Guide to the Monongahela Navigation Company Copybook, 1840-1897 DAR.1937.41

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Monongahela Navigation Company Copybook
Creator
Monongahela Navigation Company.
Collection Number
DAR.1937.41
Date [inclusive]
1840-1897
Extent
0.25 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Abstract
This collection consists of summaries from annual reports from the Monongahela Navigation Company from 1840 to 1897 detailing damage to locks and dams on the Monongahela River due to floods and ice. The reports are in a single volume that was produced in 1907 and do not cover every year due to omissions by the author. Digital reproductions of this collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

Monongahela Navigation Company Copybook, 1840-1897, DAR.1937.41, Darlington Collection, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

In 1817, the Monongahela Navigation Company was incorporated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to "make a lock navigation on the river Monongahela." After overcoming numerous financial and engineering difficulties, the company succeeded in building four locks and dams by 1844, opening the Monongahela from Pittsburgh to Brownsville for slackwater navigation.

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Scope and Content Notes

The collection consists of a single volume detailing the affects floods and ice had on locks and dams on the Monongahela River built by the Monongahela Navigation Company. Most of the entries were written in January, except where noted in the collection, and record the damage to the locks and dams, as well as other obstacles to river navigation on the Monongahela River. The entries are divided by each lock and dam and are in chronological order. There are gaps in the years summarized because they were not included by the author of the volume. Many of the early records of the Monongahela Navigation Company were destroyed in two fires, and all that could be found were transferred to the U.S. Engineer's Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1897.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 2008

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Revision Description

 Added links within finding aid to access content selected for digitization. April 2012

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

Gift to the Darlington Memorial Library in 1937.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Shaun Hayes in June 2008.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of this collection are available online.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Monongahela Navigation Company.

Genre(s)

  • Letterpress copybooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Monongahela River (W. Va. and Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Subject(s)

  • Dams -- Monongahela River (W. Va. and Pa.)
  • Inland water transportation -- Monongahela River (W. Va. and Pa.)
  • Locks (Hydraulic engineering) -- Monongahela River (W. Va. and Pa.)
  • Transportation

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Previous Citation

Monongahela Navigation Company Copybook, 1840-1897, DAR.1937.41, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Bibliography

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Acts of Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Relating to the Monongahela Navigation Company: Together with Decisions of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh: Smith Brothers, 1888.)Library of Virginia.  Monongahela Navigation Company Records. (1847)Monongahela Navigation Company.  Memorial of the President and Managers of the Monongahela Navigation Company. (Pittsburgh: Kennedy Bank Note Review, 1851).

Veech, James. A History of the Monongahela Navigation Company. (Pittsburgh: Bakewell and Marthens, 1873).

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Collection Inventory

  BoxVolume
Monongahela Navigation Company Copybook, 1840-1897 11
Online

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