Guide to the Brodhead Family Papers 1857-1903

Senator John Heinz History Center

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Brodhead Family Papers
Creator
Brodhead Family
Collection Number
MSS 0715
Date [inclusive]
1857-1903
Extent
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
The Brodhead family of Kittanning, Pa., owned and operated E.A. Brodhead and Sons pharmacy and drugstore during the late ninetieth and early twentieth centuries. The Brodhead family of Western Pennsylvania is primarily associated with Colonel Daniel Brodhead, who was assigned command of Fort Pitt in 1779. The Brodhead Family Papers contain event programs, facsimiles of historical reviews of Col. Daniel Brodhead, medicinal notebooks, and a business ledger.
Sponsor Note
This collection has been made accessible as part of an NHPRC-funded Basic Processing grant.

Preferred Citation

Brodhead Family Papers, 1857-1903, MSS 0715 , Detre Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

The Brodhead family owned and operated E.A. Brodhead and Sons pharmacy and whole sale drug store in Kittanning, Pa., during the late ninetieth and early twentieth centuries. In the 1912 national druggist directory Wm. F. Brodhead is named under the Brodhead listing.

The Brodhead family in Western Pennsylvania is primarily associated with Colonel Daniel Brodhead (1736-1809). In April of 1779, General George Washington appointed him commander of Fort Pitt and later that year ordered Col. Brodhead to lead a strike up the Allegheny River against Native American forces allied with the British. The 30 day expedition succeeded in disrupting the Seneca’s ability to wage war in the region. The Brodhead family name has also been honored on a stained-glass window in the Heinz Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Brodhead Family Papers (1870-1903) contain event programs, facsimiles of historical reviews of Col. Daniel Brodhead, medicinal notebooks, and a business ledger. The Brodhead family of Kittanning attended Kittanning Public School and Kittanning High School. There are program sheets from the 1887 dedication of a new school building, as well as commencement and musical event programs. Colonel Daniel Brodhead’s military expedition up the Allegheny River in 1779 is documented in two typed family histories as well as several secondary historical accounts. Three note books and a ledger contain information from the Brodhead family’s pharmacy and wholesale drug business in Kittanning. E.A. Brodhead’s 1857 journal of elixirs and medical ingredients is included, as well as a 1884 German to English medical dictionary, and a daily business ledger documenting the years 1860-1862 and 1892-1894.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Senator John Heinz History Center Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania , February 2012

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@heinzhistorycenter.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Detre Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift from Edward Benz in 1996.

Archives accession # 1996.0138

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alex J. Toner on 02/01/12.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Letter to General George Washington from Col. Daniel Brodhead (typescript copy), Sept. 16 1779, MFF 0410, Library and Archives Division, Senator John Heinz History Center.

A lineage of the Brodhead family, prepared by Luke Brodhead. Http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kdecker/Brodhead/History.htm

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • E.A. Brodhead and Sons (Kittanning, Pa.)
  • Kittaning High School (Kittanning, Pa.)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Kittanning (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Brodhead, Colonel Dainel

Subject(s)

  • Soldiers--North America--History--18th century.
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

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