Pinkerton's National Detective Agency reports on the 1877 Scranton, Pennsylvania riot, 1877-1878

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Collection Overview

Title:
Pinkerton's National Detective Agency reports on the 1877 Scranton, Pennsylvania riot
Dates (Inclusive):
1877-1878
Creator:
Pinkerton's National Detective Agency.
Abstract:
This collection contains manuscripts from the Pinkerton Agency, including detectives' reports on the Scranton, Pennsylvania riots, a typescript copy of the initiation ritual for a labor organization, and a printed list of members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Collection Number:
2168
Size:
.1 Linear Feet
Location:
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Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Historical Note

Pinkerton, founded as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, is a private security guard and detective agency established in the United States by Allan Pinkerton in 1850.

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Scope and content

This collection contains manuscripts from the Pinkerton Agency, including detectives' reports on the 1877 Scranton, Pennsylvania riot, a typescript copy of the initiation ritual for a labor organization, and a printed list of members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The detectives' reports concern investigations of individuals and organizations in Scranton, Pennsylvania from August, 1877 to February, 1878. Efforts to identify participants and leaders in a city riot are described at length. A Special Report dated February, 1878 discusses the formation of a murder committee within the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the parent organization of the Molly Maguires.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pinkerton's National Detective Agency reports on the 1877 Scranton, Pennsylvania riot, HCLA 2168, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1990 by the Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pinkerton's National Detective Agency.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Scranton (Pa.)

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