George Washington Manuscripts at the University of Pittsburgh

The first shots of the French and Indian War were fired in western Pennsylvania in 1754. They came from troops under the command of a young officer by the name of George Washington. In commemorating the 250th anniversary of the conflict, the University Library System brings together selected manuscripts from its collections that provide insight to the early hostilities of the war. In addition, there are later manuscripts that shed light on the career of that young officer who would become our nation's first President.

We have also included two noteworthy broadsides, a manuscript copy of an early map of western Pennsylvania, and an engraving of Washington as a young soldier that has been enhanced by watercolors.

We are grateful to William M. Darlington, Alan Scaife, and Helen Clay Frick, who, after acquiring this historical material, conveyed it to the University of Pittsburgh through separate donations. The items come from the Darlington Memorial Library, a department within the University Library System.

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