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Collection Inventory

Series I. Dunning McNair, 1793-1824

Scope and Content Notes:

Dunning McNair's correspondence, business agreements, ledgers and receipts document his life as a land owner and developer in western Pennsylvania. His personal and business correspondence documents contact with his brothers and other land owners in western Pennsylvania.

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1793-1824

Scope and Content Notes:

Dunning McNair's letters contain both personal and business correspondence. Dunning received these letters at his home at Nine Mile Run in contemporary Wilkinsburg, east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during his service as a representative in the State Assembly. He received repeated correspondence from James Herron, who corresponded from Pittsburgh, Kentucky, and St. Louis. Dunning also received letters from James Ross and William Wilkins. A 1793 letter from John Wilkins, Jr., details the ongoing problem of Indian attacks on settlers. Dunning McNair received regular correspondence from his brothers Alexander McNair, in Lexington, Kentucky, and David McNair at Walnut Creek Farms near Pittsburgh. The letters are arranged chronologically.


Box 1
Folder 1 Correspondence, 1793-1795
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1796
Folder 3 Correspondence, 1797
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1798
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1799
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1800
Folder 7 Correspondence, 1801
Folder 8 Correspondence, 1802
Folder 9 Correspondence, 1804
Folder 10 Correspondence, 1805
Folder 11 Correspondence, 1807
Folder 12 Correspondence, 1808
Folder 13 Correspondence, 1809
Folder 14 Correspondence, 1810
Folder 15 Correspondence, 1811
Folder 16 Correspondence, 1812
Folder 17 Correspondence, 1813
Folder 18 Correspondence, 1814
Folder 19 Correspondence, 1815
Folder 20 Correspondence, 1816
Folder 21 Correspondence, 1817
Folder 22 Correspondence, 1818
Folder 23 Correspondence, 1820
Folder 24 Correspondence, 1824

Subseries 2. Agreements, Receipts and Ledgers, 1792-1823

Scope and Content Notes:

Dunning McNair created an extensive collection of agreements related to land sales, leases and rentals in Allegheny County around Pittsburgh. Some agreements contain rough sketches of land plots. These agreements shed light on the development of Wilkinsburg. The agreements and ledgers are separated and are arranged chronologically. Up to a dozen agreements are enclosed within each year. The ledgers and receipts document the business and personal finances of Dunning McNair. They trace the purchase and sale of land and goods.

Folder 25 Agreements, 1795
Folder 26 Agreements, 1796
Folder 27 Agreements, 1797
Folder 28 Agreements, 1798
Folder 29 Agreements, 1799
Folder 30 Agreements, 1801
Folder 31 Agreements, 1802
Folder 32 Agreements, 1803
Folder 33 Agreements, 1804
Folder 34 Agreements, 1805
Folder 35 Agreements, 1806
Folder 36 Agreements, 1807
Folder 37 Agreements, 1808
Folder 38 Agreements, 1813
Folder 39 Agreements, 1814
Folder 40 Agreements, 1815
Folder 41 Agreements, 1816
Folder 42 Agreements, 1818
Folder 43 Agreements, 1819
Folder 44 Agreements, 1822
Folder 45 Receipts and Ledgers, 1792-1798
Folder 46 Receipts and Ledgers, 1800-1809
Folder 47 Receipts and Ledgers, 1800-1809
Folder 48 Receipts and Ledgers, 1811-1815
Folder 49 Receipts and Ledgers, 1816-1823

Series II. Dunning Robert McNair, 1817-1857

Scope and Content Notes:

The papers of Dunning Robert McNair carry on the legacy of his father in western Pennsylvania. They also document his relocation to Kentucky and his postal contract with the United States government. Personal correspondence from family members and professional correspondence with the government describe his life as an entrepreneur.

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1817-1857

Scope and Content Notes:

Dunning Robert McNair received business and personal letters near Pittsburgh until 1840. While in Wilkinsburg, Dunning Robert received letters from his brother, George H. McNair of St. Louis, and his father's friend William Wilkins. Later, living in Kentucky, he received correspondence from the Post Office Department. Dunning Robert also received letters from his wife, Kittie, his daughter, Annie, and his son, William McNair. The letters are arranged chronologically.


Box 2
Folder 1 Correspondence, 1817
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1818
Folder 3 Correspondence, 1819
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1820
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1821
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1822
Folder 7 Correspondence, 1823
Folder 8 Correspondence, 1824
Folder 9 Correspondence, 1825
Folder 10 Correspondence, 1826
Folder 11 Correspondence, 1829
Folder 12 Correspondence, 1830
Folder 13 Correspondence, 1832
Folder 14 Correspondence, 1833
Folder 15 Correspondence, 1834
Folder 16 Correspondence, 1835
Folder 17 Correspondence, 1836
Folder 18 Correspondence, 1837
Folder 19 Correspondence, 1838
Folder 20 Correspondence, 1839
Folder 21 Correspondence, 1841
Folder 22 Correspondence, 1844
Folder 23 Correspondence, 1848
Folder 24 Correspondence, 1849
Folder 25 Correspondence, 1850
Folder 26 Correspondence, 1851
Folder 27 Correspondence, 1856
Folder 28 Correspondence, 1857
Folder 29 Correspondence, undated
Folder 30 Correspondence, undated

Subseries 2. Agreements, Receipts and Ledgers, 1825-1848

Scope and Content Notes:

Dunning Robert McNair's collection of agreements also related to land sales, leases and rentals in Allegheny County. Some agreements are inscribed with rough sketches of land plots. These ledgers and receipts document the business and personal finances of Dunning Robert McNair; they trace the purchase and sale of land and goods. The agreements and ledgers are separated and are arranged chronologically.

Folder 31 Agreements, 1825
Folder 32 Agreements, 1826
Folder 33 Agreements, 1828
Folder 34 Agreements, 1831
Folder 35 Agreements, 1832
Folder 36 Agreements, 1838
Folder 37 Receipts and Ledgers, 1833-1839
Folder 38 Receipts and Ledgers, 1841-1848
Folder 39 Receipts and Ledgers, undated
Folder 40 Receipts and Ledgers, undated
Folder 41 Receipts and Ledgers, undated
Folder 42 Receipts and Ledgers, undated
Folder 43 Receipts and Ledgers, undated

Series III. Land Surveys, 1798-1815

Scope and Content Notes:

These manuscript maps of land plots most likely relate to land leased and sold in agreements made with Dunning and Dunning Robert McNair. Although specific geography is not indicated, it is likely that these plots are in or around the modern Wilkinsburg in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Folder 44 Land Surveys, 1798-1815

This is a small collection of typewritten transcriptions. Random correspondence of Dunning and Dunning Robert McNair, along with a ledger, have been transcribed by an unknown researcher.

Folder 45 Transcripts, undated