McKEAN, Thomas, 1734-1817


Guide to Research Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1759-1847, approximately 650 items.
The papers of Thomas McKean contain correspondence with prominent people of the time, relating to the events of the Revolution. The papers include letters from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams, John Laurens, Caesar Rodney, and others, 1759-1847; letters to Thomas McKean’s wife, 1775-1806; commissions, diplomas, and miscellaneous documents, 1777-1802; pamphlet, Discourse of a Vacuum, 1752; book of poetry and songs; and Thomas McKean’s charges to grand juries on his circuit, 1777-1779.

Papers: In the Mabel Bayard Collection, 1777-1831, 3 items.
This small collection contains a letter from George Washington to Thomas McKean written on October 10, 1777. In the letter, George Washington mentions a proposed attack on Wilmington, Delaware.

Papers: In the Gordon Chambers Collection, 1792-1823, 44 items.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Benjamin Chew Estate Papers, 1776-1904, 1 linear foot.
Persons represented include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Conarroe Autograph Collection, 1643-1882, amount unknown.
Persons represented include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the James Hamilton Collection, 1750-1899, 21 linear feet.
Persons represented include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Horatio Hubbel Papers, 1844-1871, approximately 100 items.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Robert Restalrig Logan Collection, 1671-1863, amount unknown.
Correspondents include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Northamton County (Pennsylvania) Papers, ca. 1682-1887, 27 linear feet.
Correspondents include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Provincial Delegates Letters, 1754-1829, approximately 600 items.
Correspondents include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Mrs. Francis T. Redwood Collection, 1762-1835, 69 items.
Correspondents include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the David McNeely Stauffer Collection, ca. 1644-1884, amount unknown.
Correspondents include Thomas McKean.


American Philosophical Society Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the William J. Duane Papers, [ca. 1760s]-[ca. 1860s], approximately 120 items.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Charles Willson Peale Letterbooks, 1767-1827, 18 volumes.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Wills of Signers of the Declaration of Independence, 1790-1822, 11 items.
Persons represented include Thomas McKean.


Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the Thomas Rodney Papers, [ca. 1784-1810?], approximately 72 items.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.


Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts and Archives Department
Greenville, DE
Microfiche: In the Benjamin Henry Latrobe Papers, 1788-1820, 315 microfiche.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.

Microfilm: In the John Nicholson Papers, 1772-1819 [microform], 27 reels of microfilm.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.


The John Work Garrett Library Evergreen House
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the Signers Collection, 1770-1826, 60 documents.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1779, 1 item.
A letter of Thomas McKean, 1779.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1779, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas McKean to Robert Severs written on July 26, 1779.

Papers: 1781, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas McKean to Major General Nathanael Greene written on September 21, 1781. In the letter, Thomas McKean writes concerning an Act of Congress respecting retaliation for the cruelties of the enemy.

Papers: 1781, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas McKean to Nathan Brownson written on September 24, 1781.

Papers: 1781, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas McKean to Major General Nathanael Greene written on November 2, 1781. In the letter, Thomas McKean writes concerning an Act of Congress respecting the Battle at Eutaw Springs.

Papers: 1781, 1 item.
A letter from Nathanael Greene to Thomas McKean written on November 28, 1781. In the letter, Nathanael Greene congratulates Thomas McKean on the surrender of Cornwallis.

Papers: 1793, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas McKean to Thomas Mifflin written on September 24, 1793.

Papers: 1800, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas McKean to James Monroe, Esq., written on June 16, 1800.

Papers: 1804, 1 item.
A license signed by Thomas McKean made out to George Greiss, dated August 18, 1804.


Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Harrisburg, PA
Papers: In the Mrs. James Lewis Hook Autograph Collection, 1752-1810, 22 items.
Signers represented include Thomas McKean.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1798, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas McKean to Lord Butler written on April 9, 1798. In the letter, Thomas McKean asks Lord Butler to look after land granted to his daughter Ann in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Papers: 1806, 1 item.
A letter from John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg to Thomas McKean written on February 21, 1806. In the letter, John Muhlenberg affirms the high quality of Pennsylvania’s military equipment.

Papers: In the Samuel Adams Papers, 1783, 1 item.
A letter from Samuel Adams to Thomas McKean written on April 19, 1783. In the letter, Samuel Adams congratulates Thomas McKean on the end of the Revolutionary War, formally announced that day; introduces Mr. Appleton and Mr. Wendell.

Papers: In the Delaware General Assembly Records, 1777, 1 item.
A draft of a document ordering the Trustee of the General Loan-Office to pay Thomas Collins 24/7/11 from the public funds dated May 12, 1777. The draft was written and signed by George Read, as speaker of the Council, and Thomas McKean, as speaker of the Assembly; with Thomas Collins’s receipt on the verso.

Papers: In the Francis Hopkinson Correspondence, 1771-1772, 3 items.
The correspondence concerns Francis Hopkinson and Thomas McKean’s scheme to obtain an appointment as collector of customs for the port of New Castle, Delaware.

Papers: In the Pennsylvania Governor Records, 1800, 1 item.
A gubernatorial pardon for five persons convicted of larceny, signed by Thomas McKean on September 24, 1800.

Papers: In the Pennsylvania Governor Records, 1808, 1 item.
An appointment of Mahlon Dickerson as recorder of the city of Philadelphia, dated July 22, 1808. The appointment is signed by Governor Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor’s Records, 1765, 1 item.
A warrant from John Penn from July 10, 1765, authorizing Richard McWilliam to affix the seal to Thomas McKean’s appointment as justice of the peace in New Castle.

Papers: In the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Records, [1780-1791], 1 item.
An opinion, given to the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, regarding the Attorney-General’s assisting in the prosecution of any quitam information or other penal action. Signed by justices Thomas McKean, William Attlee, and George Bryan.

Papers: In the Pennsylvania Surveyor General Records, 1807, 1 item.
The appointment of William Cox Ellis as deputy surveyor for Lycoming County. The appointment is signed by Samuel Cochran, Surveyor General, and approved by Governor Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Signers of the Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1756-1818, 56 items.
Other authors include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the United States Continental Congress Committee of Secret Correspondence Records, 1776, 1 item.
A charter of the brigantine Cornelia,dated February 1, 1776. The charter is signed by members of the committee, including Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the United States Continental Congress Records, 1781, 1 item.
A proclamation from October 26, 1781 of Congress establishing 13 December to be a day of thanksgiving. Among the blessings cited as worthy of gratitude are the victory at Yorktown, the capture of Cornwallis and his army, the fine harvest, and the assistance of the French. The proclamation is signed by Thomas McKean as President of Congress.


Stanford University
Department of Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Elmer E. Robinson Collection of Americana, 1765-1969, 1.75 linear feet.
Subjects include Thomas McKean. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Temple University Libraries
Special Collections
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the Alexander James and George Mifflin Dallas Papers, 1794-1865, 2.8 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Thomas McKean.


University of Chicago Library
Butler-Gunsaulus Collection
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1761, 1 item.
A judgment from Thomas McKean from May 1761. The judgment shows that Jonas Justis must pay Charles Paulson 48.

Papers: 1811, 1 item.
A letter from Thomas McKean to George Bryan written on January 12, 1811. In the letter, Thomas McKean writes concerning his salary while he was Attorney General. The letter is tipped into: The Supreme Court in United States History, by Charles Warren, call # alc JK1561.W298 Rare Faces p.368, v.1


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection, 1776, 2 items.
A copy of a Conference of Committees resolution from June 25, 1776, as well as an engraving of Thomas McKean by T.B. Welch from a painting by Stuart, n.d.


The Winterthur Library
Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
Winterthur, DE
Microfiche: In the Benjamin Henry Latrobe Papers, 1788-1820, 315 microfiche.
Subjects include Thomas McKean.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In the Draper Manuscripts: Daniel Brodhead Papers, 1775-1846, 0.4 cubic foot.
Correspondents include Thomas McKean.

Papers: In the Draper Manuscripts: Potter Family Papers, 1747-1807, 0.2 cubic foot.
Subjects include Thomas McKean. The collection is also available on microfilm.


Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Chauncey Family Papers, 1675-1928, 8 linear feet.
Subjects include Thomas McKean. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Southard Hay Autograph Collection, 1750-1885, 0 .75 linear foot.
Subjects include Thomas McKean. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.