Guide to the Magee Family Papers, 1790-1952 DAR.1968.01

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Magee Family Papers
Creator
Magee family
Collection Number
DAR.1968.01
Date [inclusive]
1790-1952
Extent
26.77 linear feet (31 boxes manuscript material and 19 boxes photographic material)
Abstract
This collection of correspondence, land plot drawings, receipts and photographs records the lives of prominent Pittsburgh citizens Judge Christopher Magee and his wife Elizabeth, and their children, Jane, Walter, and Christopher Magee, Jr. The Magee Family Papers document land development undertaken by the Magee and Watson families in Pittsburgh from the 1790s to the 1890s. Also present are Watson family papers relating to land sales and development conducted by Christopher's mother, Jane Watson, grandfather Andrew Watson, Jr., and uncle Robert Watson.

Preferred Citation

Magee Family Papers, 1790-1952, DAR.1968.01, Darlington Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

The Magee and Watson families were among the early settlers and developers of Pittsburgh. In the early nineteenth century, they were joined by the marriage of hatter Christopher Linem Magee (1786-1839) and Jane Watson (1796- 1880). The Watson family purchased and developed land in Pittsburgh, leasing lots to relations in the Wylie and Black families, as well as other neighbors. Jane and Christopher Magee had four children, including Christopher (1829-1909).

Christopher graduated from the Western University of Pennsylvania, where his uncle, Robert Watson, had been chancellor, with a bachelor's degree in 1848. Later, he earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1852. He was elected to the state legislature in 1856.

In 1859 Christopher married his cousin, Elizabeth Louise McLeod (1836-1902) of Staten Island, New York, and they resided on Grant Street in Pittsburgh. Elizabeth Louise, known to her family as Louisa, made extended trips to the east coast to visit her family throughout her marriage to Christopher. Later in life, she summered in Jacksonville, Florida, and various resorts in New Jersey and New York.

Christopher and Louisa had seven children, five of whom lived to adulthood: Margaret (1861-1894), Christopher, Jr. (1863-1951), Jane (1869-1880), Julia (1871-1921) and Walter (1874-1952). Margaret was survived by her husband, Kier Mitchell, and daughter, Louise. Louise attended Misses Shipley's School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, with the financial assistance of her grandfather. Christopher, Jr. earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was employed by a Pittsburgh firm. Walter, called "Doc" by his siblings, traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. Little about Margaret, Jane or Julia is found in this collection or in secondary sources.

Christopher Magee was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of Allegheny County in 1885. He was active in the community as an incorporator of Shadyside Academy, Pittsburgh Hospital for Children, and the Allegheny Cemetery. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the University Club of Pittsburgh, the Delta Phi Club of New York City and the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. Christopher was involved in the Democratic Party, serving on the Allegheny County Finances Committee.

The extended Magee family had prominent members not mentioned in this collection. For example, William A. Magee, mayor of Pittsburgh, was a cousin of Judge Christopher Magee. Also, Christopher Lyman Magee (1848-1901), was a Republican Party political leader in Pittsburgh whose home became the maternity hospital that is now UPMC Magee Women's Hospital.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection of photographs and manuscripts relate to the nuclear and extended family of Christopher and Louisa Magee. There is a great deal of family correspondence, most notably letters between Christopher and Louisa from their courtship and marriage in the 1850s until her death in 1902. Louisa also received many letters from her family in New York state, including letters from her Aunt Sue (whose last name is not indicated in the letters), and her father, Reverend John M. McLeod.

The collection also contains letters from their sons, Walter and Christopher, Jr., and their granddaughter, Louise. Christopher, Jr. corresponded with his mother during her various trips to New York, and Walter sent his father many letters from his travels abroad. Louisa also received letters from her relations in the Wylie family. Most of these letters relate to the health, work and travel of family members. Financial issues are sometimes mentioned. Some of the letters document a major family outing to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, attended by Louisa, her son Walter, her sister-in-law Jane, and her granddaughter Louise.

In addition to family correspondence, a small group of letters and mailings related to Christopher's mother, Jane Watson Magee, can be found in this collection. Stock certificates in the Algonquin Company, a Montana mining operation, and the Coal Hill Military Co. are present.

The collection also contains extensive handwritten notes on cases argued by Christopher early in his career, and cases he heard as judge of the Court of Common Pleas. The collection includes the certificate of Judge Magee's appointment to the Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of the Fifth Judicial District in 1885, as well as his legal degree, and that of his son, Christopher, Jr., from the University of Pennsylvania.

Extensive receipts document the purchase of household goods, utilities and payment of taxes and insurance. Many of these materials are undated and fragmentary, although it is clear that they relate to Magee and Watson family purchases from the late eighteenth through the early nineteenth century. A substantial portion of the receipts from both the Watson and Magee families relate to domestic purchases, including food, utilities, clothing, and household goods.

The collection contains materials on land development in Pittsburgh, including large land plot diagrams related to the properties of Andrew Watson in the late 1700s and of Robert Watson and his sister Jane in the 1800s. Indentures and maps of Andrew Watson and Robert Watson's properties, land sales and leases from 1828 to 1881 are in the collection. The papers of Andrew Watson include a 1796 license issued by Thomas Mifflin to open a Public House, and the certificate of his appointment as Justice of the Peace in 1798. Additional Watson family papers relating to land sales were collected by the Darlington family as the Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson Papers, 1784-1827 (see Related Materials).

The collection also contains non-manuscript items, including a family bible, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the early years of flight, and pairs of spectacles. It is unclear to which family member these items belonged. A number of photographic formats are present, and multiple large photo albums in which family members are identified, including Jane Watson Magee, Judge Christopher Magee, Walter Pollack Magee, Elizabeth Louise McLeod Magee, and other family members.

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Arrangement

The collection has been arranged by creator and format. The Magee and Watson family papers have been arranged in separate series.

Series I. Magee Family Papers, 1798-1952

Series II. Watson Family Papers, 1795-1901

Series III. Receipts, 1790-1910

Series IV. Family Material, Oversized, 1791-1906

Series V. Photographic Materials, 1850-1915

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, July 2007

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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 of Elizabeth Louise McLeod Mitchell and Geoffry Conklin to the Darlington Memorial Library in 1968.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Angela Manella in July 2007.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson Papers, 1784-1827, DAR.1937.04, Darlington Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Separated Material

Large manuscript materials, such as maps and other diagrams, are stored separately in flat cases to accommodate their size. Bound materials, including scrapbooks and ledgers, are also stored separately from manuscripts. These materials are indicated as “Oversize” throughout the finding aid.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Algonquin Company.
  • Bellefield Club (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Coal Hill Military Company.
  • Pittsburgh Junction Railroad Company.
  • Shadyside Presbyterian Church (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Family Name(s)

  • Magee family
  • Watson family

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Family papers
  • Legal documents
  • Photographs
  • Receipts (Financial records)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Magee, Christopher L., 1786-1839
  • Magee, Christopher, 1829-1909
  • Magee, Christopher, 1863-1951
  • Magee, Elizabeth Louise, 1836-1902
  • Magee, Jane (Watson), 1796-1880
  • Watson, Andrew, 1755-1823
  • Watson, Robert, 1802-1874

Subject(s)

  • Judges -- Pennsylvania
  • Lawyers -- Pennsylvania
  • Real estate developers -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Real estate development -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Magee Family Papers, 1790-1952, DAR.1968.01, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Magee Family Papers 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the papers of Christopher and Louisa McLeod Magee, their son, Walter, and the papers of extended family members. The materials encompass family correspondence, financial documents, land plots, and papers from Christopher's legal career. Highlights of this series include materials related to a family trip to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, stock and correspondence of the silver mining Algonquin Co. of Montana, and estate documents.

Subseries  1. Elizabeth and Christopher Magee, 1817-1908 

Scope and Contents note

This correspondence is largely between Christopher and Louisa from the 1850s until Louisa's death in 1902. The letters discuss domestic matters, particularly the lives of their children, and are often warm and politely romantic.

Correspondence to Louisa from her father, Reverend John M. McLeod of New York, her brothers, Rutgers and Alexander, and her Aunt Sue often inquires about her children and health, and shares family news. Christopher received letters from Walter during his travels abroad. This subseries also includes Elizabeth and Christopher's 1859 marriage certificate, Christopher's memberships to the Bellefield Club and the National Geographic Society, an architectural drawing by J. W. Kerr of a summer house, and Louisa's estate papers. Ephemera and newspaper clippings relate to literature and poetry collected from print sources.

  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1817-1858 11-19
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1859-1864 21-11
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1865-1885 31-21
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1886-1895 41-11
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1896-1901 51-10
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1901-1908 61-10
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, undated 71-5
  Folder
Henry Baldwin to Christopher Magee, 1827 6
  Folder
Address to electors of Allegheny County, 1833 7
  Folder
John A. Parkinson to Christopher Magee, 1855 8
  Folder
Marriage Certificate, January 12, 1859 9
  Folder
Algonquin Company, 1876-1881 10
  Folder
Christopher Magee, membership at the Bellefield Club, 1889-1903 11
  Folder
Chicago Worlds Fair, 1893 12
  Folder
Christopher Magee Pennsylvania Forestry Association membership, 1896 13
  BoxFolder
Christopher Magee National Geographic membership certificate, April 21, 1905 81
  Folder
Elizabeth Louise McLeod Magee Estate, 1905 2
  Folder
In Memoriam Hon. Christopher Magee, booklet 1909 3
  Folder
Stock, undated 4
  Folder
Receipts, undated 5
  Folder
Receipts, undated 6
  Folder
Printed ephemera, undated 7
  Folder
Printed ephemera, undated 8
  Folder
Printed ephemera, undated 9
  Folder
Newspaper clippings, undated 10
  Folder
Newspaper clippings, undated 11
  Folder
Newspaper clippings, undated 12
  Folder
Newspaper clippings, undated 13
  Folder
Shadyside Presbyterian, undated 14
  Folder
Envelopes, undated 15

Subseries  2. Christopher Magee Legal Papers, 1856-1903 

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten notes of Christopher Magee, during his time as an attorney from 1856 through his appointment to the Court of Common Pleas in 1885, are found in this subseries. These papers indicate that he still worked as an attorney during his 1856 tenure in the state legislature. The legal notes in this collection are handwritten, and seem to have been for personal use; they list the date and title of the case, and may be drafts of briefs. The subseries contains business letters from James Negley, John A. Parkinson and Henry Baldwin, Jr. Additionally, the law degrees of both Christopher Jr. and Sr. from the University of Pennsylvania are present; these degrees, including dates, are in Latin. Certificates of Christopher Magee's temporary appointment and subsequent election to the Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of the Fifth Judicial District of Allegheny County are also present.

  BoxFolder
Legal notes, 1856-1888 91-11
  BoxFolder
Legal notes, 1888-1889 101-4
  BoxFolder
Legal notes, 1889-1891 111-6
  BoxFolder
Legal notes, 1891-1894 121-7
  BoxFolder
Legal notes, 1895-1903, undated 131-7
  BoxFolder
Legal notes, undated 141-8
  BoxFolder
Legal notes, undated 151-6
  BoxFolder
Receipt of payment to Robert Carothers, July 3, 1826 161
  Folder
Henry Baldwin, Jr. to Christopher Magee, April 25 1827 2
  Folder
Henry Baldwin, Jr. to Christopher Magee, January 2, 1828 3
  Folder
John A. Parkinson to Christopher Magee, 1855 4
  Folder
Pennsylvanian, July 19, 1856 5
  Folder
James Negley to Christopher Magee, July 1, 1859 6
  Folder
Christopher Magee Law License, 1862 7
  Folder
Casebooks, 1880-1891 8
  Folder
Pittsburgh Junction Railroad Case, 1882 9
  Folder
William Searhart to Unknown, July 3, 1891 10
  Folder
William L. Campbell to Christopher Magee, January 19, 1892 11
  Folder
Christopher Magee to James Galbreach, undated 12
  Folder
Ladies Aid Society of Bloomfield to Christopher Magee, undated 13
  Folder
Casebooks, 1887 14
  Folder
Paperbooks, 1889 15
  Folder
Allegheny Company notice, 1891 16
  Folder
Samuel McCamant to Christopher Magee, February 1, 1892 17
  Folder
T.B. Patton to Christopher Magee, February 2, 1892 18
  Folder
William Yost to Christopher Magee, May 9, 1895 19
  Folder
Legal catalog, undated 20
  Folder
A & A.M. Blakely Law Office notice, undated 21
  Folder
Clipping, undated 22
  Folder
Record of Clerk of Courts, undated 23
  Folder
Petition, undated 24

Subseries  3. Personal Papers of Walter Pollack Magee, 1894-1952 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains correspondence and ephemera. While Walter resided on Diamond Street in Pittsburgh he held memberships to the Pittsburgh Golf Club and the White Marsh Valley Hunt Club, and applied to the American Committee for a Devastated France during the First World War. Walter's received correspondence documents his extensive world travels, including visits to Egypt, Italy, Greece, England, France, Hawaii, Japan, and Burma in the early 1900s. Letters from his parents, siblings and his niece, Louise, indicate a strong relationship with his family. A variety of postcards from friends abroad have photographs with ethnographic and erotic themes. Series IV contains images of Walter throughout his life, including many photographs taken while he was in college. One such notable photograph shows Walter and a classmate dressed in women's clothing, likely as part of a college prank. The series contains a description of Walter's estate, and the design image for his headstone.

  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1894-1914 171-15
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1915-1926, undated 181-14
  BoxFolder
Open letter, RMS India, 1893 191
  Folder
Printed Ephemera, undated 2
  Folder
Memberships, 1916-1917 3
  Folder
Travel itinerary, 1908 4
  Folder
Estate, 1952 5
  Folder
Bills, undated 6
  Folder
Bills, undated 7
  Folder
Bills and receipts, undated 8
  Folder
Compositions, undated 9

Subseries  4. Extended Family Papers, 1798-1901 

Scope and Contents note

Included are Louise's correspondence from her father, Kier Mitchell and grandfather, Christopher Magee, as well as her report cards from Miss Gleim's School for Girls in Pittsburgh in 1905. Also present are the 1798 citizenship papers of Christopher's Irish-born paternal grandfather, Robert Magee, and the 1880 will of Norman McLeod Magee. Various wills, letters and ephemera are included.

  BoxFolder
Robert Magee Citizenship Papers, May 12, 1798 201
  Folder
Discharge papers, Hugh Huiphan, 1815 2
  Folder
Matthew J. Magee Law certificate, 1818 3
  Folder
Proceedings of Freemasons, Edwardsville Chicago, undated 4
  Folder
Sir to Charles Bradford, 1832 5
  Folder
Dick John to William Pentland, April 30, 1841 6
  Folder
David Dick to James R. Dick, February 1839 7
  Folder
Miscellaneous Family Correspondence, 1861-1910 8
  Folder
Sir to Sister, 1862 9
  Folder
Sir to William Pentland, 1866 10
  Folder
Drawings, Norman McLeod Magee, February 1880 11
  Folder
Margaret McLeod Magee Correspondence, 1880 12
  Folder
Will of John Niel McLeod, undated 13
  Folder
Elizabeth Louise McLeod Mitchell papers, 1893-1901 14
  Folder
Thomas Mumford, Will, 1896 15
  Folder
Sir to G. W. Roberts, 1900 16
  Folder
Louise Mitchell to Sue, 1916 17
  Folder
Indenture, undated 18
  Folder
Unknown to Margaret, undated 19
  Folder
Frances Carr to Lucianda Hite, undated 20
  Folder
Sir to Mrs. Wylie, undated 21
  Folder
Estate of Ann McKinney, undated 22
  Folder
Sir to Platt Hubbard, undated 23
  Folder
Mamma to Norman Magee, undated 24
  Folder
Mr. and Mrs. Kier Mitchell correspondence, undated 25

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Series  II. Watson Family Papers, 1795-1901 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains papers of Jane Magee, her father Andrew Watson, and her brother Robert Watson, relating to their properties in Pittsburgh. Jane's papers also relate to her estate.

Subseries  1. Andrew and Robert Watson Papers, 1795-1901 

Scope and Contents note

Andrew Watson's 1796 license to open a public house and the 1798 certificate appointing him Justice of the Peace indicate his active public life in early Pittsburgh. The collection also contains professional information about his son, Robert, including his admission to the bar of Allegheny County by William Wilkins and Alexander Brackenridge. Robert lived in the sixth ward of Pittsburgh and traveled to France in 1849 and Germany in 1865.

This subseries includes correspondence, drawings of land plots, indentures and leases related to properties owned and developed by Andrew Watson, and his son, Robert Watson. The collection includes Andrew Watson's land deeds and indentures with William Finley, John Reed and John Wilkins, and diagrams of his partial holdings. Robert's land holdings near Market Street, Chestnut Street, Bluff Street and Second Street are part of the 1848 partition of land annexed to the city of Pittsburgh; this map also shows the holdings of his neighbors, including the J. B. Wylie, Jane Magee, and members of the Black and McClelland families. A similar, though undated, map of Public Road shows plots owned by Watson, Magee, and Black family members, as well as those of William Pentland and James Ross.

The Watson papers show the family's interest in its own genealogy, particularly a list of family names and relationships that unfortunately lacks birth, death or marriage dates. This record focuses on the extended Watson family, but documents very little of the Magee family. A journal written by Robert Watson also describes the family genealogy. Some of the legal papers indicate that the Watsons were related in business and by blood to the Black and Wylie families of Pittsburgh. For additional information on the Watson family, see the Hugh Henry Brackenridge and Andrew Watson Papers, 1784-1827, also held by the Darlington Memorial Library.

  BoxFolder
Andrew Watson correspondence, 1795-1842 211
  Folder
Andrew Watson, will, September 17, 1822 2
  Folder
William Alexander, reciept for county taxes from Watson brothers, December 28 1826 3
  Folder
Robert Watson, Pittsburgh Farmers & Mechanics Turnpike Road Co., 1835-1856 4
  Folder
Robert Watson correspondence, 1842-1863 5
  Folder
Andrew Watson insurance policies, 1843-1861 6
  Folder
John McLeod to Robert Watson, 1849-1850 7
  Folder
Robert Watson, House of Refuge contribution, 1857 8
  Folder
Robert Watson, travel to France 1865 9
  Folder
Robert Watson, will, 1875 10
  Folder
Will of Jane Black, 1901 11
  Folder
Robert Watson receipts, undated 12
  Folder
Robert Watson receipts, undated 13
  Folder
Robert Watson journal, undated 14
  BoxFolder
Watson family genealogy, undated 221
  Folder
Diagram of calculating machine, undated 2
  Folder
Mathematics notes, undated 3
  Folder
Land plots, undated 4
  Folder
Legal papers, 1828 5
  Folder
Legal papers, 1821-1827 6
  Folder
Legal papers, 1829-1830 7
  Folder
Legal papers, 1831-1833 8
  Folder
Legal papers, 1835-1840 9
  BoxFolder
Legal papers, 1841-1845 231
  Folder
Legal papers, 1846-1850 2
  Folder
Legal papers, 1851-1855 3
  Folder
Legal papers, 1856-1860 4
  Folder
Legal papers, 1861-1870 5
  Folder
Legal papers, 1871-1880 6
  BoxFolder
Legal papers, 1881 241
  Folder
Legal papers, undated 2
  Folder
Legal papers, undated 3
  Folder
Legal papers, undated 4
  Folder
Legal papers, undated 5
  Folder
Legal papers, undated 6
  Folder
Legal papers, undated 7
  BoxFolder
Legal papers, undated 251
  Folder
Legal papers, undated 2
  Folder
Legal papers, undated 3

Subseries  2. Personal Papers of Jane Watson Magee, 1847-1880 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries relates in large part to the estate of Jane Magee, including diagrams of her properties and documentation of their collective value at the time of her death. Little is known of Jane's husband, Christopher, but a document in this subseries shows that he served as executor to the estate of William Diehl in the matter of James R. Irwin's mortgage. Correspondence to Jane shows her close relationship with Christopher and other family members.

  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1847-1880 261
  Folder
Correspondence, 1847-1880 2
  Folder
Correspondence, 1847-1880 3
  Folder
Correspondence, 1847-1880 4
  Folder
First Presbyterian Church, undated 5
  Folder
Family Plots at Allegheny Cemetery, undated 6
  Folder
Will of Jane Watson Magee, 1880 7

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Series  III. Receipts, 1790-1910 

Scope and Content Notes

These receipts represent the domestic business of the Magee and Watson families. Receipts document the purchase of household goods and services such as food and utilities. Some of the Watson family receipts relate to monetary loans and money paid for rent. The receipts are arranged somewhat chronologically.

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Receipts, 1790-1910 271-6
  BoxFolder
Receipts, 1790-1910 281-7
  BoxFolder
Receipts, 1790-1910 291-5
  BoxFolder
Receipts, 1790-1910 301-7
  BoxFolder
Receipts, 1790-1910 311-5

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Series  IV. Family Material, Oversized, 1791-1880 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains both Watson and Magee family material. All of the material is housed and an oversized box. The material consists of ephemera, certificates, degrees, sketches, drawings, deeds, estate plans, and ledgers. The majority of the material relates to Andrew Watson and his land and plot plans from 1791 to 1843. The material in this series dates from 1791 to 1906.

  Map-caseDrawerOversize
Biography of Pennsylvania, 1906 14111
  Oversize
J.W. Kerr architectural drawings for a summer house, undated 2
  Oversize
Spectacles, undated 3
  Oversize
Family Bible, undated 4
  Oversize
Certificate to practice law in Allegheny County, April 11, 1852 5
  Oversize
Certificate to practice law in the District Court of Philadelphia, December 18, 1852 6
  Oversize
Christopher Magee appointment to Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of the Fifth Judicial District of Allegheny County, October 7, 1885 7
  Oversize
Christopher Magee election to Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of the Fifth Judicial District of Allegheny County, December 17, 1886 8
  Oversize
Christopher Magee, Jr., Law Degree, 1892 9
  Oversize
University degree, undated 10
  Oversize
University degree, undated 11
  Oversize
University of Pennsylvania degree, undated 12
  Oversize
University degree, undated 13
  Oversize
Certificate to practice law in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, undated 14
  Oversize
Headstone design, undated 15
  Oversize
Poster, Steamship RR Agent, undated 16
  Oversize
Andrew Watson deed, April 9, 1791 17
  Oversize
Andrew Watson land indenture, October 19, 1792 18
  Oversize
Andrew Watson deed, 1795 19
  Oversize
James McKinney deed, January 8, 1796 20
  Oversize
Andrew Watson's license to open a public house, March 7, 1796 21
  Oversize
Andrew Watson's appointment as Justice of the Peace, April 1798 22
  Oversize
Robert Watson land purchase agreement, February 2, 1810 23
  Oversize
Road Plan, August 5, 1810 24
  Oversize
Robert Watson, Certificate to practice law in Allegheny County, 1824 25
  Oversize
Plan of lots laid off by Andrew Watson, December 18, 1837 26
  Oversize
Robert Watson, Passport 1843 27
  Oversize
Proposed plan of lots for commissioned for Andrew Watson, October 30, 1844 28
  Oversize
Partition of land annexed by the District Court of Allegheny County, 1848 29
  Oversize
Plan of the Watson Estate, 1849 30
  Oversize
Robert Watson, Passport 1865 31
  Oversize
Partition of the Estate of Robert Watson, 1875 32
  Oversize
Copy of P. H. Parson's survey of Black family property, undated 33
  Oversize
Plan of ground of Robert Watson, undated 34
  Oversize
Perpetual Lease to Robert Watson, undated 35
  Oversize
Plan of Wylie and Tunnel Streets with rail lines, undated 36
  Oversize
Map of public road with family lots, undated 37
  Oversize
Unnamed land plot diagram, undated 38
  Oversize
Ledger, undated 39
  Oversize
Ledger, undated 40
  Oversize
Cloth backed map of Pittsburgh, undated 41
  Oversize
Plan of Andrew Watson farm, copy 1, undated 42
  Oversize
Plan of Andrew Watson farm, copy 2, undated 43
  Oversize
Plan of William Watson properties, undated 44
  Oversize
Mortgage of James R. Irwin, September 17, 1834 45
  Oversize
Plan of lots belonging to Jane Watson, April 1841 46
  Oversize
Real estate of Jane Magee, deceased 1880 47
  Oversize
Plan of property in the Fifth Ward of Pittsburgh, undated 48

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Series  V. Photographic Materials, 1850-1915    13.84 linear feet

The extensive photographic materials in this collection consist of 19 boxes. The photographs depict the Magee family in their homes, during their travels, and in recreational settings such as the beach and the park. Specific locations include the Panama Canal, the western United States, England, and Kyoto, Japan. Walter Magee, in particular, is documented from infancy through adolescence, to his years at university, through a series of cabinet cards and prints. Many other family members are also identified in the photographs. A particular strength of this collection is in the broad variety of photographic formats and processes present. Among these are: daguerreotypes; ambrotypes; tintypes; cabinet cards; glass plate negatives; nitrate negatives; albumen prints; cyanotypes; and carte de visite. Several photograph albums are also included which contain cabinet cards and tintypes. Framed prints are also present.

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