Guide to the William M. Darlington Fort Pitt Copybooks, 1752-1782 DAR.1925.12

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
William M. Darlington Fort Pitt Copybooks
Creator
Darlington, William M. (William McCullough), 1815-1889
Collection Number
DAR.1925.12
Date [inclusive]
1752-1782
Extent
0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract
These copybooks were hand written by William Darlington, a nineteenth century collector of American history, in 1839. The volumes contain records about Fort Pitt, business transactions from 1752 to 1782, a list of names of some inhabitants at the fort, and some unrelated notes about Darlington's observations of birds in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Digital reproductions of this collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

William Darlington Fort Pitt Copybook, 1753-1782, DAR.1925.12, Darlington Collection, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Scope and Content Notes

The first volume contains information about the trading of goods at Fort Pitt between 1752 and 1782. William M. Darlington used this volume to copy records from various sources in the mid-nineteenth century. The volume is in no particular sequential order nor does it include a citation of sources. Included among these records are letters about events at Fort Pitt, along with pages of transactions. One page contains a list of payments made with the name of customers and goods purchased. Darlington was also interested in ornithology and a portion of the journal is dedicated to bird sightings in Allegheny County. The second volume contains a list of names of some inhabitants of Fort Pitt during the mid to late eighteenth century. The business transactions in the second volume are more voluminous and detailed than in the first. The items being sold were a variety of goods such as lead, flints, animal skins, powder, saddles, beans, baths, alcohol, and various household wares. The volumes are in good condition, although some of Darlington's handwriting is difficult to discern.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, February 2008

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
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Revision Description

 Controlled access terms revised (dar) November 2009

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

No copyright restrictions.

Custodial History

This collection was located in the Darlington Memorial Library in the University’s Cathedral of Learning until 2007 when it was moved to the ULS Archives Service Center for processing, storage, preservation and service. However, it remains in the custodianship of the ULS Special Collections Department.

Acquisition Information

Part of the original donation of William M. Darlington’s family library to the University of Pittsburgh in 1918 and 1925 by his daughters, Edith Darlington Ammon and Mary Carson Darlington.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Nicole Mader in May 2008.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of this collection are available online.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Copybooks
  • Ledgers (Account books)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Fort Pitt (Pa.) -- Commerce
  • Fort Pitt (Pa.) -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Darlington, William M. (William McCullough), 1815-1889 -- Finance, Personal -- Finance, Personal
  • Darlington, William M. (William McCullough), 1815-1889

Subject(s)

  • Birds -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Business and Industry

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Previous Citation

William Darlington Fort Pitt Copybook, 1753-1782, DAR.1925.12, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxVolume
Ledger Fort Pitt, 1752-1791 11
Online

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  Volume
Ledger Fort Pitt, 1765-1782 2
Online

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