Item Description: Processing Information: According to HSP's printed guide, this collection contains records from Chester County, 1729-1818; taxable property records of Chester County, 1783-1788; and records of Indiana County, 1823. As of December 6, 2010, these materials could not be located and they are therefore not listed in this inventory. Should these materials ever be found, they will be added back to the collection and this finding aid will be updated accordingly.
Physical Description: 2.4 Linear feet ; 6 boxes, 1 flat file
Access: The collection is open for research.
Summary: This collection contains a miscellaneous assortment of records, the bulk of which date from the late 1750s to the 1880s, from several Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Lebanon, Lycoming, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, McKean, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Snyder, Susquehanna, Tioga, Washington, Wayne, and Westmoreland. The amount of records pertaining to each county varies from single documents to several folders worth, and they are primarily official papers, such as deeds, surveys, and patents. However, there are scattered personal papers and correpondence from county residents. A few highlights from the collection include a narrative by C. Van Horn describing the Connecticut invasion, pioneering, colonial warfare, and incidents during the Revolution, 1772-1837, in Crawford County; a history of Monroe County and of the Indian Walk, 1746; a history of Luzerne County, 1793-1823; a history of Lehigh County townships, n.d., and the journal, 1757, of Lieutenant A. Engel, stationed at Leckley Township; and letters and accounts of David Franks, Bernard Gratz, L. Andrew Levy, Joseph Simon, and others, of Lancaster, relating to provisioning of British and American soldiers and prisoners during the Revolution, 1777-1778. There are also indentures, court records of indictments, penal records, jury lists, muster rolls, among other items.