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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