James Gibson papers
Comprising the James Gibson papers are two series of documents that together span from the early 1700s to the mid 1800s. Each series is arranged chronologically. The first series, Personal and collected groups of papers (Boxes 1, 6 and Volume 1), contains an assortment of items, from a few folders...
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Processing Information: This collection once contained a group of letters, 1824-1846, addressed to Carey & Lea; Carey, Lea, & Carey; and Lea & Blanchard, booksellers and publishers. These papers have been moved to the Edward Carey Gardiner collection (Collection 227A), Box 29.
2.5 Linear feet 7 boxes, 1 volume, 1 flat file
The collection is open for research.
Comprising the James Gibson papers are two series of documents that together span from the early 1700s to the mid 1800s. Each series is arranged chronologically. The first series, Personal and collected groups of papers (Boxes 1, 6 and Volume 1), contains an assortment of items, from a few folders of papers from family members to foreign language documents. The second and larger series, Pennsylvania Population Company papers (Boxes 1-7 and Flat File 1), consists of an assortment of deeds, correspondence, legal papers, surveys, and other items documenting the history of the company's work in overseeing lands in western Pennsylvania. Most of these materials originated from John Nicholson, Robert Morris, and other founders of the company.
While this collection documents Gibson's legal relationship with the Pennsylvania Population Company, it also contains records of Gibson's other legal work, such as handling the Indiana County and Cambria County land purchases of the Gilpin and Fisher families during the early 1800s. While there are a few folders of papers from Gibson's wife (Elizabeth Bordley) and other family members, the collection contains little from Gibson himself.
The James Gibson papers relate to Pennsylvania's colonial and early national periods, with particular emphasis on the work of the Pennsylvania Population Company, which sought to settle lands in the western part of the state. James Gibson (1769-1856) was a lawyer from Philadelphia who worked with the Pennsylvania Population Company and other similar organizations. The collection spans from the early 1700s to the mid 1800s and contains an assortment of papers such as family materials, correspondence, adminstrative papers, accounts, mortgages, powers of attorney, minutes, maps, and surveys.