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Collection 2541 - Thomas P. Roberts Papers, 1827-1944

Creator: Roberts, Thomas P. (Thomas Paschall), 1843-1924

Provenance Note: Letters, diaries, essays, reports, printed materials and photographs created or collected by Thomas P. Roberts were donated to Montana State University by Priscilla Thompson-Roberts, Arlington, Virginia, on August 5, 2011.

Historical Note: William Milnor Roberts (1810-1881) was a Pennsylvania-born civil engineer who was engaged as chief engineer for various projects in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Canada. From 1857 to 1865he was in charge of the building of the Don Pedro Railway in Brazil. After his return to the United States Roberts was engaged on important hydraulic and railroad works, such as the improvement of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the construction of the St. Louis Bridge, and the water supplies of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He was also involved in surveying the route for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He married Annie Barbara Gibson of Pennsylvania in 1837 with whom he had six children; William Milnor Roberts, Jr. (July 7, 1838), John Bannister Gibson Roberts (Feb. 1, 1841), Thomas Paschall Roberts (April 21, 1843), George Gibson Roberts (March 22, 1845), Annie Gibson Roberts (April 27, 1849), Richard Anderson Roberts (May 13, 1854) and Charles Watts Roberts (July 1857).

Thomas Paschall Roberts, the third son of William Milnor Roberts, worked with his father as a civil engineer and enjoyed a lengthy career on his own in the same profession. He grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and attended Dickinson and State colleges, leaving the latter as an undergraduate in 1863 to join his father in Brazil. Following his return to the States in the fall of 1865 he took charge of surveys in Northwestern Pennsylvania for a projected railroad. In 1866 Roberts became principal assistant to his father in chargeof the open-channel improvement of the entire Ohio River. From 1870 until 1884 he was engaged on or in charge of numerous railroad and waterway surveys, including the Montana Division of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Also in the early seventies he made a reconnaissance of the upper Missouri River from Fort Benton to the Three Forks, his report and map of which were published by the WarDepartment in 1874. He surveyed the upper Monongahela River in 1875, and the Allegheny River in 1878-9. The latter half of his life was devoted almost entirely to waterway improvements and matters relating to navigation, in which he developed an unusual interest. In 1884 he became chief engineer of the Monongahela Navigation Company an when the United States Government purchased the company's plant in 1897, Roberts entered the service of the United States Engineer Department, retaining local charge of the Monongahela River improvements during the greater part of their reconstruction period until 1912, thereafter serving asconsulting engineer in an advisory capacity in the United States Engineer Office at Pittsburgh. In 1889 he became interested in the proposed building of a canal between Lake Erie and the Ohio River near Pittsburgh, and in 1890 Governor Beaver appointed him chief engineer of the Ship Canal Commission of Pennsylvania to conduct the necessary surveys for determining the feasibility of the scheme. After an intensive study of the existing conditions he was in 1894 made chairman of an engineering committee designated by the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce to make a complete survey and prepare a report on the proposed canal as to its practicability. Roberts was a founding member of the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania and maintained a wide interest in scientific, social, and historical topics. He was particularly interested in the causes of the Ice Age in North America and wrote both scientific studies on the topic as well as a short novel. He married Juliette Emma Christy on June 8, 1870 and the couple had seven children: Eleanor Christy Roberts, Annie Gibson Roberts, Juliette Paschall Roberts, Laura Milnor Roberts, Thomas Paschall Roberts Jr., James Milnor Roberts, and Mary Brunot Roberts. Thomas Paschall Roberts died in Pittsburgh, Pennsyvania on February 25, 1924.

Content Description Note: Letters, diaries, legal and financial documents, essays, reports, printed materials and photographs, all collected or created by Thomas Paschall Roberts, make up the bulk of this collection. The letters contain many sheets written to Thomas from his father and other family members and friends regarding personal matters and engineering projects, along with outgoing drafts and carbons from Thomas to colleagues and friends. The diaries are primarily those of William Milnor Roberts while he worked in Brazil from 1860 through 1865, but one kept by Thomas details his daily life in 1867 while working to improve navigation on the Ohio River. Of particular interest in the collection are the manuscript essays and reports written by Thomas and others pertaining to a wide variety of historical, scientific, and engineering topics. One of the twelve photographs in the collection is a formal portrait of Thomas taken on September 18, 1920, which includes his detailed, humorous account of its creation on the verso. Some of the correspondents and creators of materials in this collection include John Marston Goodwin and Emile Low, also prominent civil engineers. Topics include the formation and operation of the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Commission, the Monongahela Navigation Company, the Northern Pacific Railroad, and the construction of canals, locks, railroads and other engineering projects in the United States and Brazil.

Contents

Series 1 Letters, 1857-1944
Series 2 Diaries, 1860-1867
Series 3 Legal and financial documents, 1860-1913
Series 4 Essays and reports, 1880-1944
Series 5 Printed materials, 1841-1937
Series 6 Photographs, 1870-1933
Series 7 Maps and oversize materials, 1827-1923

Series 1: Letters, 1857-1944

Letters, mostly received by Thomas P. Roberts (TPR) in the course of his professional career, along with some family exchanges. Early letters dated from 1857 to 1863 are from family members, including TPR's mother, uncle, brother, and father, William Milnor Roberts. These letters pertain to family matters and personal reflections on the war and its causes. Of particular interest is the letter from TPR's brother, John B. G. Roberts, who attended a funeral in Washington, D. C. in 1861 and mentions meeting Abraham Lincoln. Postwar letters from 1866 to 1879 are mostly from William Milnor Roberts to various parties concerning engineering projects, including the survey for the intended route of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Letters dated 1881 and beyond are from a variety of engineers and businessmen to TPR, including John Marston Goodwin and Eban Brewer. Rough drafts and carbon copies of outgoing letters from TPR cover a wide variety of topics, including family matters, engineering problems, and the naming of the engineering building at Montana State University for his father. The most recent letters concern Roberts descendants. All have been chronologically arranged.

Box 1

Folder 1. 1850s
Anna Barbara Gibson Roberts, Carlisle, PA, letter to Thomas P. Roberts (TPR), June 15, 1857
George McClure, Washington, D. C., letter to TPR, July 11, 1859


Folder 2. 1861-1863
John P. Roberts (uncle of TPR), Philadelphia, PA, letter to TPR, April 29, 1861
John Banister Gibson Roberts, Washington, D. C. letter to TPR, Sept 8, 1861
William Milnor Roberts (WMR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, letter to TPR, November 25, 1862

Folder 3. 1866-1867
WMR, Franklin, Kentucky, to "Dear Sons," (TPR and WMR Jr.), April 20, 1866
WMR, Hagerstown, Maryland, letter to Edwin M. Stanton, Sec. of War, August 11, 1866
WMR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to Maj. Gen. Andrew Atkinson Humphreys October 27, 1866
WMR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to Maj. Gen. Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, May 30, 1867
WMR, Pittsburgh, Penn. letter to Maj Gen. Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, July 14, 1867

Folder 4. 1868-1869
Col. John Navarre Macomb, Cincinnati, Ohio, letter to WMR, July 24, 1868
WMR, St. Louis, Missouri, letter to "my dear sir," January 27, 1869
WMR, Salt Lake City, Utah, letter to TPR, June 18, 1869
Godfrey Weitzel, Louisville, Kentucky, letter to TPR, June 19, 1869
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to WMR, September 25, 1869

Folder 5. 1871-1878
Julietta Roberts, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to TPR, April 20, 1871
WMR, New York, NY, letter to TPR, Assistant Engineer, Helena, Montana, June 4, 1872 [Missing last page]
WMR, New York, NY, letter to "Daughter and Granddaughter," June 4, 1872
WMR, New York, NY, letter to "My Dear Mr. Brunot,", May 14, 1874
WMR, New York, NY, letter to TPR) March 31, 1875
WMR, New York, NY, letter to TPR, May 13, 1876
WMR, Tacoma, Washington, August 4, 1878, letter to General H. G. Knight, USA
TPR, Washington, Penn., letter to Julietta Roberts, August 7, 1878
George Stark, St. Paul, Minn, letter to TPR, November 16, 1878
C. Moser, Cincinnati, Ohio, letter to TPR, May 28, 1879
James B. Dougherty, Salamanca, N.Y., postcard to TPR, September 5, 1879

Folder 6. 1881-1891
O. James, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, letter to TPR, July 25, 1881
John Marston Goodwin, Sharpsville, Penn, postcard to TPR, April 26, 1890
John Marston Goodwin, Sharpsville,, Penn, letter to J. C. Bragdon, January 30, 1891
John Marston Goodwin, Pittsburgh, Penn, letter to TPR, January 30, 1891
Eban Brewer, Pittsburg, Penn, letter to TPR March 12, 1891
Eban Brewer, Pittsburg, Penn, letter to TPR March 21, 1891
John Marston Goodwin, Sharpsville, Penn, letter to TPR, April 22, 1891

Folder 7, 1903-1910
"Agnes," Munich, Germany, to TPR, August 19, 1903
William L. Seibert, Pittsburgh, Penn., to TPR, June 28, 1906
James O. Handy, Pittsburgh, Penn., to TPR, February 5, 1908
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn, to James O. Handy, February 6, 1908
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., to Hiram M. Chittenden, May 12, 1908
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn, to H. C. Newcomber, February July 31, 1909
Unknown, White Plains, NY, to James Milnor Roberts, June 23, 1910
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to editory of Pittsburgh Dispatch, February 23, 1911

Folder 8. 1912-1918
G. G. Pond, State College, Penn., to TPR, March 30, 1912
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., to Edwin E. Sparks, July 9, 1912
Charles Parker, New York, NY, postcard to TPR, December 3, 1912
Juliette Roberts, letter to "Dearest Father" (TPR) December 10, 1912
Charles L. McKeehan, Philadelphia, Penn., to TPR, February 3, 1913
Unidentified, Gatus, Panama Canal Zone, letter to TPR, July 9, 1913
TPR, Pittsburg, Penn., to Street & Smith Publishers, December 11, 1914
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., to "Professor Abbe," November 1915 [second page missing]
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn, to Paschall Roberts, Feb. 2, 1918

Folder 9. 1920-1944
William Craig, letter To TPR, October 5, 1920, regarding meteorite of 1860
TPR, Cincinnati, Ohio, letter to E. N. Johnston, May 29, 1922 [second page missing]
George M. Sherman, location unknown, to TPR, September 28, 1922
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to University of Montana (Montana State University), November 18, 1922. [draft]
TPR, Pittsburgh, Penn, letter to Professor Norris, Univ of Montana, November 1922. [draft, including a biographical sketch of his father and some of his own experiences while surveying in Montana]
Louis Ludlow, Washington, D. C., letter to the librarian of the University of Pittsburg, January 18, 1930 [typed copy, unsigned]
J. Hampton Moore, Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association, letter to George M. Lehman, February 18, 1930 [typed copy, unsigned, with enclosures]
A. L. Strand, Bozeman, Mont., letter to James Milnor Roberts, December 23, 1938
"Ginger," Pittsburgh, Penn., letter to James Milnor Roberts, October 18, 1944

Folder 10. letters, no date
William Milnor Roberts, letter regarding river work. [two fragments; encapsulated]
TPR, letter regarding river work to the editor of the Chronicle [rough draft in pencil]

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Series 2: Diaries, 1860-1867

Five small manuscript diaries created by William Milnor Roberts while engaged by Brazil's Dom Pedro II for the construction of a railroad in that country. The diaries contain personal information as well as techincal notes on the project. The final diary, created by WMR in 1865, is actually a small memoranda book that contains random notes composed during his voyage back to the United States after the completion of his stay in Brazil. The Thomas P. Roberts diary contains detailed entries of his day to day activities in 1867, a time when he served as an assistant engineer under his father while engaged in a comprehensive survey of the Ohio River for navigation improvement.

Box 1 (cont.)

Folder 11. William Milnor Roberts Diaries, 1860-1867
WMR, "Diary No. 2," February 21 to April 30, 1860
WMR, " Diary No. 3," March 10 to May 13, 1863
WMR, "Diary No. 5," July 12 to September 5, 1863

Folder 12. William Milnor Roberts Diaries, 1863-1865
WMR, Diaries No. 6 and 7," September 14 to December 15, 1863 [one volume]
WMR, "Memorandums, Chiefly concerning ports, tides, etc., Steam ship Emily B. Souder," June 26, 1865 to August 17, 1865

Folder 13. Thomas Paschall Roberts Diary, 1867

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Series 3: Legal and financial documents, 1860-1913

Contracts, financial notes, appointment certificates, and miscellaneous financial notes pertaining to Thomas P. Roberts or his father, William Milnor Roberts. Documents include partnership agreements and property settlements for WMR in his Brazilian work, court documents for lawsuits involving TPR as a witness, contracts and property statements for TPR's personal property, and miscellaneous financial receipts for business and personal expenses. All have been chronologically arranged, and oversize materials removed to Box 5 have been noted.

Box 1 (cont.)

Folder 13: Legal documents, 1860-1864
January 2, 1860. Articles of agreement based on a earlier contract partnership between William Milnor Roberts, Robert Harvey, and others concerned with the building of the Dom Pedro II Railway in Brazil.
August 31, 1864. Balance sheet for the Firm Roberts/Harvey, handwritten

Folder 14. Miscellaneous financial memos, 1864-1865

Folder 15. February 12, 1868. Thomas Paschall Roberts, statement regarding the disposition of the estate of his grandfather, John Bannister Gibson

Folder 16. June 25, 1879. Allegheny County, Pa., subpoena for Thomas Paschall Roberts and Alex King

Folder 17. Commissions, 1889-1896
October 25, 1889. Appointment for TPR as member of the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Commission [removed to oversize box 5]
October 8, 1895. Delegate appontment for TPR to attend the Western Waterways Convention [removed to oversize box 5]
February 11, 1896. Appointment for TPR as Engineer Inspector for the Pennsylvania Board of Health

Folder 18. November 3, 1891. Allegheny County, Pa., real estate transfer indenture issued to TPR

Folder 19. November 4, 1902. Release for workers on brick residence for TPR

Folder 20. February 2, 1906. Bidding advertisement for building U.S. Towboat T. P. Roberts

Folder 21. July 7, 1913. Witness deposition of TPR for Monongahela River Consolodated Coal and Coke Company vs. the United States

Folder 22. 1891-1913, n.d. Miscelaneous receipts, invoices and property lists [8 items]

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Series 4: Essays and reports, 1880-1944

Manuscript essays and reports composed by Thomas P. Roberts and others. The documents created by TPR cover a wide variety of topics, including his abiding interest in the causes of the Ice Age and its effects in North America, local history, religion, and engineering projects along the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers. TPR also gathered material dealing with his family's genealogy, and even wrote a novelette about Ice Age people. One essay, written towards the end of his life, gives TPR's views on Eienstein's theory of relativity. Three additional essays, written by William Milnor Roberts, John Marston Goodwin, and Emile Low, present thoughts on engineering projects in Brazil and Pennsylvania. The essays have been arranged in chronological order, with those by TPR preceding the last three created by others.

Box 1 (cont.)

Folder 23. [biographical statements and information, ca. 1920-1944]
Folder 24. [Miscellaneous memoranda journal, contains "A Reminiscence of the War" and rough drafts of outgoing letters, ca. 1880s]
Folder 25. [untitled essay on George Washington and Fort Duquense; incomplete] June 2, 1902
Folder 26. "Old River Records," March 22, 1909
Folder 27. "Comments on Prof. Swain's Articles," April 23, 1910
Folder 28. "Papers by a Layman of the Orthodox Church," March 1, 1913
Folder 29. "Physics and Causes of the Glacial Period," version 1, February 1914
Folder 30. "Physics and Causes of the Glacial Period," version 4, February 1914
Folder 31. "Physics and Causes of the Glacial Period," version 5, February 1914

Box 2

Folder 1. "The Dividing Wall," version 1, April 1914
Folder 2. "The Dividing Wall," version 2, April 1914
Folder 3. "Reservoirs," July 24, 1915
Folder 4. "Ohio River Board Report," extracts, September 8, 1916
Folder 5. "Memoranda-Trip over the Monongahela River," November 3, 1918
Folder 6. "Einstein's Theory of Relativity," July 5, 1921
Folder 7. "The Rainy Summer of 1875," July 20, 1923
Folder 8. "The Canal from an Engineering and Business Standpoint "
Folder 9. "Theories Relating to the Causes of the Glacial Epoch "
Folder 10. "Systematic Table of Family History in Brazil " [and related documents]
Folder 11. [Unidentified essay fragments]
Folder 12. "Improvement of Bay at Rio De Janeiro ", by William Milnor Roberts, 1881
Folder 13. "Memoranda of Relative Elevations," by John Marston Goodwin, January 30, 1891
Folder 14. "Reminiscences of the Narrow Gauge Railroad Craze," by Emile Low

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Series 5: Printed materials, 1841-1937

Printed reports, pamphlets, broadsides, and newspaper clippings written by Thomas P. Roberts and others, collected by TPR or his descendants. Many of the materials in this series were either written by TPR or mention him and concern engineering projects such as the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal, the navigation exploitation of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, railroad construction, and the general topic of early American civil engineering. The first seven folders contain offprints of journal articles or pamphlets written by TPR. The following folders have been arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the creators and include serial publications that include articles written by TPR and others on the above mentioned topics. The newspaper clippings and scrapbooks are extremely fragile and have been removed for separate storage in oversize box 5. Photocopied surrogates are available for research use.

Box 3

Folder 1. Survey of the Monongahela River, and examination of the Louisa Fork of Sandy River. Letter from the Secretary of War, transmitting, in compliance with the river and harbor act of March 3, 1875, a report of Maj. W.E. Merrill, Corps of Engineers, on the survey of the Monongahela River, &c. January 25, 1876. -- Referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed. Serial Set Vol. No. 1689, Session Vol. No.12. 44th Congress, 1st Session. H.Exec.Doc. 91. (Washington: GPO, 1876) [bulk of the report was written by Thomas P. Roberts and James E. Bell to Col. W. E. Merritt.]

Folder 2. Roberts, Thomas P. The Allegheny River [an address by T. P. Roberts entitled "The Allegheny River" to the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania on February 17, 1880]

Folder 3. Roberts, Thomas P. Prospectus of the Ohio Valley Railroad between Evansville, Indiana and Jackson, Tennessee (Pittsburgh : n.p., 1885)

Folder 4. Roberts, Thomas P. Long Distance Transportation of Natural Gas. A Paper Read Before the Society of Engineers of Western Pennsylvania, January 19, 1886 (Pittsburgh: the Society, 1886)

Folder 5. Roberts, Thomas P. Address on the commercial outlets of the Great Lakes, with special reference to the proposed Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal : delivered before the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, March 27, 1893 (Pittsburgh: s.n., 1893)

Folder 6. Roberts, Thomas P. The Projected Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal (Boston, Damrell & Upham, 1893)

Folder 7. Roberts, Thomas P. ( "Enlargement of the Erie Canal," article in Proceedings of the International Deep Waterways Association. 1st convention, Cleveland, Sept. 24-26, 1895 (Cleveland, W.M. Bayne Print. Co., 1895)

Folder 8. Black, W. M. The United States Corps of Engineers and its relation to the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. Centennial Celebration of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (Washington, D.C. : G.P.O., 1916)

Folder 9. American Society of Civil Engineers. Some notes on the location and construction of locks and movable dams on the Ohio River with particular reference to Ohio River Dam No. 18 (S.l.: s.n., 1923)

Folder 10. Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919. Pennsylvania's industries and railroad policy : An address delivered before the legislature of Pennsylvania, at Harrisburg, on Monday evening, April 8, 1889 (Pittsburgh? : s.n., 1889)

Folder 11. Citizens Meetings [broadside announcing a public hearing by the board of Directors of the Pittsburgh, Castle Shannon and Washington Railroad on April 2, and Bethel School house April 3 to "consider and act upon the report of Thomas P. Roberts regarding various possible expansion routes of the railroad between Castle Shannon and Finleyville."]

Folder 12. Deisler, George F. Official program and complete history, Ohio River pageant and dedication, October 19th-25th, 1929, commemorating the completion of the Ohio River canalization from Pittsburgh to Cairo (Cincinnati: 1929)

Folder 13. Eads, James Buchanan, 1820-1887. Mississippi Jetties: : Review by James B. Eads of the report of the Board of U.S. Engineers appointed under the act of Congress approved June 19, A.D. 1878. (Washington: GPO, 1878), bound with U. S. Secretary of War. Letter from the Secretary of War, communicating, in obedience to law, the report of the board of officers appointed to examine the works in progress of construction by James B. Eads, at the mouth of the Mississippi River. January 27, 1879. -- Referred to the Committee on Commerce and ordered to be printed. Serial Set Vol. No. 1831, Session Vol. No.4, 45th Congress, 3rd Session, S.Exec.Doc. 49 (Washington: GPO, 1879)

Folder 14. Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Final Report of Committee on Roads, with Draft of Proposed Road Act (Pittsburgh, Penn., Jos. Eichbaum & Co., 1891)

Folder 15. Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, (November 1890) [partial]

Folder 16. Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 23, 6 (July 1907) [includes "Floods and Means of their Prevention in our Western Rivers," by TPR]
Folder 17. Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 24, 4 (May 1908) [includes "The Monongahela River,' by TPR]
Folder 18. Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 26, 2 (March 1910). [includes "Floods in the River Seine," by TPR]

Folder 19. Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 27, 8 (November 1911). [includes "Acids in the Monongahela River," by TPR]

Folder 20. Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 32, 16 (October 1916). [includes "The Glacial Epoch," by TPR]

Folder 21. Engineer's Society of Western Pennsylvania. Proceedings, 40, 10 (January 1925). [includes obituary of TPR]

Folder 22. Great Britain. War Office. General Staff. Notes on engineer work during operations, Rev. ed. (London: Harrison, 1918)

Folder 23. Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Committee on Rivers and Harbors. Report of Committee on Rivers and Harbors on encroachments upon the channels of the rivers about Pittsburgh : read at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Chamber, October 14th, 1889 (Pittsburgh : Joseph Eichbaum and Co., 1889)

Folder 24. Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, et. al. Report of the joint commission of the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Medical Society and Iron City Microscopial Society on the present condition and improvement of the water supply of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh: the Commission, 1894)

Folder 25. Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal :organization, reports of committees, and other papers approved by the Provisional Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Pittsburgh, Pa. : James M'Millan, 1894)


Box 4

Folder 1. Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal : report of the Provisional Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, Pa. [special edition without appendix] ( Pittsburgh, Pa. : Percy F. Smith, Printing and Litho Co., 1896)

Folder 2. In memoriam, John Henry Galey : born February 4, 1840, died April 12, 1918 (New York : James T. White & Co., 1921)

Folder 3. Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal Company. Memoranda in re the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal of Pennsylvania (s.l.; s.n., 1910

Folder 4. Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal Company. Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal. Confidential (sn.sd.)

Folder 5. Lake Erie and Ohio River ship canal Company. National Charter (Pittsburgh, 1906)

Folder 6. Markham, E. M. Statistical Report of Lake Commerce Passing Through Canals at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario during session of 1919 with supplementary report of commerce passing through the Detroit River (Washington: GPO, 1920)

Folder 7. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Second annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1840. also Third annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1841

Folder 8. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Fifth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1845. also Sixth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1846

Folder 9. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Eighth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1848. also Ninth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1849

Folder 10. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Tenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1850. also Eleventh annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1851

Folder 11. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Twelfth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1852. also Thirteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1853

Folder 12. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Fourteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1854. also Fifteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1855

Folder 13. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Seventeenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1857. also Eighteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1858

Folder 14. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Nineteenth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1859. also Twentieth annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1860

Folder 15. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Twenty-first annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1861. also Twenty-second annual report of the President and managers to the Monongahela Navigation Company; 1862

Folder 16. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Thirty-Sixth Annual report of the Board of Managers of the Monongahela Navigation Company to the stockholders : with accompanying documents, 1876 also Forty-Second Annual report of the Board of Managers of the Monongahela Navigation Company to the stockholders : with accompanying documents, 1882

Folder 17. The Monongahela Navigation Company. Forty-Fourth Annual report of the Board of Managers of the Monongahela Navigation Company to the stockholders : with accompanying documents, 1884 also fragment of undated "Annual report to the stockholders of the Monongahela Navigation Co."

Folder 18. The Nautical Gazette, 61, 4 (July 26, 1906). [includes story on TPR and the new government steam launch T. P. Roberts, p. 58-59]

Folder 19. Pennsylvania. Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal Board. The Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal (s.n., s.l.) [undated boardside]

Folder 20. Pennsylvania. Ship Canal Commission. Report of the Ship Canal Commission of Pennsylvania to the General Assembly of 1891 respecting the feasibility of a ship canal to connect the waters of Lake Erie and the Ohio River (Harrisburg, Pa.: Ship Canal Commission of Pennsylvania ; Erie, Pa. : Printed by Dispatch Pub. Co., 1891)

Folder 21. Souvenir of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. ([Pittsburgh?] : Eichbaum Press, 1898)

Folder 22. Stevenson, William Holmes,; 1857-. Report of the Lake Erie and Ohio River canal board of Pennsylvania / Filed June 28, 1917 with Hon. Martin G. Brumbaugh, governor of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg?, s.n., 1917)

Folder 23. United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Pittsburgh District. Aegis of an industrial empire : or, genesis of Pittsburgh Engineer District (Pittsburgh : U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1937)

Folder 24. U.S. Secretary of War. Prevention of damage by floods. Letter from the secretary of war, transmitting report of the board of officers of the Corps of Engineers of the United States Army appointed April 12, 1913, upon the most practicable and effective measures for prevention of damage by flood to works constructed for the improvement of navigation, of interference with interstate commerce, and other disastrous results thereof. (Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1914)

Folder 25. Newspaper clipping scrapbook [photocopy; fragile original has been placed in Box 5, oversize material]

Folder 26. Newspaper clipping scrapbook [photocopy; fragile original has been placed in Box 5, oversize material]

Folder 27. Loose clippings [photocopies]

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Series 6: Photographs, 1870-1933

A formal 1912 portrait of TPR, with detailed information regarding its creation written on the back; several views of TPR with colleagues; images of TPR's stepmother and brother-in-law; an image possibly of the steam boat T.P. Roberts; several views of engineering and industrial sites in Pennsylvania.

Box 4 (cont.)

Folder 28. Photographs #1-12
#1. TPR, portrait, September 18, 1920
#2. TPR, unidentified group, ca. 1910s
#3. TPR, unidentified group on ship deck, ca. 1910
#4. Moon River Lock 1, October 9, 1909 [TPR visible on left of frame]
#5. Unidentified paddlewheel steamer [T.P. Roberts?}
#6. Adeline de Beelen Roberts, age 16 [copy print]
#7. Robert Christy, portrait, ca. 1870s
#8. Unidentified woman and child [tintype found in TPR 1867 diary]
#9. Shop assembly, barge for U.S. Dept of Commerce, Buffalo, NY, 1933
#10. Shop assembly, barge for U.S. Dept of Commerce, Buffalo, NY, 1933
#11. Dipper dredge Beaver, September 7, 1933
#12. Launching party, U.S. dipper dredge Beaver, Leetsdale, Penn., October 25, 1932

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Series 7: Maps and oversize materials, 1827-1923

Manuscript and printed maps, including a detailed 1824 chart of the route of a Pennsylvania canal and other canals and railroads. An unidentified house plan which may be that of TPR's home details landscaping plants, and two later dated printed maps show early automobile routes through western Pennsylvania. Fragile oversize scrapbooks and two large printed appointment commissions are also in this series.

Box 5
1. "The Canal Route Between Pittsburg [sic] and Conneaut Lake. A.D. 1827." Charles T. Whippo, Civil Engineer- Drawn by Matthew R. Stealey. [manuscript map on linen, very fragile, 31 by 76 inches]
2. Bellfontaine and Indiana Railroad Map, 1852 [photocopy]
3. Commercial Map, Lake Erie and Ohio Ship Canal, March 1896
4. Map and Profiles, Lake Erie and Ohio Ship Canal, March 1896
5. Automobile Club of Pittsburgh.. South Western Pennsylvania road map. (Boston: Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., 1917)
6. Automobile Club of Pittsburgh.. South Western Pennsylvania road map. (Boston: Walker Lith. & Pub. Co., 1923)
7. Lehhman, George M. Map showing location of proposed Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal and connecting waterways, east of Mississippi River. Appalachian Coal Field and Iron Ore Region.
8. Lehman, George M. Map showing the areas having the benefit of through water transportation. The Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal at the point of the arrow would complete the chain. It is the missing link.
9. Lehman, George M. The Lake Erie and Ohio River Canal Board ; Beaver-Mahoning-Grand River Tourte. Drainage areas; storage reservoir on summit and line of canal as recently proposed by the District and Division of Engineers, U.S. Army.
10. Steamer "Sprague" and Tow, 1908 [blueprint]
11. Hand drawn house plan, no date

Oversize from previous series:

12. October 25, 1889. Appointment for TPR as member of the Lake Erie and Ohio River Ship Canal Commission [removed from Series 3]
13. October 8, 1895. Delegate appontment for TPR to attend the Western Waterways Convention [removed from Series 3]
14. Scrabook [removed from Series 5]
15. Scrapbook, ca. 1889 [removed from Series 5]

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