Guide to the Lois Mulkearn Research Files, 1937-1956 DAR.1981.01

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Lois Mulkearn Research Files
Creator
Mulkearn, Lois
Collection Number
DAR.1981.01
Date [inclusive]
1937-1956
Extent
1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract
The collection consists of manuscript drafts, topic notes, transcripts, and correspondence collected by Lois Mulkearn, the first librarian at the University of Pittsburgh’s Darlington Memorial Library and a historian. Mulkearn authored and co-authored a number of books about Western Pennsylvania history, including A Traveler's Guide to Historic Western Pennsylvania. This collection contains manuscript drafts and topic notes associated with the book. Also included are transcripts of court cases involving various parties and George Mason of the Ohio Company dating from 1743 to 1763. The cases mostly pertain to debts owed to the Ohio Company by various men and women. Additionally, there are notes related to industrial hygiene and safety during the late eighteenth to mid twentieth centuries which are associated with an unknown publication or lecture and drafts of essays written by Mulkearn.

Preferred Citation

Lois Mulkearn Research Files, 1937-1956, DAR.1981.01, Darlington Collection, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Scope and Content Notes

The collection consists of manuscript drafts, topic notes, transcripts, and correspondence collected by Lois Mulkearn, the first librarian at the University of Pittsburgh’s Darlington Memorial Library. A portion of the materials is related to the book A Traveler's Guide to Historic Western Pennsylvania, written by Lois Mulkearn and Edwin V. Pugh and published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1954. The notes and manuscript drafts for the book are arranged by topics relating to the subject of the book, namely histories of various locations in Western Pennsylvania.

Additional materials consist of transcripts of court cases involving George Mason of the Ohio Company, which was founded in 1747 and represented the trading and land prospecting interests of a handful of Virginia planters, and settlers who were in debt to the company. The cases are listed in alphabetical order by the last name of the party involved and date from between 1751 to 1763. It is possible these transcripts were used in Mulkearn’s book George Mercer Papers, the authoritative volume on the Ohio Company published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1954.

Other materials in the collection consist of notes about industrial safety and hygiene during the late eighteenth to mid twentieth centuries prepared for an unknown lecture or publication and drafts of Mulkearn’s essays on a variety of historic topics.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, November 2008

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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 Lois Mitsch, niece of Lois Mulkearn, to the Darlington Memorial Library in 1981.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Shaun Hayes in August 2008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Ohio Company (1747-1779).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Press.
  • University of Pittsburgh.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts (Document genre)
  • Transcripts

Geographic Name(s)

  • Allegheny County (Pa.)
  • Armstrong County (Pa.)
  • Beaver County (Pa.)
  • Bedford County (Pa.)
  • Blair County (Pa.)
  • Butler County (Pa.)
  • Cambria County (Pa.)
  • Cameron County (Pa.)
  • Clarion County (Pa.)
  • Clearfield County (Pa.)
  • Crawford County (Pa.)
  • Elk County (Pa.)
  • Erie County (Pa.)
  • Fayette County (Pa.)
  • Forest County (Pa.)
  • Greene County (Pa.)
  • Indiana County (Pa.)
  • Jefferson County (Pa.)
  • Lawrence County (Pa.)
  • McKean County (Pa.)
  • Mercer County (Pa.)
  • Ohio River Valley -- History -- Sources
  • Pennsylvania -- Description and travel
  • Pennsylvania -- History, Local
  • Potter County (Pa.)
  • Somerset County (Pa.)
  • Venango County (Pa.)
  • Warren County (Pa.)
  • Washington County (Pa.)
  • Westmoreland County (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Mason, George, 1725-1792
  • Mulkearn, Lois
  • Pugh, Edwin V.

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Previous Citation

Lois Mulkearn Research Files, 1937-1956, DAR.1981.01, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Bibliography

Mulkearn, Lois, and Edwin V. Pugh. A Traveler's Guide to Historic Western Pennsylvania. [Pittsburgh]: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1954.

Mercer, George, and Lois Mulkearn. George Mercer Papers Relating to the Ohio Company of Virginia. [Pittsburgh]: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1954.

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Counties in Western Pennsylvania Research Notes 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of notes describing the locations and histories of counties in Western Pennsylvania. The information is grouped by specific counties, and includes correspondence between Mulkearn and historians from county governments and historical societies. The time period covered is the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. In many cases, the information is divided by locations Mulkearn and Pugh included in A Traveler's Guide to Historic Western Pennsylvania.

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Allegheny County 11
("Allegheny County" online pending)
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Armstrong County 2
("Armstrong County" online pending)
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Beaver County 3
("Beaver County" online pending)
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Bedford County 4
("Bedford County" online pending)
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Butler County 5
("Butler County" online pending)
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Cambria County 6
("Cambria County" online pending)
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Cameron County 7
("Cameron County" online pending)
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Clarion County 8
("Clarion County" online pending)
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Clearfield County 9
("Clearfield County" online pending)
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Crawford County 10
("Crawford County" online pending)
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Erie County 11
("Erie County" online pending)
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Fayette County 12
("Fayette County" online pending)
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Greene County 13
("Greene County" online pending)
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Indiana County 14
("Indiana County" online pending)
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Jefferson County 15
("Jefferson County" online pending)
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Lawrence County 16
("Lawrence County" online pending)
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Mercer County 17
("Mercer County" online pending)
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Potter County 18
("Potter County" online pending)
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Somerset County 19
("Somerset County" online pending)
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Venango County 20
("Venango County" online pending)
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Warren County 21
("Warren County" online pending)
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Westmoreland County 22
("Westmoreland County" online pending)

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Series  II.  A Traveler's Guide to Historic Western Pennsylvania Notes and Revisions 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of research notes related to A Traveler's Guide to Historic Western Pennsylvania that detail historic locations within the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounding communities, including Sewickley and Fox Chapel. Notes are included about specific locations and historic events. There are also manuscript drafts from Mulkearn and Pugh’s book with revisions and correspondence from local historians.

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Location Research Notes 21
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Manuscript drafts and Correspondence 2

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Series  III. Ohio Company Court Cases 

Scope and Content Notes

Series III consists of transcripts of court cases between George Mason, an agent of the Ohio Company, and parties owing debts to the Ohio Company. The cases date from 1750 to 1763. Examples of documents enclosed in the files include promissory notes and arrest warrants for the party in debt. The records are modern copies of court files created in Fredrick County, Virginia. They are arranged by the last name of the defendant involved.

Other materials chronicle land surveys and court cases involving attempts of the Ohio Company to obtain land in Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio. It is possible these transcripts were used in Mulkearn’s book George Mercer Papers Relating to the Ohio Company of Virginia, the authoritative volume on the Ohio Company.

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Non-Ohio Company Court Cases, 1751-1763 31
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Thomas Bladen Land Surveys 2
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Castleman, William, October 28, 1751 - June 5, 1752 3
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Caton, Thomas, July 1750 - March 17, 1763 4
  Folder
Chapman, Richard, March 20, 1753 5
  Folder
Coburn, Jonathan, October 21, 1751 - June 5, 1755 6
  Folder
Craig, David, January 15, 1750 - August 6, 1752 7
  Folder
Cunningham, John, October 20, 1750 - June 8, 1753 8
  Folder
Enochs, Enoch, August 11, 1750 - June 8, 1753 9
  Folder
Ervin, Robert, October 7, 1751 - March 20, 1753 10
  Folder
Findley, James, July 1750 - July 1753 11
  Folder
Hood, James, June 1752 - September 14, 1752 12
  Folder
Houghland, Jacob, November 21, 1752 13
  Folder
Ice, Frederick, December 17, 1751 - Nocember 9, 1752 14
  Folder
Jock, Jeremiah, June 29, 1750 - February 7, 1758 15
  Folder
Johnson, John, 1753 16
  Folder
Jones, John, 1753 17
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Lane, Edward 18
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Lane, Richard, December 11, 1752 - September 5, 1753 19
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Lemen, Robert, July 6, 1752 - September 18, 1758 20
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Long, John Adam, July 6, 1752 - September 18, 1758 21
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McDonough, Mark, January 15, 1750 - 1753 22
  Folder
McFadden, John, 1753 23
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Martin, James, March 31, 1752 - June 6, 1753 24
  Folder
Mounts, Joseph, 1753 - 1754 25
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Mounts, Peter, February 7, 1759 26
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Mounts, Providence, June 8, 1751 - January 11, 1753 27
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Nicholas, John, 1753 28
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Nicholls, John, November 21, 1752 29
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Park, George, 1753 30
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Parker, Jr., George, 1754 31
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Patterson, William, August 24, 1751 - June 5, 1755 32
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Pearce, John, October 4, 1751 - February 2, 1757 33
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Richey, William, July 24, 1750 - June 8, 1753 34
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Ross, Francis, March 11, 1753 - February 7, 1759 35
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Ross, James, 1751 36
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Ruth, Zacheus, May 24, 1750 - June 10, 1753 37
  Folder
Rutherford, Thomas, October 28, 1750 - January 3, 1758 38
  Folder
Shelby, Catherine, November 1752 - March 19, 1754 39
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Sutton, Jasper, July 27, 1751 - June 8, 1753 40
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Swearingen, H.D., March 20, 1753 41
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Swearingen, Thomas, September 11, 1750 - June 8, 1753 42
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Taylor, Samuel, August 4, 1750 - June 8, 1753 43
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Teagarden, Abraham, July 17, 1751 - June 5, 1755 44
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Thacker, Amos November 21, 1752 45
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Tomilson, Nathaniel, August 21, 1753 46
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Toster, Peter, August 3, 1750 - August 6, 1752 47
  Folder
Trowhawk, John, March 14, 1752 48
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Trucker, John, July 17, 1751 - June 5, 1755 49
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Volgamore, Joseph, August 21, 1753 - March 1754 50
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Walktaker, Conrad, June 16, 1752 51
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Williams, John, March 1752 52
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Williams, Remembrance, July 28, 1750 - June 8, 1753 53
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Wolf, Jacob, July 9, 1751 - June 5, 1752 54
  Folder
Wood, Jacob, August 8, 1751 55
  Folder
Wood, Thomas, August 3, 1750 - August 6, 1752 56

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Series  IV. Industrial Hygiene and Saftey Notes 

Scope and Content Notes

Series IV consists of notes about industrial safety and hygiene. The notes regarding industrial hygiene and safety focus on the working conditions of the steel industry in Pennsylvania. They are on index cards and appear to be for an unknown publication. Citations from different bibliographic sources are included. Some of the note cards are fastened together by subject. Most of the materials cited date from the early eighteenth to early twentieth centuries.

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Industrial Hygiene and Saftey 41
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Industrial Hygiene and Saftey 2
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Industrial Hygiene and Saftey 3

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Series  V. Mulkearn Drafts, Transcripts, and Journal 

Scope and Content Notes

Series V consists of transcripts of works written by Mulkearn. Included is a transcript of a journal she kept while in Great Britain before the start of World War II. The works transcribed relate mostly to colonial Western Pennsylvania. On some transcriptions, handwritten notes and corrections to the text are included.

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Mulkearn Drafts, Transcripts, and Journal 

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