Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Samuel M. Barclay Collection, 1831-1849

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Samuel M. Barclay collection
Creator: Barclay, Samuel M., d. 1852
Inclusive dates: 1831-1849
Extent: 21 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 21 incoming letters to Samuel Barclay, a lawyer in Bedford, Pennsylvania, between 1831 and 1849. The correspondence primarily concerns his legal career, and 2 letters relate to his service as a Pennsylvania state senator.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1972-1993. M-1587, M-2971.4.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Samuel M. Barclay collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Samuel M. Barclay was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, on October 17, 1802, to Hugh and Hetty Barclay. Hugh Barclay was an early landowner in Bedford and began working as the town's postmaster in 1789. Samuel’s father died in 1807, leaving his mother to raise him. He studied at the Bedford Academy before his admission to the bar in August 1826. He worked as an attorney in Bedford and served as a state senator in the late 1830s. He married Anna Morrison in 1839, and died in Philadelphia on January 3, 1852.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 21 incoming letters to Samuel Barclay, a lawyer in Bedford, Pennsylvania, between 1831 and 1849. The correspondence primarily concerns his legal career, and 2 letters relate to his service as a Pennsylvania state senator.

Barclay received these letters between 1831-1839 and 1844-1849, and most pertain to the writers' legal affairs (often financial matters such as debts and inheritance). Many correspondents requested Barclay's legal assistance in drawing bills or collecting money. Though Barclay lived in Bedford, Pennsylvania, several writers lived in Baltimore, Maryland, including John Edgar, a frequent correspondent who was concerned with legal claims and collections and who often complained that Barclay was ignoring him. Two letters pertain to contemporary Pennsylvania politics and to Barclay's term in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Baltimore (Md.)
    • Bedford (Pa.)
    • Lawyers--Pennsylvania.
    • Pennsylvania. General Assembly. Senate.
    • Pennsylvania--Politics and government--1775-1865.
    • Practice of law--Pennsylvania.
    Contributors:
    • Brown, James.
    • Edgar, John.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   12, Small Collections  
    Samuel M. Barclay collection [series]:
    Folder   27  
      February 28, 1831-July 31, 1846
    Folder   28  
      August 20, 1846-December 31, 1849
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania. Chicago: Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1884.