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Charles Brinkman, Collector, Papers

Collection Number: A&M.0111

Scope and Contents

The papers received from Mr. Brinckman in 1938 include manuscripts, typescripts, and printed items, and general merchandise account books. The manuscript items are mainly letters, receipts, account statements, and certificates concerning the general merchandise business of George Brinckman in Grafton, Grafton Gas Works, Charles Brinckman's History of Grafton, history of the first memorial service and the location of the National Cemetery in Grafton, and stock in the Grafton & Greenbrier Railroad Co. There are typescripts of “Army & Prison Reminiscences During the Civil War, 1861-63,” by Jacob G. Matlick; biographical sketch and speech of Benjamin F. Martin; biographical sketch and Civil War experiences of George Glenn; an affidavit concerning the pension claim of Kate G. Chaney; and biographical sketches of numerous Taylor Co. residents. The account books are daybooks and ledgers of C. F. W. Kunst, C. Kunst & Co., Turner & Kunst, and George Brinckman. The printed items include almanacs, 1852 and 1861; a broadside notice concerning the relocation of the Taylor County seat, 1878; programs of Memorial Day 1930; Klan day celebrations in Grafton, 1926; and catalogs for wholesale merchandisers, 1878; and bookdealers in Wheeling, 1867.

The 1948 accession includes forty newspaper clipping scrapbooks; 4 pictures of Grafton, 1859; a picture of an early model railroad; and photostat copies of 4 page article from an unidentified magazine on the National Turnpike and Clarysville, MD. The clippings mainly concern Grafton and Taylor Co. including obituaries; business advertisements; news items; articles on the early history of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, schools, churches, politics, Civil War, Northwestern Turnpike, and origin of names of Taylor Co. towns; Charles Brinckman's “History of Taylor Co.,” Chapters 25-112, 254-340 (Ch. 211 missing); and Norman F. Kendall's “History of Taylor Co.,” Chapters 30-36 & 41. Manuscript typescript items include notes on biographical sketches of Grafton High School graduates, 1886-1917; tax receipts; and account .statements. Miscellaneous printed items include Jacob G. Matlick's “Story of the Civil War in and Around Grafton; A Brief History of the 80th. Division [U.S. Army]; 1918;” “History of the Merchant's and Mechanic's Bank; Grafton; 1891-1921;” and a Memorial Day Program, 1943.

The second 1948 accession is a collection of printed materials including a broadside, Pruntytown, 1861; 3 issues of a miniature newspaper, “The Greenbrier Star, Lewisburg, 1897; newspaper clippings of 2 series of articles on the history of Wheeling; and articles from Charles Brinckman, Grafton, 1948.


  • 1852-1952


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Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.


5.8 Linear Feet (Summary: 5 ft. 10 in. (14 document cases, 5 in. each))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US