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Guide to the William Darlington papers, 1800-1863 MS 1165

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Collection processed by Ali Barr and edited by Julia Lipkins.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 07, 2015
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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence written and received by Darlington and his contemporaries. Included are letters from physicians, scientists, scholars, political figures, publishers, business acquaintances, and family members. There are a number of letters from prominent 19th century botanists, including John Torrey, Charles Wilkens Short, Moses A. Curtis, and Elizabeth C. Morris. Additional correspondence includes personal letters from Darlington sons. Darlington’s diaries cover his time in medical school; various trips through Pennsylvania; and his service in Congress, including detailed notes on the Missouri Compromise and ballot counts for presidential elections. Other volumes include a history of the Tullian Society of Philadelphia; a ship logbook; scrapbooks; and minutes from the State Road Commission.


The collection is organized in two series: Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1800-1863 and Series 2: Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1804-1863, undated. The arrangement of Series 1 was established at an earlier date. An index to the correspondence has been reproduced here in full. Series 2 has been arranged chronologically.