Guide to the Papers of the Baum Family,1769-1976

Digital Research Library, University Library System

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Papers of the Baum Family
Creator
Baum Family
Collection Number
MSS#110
Date [inclusive]
1769-1976
Extent
6.25 cubic feet (13 Boxes)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
The Baums were prominent landowners in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the 19th and early 20th century. Baum Boulevard takes its name from the family. The Baum family became connected to the Winebiddles, early Allegheny County settlers, through marriage, in 1892. The collection include genealogies, personal correspondence, deeds, mortgages, and other property records, business, estate, and financial papers, and printed ephemera documenting the personal and financial status of members of two prominent landholding families in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh from the late 18th through the mid-20th century.
Sponsor Note
This finding aid has been encoded as a part of the Historic Pittsburgh project a joint effort of the University of Pittsburgh and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Funding for this portion of the project has been donated by the Hillman Foundation.

Preferred Citation

Papers of the Baum Family, 1769-1976, MSS# 110, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Previously cited: Baum Family, Papers, 1769-1976, MSS# 110, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

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Biographical Sketch of the Baum Family (1769-1976)

The Baums were prominent landowners in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the 19th and early 20th century. Baum Boulevard takes its name from the family. The Baum family became connected to the Winebiddles, early Allegheny County settlers, through the marriage, in 1892, of Susanna Winebiddle Brown, a granddaughter of Philip Winebiddle, with William Winebiddle Baum, a grandson of Catharine Winebiddle Roup. Catharine Winebiddle Roup and Philip Winebiddle were sister and brother, children of John Conrad and Elizabeth Winebiddle.

The Winebiddle family in Western Pennsylvania is descended from John Conrad Winebiddle who was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on March 11, 1741. In 1761, he married Elizabeth Taub. The Winebiddles then removed to America and arrived at Fort Pitt in 1771. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, John Conrad Winebiddle purchased cattle to feed and clothe the Continental troops and opened a tannery in the Lawrenceville area (near the current intersection of Butler Street and Penn Avenue.) Partly through the inheritance of his wife from her father, Casper Taub, John Conrad Winebiddle amassed large tracts of land in what would later be the 19th and 20th wards of Pittsburgh, including the town of East Liberty. They held, ultimately, 648 acres of land north of Forbes Road, forming a plantation known as "Rumbiddle."

The Winebiddles had four children: Barbara Anna Winebiddle Negley (1778-1867), Philip Winebiddle (1780-1871), Catharine AKitty@ Winebiddle Roup (1790-1877), and Conrad Winebiddle (d. 1859).

East Liberty farmer and landholder, Philip Winebiddle, the oldest son of John Conrad and Elizabeth Winebiddle, was born on May 14 or 15, 1780. In addition to holding lands in Erie, Pennsylvania, Winebiddle owned large parcels of land along the Greensburg Pike in the area which later comprised the 16th-20th wards of the city of Pittsburgh. In 1805, Philip Winebiddle was responsible for collecting county taxes in Pitt township. He is said to have fought in the War of 1812 and, during the Civil War, proposed selling land to the United States Army for an arsenal in either Pittsburgh or Erie. Philip Winebiddle died on December 17, 1871.

On September 3, 1807, Philip Winebiddle married Susanna Roup (1786-1873), a daughter of Jonas and Ablonia [Abigail] Horr Roup. The Winebiddles had seven children: Lafayette Winebiddle (1808-1863), Elizabeth Winebiddle Phillips (1810-1896), Sarah B. Winebiddle McWilliams (1811-1875), Mary Ann Winebiddle Menold (b. 1814), Rebecca Roup Winebiddle Phillips (1819-1896), William Cunningham Winebiddle (1821-1915), and Agnes Olive Newton Winebiddle Brown (b. 1826).

Philip and Susanna Roup Winebiddle's eldest son, Lafayette Winebiddle, was born on September 5, 1808. Although he assisted his brother, William Cunningham Winebiddle, in a coal hauling business in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, Lafayette Winebiddle was principally a farmer on the family's lands along the Greensburg and Pittsburgh Turnpike. During the 1830s, he was a captain in the Allegheny County Light Dragoons. Lafayette Winebiddle also served on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Coal Company and was responsible for the collection of taxes in Peebles township in the early 1840s. He died on August 7, 1863.

Rebecca Roup Winebiddle was born on January 31, 1819; she was the fourth daughter of Philip and Susanna Roup Winebiddle. On May 10, 1863, she married Enoch P. Phillips, a farmer along the Greensburg Turnpike in Collins township. Rebecca Roup Winebiddle Phillips died in August 1896.

The second son of Philip and Susanna Winebiddle, William Cunningham Winebiddle, was born on March 9, 1821. Along with his cousin, James Scott Negley (1826-1901), he joined the Duquesne Greys on December 12, 1846, to fight in the war with Mexico; he was present at the fall of Mexico City in September 1847. He was a member of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church and lived most of his life in a house built by his parents on Penn Avenue, farming on the family's estates. At the time of his death in 1915, William Cunningham Winebiddle was said to be the last living survivor of the Mexican-American War in Pittsburgh.

The youngest child of Philip and Susanna Winebiddle, Agnes Olive Newton Winebiddle, was born on June 13, 1826. On April 12, 1855, she married a steamboat captain, William Y. Brown, part owner of the Pennsylvania. The Browns lived in St. Louis, Missouri, and their one child, Susanna Winebiddle Brown, was born in 1857. On June 13, 1858, William Y. Brown was killed in the explosion of the Pennsylvania, a disaster which also claimed the life of the younger brother of novelist Mark Twain. Olive Newton Winebiddle Brown continued to reside in St. Louis until her return to her family's estates in East Liberty circa 1875.

In 1832, businessman William Penn Baum (1800-1867) came to Pittsburgh from Lancaster County and married Rebecca Roup (1812-1876), the daughter of John and Catharine Winebiddle Roup. They had twelve children and established "Friendship", the family homestead (later Roup and Harriet Streets) in the center of a large tract of land in the city's 20th ward. One of the youngest of the Baum children, William Winebiddle Baum, was born on April 10, 1852. In November, 1892, he married Susanna Winebiddle Brown, a granddaughter of Philip Winebiddle and Susanna Roup. Susanna Winebiddle Brown Baum was born on October 30, 1857, and was the only child of Olive Newton Winebiddle Brown and Captain William Y. Brown. William and Susanna Baum had three children: Olive Winebiddle Baum Shepler (b. 1893), Paul James Baum (1895-1965), and Charles Volz Baum (1900-1957).

Paul James Baum, son of William and Susanna Baum, was born in 1895. In December 1917, he enlisted in the U.S. Army's Signal Reserve Corps and received a commission in the Balloon Division of the Corps' Aviation Section. In April 1918, Paul James Baum applied for a military discharge as executive head and an irreplaceable employee of the Lawrenceville Bronze Company in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. He received an honorable discharge from the Army in July 1918. Paul James Baum remained associated with the Lawrenceville Bronze Company and was its vice-president through the 1930s. He then became a realtor. Paul James Baum died on xx, 1965.

On June 30, 1923, Paul James Baum married Helen Louise Kohler (b. 1895), the daughter of David Sherman Kohler of the Oliver Iron & Steel Company in Pittsburgh. The Baums lived at 374 Roup Avenue in the Friendship section of Pittsburgh. Before her marriage, Helen Louise Kohler Baum taught typing and shorthand at Reno Hall, a business school in Pittsburgh. In 1926, she joined the board of directors of the Home for Aged Protestants in Wilkinsburg and was its president from 1945 to 1969. Helen Louise Kohler Baum died on January 21, 1977.

The second daughter of Rebecca Roup and William Penn Baum, Kate Johnston Baum, was born on November 25, 1845. On September 17, 1891, she married George Miller Shillito, an Allegheny City physician. George Miller Shillito was born on November 2, 1840, and received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, in 1869. Dr. Shillito died on February 14, 1917. The Shillitos lived in the old Baum homestead, built in 1820 at the corner of Roup and Harriet Streets in Friendship. Kate Johnston Baum Shillito was a member of the board of directors of the Home for Aged Protestants until 1926. She died in 1930, and, in 1932, the Baum homestead was razed and the property subdivided.

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Scope and Content Notes

The collection includes genealogies, personal correspondence, deeds, mortgages, and other property records, business, estate, and financial papers, and printed ephemera documenting the personal and financial status of members of two prominent landholding families in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh from the late 18th through the mid-20th century.

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Arrangement

The collection has been arranged in two series. Series have been designated for members of the Winebiddle branch of the family and for members of the Baum family.

The Baum Family Papers are housed in thirteen archival boxes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Digital Research Library, University Library System Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Spring, 1999

Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
library@hswp.org

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or publish, please contact the curator of the Archives.

Acquisition Information

These materials came in one accession.

Acc# 1977.017 Gift of the Estate of Helen Louise Kohler Baum (Papers).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Historical Society Staff in 1977. The records were rearranged and inventory rewritten by  Stephanie Riccardi on April 6, 1994. The container list and scope and content note were revised by  Jack Eckert in November of 1997.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Kate Colligan on July 8, 1999.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania. -- Militia -- Brigade, 1st. -- Division, 15th.
  • Pennsylvania (Steamboat) -- Explosion, 1858.
  • Washington Female Seminary (Washington, Pa.) -- Students.
  • Allegheny County Light Dragoons.
  • Home for Aged Protestants (Wilkinsburg, Pa.)

Geographic Name(s)

  • East Liberty (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- History.
  • Friendship (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- History.
  • Garfield (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- History.
  • Highland Park (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- History.

Personal Name(s)

  • Baum family -- Genealogy.
  • Becker family -- Genealogy.
  • Croft family -- Genealogy.
  • Kohler family -- Genealogy.
  • Roup family -- Genealogy.
  • Sheets family -- Genealogy.
  • Winebiddle family -- Genealogy.
  • Baum, Helen Louise Kohler, -- 1895-1977.
  • Baum, Paul J. -- (Paul James), -- 1895-1965.
  • Baum, Susanna Winebiddle Brown, -- 1857-1938.
  • Baum, William Winebiddle, -- 1852-1926.
  • Brown, Olive Newton Winebiddle, -- b. 1826.
  • King, Robert B. -- (Robert Burns), -- 1875-1954.
  • King family
  • Kohler family.
  • Negley, J.S. -- (James Scott), -- 1826-1901.
  • Roup family.
  • Shillito, Kate Johnston Baum, -- 1845-1930.
  • Winebiddle, Lafayette, -- 1808-1863.
  • Winebiddle, Philip, -- 1780-1871.
  • Winebiddle, William C. -- (William Cunningham), -- 1821-1915.
  • Winebiddle family -- Genealogy.

Subject(s)

  • Deeds -- Pennsylvania -- Erie County.
  • Deeds -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County.
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Personal narratives.

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Collection Inventory

Series I Winebiddle Family  (1769-1915) 

Scope and Content Notes

The personal papers of members of the Winebiddle family are housed in three archival boxes and are arranged in six subseries. Subseries have been designated for the papers of Philip Winebiddle, four of his children, Lafayette Winebiddle, Rebecca Roup Winebiddle Phillips, William Cunningham Winebiddle, and Olive Newton Winebiddle Brown, and miscellaneous family members, including members of the Negley and Roup branches. The series includes genealogical information, personal letters, and, principally, financial, legal, and property records.

Subseries 1: Papers of Philip Winebiddle   (1769-1902) 

Scope and Content Notes

Philip Winebiddle's personal financial papers contain accounts, bills, and receipts from his farming and coal mining businesses and taxes, including correspondence concerning the sale of hay to the U.S. Army during the Civil War. The series also includes a small amount of legal material, generally summonses and court decisions concerning property disputes. Most of these disputes were resolved in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The bulk of Philip Winebiddle's papers consists of property records, 1769-1873, including abstracts of title, agreements, deeds, leases, surveys, letters, and related documents for parcels of land, principally in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania. Of particular note are drafts and copies of an 1861 letter to President Abraham Lincoln, offering, on Winebiddle's behalf, land for an arsenal in either Erie or Pittsburgh. There is also a small amount of legal material concering the division of Philip Winebiddle's estate and property holdings in the city's 19th ward. The subseries includes a few personal and business letters, both sent and received, of Philip Winebiddle, including an 1848 letter from his nephew, James Scott Negley, describing his efforts to release himself and William Cunningham Winebiddle from Army service in the Mexican War.

  boxfolder
Estate Papers  1872-1902 11
Financial Papers 
  folder
 1797-1839 2
  folder
 1840-1874 3
  folder
Account Books (3) 1812-1850 4
  folder
Legal Papers 1811-1862 5
  folder
Letters Received 1814-1854 6
  folder
Letters Sent  1816,1830 7
Property Papers 
  folder
 1769-1793 8
  folder
 1802-1839 9
  folder
 1840-1849 10
  boxfolder
 1850-1873 21
  folder
Miscellaneous Fragments Undated 2

Subseries 2: Papers of Lafayette Winebiddle 1823-1874 

Scope and Content Notes

The personal papers of Lafayette Winebiddle include a number of account books and daybooks, 1840-1862; most of these records document his coal hauling business, though one additional volume contains a record of his tax collection activities in Peebles Township in 1840-1841. One folder of receipted bills, accounts, and miscellaneous financial material, including accounts from his estate, is also included. In addition to financial papers, the subseries includes Lafayette Winebiddle's student manuscript mathematical exercise book, 1823-1824, illustrating accounting and educational practices of the period, and several letters addresed to him, principally from his brother, William Cunningham Winebiddle, documenting his movements, activities, and request for discharge from service in the 1846-1848 Mexican War. Lafayette Winebiddle was also a captain in the Allegheny County Light Dragoons, and the subseries contains one folder of rolls, 1836-1841, and related documents, listing members of the militia unit and their attendance at periodic training sessions in the area.

Account Books 
  folder
Coal Hauling and Orders (7) 1849-1862 3
  folder
Daybooks (2) 1850-1858 4
  folder
Farmers Deposit Bank 1841-1844 5
  folder
Peebles Township Tax Collection  1840-1841 6
  folder
Stone Hauling 1848-1851 7
  folder
Financial, Legal, and Property Papers  1823-1874 8
Letters Received 
  folder
Winebiddle, William Cunningham 1847-1849 9
  folder
Miscellaneous Correspondents 1841-1863 10
  folder
Mathematical Exercise Book 1823-1824 11
  folder
Allegheny County Light Dragoons Rolls  1834-1841 12

Subseries 3: Papers of Rebecca Roup Winebiddle Phillips 1843-1872 

Scope and Content Notes

Rebecca Roup Winebiddle Phillips' papers include a number of personal letters from her sister, Olive Newton Winebiddle Brown, discussing family matters, particularly her 1855 marriage to steamship captain William Y. Brown, their life in St. Louis, Missouri, and Brown's death in the explosion of the Pennsylvania on June 13, 1858. The subseries also includes an 1857 class roll book from a Sunday School taught by Rebecca Roup Winebiddle and an 1866 legal petition, filed by her husband, Enoch P. Phillips with the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, concerning Philip Winebiddle's mental incompetence and inability to manage his financial affairs.

  folder
Account Book 1860-1863 13
Letters Received 
  folder
Brown, Olive Newton Winebiddle 1855-1872 14
  folder
Miscellaneous Correspondents 1843-1857 15
  folder
minutes 1857? 16
  folder
Phillips, Enoch P. 1866 17

Subseries 4: Papers of William Cunningham Winebiddle 1840-1915 

Scope and Content Notes

William Cunningham Winebiddle's papers include an account and receipt book and some miscelleaneous papers concerning financial, legal, and property matters, notably surveys, 1882-1883, of his coal mines in Pittsburgh's 19th Ward. There are also a number of letters from his sister, Olive Newton Winebiddle Brown, in St. Louis, Missouri, describing her married life in the 1850s and her husband's death. The subseries includes one folder of miscellaneous letters addressed to William Cunningham Winebiddle and some samples of his manuscript poetry.

  folder
Account Book and Receipt Book 1860-1874 18
  folder
Financial, Legal, and Property Papers 1840-1887 19
  box
Letters Received 3
  folder
Brown, Olive Newton Winebiddle  1855-1858 1
  folder
Miscellaneous Correspondents 1861-1915 2
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1853-1855 3

Subseries 5: Papers of Olive Newton Winebiddle Brown 1826-1880 

Scope and Content Notes

The papers of Olive Newton Winebiddle Brown include letters received from her siblings, Rebecca Roup Winebiddle Phillips and William Cunningham Winebiddle, concerning family affairs, as well as a few letters written by her and addressed to her mother, Susanna Roup Winebiddle. The subseries also contains a number of letters of condolence addressed to her after William Y. Brown's death in the explosion of the steamer Pennsylvania in 1858; some contemporary newspaper accounts of the disaster are also included, along with a few letters from William Y. Brown addressed to his wife and Winebiddle family members, and two of his steamboat pilot license renewals.

  folder
Financial and Property Papers 1852-1880 4
Letters Received 
  folder
Phillips, Rebecca Roup Winebiddle 1858-1861 5
  folder
Winebiddle, William Cunningham 1858-1867 6
  folder
Miscellaneous Correspondents 1852-1879 7
  folder
Letters Sent to Susanna Roup Winebiddle 1855-1856 8
  folder
Pennsylvania Disaster Letters and Newsclippings 1858 9
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1826-187- 10
Brown, William Y. 
  folder
Letters Sent 1855-1858 11
  folder
Steamboat Pilot License Renewals 1854,1857 12

Subseries 6: Miscellaneous Family Papers 1787-1951 

Scope and Content Notes

The series concludes with miscellaneous materials from various members of the Winebiddle family and its associated Negley and Roup branches, including genealogical research, correspondence, and information compiled by Susanna Winebiddle Brown Baum and Kate Johnston Baum Shillito. Notable items in the subseries are additional letters, 1847-1898, of James Scott Negley, several addressed to his uncle, Alexander Negley, concerning his experiences in the Mexican-American War, and information on the estate of Catharine Winebiddle Roup.

Negley Family 
  folder
Negley, James Scott 1847-1898 13
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1808-1860 14
Roup Family 
  folder
Genealogical Information 1798-1933 15
  folder
Roup, Catharine Winebiddle 1799-1890 16
  folder
Roup, Jonas 1787-1847 17
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1790-1876 18
Winebiddle Family 
  folder
Genealogical Information 1826-1913 19
  folder
Miscellaneous Correspondence 1829-1894 20
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1831-1888 21
  folder
Printed Ephemera 1856-1862 22

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Series II Baum Family Papers 1860-1976 

Scope and Content Notes

The Baum family papers are housed in ten archival boxes and are arranged in six subseries. Subseries have been designated for the papers of Susanna Winebiddle Brown Baum, her husband, William Winebiddle Baum, son, Paul James Baum, and daughter-in-law, Helen Louise Kohler Baum, sister, Kate Johnston Baum Shillito, and miscellaneous Baum family members. The series includes financial, property, and estate papers, letters sent and received, scrapbooks, and genealogical research. The series documents the extensive land holdings of Susanna Baum in the Friendship, Garfield, and East Liberty sections of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as the personal life and interests of her daughter-in-law, Helen Louise Kohler Baum.

Subseries 1: Papers of Susanna Winebiddle Brown Baum 1865-1940 

Scope and Content Notes

The papers of Susanna Winebiddle Brown Baum concern her financial status, property holdings, and investments. The subseries includes account books, correspondence, leases, and property surveys, although deeds and mortgages comprise the bulk of the property records. These documents concern a number of properties, particularly in the 19th and 20th wards of the city; many detail the disposition of lands originally owned by Philip Winebiddle in the East Liberty section. The deeds and mortgages are arranged by street name. The subseries also contains a copy of Susanna Baum's will and considerable documentation of the settlement of her estate by her son, Paul James Baum. There are some personal items in the subseries, including one folder of letters addressed to Susanna Winebiddle Brown Baum, primarily from family members, a manuscript recipe book, and an assortment of cards, handbills and advertisements, and other printed ephemera, documenting her interests, movements, and activities.

  box
Financial and Property Papers 4
  folder
Account Books (4) 1878-1937 1
  folder
Bank Account Book 1889-1893 2
  folder
Correspondence 1899-1938 3
Deeds and Mortgages  
Pittsburgh, Pa.  
  folder
Breeds Hill Street  1892 4
  folder
Centre Avenue  1926,1927 5
  folder
Craig Street 1885-1900 6
  folder
Evaline Street 1906 7
  folder
Fayette Street 1893 8
  folder
Graham Street 1923 9
  folder
Harriet Street 1926 10
Kincaid Street 
  folder
1880-1888 11
  folder
1891-1899 12
  boxfolder
Margaretta Street  1910 51
  folder
Mary Ann Street  1893 2
  folder
Millvale Avenue  1900,1902 3
  folder
Mount Vernon Street 1908 4
  folder
Penn Avenue 1880-1887 5
  folder
Rossetta Street 1887-1899 6
  folder
Roup Street 1930 7
  folder
Winebiddle Avenue  1892,1929 8
  folder
Winebiddle Street  1887,1900 9
  folder
16th, 19th, and 20th Ward Properties 1881 10
  folder
South Norfolk, Va. 1891 11
  folder
Estate Papers 1937-1940 12
  folder
Investments 1918-1938 13
  folder
Receipt Book 1935-1936 14
  folder
Receipted Bills and Accounts 1888-1933 15
  folder
Surveys and Plans 1890-1923 16
  folder
Tax Returns 1917-1936 17
  folder
Miscellaneous Property Papers 1906-1930 18
  boxfolder
Letters Received  1872-1937 61
  folder
Printed Ephemera 1870-1939 2
  folder
Recipe Book  c1924 3
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1865-1877 4

Subseries 2: Papers of William Winebiddle Baum 1860-1927 

Scope and Content Notes

Almost all of William Winebiddle Baum's papers concern his financial status; a bank account book and some miscellaneous receipted bills and accounts are included, along with a copy of his will and information on the settlement of his personal estate.

Financial and Property Papers 
  folder
Bank Account Book 1891-1902 5
  folder
Estate Papers 1909-1927 6
  folder
Receipted Bills and Accounts 1906-1938 7
  folder
Letters Received  1876,1893 8
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1860-1923 9

Subseries 3: Papers of Paul James Baum 1908-1958 

Scope and Content Notes

While the personal papers of Paul James Baum document his military service during World War I, the principal focus of the material is his education. There are a number of notebooks from his primary school education, as well as correspondence, examinations, and printed ephemeral material from his association with the International Correspondence Schools, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, through which he studied shop calculations and patternmaking.

Educational Papers 
  folder
Notebooks 1908-1916 10
International Correspondence Schools 
  folder
Correspondence and Examination Answers 1920-1922 11
  folder
Instruction Papers 1920-1921 12
  folder
Printed Ephemera c1918 13
  boxfolder
Financial and Property Papers 1922-1955 71
  folder
Military Service 1917-1918 2
  folder
Printed Ephemera 1917-1958 3
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1914-1950 4

Subseries 4: Papers of Helen Louise Kohler Baum 1853-1974 

Scope and Content Notes

The early life, interests, and activities of Helen Louise Kohler Baum are documented through an extensive collection of personal letters addressed to her. Although letters survive from over sixty years, the greatest concentration of material derives from the period before her 1923 marriage to Paul James Baum. With the exception of one folder of letters from her father, David Sherman Kohler of the Oliver Iron & Steel Company, the letters to Helen Louise Kohler Baum are arranged chronologically. Several describe student life at the Washington Seminary in Washington, Pennsylvania, from 1908-1911; there are other letters from suitors and friends describing their travels; most concern family matters and Helen Louise Kohler Baum=s efforts to find employment as a teacher of shorthand and typing. Beginning in 1918 and extending up to 1921, a number of letters written in shorthand, probably from Carrie E. Johnston of Crafton, Pennsylvania,

The subseries includes some miscellaneous material from Helen Louise Kohler Baum=s long association with the Home for Aged Protestants in the Wilkinsburg section of Pittsburgh. In addition to a record of board correspondence, there are a few newsclippings, and a number of items concerning the ownership of a needlepoint tapestry entitled "The Last Supper" made by Susan Wagner.

A small amount of Kohler family material in included with the papers of Helen Louise Kohler Baum. There is one folder of her genealogical research and correspondence of members of the Kohler, Croft, Becker, and Sheets families, as well as a cash book of her grandfather, David Kohler; autograph album of her mother, Elizabeth Becker Kohler; and a few property deeds of her father, David Sherman Kohler, with some miscellaneous letters and ephemeral items from members of Helen Louise Kohler Baum=s immediate family.

Helen Baum was named one of the co-executors of the estate of Richard Burns King, a distant connection through the Negley family, and papers concerning King=s estate and investments, along with some personal items, are included in the subseries. There are several items documenting King=s struggle with the City of Pittsburgh over the development of the Highland Park area; this conflict ultimately resulted in King=s bequest of his estate to the city. There are also papers concerning settlement of the estate of King=s wife, Mildred Kelly King, and a number of personal letters, many from his mother, Sarah Cordelia Smith King, describing a family tour of Europe taken in 1898, while Richard Burns King was a student at Princeton University. There is also one folder of miscellaneous letters addressed to King on various subjects, including a few from Thomas W. Galey concerning the 1900 wreck of King=s Riker Electric which was struck by a streetcar--supposedly the first automobile accident in Pittsburgh.

  folder
Deed and Agreement 1947 5
  folder
Home for Aged Protestants 1933-1972 6
Letters Received 
  folder
Kohler, David Sherman 1911-1922 7
  folder
 1908-1909 8
  folder
 1910 9
  folder
 1911 Jan.-June 10
  folder
 1911 July-Dec. 11
  boxfolder
 1912-1916 81
  folder
 1917 2
  folder
 1918 3
  folder
 1919 4
  folder
 1920 5
  folder
 1921-1922 6
  folder
 1923 7
  boxfolder
 1924-1928 91
  folder
 1933-1949 2
  folder
1950-1971 3
  folder
Undated 4
  folder
Invitations 1913-1959 5
  folder
Letters Sent 1909-1947 6
Printed Ephemera 
  folder
 1907-1928 7
  folder
 1938-1974 8
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1909-1947 9
  box
Kohler Family Papers 10
  folder
Genealogical Information 1873-1972 1
Cash Book 1867 
  folder
Kohler, David Sherman 2
  folder
Miscellaneous Material 1853-1959 3
Robert Burns King Papers 
Estate Papers 
  folder
1954 4
  folder
 1955-1957 5
Financial and Property Papers 
  folder
Court Testimony Transcript  1949 6
  folder
King, Mildred Kelly 7
Estate Papers 1949-1951 
Mellon, Jennie T. King 
  folder
Bill of Complaint 1905 8
  folder
Surveys and Plans Undated 9
  folder
 1949 10
  box
Letters Received 11
King, Sarah Cordelia Smith 
  folder
 1898-1910 1
  folder
Undated 2
  folder
Mellon, Jennie T. King 1897-1898 3
  folder
Miscellaneous Family Members  1898-1954 4
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Miscellaneous Correspondents  1898-1954 5
Miscellaneous 
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 Drawings 1888 6
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Miscellaneous Material 1894-1954 7

Subseries 5: Papers of Kate Johnston Baum Shillito 1854-1931 

Scope and Content Notes

financial and property papers, and scrapbooks of Kate Shillito and her husband, Allegheny City physician G. M. Shillito. Almost all of the letters addressed to Kate Shillito predate her marriage and concern personal and family matters; several are letters of condolence on the death of her mother, Rebecca Roup Baum, in 1876. There are a number of lengthy letters addressed by Kate Shillito "to the dear ones at home" describing her experiences during the course of her travels in Italy, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, and Mexico, in 1898.

Three scrapbooks compiled by Kate Shillito's contain letters received on the deaths of her brothers, Charles Volz Baum, in 1900, and John Roup Baum, in 1906, and newsclippings, 1864-1909, on diverse subjects, including the assassination and death of President William McKinley; archaeology and tourism of Biblical sites; poetry; obituaries; and biographical and genealogical information on the Baum, Negley, Roup, and Winebiddle families. One volume of G. M. Shillito's messages from 1886, generally requests from patients for visits or medical advice, is contained in the subseries. Three similar volumes, from 1887, 1889, and 1892, survive, but the leaves have been overlaid by Kate Johnston Baum Shillito with newsclippings and other material and turned into her personal scrapbooks.

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Financial and Property Papers 1896-1931 8
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Letters Received 1854-1924 9
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Letters Sent 1898 10
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Scrapbooks 12
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Items Laid In 1
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Miscellaneous Material 1891-1911 2
Shillito, George M. 
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Financial and Property Papers 1907-1919 3

Subseries Miscellaneous Baum Family Papers 1840-1976 

Scope and Content Notes

Miscellaneous papers of the Baum family are included at the end of the series. In addition to genealogical information, the subseries contains various papers, generally related to property and financial matters, of members of the Baum family, 1840-1976.

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 Genealogical Information 1906-1976 131
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Baum, Charles Volz 1938-1939 2
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Baum, George W. 1908-1928 3
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Baum, John Roup 1889-1907 4
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Baum, Jonas Horr 1884-1924 5
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Baum, Olive W. 1909 6
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Baum, Rebecca Roup 1840-1873 7
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Baum, Sophia H. 1906-1907 8
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Baum, William Penn  (1800-1867) 1840-1853? 9

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