Darlington Memorial Library

Darlington Memorial Library
University of Pittsburgh
601 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4491 voice


A photo of the Darlington Memorial Library


New! Link to information about the painting "Pittsburgh circa 1804 by George Beck" including several high resolution scans.

The Darlington Memorial Library was given to the University of Pittsburgh by the daughters of William McCullough Darlington and Mary Carson Darlington. The initial gift of eleven thousand volumes was made in 1918 by Mary O'Hara Darlington and Edith Darlington Ammon. This was followed by Mary O'Hara Darlington's bequest in 1925 of the remainder of the family's library and a large part of the family estate. The Darlington family's tremendous interest in historical research was the force behind the creation of what was said to be the largest private library west of the Alleghenies. The collection is particularly rich in material pertaining to the French and Indian War and to the history of Western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley. Both William and Mary Darlington researched and published in these areas.

While the main focus of the collection is American history and literature, other highlights of the collection include rare maps and atlases, works on ornithology and natural history, and early travel narratives. The Darlington's son, O'Hara Darlington, amassed fine collections of Victorian literature, sporting books and works of illustrators and caricaturists.

Over the years the collection has been enriched through the generosity of many individuals and organizations, enabling the library to fill in gaps, particularly those relating to the history of this region. Most of the library's monograph holdings can be located through PITTCat, the University of Pittsburgh online catalog. PITTCat also contains brief descriptions of most manuscript collections. More detailed guides and finding aids for individual manuscripts, as well as for maps and newspapers, are available in the library. Click here to view a descriptive listing of the manuscript collection.

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The George Washington Manuscripts Digital Collection

Ebook edition of The Darlington Memorial Library, by Agnes Lynch Starrett.

Ebook edition of Personal Memories of the Darlington Family at Guyasuta