Guide to the Leaf Family Papers, 1830-1950 AIS.1970.12

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Leaf Family Papers
Creator
Leaf family
Collection Number
AIS.1970.12
Date
1830-1950
Extent
6.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract
The Leafs were a prominent family in Beaver County, Pennsylvania in the latter half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. The collection includes correspondence, blueprints, personal items, diaries, appointment books pertaining to the lives of members of the Leaf family.

Preferred Citation

Leaf Family Papers, 1830-1950, AIS.1970.12, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Leafs were a prominent family who lived in Beaver County, PA during the second half of the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries. William Leaf (1809-1880), an engineer, immigrated to the United States from England in the 1830's and became an American citizen in 1838. His son, James Pinney Leaf (1866-1949), attended Ohio Northern University), where he earned a civil engineering degree in 1887. He worked as the chief engineer for the Borough of Rochester and Beaver County and owned an architecture company. James Pinney Leaf served in the US Army Corps of Engineers. during WW I, and remained in the reserves afterwards. It appears that he retired with the rank of major. He married Lilian Newton Leaf and had two children, Harriet and William. William Leaf also became and engineer and joined the Army Corps of Engineers and taught at West Point.

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Scope and Content Notes

The records in the Leaf family collection cover the time period 1830-1950. The records include their activities in the military and around the Pittsburgh area. The collection contains correspondences, diaries and day planners, manuscripts of proposals and scholarly works, newsclippings, blueprints for various projects, and items from organizations in which the Leafs were involved.

The Leaf family papers are divided into 5 series: Correspondence of the Conservation Association of Shenango and Beaver Valley, the general Leaf family papers, projects of James P. Leaf, surveys of James P. Leaf, and the papers of James P. Leaf.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, Fall 2002

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
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Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Harriet Leaf, 1970.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff and Ben Proud in 2002.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Ben Proud in October 2002. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 4089305

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army Corps of Engineers. Pittsburgh District.

Family Name(s)

  • Leaf family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Beaver County (Pa.) -- Biography
  • Beaver County (Pa.) -- History
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- History

Occupation(s)

  • Civil engineers -- Pennsylvania -- Beaver County

Personal Name(s)

  • Leaf, James P.

Subject(s)

  • Civil engineering -- United States
  • Personal papers

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Previous Citation

Leaf Family Papers, 1830-1950, AIS.1970.12, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Leaf Family Papers, ais 70:12, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Correspondence of the Conservation Association of Shenango and Beaver Valley, 1830-1950 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the correspondence of the Conservation Association of Shenango and Beaver Valley. It is arranged chronologically.

  BoxFolder
 1912-1913 11-6
  Folder
 1914 7-10
  Folder
Haslam, E.E., March-December, 1914 11
  Folder
 1914-1915 12-16
  Folder
Canal, 1915 17
  Folder
Correspondence includes letters concerning the Conservation Association of Shenango and Beaver Valleys and the correspondence of the Leaf family, 1915 18-20
  Folder
 1915-1916 21-23
  Folder
 1917 24-25
  Folder
 1917-1918 26
  Folder
 1917-1919 27-31
  Folder
Ker, S.P., 1918 32
  Folder
 1927-1932 33
  Folder
 1931 34

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Series  II. General Leaf Family Papers 1830-1950 

Scope and Content Notes

The general Leaf family papers include correspondence, news clippings, information on clubs, and maps. The materials in this collection are from many members of the Leaf family.

  BoxFolder
William Newton Leaf Biography 21
  Folder
William Newton Leaf, Correspondence 2-12
  Folder
Emily (Mrs. Wiliam N.) Leaf, Correspondence 13
  Folder
Harriet Leaf, Correspondence, 1890-1949 14-15
  Folder
Nancie Leaf, Correspondence 16
  Folder
Miscellaneous, Correspondence 17
  Folder
Leaf family invitations and announcements 18
  Folder
Leaf family memorabilia 19
  Folder
News clippings of James P. Leaf 20
  Folder
Leaf family clippings 21
  Folder
Specifications of Leaf house, 1891 22-23
  Folder
Leaf Brothers: Gould's first subdivision, Rochester, Pa. 1st Ward 24
  Folder
S.J. Leaf Co. Building 25
  Folder
Azariah Wynn 26
  Folder
Beaver Borough, Pa/ and Rochester Borough, Pa. financial statements, 1893-1894 27
  Folder
Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal 28-29
  Folder
Masonic Building Association 30
  Folder
North Rochester Improvement Co. 31-32
  Folder
Ohio Valley Improvement Association 33
  Folder
YMCA of Rochester, Pa. 34
  Folder
Maps 35
  Folder
Miscellaneous 36-37

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Series  III. Projects of James Pinney Leaf, 1886-1949 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the plans for engineering projects in which James P. Leaf was involved.

  BoxFolder
Rochester High School 31
  Folder
Rochester Improvement Company 2
  Folder
Rochester Township Company 3
  Folder
Summit County, Ohio 4
  Folder
Canals of Ohio, 1825-1903 5
  Folder
Lake Erie and Ohio River Project 6
  Folder
Pymatuning Reservoir Project 7
  Folder
Deeds 8
  Folder
Photographs 9
  Folder
Surveys 10
  Folder
Miscellaneous 11-12

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Series  IV. Surveys by James Pinney Leaf 

Scope and Content Notes

The materials in this series are surveys that were conducted by James P. Leaf during his service as civil engineer for Beaver County.

  BoxFolder
Beaver, Pa. 41
  Folder
Beaver Bridge, Beaver, Pa. 2
  Folder
Beaver County, Pa 3-4
  Folder
Beaver Falls, Pa. 5
  Folder
Bridgewater Borough, Pa. 6
  Folder
Economy, Pa. 7
  Folder
Marietta, Ohio 8
  Folder
Monaca, Ohio 9-10
  Folder
New Brighton, Pa. 11
  Folder
Rochester, Pa. 12-13

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Series  V. Papers of James P. Leaf 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains biographical information on James P. Leaf, correspondence to him from his mother and wife, business correspondence, newspaper clippings, and account books.

  BoxFolder
James P. Leaf biographical information 51
  Folder
Leaf family genealogy 2
  Folder
William Leaf 3
  Folder
Mrs. Sarah J. Leaf (Wright), miscellaneous business papers, 1893-1910 4
  Folder
Mrs. Sarah J. Leaf (Wright), Civil War letters, 1862-1864 5
  Folder
Mrs. Sarah J. Leaf (Wright), Letters to family 6
  Folder
Mrs. Sarah J. Leaf (Wright), Miscellaneous correspondence, 1891-1900 7
  Folder
James P. Leaf, Business papers 8
  Folder
Correspondence from James P. Leaf to Lillian L. Newton Leaf and family, 1886-1892 9-11
  Folder
Correspondence from James P. Leaf to family 12
  Folder
James P. Leaf, Business Correspondence 13-15
  Folder
James P. Leaf, Miscellaneous Correspondence 16
  Folder
James P. Leaf, clippings, photographs, and writings 17-19
  Folder
James P. Leaf, Memorandum notebooks 1926-1927, 1929-1930 20
  Folder
James P. Leaf, ledger, 1912, 1918, 1917-1923 21
  Folder
James P. Leaf, memorabilia and surveys 22-23
  Folder
Correspondence, Lillian Newton (Mrs. James P.) Leaf to James P. Leaf, 1887-1891, some undated 24-35

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