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Photo of a hand-written document in the John Covode Collection

Photo of a hand-written document in the John Covode Collection

Featured Collection: The Papers of John Covode

John Covode was a prominent Pennsylvanian, U.S. Representative and cofounder of Wesmoreland Coal. This collection includes correspondence and printed material documenting his career. The collection is owned by the Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh, Pa. It came to us deteriorating and suffering from severe mold damage. We are pleased to have been able to treat the collection, preserve it for the future, and digitize it for public use on this website. Click here to view the online finding aid.The correspondence covers a variety of topics from local politics, patronage, personal items to the Civil War.  More information on the Covode Collection.

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This photo album contains 120 cartes-de-visite of members of the Elias Baker Family of Altoona, Pennsylvania, friends, and prominent politicians, including Abraham Lincoln and Simon Cameron. Elias Baker was a prominent iron maker and landlord. Family members and friends pictured in this album include Elias Baker, his wife Hetty Woods Baker, and Annie Porter, who was a friend of the Baker's daughter, Anna.

Courtesy of the Blair County Historical Society.

This collection contains twenty-six letters and their typed transcripts from Anna Woods Baker (1850-1894) to her parents from 1850-52 and 1886, and to her friend Enoch Banks between 1853 and 1855. There is one letter from Enoch to Anna. Anna was a friend to Annie Porter (see related collection) and her portrait can be found in the Baker Family Album. The collection also contains her diary of 1894 in which she writes mostly aout her mother's illness. Courtesy of the Blair County Historical Society.

James A. Beaver was a lawyer and judge who served in the Civil War. Beaver also served as Governor of Pennsylvania. The collection contains business and personal correspondence, pamphlets, circulars, clippings, and photos chiefly covering Beaver's campaigns and term as governor. Includes material relating to his Civil War service with the 45th Pennsylvania Regiment; his business enterprises in the Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, area; his term as Justice of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania; his service as trustee and board president of the Pennsylvania State College; the Curtin Memorial Monument, Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and the State Hospital for the Insane in Warren, Pennsylvania. To view the entire collection of James A. Beaver Papers visit Penn State Special Collections and view this finding aid online. Courtesy of Penn State Special Collections.

The collection contains two volumes, a diary and a journal. In Chamberlin's 1864 diary she records her leaving Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, and her experience as a nurse at Hospital No. 8 during the American Civil War. She kept a journal sporadically from 1 January 1865 until 7 February 1875. She was a native of Union County. Interested in reading more about Sarah in Argentina? Visit this page. Courtesy of the Family and Albright College.

This collection consists of two of the four diaries kept by Theo Christ while he lived in Lewsiburg, Pa. and during his service during the American Civil War.  The entries may have been copied into these volumes at a later date. The first records the pre-war years and his education and travels. The second records his service in the military and political life including Secession. In the volumes he records his medical studies and work as a Civil War surgeon. Courtesy of the Union County Historical Society.

This collection contains fourteen items from Columbia, Pa. Several relate to the burning of the Columbia Bridge on 28 June 1863. Of special interest are depositions that identify the man responsible for carrying out the order to burn the bridge as a freed slave. The collection also includes several letters and photographs. To see more go to  http://columbiahistory.net/archives/mt-bank-letters/ Courtesy of the Columbia Historic Preservation Society.

John Covode was a prominent Pennsylvanian, U.S. Representative and cofounder of Wesmoreland Coal. This collection includes correspondence and printed material documenting his career. The collection is owned by the Heinz History Center of Pittsburgh, Pa. It came to us deteriorating and suffering from severe mold damage. We are pleased to have been able to treat the collection, preserve it for the future, and digitize it for public use on this website. Click here to view the online finding aid.The correspondence covers a variety of topics from local politics, patronage, personal items to the Civil War.  More information on the Covode Collection.

Three volumes of pocket diaries by Emilie Davis, an African American woman, are currently held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The diaries provide us a social "snapshot" into the lives of a historically elusive group of people. Emilie lived and worked in Philadelphia during the mid-1800s and is believed to have been in her late teens or early twenties when she began her diaries in 1863. Her diaries record such momentous events as National Fast Day, the flight of residents from Gettysburg to Philadelphia during the Battle of Gettysburg, the fall of Vicksburg, and the funeral procession of Abraham Lincoln. Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Read a transcription of the Diaries!

Samuel W. Davis was a Methodist Episcopal Minister who was active as a missionary and temperance reformer in Southwestern Pennsylvania and surrounding states in the late 19th and early twentieth centuries. Davis was assigned to Methodist Episcopal Church congregations across the region and also worked with the Coke Mission, set up to preach to the Hungarian and Slovak coal and coke workers in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Published in 1866 by the Provost Marshal General's Bureau, this document reproduces certified lists containing the names, organized by regiment, of those who were cited for failing to report for duty during the Civil War and were classified as deserters. The list was compiled by the Provost Marshal General Bureau at the request of the Pennsylvania legislature. Courtesy of Penn State Special Collections and Centre County Library Historical Museum.

The nine manuscript pocket diaries in this collection date from 1861-1865. The first four describe Milton Lytle’s studies at the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania (1860-1861), now the Pennsylvania State University; the following five recount his experiences as a soldier in the American Civil War. 

Courtesy of Penn State Special Collections.

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This collection consists of one diary (77 pages) kept by Adam H. Pickel from 13 August 1862-- 8 July 1863, when he served in the Union army during the Civil War. The diary describes camp life, troop movements, the weather, prisoners of war, the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the wound he received which eventually led to his death. Related collections are housed at the University of Michigan and Duke University.

Courtesy of the Pickel family.

This collection conatins thirty-six letters and their typed transcripts from Annie "Anna" Porter to her childhood friend, Anna "Nannie" Baker. Porter writes about a wide variety of subjects, from the lighthearted to the serious. These include such disparate topics as gossip, courtship rituals, death, and religion. Some of the more arresting letters offer an unsparing look at Porter’s grief over the death of her cousin William Lawrence, who was a suitor of Anna Baker’s. Courtesy of the Blair County Historical Society.

Historical reports of state acting assistant provost marshals general and district provost marshals, 1865. Provost Marshal General Fry required state and district provost marshals to prepare reports on the operations of their offices covering recording and reporting of the enrollment; selecting, notifying, receiving, examining, forwarding, and crediting of draftees; recruiting, examining, mustering, forwarding, and crediting enlistees; and arresting, detaining, and forwarding of deserters; along with information on difficulties encountered in administering the law and suggestions that might improve the procedures. Citizens and aliens physically resisted the draft and riots ensued in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Courtesy of the National Archives.

This single volume diary dates from 1862, with additional entries from 1869. The original author of the diary was Philip Shaffner, who kept the diary from 6-29 June 1862 while he served in the Army of the Potomac. He wrote of his regiment’s activities beginning in Washington, D.C., and continuing to Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he was killed on 30 June. Shaffner’s diary subsequently was confiscated by Confederate Brevet Second Lieutenant Robert H. Ward. Ward continued the diary, initially writing sporadically before keeping daily entries from 19 September through 31 December. During this period, Ward maneuvered with his unit through Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Winchester, Staunton, and Fredericksburg Virginia. Of note are entries describing sociability between Confederate and Union pickets, destruction of railroad tracks, and building of military defenses. The 1869 entries detail personal payments and receipts for a variety of services. Courtesy of Penn State Special Collections.

This is a handwritten diary kept by Sallie Simonton in the last year of the Civil War. It is accompanied by a 25-page transcription of the diary that was completed in 1983. The journal provides a look at life in an affluent home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1865, detailing social visits, domestic labors, illness in the family and community, and the titles of books she is reading. Of note is her description of the flood of 16-18 March 1865 and the celebration of the surrender of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, bringing about the end of the Civil War.

Courtesy of the Dauphin County Historical Society.

The collection documents the history of five generations of a Pennsylvania family based in Boalsburg and Pittsburgh. The strengths of the collection are the military and personal Civil War-era materials associated with 3rd generation James T. Stuart (1837-1902) and his wife Emma Eliza Hunter (1848-1935), and 100 years of family photographs. Most of the military papers are associated with Stuart's tenure as Captain of Company G, 49th Regiment, PA Volunteers (1864-1865). The personal materials include war-time correspondence and some photographs. In addition to the family photographs, there are diaries, memoirs, family histories, and miscellaneous items that illustrate the life of this family and American material culture. Emma Hunter is traditionally believed to be one of the founders of Memorial Day in Boalsburg--a town which claims to be the originator of the holiday. The collection includes significant items connected with the local origins and history of the holiday.

This collection contains three diaries kept by Pennsylvania native Young when he was a student at a private school in Ellington, Connecticut from 1860-1863. The diaries offer a candid look at socializing, friendships, courting activities, entertainment, and education among adolescents. Courtesy of the Dauphin County Historical Society

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