Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Beverly Brittain Daybook, 1860-1861

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Beverly Brittain daybook
Creator: Brittain, Beverly
Inclusive dates: 1860-1861
Extent: 1 volume
The Beverly Brittain daybook contains daily records for tin work done in Salona, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, in 1860 and 1861, particularly for items used in the kitchen.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2006. M-4615.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

Beverly Brittain Daybook, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Beverly Brittain was born in Pennsylvania around 1836, and worked as a tinsmith in Salona, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, in the 1860s. He and his wife Mary had two children, Elizabeth and John.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Beverly Brittain daybook (62 pages) contains daily records for tin work done in Salona, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, in 1860 and 1861. The book, titled "Beverly Brittain. Day Book for 1860," covers July 9, 1860-October 16, 1861, and reflects labor done by the tinsmith for various local residents, including several women, as well as the amount charged for each piece. Much of Brittain's work revolved around kitchen products, and he frequently made and repaired pots, tea kettles, and similar items; wash basins were another frequent product. An 8-page booklet laid in the volume, contains additional accounts with several people, and indicates the purchase of several "glasses of sling," among other alcoholic beverages; the booklet is undated.

Subject Terms

    • Cookware.
    • Salona (Pa.)--Commerce--History--19th century.
    • Tinsmithing--Pennsylvania.
    • Tinsmiths--Pennsylvania.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    • Daybooks.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Beverly Brittain daybook,  1860-1861 [series]