Chiefly papers of John R. Haudenshield of Carnegie (1888- 1959), member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1939-40, 1943-49, and member of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1951-56. The papers consist of correspondence, genealogical notes, and other manuscript materials; printed items including booklets, brochures, newspaper and magazine articles, and family histories; and a number of photostats and photographs. A portion of the correspondence is with officials of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The papers relate to the history and development of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas of southwestern Pennsylvania; more general aspects of Pennsylvania history; various people and places of interest, both inside and outside the United States; and genealogical matters including lineage and military service. With reference to African Americans, the following items are noted:

The Settler, a Quarterly Magazine of History and Biography, published by Bradford County Historical Society, Towanda, April 1953, included "The Underground Railroad and Its Stations in Bradford County," by Mrs. George A. Dayton.

The Washington, Pennsylvania Daily Reporter, dated September 3, 1932, includes an article entitled "Local Negro is sentenced to workhouse, Shotgun All Right for Hunting, But Not for Hunting Work" and an announcement of a "Missionary program" at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, dated November 26, 1958, includes an article entitled "Home Areas for Negroes Limited," subtitled "Council to Discuss Anti-Discriminatory Ordinance Today."

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