edmund Stedman to Morrison Foster, August 23, 1888 Online
 C887a. From Israel Betz to Morrison Foster, August 13, 1887 

Trying to find a collection of Foster's songs.

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 C887b. From Israel Betz to Morrison Foster, August 16, 1887 Online
 C888a. From E.C. Dobson to Morrison Foster, June 27, 1887 

Wants to sell a book reprinting "Old Folks at Home" and "Old Black Joe." Wants to know what it would cost to get permission to do so.

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 C888b. From Oliver Ditson & Co. to Morrison Foster, July 11, 1887 

Asking Morrison to refer Dobson to them for rights negotiations. Note in Morrison's hand that he has done so.

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 C889a. From Caroline Griffith to Morrison Foster, Dec. 31, 1882 

Requesting information on Stephen for a Dr. Ritter at Vassar.

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 C889b. From S. Griffith to Morrison Foster, January 2, 1883 

Cover letter for Caroline Griffith's letter.

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 C890a. From Robert McCaslin to Morrison Foster, December 4, 1883 

Been trying to reach him for a while. Enclosed a letter that bounced previously.

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 C890b. From Robert McCaslin to Morrison Foster, August 8, 1883 

Trying to find out when Foster wrote "Hard Times" and what the inspiration was for it. Has included the lyrics and would like to know if they are accurate.

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 C891a.  From F.O. Jones to Morrison Foster, July 21, 1886 

Sending him a copy of his handbook which includes a biography of Stephen. Includes a few circulars advertising the biography and one page (though not with Foster's bio).

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 C891b. From F.O. Jones to Morrison Foster, March 8, 1883 

Requesting info on Foster's "Swanee River." Letter is written on circular advertising A Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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 C892a. From Frederick M. Steele to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, September 23, 1926 Online
 C892b. From Frederick M. Steele to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, October 19, 1926 Online
 C892c. Poem, "A Thought for Every Day" by Frederick M. Steele, Online
 C893a. To Evelyn Foster Morneweck from Louis Edgar Johns, August 30, 1926 

Requesting reproduction of two images for a music publication for the schools being put out by University of Nebraska.

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 C893b. To Evelyn Foster Morneweck from Louis Edgar Johns, October 2, 1926 

Thanking her for the photos. Questioning her assertions in her book about the location of the Foster home. EFM notes on the letter that his interpretation has been proven correct.

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 C894 From Rebecca S. Foster to Hon. Charles F. McKenna, 1908 

Envelope labeled Rebecca S. Foster, copyrights of SCF (empty); copyright of Stephen's music & publication.

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 C895 From John Pryor Cowan to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, January 7, 1914 

Clipping about Foster program; responding to his statement about a nationwide commemoration of Foster.

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 C896 From L.F. Jackson to Morrison Foster, January 17, 1884 

Asking for info on Foster to include in biography of popular music composers.

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 C897 From W.R. Murphy to Morrison Foster, April 1883 

Giving him information on where he believes Stephen's piano to be.

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 C898a. To Morrison Foster from William A. Pond, November 2, 1875 

He's seen Peters and he's confirmed that nothing objectionable will appear in Will Hays proposed new song.

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 C898b. To Morrison Foster from Will S. Hays, October, 25, 1875 

Reassuring Morrison that he will not write anything concerning Stephen that would be derogatory.

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 C899a. To Morrison Foster from Mason Brothers, February 2, 1867 

Sending him a proof of an article on Stephen for his corrections. Morrison's response is included on back, in which he suggests it's inappropriate to mention Stephen's one failing and theorizes who may have written the article.

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 C899b. To Morrison Foster from Mason Brothers Publishers, February 7, 1867 

Clarifies that that the article's author is George Birdseye. Agrees the article would be more tasteful with the disparaging things removed.

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 C903 From J.D. Fraser of the Music Committee of the Trade's Mens industrial Institute October 8, 1875 

Asking to borrow portrait of Stephen Foster.

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 C904 From Jason F. Livingston to Morrison Foster, May 9, 1876 

Letting him know that he was electing a member of the Stephen Foster Serenaders.

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 C905 From Frank Cowan to Morrison Foster, December 27, 1878 

Sending him a copy of his article, requesting an engraving of Stephen.

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 C906 From A.B. Force to Morrison Foster, August 22, 1883 

Requesting permission for B.W. Lacy, Esq, to write a biography of Stephen.

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 C907 From S. Reed Johnson of Jos. Eichbaum & Co. to Morrison Foster, July 11, 1883 

Asking Morrison to review the sketch he has written.

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 C908 From George Hoyt of The Cleveland Voice to Morrison Foster, March 22, 1886 

Asking him to write a sketch of Stephen.

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 C909 From Isaac Craig to Morrison Foster, July 10, 1884 

Clipping of passage from Life and Letters of James and Lucretia Mott about Stephen, with cover letter.

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 C910 From J.R. Bailey to Morrison Foster, July 25, 1884 

Asking for souvenir of Stephen Foster.

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 C911 From Edwin R. Parkhurst of the Toronto Mail to Morrison Foster, November 16, 1885 

Asking for information for a sketch of Stephen Foster to be published in the Toronto Mail.

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 C912a. Telegram to Morrison Foster from H.C. Rutter, January 7, 1895 

Alerting him that Henrietta Thornton has died.

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 C912b.  Telegram to Morrison Foster from E.M. Thornton, May 20, 1895 

Mayor is dead (?)

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 C912c. Telegram to Morrison Foster from C.K. Thornton, January 7, 1895 

Advising him that Major is too sick to be informed of Henrietta's death. On rear of telegram, Morrison advises H.C. Rutter to inter Henrietta temporarily.

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 C912d. Telegram to Morrison Foster from H.C. Rutter, January 9, 1895 

Advising him that it will cost $20 to inter Henrietta until burial.

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 C912e. Telegram to Morrison Foster from H.C. Rutter, January 8, 1895 

They will inter body provided guardian pays expenses. Morrison responds on back asking for what the cheapest internment would cost, says Henrietta has no guardian, and that he doesn't feel an autopsy is necessary.

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 C914 From Cochran Fleming to Morrison Foster, November 30, 1881 

Trying to get four complete copies of Foster's music bound.

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 C918 From S. Reed Johnston to Morrison Foster, February 12, 1886 

Asking Morrison to correct sketch for errors.

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 C919 From Morrison Foster to S. Reed Johnston, February 14, 1886 

Correcting article published in Chicago News with a long description of who his brother was.

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 C924 From James Buchanan to Reverend Edward Y. Buchanan, Nov. 15, 1854    two copies

Original is the property of Maskell Ewing, Jr., of Phila.

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 C925 From James Buchanan to Rev. Edward Y. Buchanan, October 26, 1854 

Original is the property of Maskell Ewing, Jr., of Phila.

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 C926 From James Buchanan to Rev. Edward Y. Buchanan, December 15, 1854    two copies

Original is the property of Maskell Ewing, Jr., of Phila.

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 C929 From George Cooper to Harold Vincent Milligan July 2, 1917 Online
 C930 From John Tasker Howard to Josiah Lilly, October 16, 1933 Online
 C931 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to ?, May 31, 1933 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck from ?,
 C932 From Mrs. William Shakespeare Hays to Josiah Lilly, August 14, 1931 Online
 C933 From Mrs. William Shakespeare Hays to Josiah Lilly, August 20, 1931 Online
 C934 From Henry Foster to Susan Beach, January 23, 1864 Online
 C935 From Henry Foster to Ann Eliza Buchanan, February 4, 1864 Online
 C936 From Maria Leech Lynch to John C. Slack, March 13, 1915    typed copy

Explaining what she knows of the birth place of Stephen Foster.

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 C937 From Josiah Lilly to Walter Whittlesey, April 30, 1935    typed copy

sending him a list of songs credited to Foster that are most likely by another Foster.

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 C938 From Sir Edmund Arnold to Morrison Foster, May 23, 1894 Online
 C940 From C.W. Bowman, Jr. to Harold Vincent Milligan, October 14, 1916 Online
 C943 From Joseph Carl Brail to Harold Vincent Milligan, March 26, 1917 Online
 C944 From Annie Buchanan to Harold Vincent Milligan, October 12, 1916 Online
 C945 From Annie Buchanan to Harold Vincent Milligan, June 20, 1916 Online
 C946 From George W. Birdseye to "Julia," May 28, 1903 Online
 C948 From Lytle Buchanan to Harold Vincent Milligan, July 24, 1917 Online
 C949 From Lorena Callahan to John Tasker Howard, October 28, 1933 Online
 C950 From Henry Butterfield to Colonel Samuel Harden Church, March 28, 1934    Item is a typed copy

Regarding his request to have the Foster piano at the Carnegie Institute returned to him.

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 C951 From Henry Butterfield to J.K. Lilly, March 28, 1934 

Regarding Foster piano.

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 C952 From Henry Butterfield to the Trustees of the Carnegie Institute, March 13, 1934 

Request to have Foster piano returned to him so that it can be house in the Stephen Foster Memorial.

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 C955 From Henrietta Crosman to Mrs. Richardson, no date Online
 C956 From Henrietta Crosman to Josiah Lilly, February 29 Online
 C957 From Henrietta Crosman to Josiah Lilly, March 6 Online
 C958 From E.B. Cassatt to Colonel Ben LaBree, June 21, 1921 Online
 C959 From Samuel Harden Church to Henry Butterfield, March 21, 1934    item is a photostat Online
 C962 From Harry Houdini to Harold Vincent Milligan, March 24, 1917 Online
 C964 From Mrs. Parkhurst Duer to Harold Vincent Milligan, October 1, 1916 Online
 C965 From George Cooper to Robert Coster, March 6, 1916 
 C966 From George Cooper to Harold Vincent Milligan, June 21, 1917 Online
 C967 From Agnes Buchanan Crosby to Harold Vincent Milligan, January 20, 1916 Online
 C968 From George Cooper to Robert Coster, March 11, 1916 Online
 C970 From Agnes Buchanan Crosby to Harold Vincent Milligan, April 18, 1916 Online
 C983 From Mary Thornton Dodge to Josiah Lilly, August 8 Online
 C990 From Flower [?] to Josiah Lilly, January 11, 1933 

Regarding Foster's melodeon

Online
 C992 From Morrison Foster to J.O.Pamlee, Dec. 17, 1896 

Item is a photocopy. The original is held by William G. Smith, a descendent of John and Mary Struthers, of Warren PA.

Online
 D002 From Gilbert L. Everhart to Morrison Foster, August 29, 1900 Online
 D004 From Robert Garland to Harold Vincent Milligan, August 8, 1916 

Re Foster Memorial Home.

Online
 D008 From the Estate of Hamilton S. Gordon to Harold Vincent Milligan, July 20, 1916 Online
 D014 From John Hagarty to Morrison Foster, July 15, 1856 

Includes a verse of "The Great Baby Show" (The Abolition Show) written in Morrison's hand on back of letter.

Online
 D018 From Mrs. J. H. Harker to Fletcher Hodges, Jr., June 25, 1935 

Provides Foster family genealogy info.

Online
 D025 From John Tasker Howard to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, June 20, 1933 Online
 D026 From John Tasker Howard to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, June 24, 1933    Item is a typed copy Online
 D028 From John Tasker Howard to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, August 4, 1933    Item is a typed copy. Online
 D030 From John Tasker Howard to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, August 12, 1933 Online
 D034 From John Tasker Howard to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, October 16, 1933 Online
 D036 From John Tasker Howard to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, October 23, 1933 Online
 D037 From John Tasker Howard to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, November 2, 1933 Online
 D081 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Fletcher Hodges,Jr., September 25, 1935 Online
 D090 From H.H. Barclay to Foster Hall, March 27, 1936 Online
 D092 From Maria Leech Lynch to John C. Slack, March 13, 1915 Online
 D093 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Ward Bonsall, April 12, 1935 Online
 D094 From H.H. Barclay to Lorena Callahan, January 20, 1936 Online
 D095 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah Lilly, no date Online
 D097 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah Lilly, December 26, 1934 Online
 D098 From Charles Kuglar to Thomas Gross, February 7, 1846 Online
 D099 From ? to Thomas Gross, March 13, 1846 From ? to Thomas Gross,
 D102 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to John Tasker Howard, June 29, 1933    item is a typed copy Online
 D104 From Agnes McDowell to Mrs. John D. Scully, Tuesday Morning Online
 D112 From Karl Merg to Morrison Foster, March 13, 1878 Online
 D119 From Gen. H. Welshous to Morrison Foster, November 23, 1891 Online
 D126 From Marion Foster Welsh to H.O. Knerr Esquire, September 23, 1906    Typed transcript included

Includes typed transcript of letter. Donated by Henry O. Kneff March, 1934.

Online
 D127 From Marion Foster Welsh to H.O. Knerr Esq., July 16, 1906 

Donated by Henry O. Knerr March, 1934.

Online
 D128 From Marion Foster Welsh to H.O. Knerr, May 27, 1906 

Donated by Henry O. Knerr March, 1934.

Online
 D133 From Walter Welsh to Morrison Foster, April 7, 1890 Online
 D135 From Mary Synon to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, May 14, 1919 Online
 D136 From Captain W.H. Rowan to "Mother," July 22, 1861    Photostat and typed transcript Online
 D145 From Maude Rowan Starr to Josiah K. Lilly, June 4, 1931 Online
 D146 From Maude Rowan Starr to Josiah K. Lilly, June 30, 1931 Online
 D147 From Maude Rowan Starr to Her Majesty, Queen of Romania, 1926    item is a typed copy Online
 D150 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah K. Lilly, December 6, 1933 Online
 D155 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah K. Lilly, August 29, 1933 Online
 D156 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah K. Lilly, November 29, 1933 Online
 d157 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck, July 26, 1934 

regarding Foster homestead.

Online
 D158 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah K. Lilly, July 30, 1934 Online
 D159a From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to John Tasker Howard, August 10, 1933 Online
 D159b From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to John Tasker Howard, August 17, 1933 Online
 D160 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Harold Vincent Milligan, June 16, 1916 Online
 D161 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah K. Lilly, August 1, 1934 Online
 D161a From Josiah Lilly to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, July 30, 1934 Online
 D162 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Harold Vincent Milligan, July 28, 1916 Online
 D163 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Harold Vincent Milligan, August 15, 1916 Online
 D164 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Harold Vincent Milligan, August 23, 1916 Online
 D165 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Harold Vincent Milligan September 8, 1916 Online
 D166 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Harold Vincent Milligan, September 17, 1916 Online
 D167 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Harold Vincent Milligan, October 23, 1916 Online
 D168 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah K. Lilly, April 1932 Online
 D169 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah K. Lilly, September 12, 1932 Online
 D170 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Fletcher Hodges, Jr., May 4, 1933 Online
 D171 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Josiah K. Lilly, February 19, 1932 Online
 D172 From Karl Merz to Morrison Foster, July 20, 1869    Typed transcript attached Online
 D173 From S. Brainard & Sons to Morrison Foster, July 21, 1869    Typed transcript attached Online
 D174 From Karl Merz to Morrison Foster, December 30, 1877    Typed transcript attached Online
 D175 From Karl Merz to Morrison Foster, January 10, 1878    typed transcript attached Online
 D181 From Jessie W. Rose to Harold Vincent Milligan, September 9, 1916 Online
 D182 From Jessie W. Rose to Mr. Lilly, November 16, 1932    Typed transcript attached Online
 D186 From Evelyn Foster Morneweck to Fletcher Hodges, Jr., July 22, 1935 Online
 D188 From Mr. H. Miller to Morrison Foster, 1860 Online
 D189 From Marion Foster to Eva L. Fee, July 22, 1926 Online
 D190 From Dan Rice to Morrison Foster June 17, 1843 Online
 D191 From Dan Rice to Morrison Foster, July 24, 1843 Online
 D192 From Dan Rice to Morrison Foster, November 15, 1859 Online
 D193 From Dan Rice to Morrison Foster, September 28, 1883 Online
 D194 From Dan Rice to Morrison Foster, September 20, 1883 Online
 D195 From Dan Rice to Morrison Foster, January 21, 1884 Online
 D331 From Henrietta Foster to William B. Foster, Jr., April 30, 1826 Online
 D332 Letter from Eliza C.T. Foster to Henrietta Foster, September 21, 1836 Online

Writings, 1800-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This section includes miscellaneous writings by Stephen Foster's family including diaries and poetry.

 A227 Jane Foster's Diary, 1871 Online
 C386  Sketches & Incidents of Pittsburgh by Mrs. Eliza C. Foster, transcribed by Morrison Foster, 1807-1865 Online
 C387  Sketches and Incidents of Pittsburgh being facts related in the style of fiction by Mrs. Eliza C. Foster, transcribed from the original manuscript by Morrison Foster, 1807-1865 Online
 C388 Poetry by Eliza Clayland Tomlinson Foster, undated Online
 C585 Poem by Ann Eliza Buchanan on the death of Stephen C. Foster, 1864 Online

Scrapbooks, 1800-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This section contains scrapbooks assembled by Stephen Foster's family members.

 M2117 .W37 W37 1863 Henrietta Foster Thornton's scrapbook, 1863-1878 Online
 A287 Morrison Foster Scrapbook, 1855-1898 Online
 C390 William B. Foster, Sr., Scrapbook, 1822-1855 Online
 C453 Description of Charlotte Foster's death & retrieval of her body by Charlotte Foster, February 11, 1865 

Transcription of letter from Ann Eliza describing a letter from George Buchanan to his sister Harriet describing the impact of Charlotte's death and who she was w/ a note by Morrison regarding exhuming her.

Online

Subseries  9. Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, Programs and Pamphlets, 1800-1937 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries includes newspaper articles, collected by Morrison Foster, about the efforts to memorizalize Stephen Foster, Pennsylvania history and other Foster family members.

 C728 "The North American: Central Pennsylvania Railroad," January 21, 1847 Online
 C711a.  "Appointment of W.B. Foster," September 25, 1849 

Stored in the envelope "Newspaper clippings about William B. Foster, Jr."

Online
 C711b. "Engineer Appointed," Bradford Reporter, September 19, 1849 

Stored in the envelope "Newspaper clippings about William B. Foster, Jr."

Online
 C711c.  "Letter to the editor from James Cameron," October 7, 1846 

Stored in the envelope "Newspaper clippings about William B. Foster, Jr."

Online
 C711d.  "Duty of the Canal Commissioners," Feburary 15, 1847 

Stored in the envelope "Newspaper clippings about William B. Foster, Jr."

Online
 C711e.  "Canal Commissioner," undated 

Stored in the envelope "Newspaper clippings about William B. Foster, Jr."

Online
 C764a.  "Foster Memorial: How the Well-known song, Nelly was a Lady, Was Presented to the Public," June 23, 1895 Online
 C764b.  "Foster Memorial: The Composer Did Much Toward Freeing the Negro," June, 1895 Online
 C766 "10,000 Pay Homage to Foster in Schenley Park Celebration: Winter's Eulogizes Composer," Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 6, 1926 Online
 C767 "The Foster Memorial: Monument to Pittsburg Composer --- It May be Placed in Highland Park," The Pittsburg Leader, May 21, 1899 Online
 C764c.  "The Foster Memorial: concerts to be given in aid of the Monument fund," August 19, 1895 Online
 C764d. "The Foster Memorial: Pertinent remarks by a prominent citizen," August 18, 1895 Online
 C764e.  "Foster Memorial: arrangements for the annual benefit of the homeopathic hospital," August 22, 1895 Online
 C764f.  "Foster Memorial: Pittsburg Composer's melodies will be sun at a grand concert at Irwin," August 14, 1895 Online
 C764g.  "Foster Memorial: A Cleveland Merchant's Pertinent Remarks," August 8, 1895 Online
 C764h.  "Foster Memorial: the similarity of sentiment is against pointed out," July 27, 1895 Online
 C764i.  "Foster Memorial: A Pittsburgher's Account of his visit to Mexico," July 6, 1895 Online
 C764j.  "Foster Memorial: the Great Song Writer Popular from the Start," July 28, 1895 Online
 C764k.  "Foster Memorial: Another liberal contribution to the fund," July 20, 1895 Online
 C764l.  "Foster Memorial: the movement is receiving most hearty support," July 1895 Online
 C764m.  "Foster Memorial: Independence Day is Over. Now, Let the public aid the monument fund," undated Online
 C764n.  "The Foster Memorial: contributions to the fund received this morning," August 12, 1895 Online
 C764o.  "Foster Memorial: Contributions still coming in for the fund," July 21, 1895 Online
 C764p.  "Stephen C. Foster as Man and Musician," The Pittsburg Press, September 12, 1900 Online
 C764q. "Tribute to Foster: Noted sculptors submit designs for the monument," May 10, 1899 Online
 C764r. "Foster Memorial: Sir Edwin Arnold gives his impressions of the Beautiful Swanee River," July 14, 1895 Online
 C764s.  "Foster Memorial: motive that prompted the press to advocate and support the movement," June 24, 1895 Online
 C764t.  "Foster Memorial: Pupils of the Allen School have set the pace," undated Online
 C764u.  "Foster Memorial: there is no doubt about the popularity of the Pittsburg writer's songs," June 22, 1895 Online
 C764v.  "Foster Memorial: the fund is slowly but surely growing," July 18, 1895 Online
 C764w.  "The Foster Memorial: reminiscences of a lively political campaign," July 11, 1895 Online
 C764x.  "Power of a Foster Melody," August 16, 1903 Online
 C764y.  "Foster Memorial: A concert will be given at Irwin next month," The Pittsburg Press, July 12, 1895 Online
 C764z.  "Foster Memorial: Independence Day is the anniversary of the birth of the composer," July 3, 1895 Online
 C764aa. "Foster's Melodies: will be sung by grand chorus to-morrow night," Pittsburg Press, June 6, 1895 Online
 C764bb. "Monument to Foster: his quaint negro melodies," Chicago Times, June 30, 1895 Online
 C764cc. "Foster Memorial: Pittsburg Composer's melodies all the rage," July 7, 1895 Online
 C764dd.  "Foster Memorial: an old resident's recollections of the composer," June 1895 Online
 C764ee. "Foster Memorial: an interesting incident in the composer's life," July 16, 1895 Online
 C764ff. "Foster Memorial: what a New York Musician thinks of the project," June, 1895 Online
 C764gg. "Foster Memorial: Don't wait for others to subscribe to the fund," June, 1895 Online
 C764hh. "Foster Memorial: an incident at Lancaster that resulted in a contribution to the fund," July 1895 Online
 C764ii. "The Foster Memorial: an interested letter from a Youngstown merchant," August 17, 1895 Online
 C764jj. "A new Foster song: Mrs. J.J. Vandergrift has the original manuscript," December 11, 1895 Online
 C764kk. "The Foster Memorial: A Pittsburgher heard of it while in Europe," August 11, 1895 Online
 C764ll. "Foster Memorial: Need for complete collection of the composer's songs," July 13, 1895 Online
 C764mm. "Foster Memorial: the interest in the movement is unabated," July 16, 1895 Online
 C764nn. "Suwanee River and other American Ballads," undated Online
 C764oo. "Foster Memorial: Incidents in the Composer's life recalled by prominent merchant," July 1895 Online
 C764pp. "The Foster Fund: Pittsburg Ladies Deeply Interested in the Movement," July 10, 1895 Online
 C764qq. "Foster Memorial: A general donation from Heeren Bros. & Co.," September 6, 1895 Online
 C764rr. Partial article about Marion Foster Welsh, undated Online
 C764ss. "New Song by Foster: finding of a long-lost melody by Pittsburg's Composer," The Pittsburg Dispatch, December 11, 1895 Online
 C764tt Foster Memorial: A Volume of His songs will soon be issued June 28, 1895 Online
 C764uu Partial article about "Where Is Thy Spirit Mary?" Undated Online
 C764vv Partial article about "Hard Times Come Again No More," no date Online
 C764ww "Stephen C. Foster -- In Memoriam," no date Online
 C769a. Pamphlet, "Foster Melodies to be Sung at the Dedication of the Stephen C. Foster Monument," compliments of the Pittsburg Press, 1900    2 copies. Online
 C769b.  "Unveiling of Foster Monument Memorial at Highland Park this Afternoon," The Pittsburg Press, September 12, 1900 Online
 C769c. "Unveiling of the Foster Memorial Photographically Told," The Pittsburgh Press, September 16, 1900 Online
 C769d.  "Surviving Relatives of Stephen C. Foster," The Pittsburg Press, September 2, 1900 Online
 C769e.  "To Whom Thanks Are Due," September 12, 1900 Online
 C769f.  "The Monument and stand as they appeared prior to the unveiling ceremonies," The Pittsburg Press, September 12, 1900 Online
 C769g.  "The Stephen C. Foster Memorial," The Pittsburg Press, September 12, 1900 Online
 C771a.  "In Pittsburgh, 100 Years Ago, A Great Minstrel Was Born," The Pittsburgh Sunday Post, July 4, 1926    two copies Online
 C771b.  "U.S. to Pay Tribute this July 4 to Stephen C. Foster," The Detroit News, July 4, 1926 Online
 C771c. "Monuments in Pittsburg and Allegheny," undated Online
 C771d. "Foster Memorial, a concert to be Given in Aid of the Fund by Southern Jubilee Singers," Pittsburg Press, June 14, 1895 Online
 C771e. "Foster Memorial a Project that should appeal to the heart of every lover of music," Pittsburg Press, June 9, 1895 Online
 C771g. "Nephew Says he was Raised on the Immortal Music and Lyrics of Pittsburgh's Great Bard," by William Barclay Foster, Pittsburgh Post, July 4, 1926 

Special section devoted to Foster, includes articles "His Widow's Memories of Foster's Life are Recalled by Granddaughter," by Jessie Welsh Rose

 C771h.  "Foster Memorial: Other cities taking an interest in the project," Pittsburgh Press, June 5, 1895 Online
 C772a. "Stephen Foster A Maker of Folk Songs," Etude, 1913 Online
 C772b. Ad for Foster Memorial Service, January 13, 1923 Online
 C772c. Station KQV Programs, undated Online
 C772d. "Foster lauded by W.J. Bryan: Purchases first batch of postal cards at Kiwanis club meeting," undated Online
 C772e. "Many Tributes Paid to Memory of Foster Today," January 13, 1923 Online
 C772f. "The Optimist," February 6, 1914 Online
 C772g. "Musical Comments: Milligan's Life of Stephen Foster," Sept. 26, 1920 Online
 C772h. "Anniversary Observed: Stephen C. Foster's Life Reviewed at Lawrenceville Meeting," undated Online
 C772i.  "In Memoriam: Stephen Collins Foster," undated Online
 C772j. "Old-song Society Celebrates First Anniversary," July 26, 1931 Online
 C772k. "Stephen Foster's Piano Now Rests in Famous Musician's Old Home," May 1, 1926 Online
 C772l. "From Dispatch Readers: Foster in Pittsburg," undated Online
 C772m. "Letter to the Editor: Great Admirer of Foster," Chronicle Telegraph, January 10, 1923 Online
 C772n.  "July 4th is Anniversary of Birth of Pittsburgh Songster, Stephen Foster," The Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 29, 1919    two copies included. Online
 C772o. Stephen C. Foster and His Songs, October 3, 1897 Online
 C772p. "The Theater," Detroit Free Press, June 13 Online
 C772q. "Songs of the Heart -- They Are Not Written Now-a-Days," The Pittsburgh Gazette Times, December 5, 1909 Online
 C772r. "Some Old Songs and Their Stories" by William Armstrong, undated Online
 C772s.  "Pittsburgh Pays Warm Tribute to Stephen Collins Foster," Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 14, 1923 Online
 C772t. "Exercises to Mark Placing of Wreath on Foster's Grave," undated Online
 C772u.  "Some Unconsidered Trifles," by E.W. Lightner, The Pittsburg Dispatch, July 14, 1921    Two copies enclosed. Online
 C772v. "Should Have Monument on River He Made So Famous," by Percy F. Smith, undated    two copies enclosed. Online
 C772w. "Songs that Never Die: No. 28 "My Old Kentucky Home," by Frederic Reddall, Pittsburgh Sun, undated Online
 C772x. "Songs that Never Die: No. 24 "Swanee River," Pittsburgh Sun, November 27, 2009 Online
 C772y. "To Play Foster Music," undated Online
 C772z. "U.S. Popular Music is Declared Best," undated Online
 C772aa. "Worthy A Bit of Sentiment," undated Online
 C772bb. "Famous Song Oddly Named: Attorney Watson Tells How Foster Selected "Suwanee" for Title," undated Online
 C772cc. "Utters Fine Pittsburg Panegyric," Pittsburgh Dispatch, undated Online
 C772dd. "May Add Additional Songs to Foster List" by William R. Mitchel, 1930 Online
 C772ee. "Old Folks at Home sung at Foster Kin Funeral," July 3, 1929 Online
 C772ff. "Bridegroom Wrote Old Kentucky Home," Detroit Free Press, June 28, 1931 Online
 C772gg. "Sight of Yanks on German Soil Stuns Populace," by Burr Price, undated Online
 C772hh. "Participant in Pageant," undated Online
 C772ii. "Free Organ Recital," undated Online
 C772jj. "Stephen C. Foster and His Songs," Pittsburgh Post, October 3, 1897 Online
 C841a. "Democratic State Convention," undated Online
 C841b.  Cleveland Daily Herald, October 16, 1863 Online
 C841c. "The Question of Opening Monumental Park," undated Online
 C841d.  Morning Post, Vol. XIII No. 25 February 11, 1860 Online
 C842a.  Pittsburgh Post, February 8, 1860 Online
 C842b. Clipping of photo of A.J. Cassatt, President of the PA Railroad System, October 28, 1902 Online
 C842c.  Pittsburgh Post, February 8, 1860 Online
 C843a.  New York Daily News, July 6, 1863 Online
 C843b.  The Pittsburgh Evening Chronicle, April 15, 1865 Online
 C843c.  Daily Cleveland Herald, June 16, 1863 Online
 C843d.  Daily Ohio Statesman, March 24, 1864 Online
 C844 "Lilly Sends Copies of First Editions of Foster Songs to 1,000 Libraries," The Indianapolis Star, January 10, 1934 Online
 C900a. "Early Journalism in Pittsburg: Leaves from the shelves of the Late Judge Parker's Library," The Pittsburg Leader, January 8, 1888 Online
 C900b. "A Pioneer Supplement to the Gazette," The Pittsburgh Gazette, January 4, 1903 Online
 C900c. "Abandonment of the Allegheny Arsenal," The Pittsburgh Gazette, January 12, 1902 Online
 C900d. "The Trail of Forbes' Army Through Pittsburgh," The Pittsburgh Gazette, March 8, 1903 Online
 C900e. "Of the Main Line of the Public Works of Pennsylvania," Daily Pittsburg Dispatch, June 24, 1857 Online
 C900f.  Daily Pittsburgh Dispatch, June 11, 1857 Online
 C900g. "Pilots Before 1858," The Pittsburg Leader, December 1, 1889 Online
 C900h. "Pencil Sketch of the Mayors," Pittsburgh Evening Chronicle, December 4, 1867 Online
 C900i. "That Naughty School Question -- 'First Ward' Speaketh," November 16, 1871 Online
 C900j. "La Fayette's visit Here Cause of Controversy," The Pittsburgh Gazette, July 1, 1917 

handwritten correction to the article.

Online
 C900k. "Views from the Hilltops," The Pittsburg Press, April 30, 1899 Online
 C901a. "An Immortal Balladist," Detroit Free Press, July 4, 1926 Online
 C901b. "Brought Renown to Pittsburgh," undated Online
 C901c. "Legends Obscure Foster, Declares His Biographer," undated Online
 C902a. "Trade Balance Puzzle," Pittsburg Press, October 18, 1901 Online
 C902b. Letter to the Editor from Morrison Foster "That Trade Balance "Puzzle," October 18, 1901 Online
 C902c. "London Has it Now," Pittsburg Press, October 24, 1901 Online
 C902d. "A Correspondent's Exceptions," Pittsburgh Press, October 20, 1901 Online
 C913a. "Davis Answers Black," August 8, 1883 "Davis Answers Black,"
 C913b. "The Real Buchanan," The Philadelphia Press, August 12, 1883 Online
 C883a. "A Great Song-Writer and His Songs" in The Way, Vol. XLIV, November 25, 1922 Online
 C883b. Pamphlet, "Pittsburg and the South: A Relationship Made Imperishable by the "Life and Songs" of Stephen Collins Foster," September 10-28th, 1912 Online
 C883c. Pamphlet, "Foster Melodies Medley in Memory of Judge John Rowan," undated Online
 C883d. Blue Line print for "Foster Melodies Medley for Judge John Rowan," undated Online
 C883e. Sheet music for "Foster's Melodies Medley," by Winifred Callahan, 1921 Online
 C883f. "Stephen Foster (memo for 1894)" by Haniel Long, Scribner's Magazine, October, 1933 Online
 C883g. Souvenir Program, "Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburg, Stephen C. Foster Concerts for the Benefit of the Homeopathic Hospital and the Foster Memorial," November 15 and 16, 1895 Online
 C883h. Postcard of Foster monument, Highland Park, August 30, 1905 Online
 C883i. Pamphlet, "Indianapolis Public Schools Educational Museum, Stephen Foster Exhibit, No. 54," undated Online
 C883j. Telegram from The Southernaires to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, October 9, 1931 Online
 C883k. Program, "Selections from The Plantation Melodies of Stephen Collins Foster Sung at the Annual Banquet of the Pennsylvania Scotch-Irish Society, Philadelphia," February 13, 1896 Online
 C883l. Invitation from the Civil Club of Allegheny county to Evelyn Morneweck for the 68th anniversary commemoration events for the death of Stephen Foster, January 6, 1932 Online
 C883m. Pamphlet, "A Hand-Book of History containing an Authentic Genealogic Chart of Stephen Collins Foster and His Immediate Family" by Matilda Orr Hays, 1932 Online
 C883n. Letter from John Wilson Townsend to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, September 14, 1932 Online
 C883o. Three typed notes from John Wilson Townsend to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, June 23, 1933 Online
 C883p. Typed transcript of poem "The five 'nice young men'" by Stephen Foster, May 6, 1845 Online
 C883q. Program for "Program Presented by the Stephen Collins Foster Committee of the Civic Club of Allegheny County for the 68th Anniversary of the Death of Stephen C. Foster," January 13, 1932 Online
 C915 "Pictorial Biography of Stephen Collins Foster," Musical Courier, 1930    2 copies Online
 C492a. "Democratic Ticket" poem by W.H. Attree, 1844 Online
 C492b. "The Popular Credo" poem by Charles P. Shiras, circa 1870s Online

Subseries  4.  Foster Family Possessions, 1800-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries includes possessions originally owned by Stephen Foster's immediate family.

 Redbox A. William B. Foster, Sr's glasses, undated 
 Nk9112 .F67 E44 1820 Eliza Foster's sampler, 1820 
 Red Box C. Gold locket containing Marion Foster's hair, undated 
 C392 Hair of Charlotte and Ann Eliza, December 14, 1809 - October 20, 1829 Online

Subseries  5. Foster Family Sheet Music, 1800-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries includes music either written by or owned by Stephen Foster's immediate family. The materials that were owned include three large bound volumes of Stephen Foster's music.

 M1978 .E3 F67 1868b "The Bond Holder" words and music by the sister of Stephen C. Foster, 1868 
 A217  Bound Music of Stephen C. Foster from Marion Foster Welch 

106 leaves.

1. "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair." 2. "The Village Maiden." 3. "Willie We Have Missed You." 4. "Come with thy Sweet Voice Again." 5. "Little Ella." 6. "Annie My Own Love." 7. "Ellen Bayne." 8. "Old Memories." 9. "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming." 10. "Some Folks." 11. "Old Dog Tray." 12. "Old Folks at Home." 13. "Farewell My Lilly Dear." 14. "Massa's in de Cold Ground." 15. "Oh Boys, Carry Me Long." 16. "In the Eye Abides the Heart." 17. "Ah! My Child." 18. "My Hopes Have Departed Forever." 19. "Old Folks Quadrilles." 20. "Open Thy Lattice Love."

 A216  Bound Music of Stephen Foster from Marion Foster Welch (Ethiopian Music) 

Bound Music of Stephen C. Foster From Marion Foster Welch, Stephen C. Foster Ethiopian Music

1. "Nelly was a Lady." 2. "Melinda May." 3. "My Brudder Gun." 4. "Dolcy Jones." 5. "Nelly Bly." 6. "Way Down in Ca-i-ro." 7. "Oh! Lemuel." 8. "Dolly Day." 9. "Gwine to Run All Night." 10. "Angelina Baker." 11. "Lou'siana Belle." 12. "Away Down South." 13. "Susanna." 14. "Uncle Ned." 15. "Impromptu Burlesque," comp. by Henri Herz. 16. "Melodies de Christy," comp. Henri Herz. 17. "Souvenir de L'Amerique," comp. by M. Strakosch. 18. "Unkle Ned," comp. and arr. by James G. Maeder. 19. "Oh! Susanna!" with variations by J. Hunter. 20. "Oh! Susanna!" with variations by Charles Grobe. 21. "Old Uncle Ned," with variations by Charles Grobe. 22. "Oh Susanna!" with easy variations by Edward L. White. 23. "Petit Fantasia Ethiopien," comp. by. T.H. williams. 24. "Louisiana Belle," [comp.] by Charles Grobe. 25. "Susanna Polka," comp. by Antonio Accosta. 26. "Susanna Polka," comp. by J. Muller. 27. "Oh! Susanna Quick Step," arr. by Edward L. White. 28. "California Quick Step," arr. by Edward L. White. 29. "Uncle Ned Polka," comp. by James Bellak.

According to pencilled numbers on each piece, there is on[e] missing between #17 and #18 on this list.

 A215  Bound Music of Stephen Foster from Marion Foster Welch (Musical Gift 1853) 

Bound Music of Stephen C. Foster From Marion Foster Welch, Musical Gift - 1853 S.C. Foster

1. "I Cannot Sing tonight," (poetry by Geo. F. Banister, Esq.) 2. "Farewell Old Cottage." 3. "Eulalie," (written by H.S. Cornwell) 4. "Maggie by my Side." 5. "Once I Loved Thee, Mary Dear," (written by Wm. Cullen Crookshaft) 6. "Mary Loves the Flowers." 7. "Lily Ray." 8. "The Voice of By Gone Days." 9. "I Would Not Die in Springtime," arr. by Milton Moore. 10. "I Would not Die in Summertime." 11. "Molly! Do You Love Me?" (Title page only) 12. "Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway." 13. "The Spirit of My Song," (poetry by Metta Victoria Fuller) 14. "Give the Stranger Happy Cheer." 15. "Mother, Thou'rt Faithful to Me." 16. "Sweetly She Sleeps, my Alice Fair," (written by Charles G. Eastman) 17. "Laura Lee." 18. "Stay Summer Breath." 19. "Summer Longings." 20. "What Must a Fairy's Dream Be." 21. "There's a Good time Coming," (lines from the London Daily News) 22. "Wilt thou be Gone Love," (subject from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet) 23. "The Hour for Thee and Me." 24. "Turn Not Away!" 25. "The Village Bells," (Polka) 26. "Soiree Polka."

Subseries  6. Obituaries, 1800-1937 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries includes obituaries of Stephen Foster's wife, Jane, and sister, Charlotte.

 A300 Newspaper Notice of Jane Denny Foster's death, January 17, 1903 Online
 A302 Obituary of Charlotte Foster, October 20, 1829 Online
 C454 Charlotte Foster's Obituary (handwritten), undated Online

Subseries  7. Records, 1823-1880 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries includes business and personal records for Stephen Foster's immediate family members. Of particular note are the five ledgers/diaries created by Morrison Foster for his business concerns in the Pittsburgh area, some of which include notation of Stephen Foster expenses.

 A229 Buchanan Glee Club Minute Book, 1856 Online
 A8 William Foster's Record Book, 1839-1851 Online
 C391 Deed to lot in Lawrenceville, 1823 Online
 C481 Bills to Mrs. Foster from William Davidson for fabric goods, August, 1848 Online
 C495 Photostats of letter and receipt for the North Branch Division, Penn Canal and Wyoming Lines, 1843 Online
 C523 Copy of Will of Henrietta Thornton, February 16, 1877 Online
 C525 Henry Wick's Will, undated Online
 C526 Copy of Lease from Morrison Foster to William B. Foster, April 28, 1846 Online
 C527 Copy of account book pages showing payouts from Thomas Wick's estate, 1840 Online
 C538 Dunning Foster's will, June 9, 1847 Online
 C548 Morrison Foster lists and receipts for expenses at the time of Stephen Foster's death, January 25, 1855 Online
 C553 Receipt for Dunning Foster's funeral, March 31, 1856 Online
 C709 Morrison Foster's Odd Fellows certificate, undated Online
 C712 Deed between First Methodist Protestant Church & William Foster, Jr., September 7, 1844 Online
 C713 Deed between Christopher Fallon and William Foster, Jr., December 24, 1852 Online
 C714 Articles of agreement between Edward Stephens and William B. Foster, Jr., July 16, 1835 Online
 C715 Deed between Edward Stephens & wife and William B. Foster, Jr., April 29, 1843 Online
 C716 Deed between Thomas Salter and wife and Edward Stephens and wife, September 28, 1835 Online
 C718 Railroad subscription list, 1847 Online
 C719 An Act to Incorporate the PA Railroad Co., April 13, 1846 Online
 C720 By-laws and charter of the PA Railroad Co., 1847 Online
 C722a.  Receipt for $250.00 from William D. Kudz, June 2, 1857 

PA Railroad receipt for services. Includes cover note.

Online
 C722b.  Receipt for $50,000, May 19, 1857 

PA Railroad receipt for services.

Online
 C722c. Receipt for $1762.25, May 28, 1859 

PA Railroad receipt for services.

Online
 C722d.  Receipt for $100 from Thomas B. Franklin, May 26, 1857 

PA Railroad receipt for services.

Online
 C722e. Receipt for $613.00, undated 

PA Railroad receipt for services.

Online
 C722f.  Receipt for $2425, May 27, 1857 

PA Railroad receipt for services.

Online
 C723 William B. Foster, Jr.'s certificate for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 1831 Online
 C724 Bylaws of the PA Railroad Co., 1847 

Bylaws of PA Railroad Co.

Online
 C725 An act to incorporate the Foster Coal and Iron Company, 1860 

Act to incorporate the Foster Coal & Iron Co.

Online
 C726 Resolution of the PA Railroad board of directors giving leave of absence to William B. Foster, Jr., November 15, 1855 

Resolution of PA Railroad Board of Directors giving leave of absence to William B. Foster, Jr.

Online
 C727 Settlement between bank of Harrisburg and the estate of William B. Foster, Jr., September 24, 1861 

From J. Edgar Thomson settlement of Endorsement for William B. Foster, Jr.

Online
 C730 Jefferson Club Minutes, 1880 Online
 C731 Buchanan Glee Club Constitution and Minute Book, 1856 Online
 C732 Annual assembly subscribers names, 1854 Online
 C774a. IOU from John Halbergshalt, October 5, 1831 Online
 C774b. IOU from James L. Miltin for $1831, June 24, 1828 Online
 C774c. IOU from James G. Stacey for $403.00, October 13, 1828 Online
 C774d. IOU from John Steel & Co. for $555, July 25, 1828 Online
 C774e. IOU from Edie Poole for $303.47, May 14, 1826 Online
 C774f. IOU from Edie Poole from $306.41, May 14, 1826 Online
 C774g. IOU from J.R. Brincelle for $611.83, January 4, 1826 Online
 C774h. IOU from Josiah Gould for $1890.65, September 26, 1827 Online
 C774i. IOU from Hudson Foster for $150, April 27, 1833 Online
 C774j. IOU from C. Purdy for $63.13, February 1, 1830 Online
 C774k. IOU from J. Foster Sheppard for $53.25, August 23, 1824 Online
 C774l. List of certificates adding up to $4900, May 9, 1829 Online
 C774m. IOU from Heplund for $30,000 plus interest, undated Online
 C774n. IOU from B. Patterson for railroad shares, May 13 Online
 C871a IOU to William B. Foster, Jr., from Eck for $2.00 September 13, 1845 Online
 c871b IOU from Israel Sallade to William Foster, Jr., for ten dollars, March 28, 1845 Online
 c871c IOU from J. Heron Foster to William B. Foster, Jr., for ten dollars, April 12, 1845 Online
 c871d IOU from John Ecke to William Foster, Jr., for $25, June 13, 1846 Online
 c871e IOU from D.A. [?] to William B. Foster for $5.00, March 14, 1854 Online
 c871f IOU from Donnelly & Co. to William B. Foster, Jr., for $400, May6, 1848 Online
 C871g IOU from S. Billy to William B. Foster, Jr., for $80, September 13, 1843 Online
 D323 Morrison Foster's Pocket Ledger for Pollard McCormick, 1842-1846 Online
 D324 Morrison Foster's Ledger/diary, 1847-1849 Online
 D325 Morrison Foster's Ledger/Diary 1849-1854 

Entry related to Stephen Foster's boarding cost flagged.

Online
 D326 Morrison Foster's Check ledger, 1853-1857 

Pages related to Stephen Foster monies are flagged. includes a complete version of James G. Drake's song "Tom Breeze."

Online
 D327 Morrison Foster's Ledger/Diary, 1852-1853 Online
 D328 Morrison Foster's Ledger/Diary, 1855 Online

Subseries  8. Maps, 1788-1840 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries includes Pennsylvania maps there were significant to Foster's immediate family.

 C717 PA railroad survey map Harrisburg to Pittsburgh, 1839-1840 Online
 C734 Map of lands belonging to William B. Foster, Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, undated Online
 C773 Map of Franklin College, 1788 Online

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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