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Gilbert Stuart McClintock collection, 1549-2015

Identifier: 50-01


  • 1549 - 2015


All series and subseries within this collection are open for research, with the exception of a few files within the Academia series that are restricted. The Academia series contains financial and sensitive institutional records from Wilkes College, and financial report records from Princeton University that will remain restricted for 80 years upon creation.

Biographical Sketch of Gilbert Stuart McClintock (1886-1959)

Gilbert Stuart McClintock (1886-1959): Gilbert Stuart McClintock’s contemporaries described him as a man with one foot in the nineteenth century and the twentieth. He was born on December 27, 1886 to Andrew H. and Eleanor McClintock. He was enrolled at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey for preparatory education and Princeton for both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree. He practiced law in Wilkes-Barre in the same office that his grandfather, Andrew T. McClintock, practiced in. Gilbert McClintock also lived in his family home, which is now known as McClintock Hall at Wilkes University. Gilbert McClintock became a prominent figure in Wilkes-Barre, earning the nickname “Mr. Wilkes-Barre” and also becoming a major stakeholder in the Glen Alden Coal Company. He also worked with the civil rights movement and was an early supporter of the ACLU. McClintock was notably a cultural man and a collector of presidential autographs. For this reason and his public notoriety, McClintock was appointed as the first chair of the Wilkes Board of Trustees in 1938. His style of leadership has been described as “pragmatic” and as “idealistic and theoretical”. The devotion he had towards Wilkes College was well-noted and always tried to expand what the college did. He died in 1959 while walking on Wilkes campus and donated his wealth to increase the salary of Wilkes faculty. He was survived by no children since never married.

Biographical Sketch of Andrew Hamilton McClintock (1852-1919)

Andrew Hamilton McClintock (1852-1919): Andrew Hamilton McClintock was born on December 12, 1852 to Andrew Todd and Augusta McClintock. Through his mother he is related to Jacob Cist and Matthias Hollenback, both individuals featured throughout the collection. McClintock studied at Princeton University (class of 1872) and went on to study law under his father and J.V. Darling. He was admitted to the Luzerne Bar Association in 1876. He was a prominent figure in the community with leadership roles in multiple banks, and the Osterhout Free Library, and he had membership with the Sons of the Revolution. He died in 1919.

Biographical Sketch of Andrew Todd McClintock (1810-January 14, 1892)

Andrew Todd McClintock (1810-January 14th 1892) was born in Northumberland, Pennsylvania on February 2nd, 1810. He was the son of Samuel and Hannah (Todd) McClintock. He was educated in Northumberland and went to Kenyon College in Ohio. He began his law studies with James Hefburn and finished his studies under Honorary George Woodward. He was admitted to the Luzerne County Bar Association in 1876 and became a law partner. He was appointed District Attorney in 1839. He married Augusta Bordley Cist McClintock on May 11th, 1841 to Augusta Bordley Cist McClintock and they had four children: Helen Grinnon McClintock (unknown-1894), Alice McClintock Darling (1848-1900), Jean Hamilton McClintock (1855-1891), and Andrew Hamilton McClintock (1852-1919). He was a prominent member of the community and became the leader of many organizations. He was Director of the Wyoming National Bank and President of Hollenback Cemetery Association, Director of the Wilkes-Barre Hospital, President of the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association, member of the Wyoming and Historical and Geological Society, and Elder in the Presbyterian Church. In 1870, Princeton University conferred him the degree of LL (Law). At the time of his death, he was the oldest member of the Luzerne Bar actively practicing law. He died January 14th, 1892.

Biographical Sketch of Samuel McClintock

Samuel McClintock (1787-1888) was born in Delaware. He was in the War of 1812.


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The Gilbert Stuart McClintock collection was donated to Wilkes College in 1959. Many of the prints and engravings within this collection are reproductions found during his research for Valley Views of Northeastern Pennsylvania (1948). It is difficult to determine the provenance for many of the manuscripts, original artwork, and prints found within this collection, however, it is very likely that the McClintock family acquired these manuscripts through their direct involvement with various cultural institutions in the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. Mr. McClintock was on the memorial library council and advisory council for the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University, the American Museum of Natural History, and was part of Presybyterian Clubs such as the Westmoreland Club (Wilkes-Barre) and New York University.
Many of the prints within the Art & Prints series were originally a collection of prints left to [Haus J Hochler] by his father who was Curator of Prints Boston Museum of Art & given by Haus J. to Gilbert McClintock.


Gilbert Stuart McClintock died on June 18th, 1959. His estate was transferred to Wilkes College on June 23, 1959. A trust fund totaling $100,000.00 was established by the trustee and executor, Miners National Bank, which paid $200 monthly to Mr. Kretchmer, $25.00 monthly for life to Leslie B. Hewitt, widow of Robert Hewitt, who was secretary to Mr. McClintock for many years, $25 monthly for life to Jane Crawley, former employee, with the balance of the trust fund to go to Wilkes College. At the death of the trust fund beneficiaries, the principal went to Wilkes College. He donated all of his prints, books, paintings, and manuscripts regarding the history of Northeastern Pennsylvania and adjoining areas. In his will and testament, McClintock wrote “I trust that Wilkes College will keep together my collection of books, prints, and manuscript material relating to Northeastern Pennsylvania so that it may become a nucleus for a collection of source material concerning this part of Pennsylvania.” Included were also his library collection and presidential autograph collection. His will stated, “With the exception of the bequests of tangible personal property to Wilkes College, it is my desire that all gifts and bequests to Wilkes College contained in my will, whether of income or principal, excepting such amount as may be necessary to maintain, continue, and supplement my collection of Northeastern Pennsylvania, be made available for the payment of faculty salaries as may be directed by its board of trustees.” In November 1959, Wilkes College Special Committee established a memorial room for Gilbert S. McClintock and an endowment to be used to expand his Northeastern Pennsylvania collection. This finding aid contains materials that were initially donated from the McClintock estate in 1959 and does not include materials purchased after his death.
Source: “Wilkes Given Bulk of Estate Left By Gilbert M’Clintock” Times Leader, The Evening News, Wilkes-Barre, PA, June 23, 1959. Source: Wilkes College. Minutes of the McClintock Memorial Committee. November 25th, 1959.


All of these manuscripts, reproductions, and original prints and artwork are in the public domain with the exception of the Academia series that contains institutional records from Wilkes College and Princeton University. These institutions retain copyright of their institutional records.

References to the Biographical Sketches:

Gilbert Stuart McClintock: Bomboy, Robert P. “Founding and Founders: Bucknell University’s Junior College Becomes Wilkes,” Wilkes University, (1968), 18-19. Davenport, Samuel. “Founding and Founders.” Interviewed by Robert Bomboy on July 8, 1968, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Farley, Eugene S. “Founding and Founders.” Interviewed by Robert Bomboy on July, 1968, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. “Gilbert Stuart McClintock: lawyer.” Prabook, World Biographical Encyclopedia, Inc., 2020. Date accessed, 1 February 2021. Marts, Arnaud. “Founding and Founders.” Interviewed by Robert Bomboy on August, 1968, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. “McClintock Hall.” Wilkes University, Wilkes University, 2021. Date accessed, 1 February 2021.

Processed By:

From Fall 2020 through Summer 2021, Archives Work-Study Christopher Smith, from the Class of 2021, completed 75% of the initial processing, research, and transcription of the materials. He also assisted the Archivist with physically arranging and labeling the items into distinct series. Smith also wrote the biographical sketches of the Gilbert Stuart McClintock, Andrew Hamilton McClintock, Andrew Todd McClintock, and Samuel Samuel McClintock. Archive Work-Studies, Logan Yeakel, Class of 2022, and Ryan Mercer, Class of 2021, completed the remaining 25% of initial processing and transcription during Summer 2021, supervised by Suzanna Calev, Archivist. University Archivist Suzanna Calev assisted heavily with transcription, research, and editing, as well as created and physically numbered and digitized the collection.

Conrad Middleton in Winter 2021-2022 transcribed, described and researched the John Wilkes subseries. In Spring 2022, Conrad Middleton also transcribed, described and researched the Presidents of the United States subseries and the Zebulon Butler correspondence subseries.

Bridget Hannon in Spring 2022 wrote the series description and did item-level research for the Publication series in the collection.
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