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Charles Brinkman, Collector, Papers

Collection Number: A&M 0111

Scope and Contents

The papers received from Mr. Brinkman 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 Brinkman in Grafton, Grafton Gas Works, Charles Brinkman's History of Grafton, history of the first memorial service and the location of the National Cemetery in Grafton (Box 13), and stock in the Grafton & Greenbrier Railroad Company.

There is an original manuscript (1979 addendum, Box 14) and typescript of “Army & Prison Reminiscences During the Civil War, 1861-63,” by Jacob G. Matlick (Box 14)

Most of the following items from the 1938 accession are in Box 13: the 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 & Company, Turner & Kunst, and George Brinkman (Boxes 12 and 13). The printed items include a broadside notice concerning the relocation of the Taylor County seat, 1878 (copy of in Box 13); programs of Memorial Day 1930; Klan day celebrations in Grafton, 1926; catalogs for wholesale merchandisers, 1878; and catalogs for bookdealers in Wheeling, 1867.

The 1948 accession includes forty newspaper clipping scrapbooks (Boxes 1-11); and photostat copies of 4 page article from an unidentified magazine on the National Turnpike and Clarysville, MD (Box 11). The clippings mainly concern Grafton and Taylor County 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 Brinkman'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; Jacob G. Matlick's “Story of the Civil War in and Around Grafton," ca. 1911-1914 (Box 2); and "A Brief History of the 80th. Division [U.S. Army] Enlisted Men from Western PA, WV, and VA," 1917-1918 (Box 3).

Manuscript typescript items from 1948 accession include tax receipts and account statements (Box 13) and manuscript notes on biographical sketches of Grafton High School graduates, 1886-1917 (Box 1). Miscellaneous printed items include a Memorial Day Program, 1943 (Box 4).

The second 1948 accession is a collection of printed materials including a broadside, Pruntytown, 1861; newspaper clippings of 2 series of articles on the history of Wheeling; and articles from Charles Brinkman, Grafton, 1948 (all located in Small Collections).

There also is a September 27, 1862 edition of Harper's Weekly, and a July 22, 1865 edition of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (Oversize Folder 1)


  • Creation: 1852-1952


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Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.


5.84 Linear Feet (Summary: 5 ft. 10 in. (14 document cases, 5 in. each); 1 oversize folder (1/4 in.))

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:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Addendum of 1979 June 18, acquired from George A. Shingleton (through Melissa Robinson), original manuscript of "Army and Prison Reminiscences During the Civil War, 1861-1863," by Jacob G. Matlick.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Charles Brinkman, 1938, 2 boxes, including manuscripts, typescripts, and printed items, and general merchandise account books. Acquired from Charles Brinkman, 1948, 11 boxes, including newspaper clipping scrapbooks, photographs, typescript manuscripts and printed items. Acquired from Charles Brinkman, 1948, 15 items, including a collection of printed materials (in small collections).

Related A&M Collections

111, 1086

Separated Materials

The broadside notice concerning the relocation of the Taylor County seat, 1878, is located in broadsides collection (a facsimile remains in this collection). Three issues of a miniature newspaper, “The Greenbrier Star," Lewisburg, 1897, were moved to the Center's newspaper collection.



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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

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