Preliminary Guide to the William M. Piatt Papers, 1843-1908 (bulk 1845-1883)

Collection Overview

Collection comprises letters to and from Piatt. Topics include Pennsylvania canals; Democratic Party politics in Pennsylvania in the 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s; the temperance movement; the Piatt family, Pennsylvania railroads; the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of 1872; and the Liberal Republican Party.

Addition (2008-0297) (10 items; 0.1 lin. ft., 1853-1908) includes letters to and from William Piatt, along with two later letters from his sons. This addition has been interfiled with the collection.

Addition (2009-0239) (63 items; 0.2 lin. ft., 1846-1873 and undated) comprises letters to and from William Piatt. Most are from family members. This addition has been interfiled with the collection.

Descriptive Summary

William M. Piatt papers 1843-1908 (bulk 1845-1883)
Piatt, William M.
593 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
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Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Letters, 1860-1864
Box 1
Letters, 1864-1868
Box 1
Letters, 1868-1908 and undated
Box 1
Legal Papers and Printed Material, 1854-1925
Box 1
Bills, Receipts, etc., 1848-1856
Box 1
Letters, 1856 January - February
Box 1
Letters, 1856 February - October
Box 1
Letters, 1856 October - 1859
Box 1
Letters, 1843-1852
Box 2
Letters, 1853-1855
Box 2
Letters, 1860-1896 and undated
Box 2

Historical Note

Lawyer and state legislator of Tunkhannock and Harrisburg, Pa.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William M. Piatt Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The William M. Piatt Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1958. Additions were received in 2008 and 2009.

Processing Information

Initially Processed by Don Sechler

Completed July 6, 1998

Last updated June 29, 2011

Encoded by Walt Evans

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This is a preliminary finding aid for an unprocessed collection. Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.