The John & Gertrude Pitcairn Papers is considered a complete collection. Occasionally an item or small group of items will be offered for inclusion in the collection by a descendant.
1/27/2010 - John Pitcairn primary and secondary material that had been held in the ANC Archives is accrued to the this collection. The following items are being accrued:
John Pitcairn Diary for 1857, 1855-58 (fragments), 1860-61, 1866, 1867, 1868, 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1876, 1875&77 (Europe), 1878-79, 82,83, 1884, 1890-91,
Pocket Diary for Dec 1877-Feb 1878, part of 1886, part of 1891, part of 1908
John Pitcairn correspondence, primarily to Walter Childs:
1 envelope containing 34 unique correspondences and several copies.(1882-84)
1 envelope containing 26 unique correspondences and 1 copy of another letter (1885-86).
1 envelope containing 22 unique correspondences (1887).
1 envelope containing 25 unique correspondences (1888-89).
1 envelope containing 33 unique correspondences and several fragments or incomplete letters. (1908-16)
1 envelope containing 27 unique correspondences and severa fragments or incomplete letters. (1877-1881)
Correspondence "from" John Pitcairn to various persons dating from 10/11/1874 to 6/26/1916 in four folders, dated accordingly.
Two folders of pages from John Pitcairn's Letter Press Books, one contains letters 1888-1889 the other 1889 to ND, including a discourse on Swedenborg's Doctrine of Nature.
-5 Pocket Notebooks re: Geology & Mining, miscellaneous (2), plate glass, investments 1885-87.
-Report on the "Phrenololgical Character of John Pitcairn" - 1/19/1867.
-envelope containing speech or toast notes regarding Rev. W. F. Pendleton's 60th birthday and the turning over of deeds held by John Pitcairn of ANC properties to the Academy Corporation.
6/30/2010 Accrued to the collection - two framed photograps, c. 1885. One photograph is recognizable as Gertrude Starkey (Pitcairn). The other is identified by the donor as Evaline Grant Davis, grandmother of Clara Davis Pitcairn (Mrs. Harold Pitcairn). These photographs were in the custody of Collections Manager (Bret Bostock) from approximately 2007 until the present. The donor is Mrs. Judy Pitcairn Rhodes (daughter of Harold and Clara Davis Pitcairn). They were received by the archives on this date and have been boxed and entered into the collections.
3/09/2011 Accrued to the collection - two copies each of two blueprints entitled "Plan of lots for John Pitcairn in Huntingdon Valley" (1897) and "Plan of Bryn Athyn Land belonging to John Pitcairn" (1914). These items were donated by Judy Hyatt along with other material for the Raymond & Mildred Pitcairn Papers and papers to be held for a future Hubert Hyatt Papers.
3/24/2011 Accrued to the collection - poem written by John Pitcairn to "Mr. & Mrs. Boericke" on the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary. Placed in 1916 & nd Church & Academy folder.
5/26/2011 Accrued to the collection two letters from Gertrude Pitcairn to (likely) Maria Hogan. One is dated Jan 16, 1881 and the other dated October 12, 1886.
6/8/2012 Accrued to the collection - 3 boxes of letters, newspapers and personal items belonging to John Pitcairn. Donated by Gordon and Jill Prichett. Jill Prichett is the daughter of Willard Pendleton and Gabriele Pitcairn Pendleton and great-grandaughter of John and Gertrude Pitcairn. Box listings are in order of inventory.
Photo album of Petropolis (Brazil?)
Booklet - "Table Talk" culinary fashions 1912
Programs - ANC Commencement
Wallet w/ "credit" letter (card)
Bookmark - All Around Robin Hood's Barn
Report Cards - Vera & Raymond Pitcairn (and other school-related items)
Booklet - "Chafing Dish Cookery"
Testimonials for Dr. George R. Starkey
Map of Pittsburgh
Booklet - Du Maurier's "Pictures of English Society"
Printing block - image of George R. Starkey(?)
Box of sample toiletries
Certificates of antiquity - in envelope marked RP from Dr. Bjork.
Photos - one of Cairnwood's hall and one of an unknown piece of stained glass
Associated Producers Reports - in envelope to John Pitcairn, Esq.
Letters of condolence on Gertrude Starkey Pitcairn's death (approximately 60)
Booklet - "The Crucible" (2)
Booklet - "The Lord our Mediator"
Catologo de Fotografias
Booklet - "Novae Ecclasiae - Swedenborg" 1859 (in Latin)
Booklet - "Hampton's Message" 1916
Booklet - "How to Bottom a Welted Shoe" (to Theo from Frank West)
Printing plate - image of John Pitcairn
Pad of "Paper Slate"
Book - "Reveries of a Bachelor"
Printing plate - unknown image (possibly George R. Starkey)
Package of "Blanks Used by Agents, Conductors & Baggage Masters"
Empty Jewelry cases (3 marked Aheez Khayat - Rare Egyptian/Greek Artifacts) 12 - removed from collection
Cloth Pouches (1 brown leather, 1 Crown Royal, 1 Fred Cooper, Inc.) 3 - removed from collection
Cookbooks (2) marked as belonged to Agnes Snowden, mother of Elizabeth Hale.
Package of Newspaper clippings (some mouse-chewed)
Package of receipts - 1884
Rolled blueprint for Packard(?)
Pen holder (for metal nib)
Pkg of letters marked J.P. Sellars
Letter from Lillian Beekman 1905
Spectacle case (empty)
Engineer's and Mechanic's Pocket Book in leather case
Business cards, in envelope
Railroad Passes (52)
Stack of Business correspondence, reports, statements
Wedding invitations (6), some with railroad passes
Letters of appointment/decline from George Starkey
Stack of newspapers & clippings.
Copies of The New Philosophy (8)
Package of "Misc. Papers of JP" 1872
"Coinage Catechism" (3)
"Reply to lecture of C.J. Whittington (and Whittington's reply to that)
Package of Business Letters (4th city desk?)
Metal lockbox (no key) containing homeopathic medicine bottles (21), some empty & personal/business correspondence
Maps of Boston
Christmas Cards & Thank You letters
Will of G. G. Starkey
Invitation to Wannamaker's Grand Opening (1911)
Notes in Latin and Hebrew
Scratch paper w/mathematical computations
Booklet - "Prospectus of Institute of Musical Art"
Class "speech" regarding "Bostock" (E.C. Bostock? Author & Date unknown)
Booklet "Cook's International Traveling Tickets" empty (2)
Book - "Impunity Jane"
Book - Foldable, cloth-backed map of California and Nevada
Personal/business letters/cards to R.P. & school notes
Script book for Wagner's "Die Walkure"
Newspaper - Philadelphia Evening Bulletin May 26, 1905
Newspaper - Philadelphia Evening Bulletin May 30, 1905
Notes in Greek
Willow Grove Park Concert Programs (12)
Booklet "Historical Account of Edinburgh Castle"
Picture cards (Christmas) from British Museum (4 packs of six cards each)
Swain Nelson letters (2)
Concert programs (various)
Box of "John Pitcairn" book plates (Ex Libris)
Wooden toys marked "Japan"
Wooden/Wire bookstand - removed from collection
Parasol, folding, black
Booklet - "US Circuit Court of Appeals - Samuel F. Barr vs. PPG"
Portfolio - Tiffany Studios
Booklet - "Little Journeys" (2)
Book - "Aeolilan Pipe Organ"
Book - "99 Practical Methods of Utilizing Boiled Beef"
Booklet - "The Philistines" (2)
Booklet - "Through 100 years" Black, Starr & Frost Jewelers
Pad of paper, blank
JP Telegraph code book
10/31/2013 - Accrued to the collection a small amount of material related to John Pitcairn's relationship with Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. This material was in possession of Lachlan Pitcairn (grandson of John Pitcairn) and was presented to the Archives by his personal secretary. The material consists of a small amount of correspondence, memo books and hand-written notes along with a printed copy of John Pitcairn's testimony before the United States Industrial Committee.>/p>
4/18/2018 Clark Pitcairn donated six folders containing documents related to Cairnwood Farms. These were deposited in that sub-series which is under the Special Subjects series. Also twenty-one folders containing documents related to business or property aggreements. These were filed with the Agreements/Contracts subseries under Special Subjects.