Summary Information
Title: David Leo Lawrence Papers
Collection Number: AIS.1978.15
Creator: Lawrence, David Leo, 1889-1966

Collection Dates: 1959-1966
Extent: 0.88 linear feet (2 boxes)

Language: English

David Leo Lawrence was a politician in Pittsburgh. A native of Pittsburgh, Lawrence served as the city's mayor (1945-1959), state governor (1959-1963), and as a special assistant to the President (1963-1966). This collection contains: biographical materials; personal correspondence; materials from his trip to Japan in 1962; and materials regarding local and state Democratic Party political activities, 1960-1966.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

May 22, 1990

Finding aid prepared by John Thompson. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process on July 1, 2003.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002


David Leo Lawrence was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 18, 1889, and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh. Lawrence's career in politics saw him serve as Secretary to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under Governor George Earle from 1934-1939. In 1945 Lawrence was elected Mayor of Pittsburgh, a position he held for 14 years until 1959 when he was elected Governor of Pennsylvania. After serving one term as Governor, Lawrence stepped down in 1963 to become a special assistant to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and remained in that capacity until his death in 1966. During his lifetime Lawrence also served as the Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, member of the Democratic National Committee, member of the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Institution, and served on the Board of Trustees of Point Park Junior College and the University of Pittsburgh. Lawrence died in Pittsburgh on November 21, 1966.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

The papers of David L. Lawrence are divided into fourteen different series. Series I consists of biographical materials such as his baptismal certificate and photocopies of his birth certificate and his voter registration. Series II contains 35 items of personal correspondence from the year 1959, among them a handwritten note from U.S. Senator Hugh Scott reporting the favorable results of an opinion poll on the Governor. Series III is on Lawrence's trip to Japan in 1962 and contains a letter from Secretary of State Dean Rusk along with seven pictures of Lawrence. Series IV holds membership lists of the Democratic State Committee, 1960-62, while Series V concerns state employees in Westmoreland County. Series VI regards possible candidates for the Democratic nomination for Senate in 1964. Series VII contains correspondence regarding filling the vacancy on the Democratic ticket for State Senate in 1966. Series VIII is on the appointment of Richard Conaboy as Judge in 1962. Series IX contains materials from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, 1963-66. Series X deals with Action-Housing, Inc., while Series XI concerns mass transit and the Westinghouse Air Brake Company's Mass Transit Center. Series XII is on the Stadium Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. Series XIII is on Point Park Junior College while Series XIV concerns the University of Pittsburgh.

Subject Terms

  • Governors -- Pennsylvania
  • Local transit -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Mayors -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Politicians -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Corporate Names
  • Action-Housing, Inc.
  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development (Pa.).
  • Democratic National Committee (U.S.).
  • Democratic Party (Pa.).
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.). Stadium Authority.
  • Point Park College.
  • University of Pittsburgh.
  • Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

Personal Names
  • Conaboy, Richard P., 1925-
  • Lawrence, David Leo, 1889-1966

  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government

  • Government
  • Personal papers
  • Politics

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events, 1978.

Preferred Citation:

David Leo Lawrence Papers, 1959-1966, AIS.1978.15, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by John Thompson on May 22, 1990.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jamie Shriver on July 1, 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1407659


Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Biographical Materials, 1889-1966

Box 1
Folder 1 Biographical Materials: Copies of Birth Certificate, Baptismal certificate, and voter's registration

Series II. Personal Correspondence, 1959

Folder 2 Miscellaneous Correspondence

Series III. Lawrence's Trip to Japan, April, 1962

Folder 3 Photographs, news clippings, correspondence

Series IV. Democratic State Committee, 1960-1962

Folder 4 Membership Lists

Series V. State Employees (Westmoreland County), 1962

Folder 5 Employee Lists

Series VI. United States Senate Election, 1963-1964

Folder 6 Correspondence, Confidential Report

Series VII. State Senate Vacancy, 1966

Folder 7 Correspondence

Series VIII. Appointment of Judge Richard Conaboy, 1962

Folder 8 Correspondence

Series IX. Allegheny Conference on Community Development, 1963-1966

Folder 9 By-Laws, 1963
Folder 10 Minutes of Executive Committee, 1963-1966
Folder 11 Membership Lists, 1963-1965
Folder 12 Memos and Correspondence, 1963-1966

Series X. Action-Housing, Inc., 1962-1966

Folder 13 Minutes and Agenda, 1962-1966
Folder 14 Board of Directors, 1964-1966
Folder 15 Correspondence, 1963-1966
Folder 16 Financial Statement, December 31, 1966
Folder 17 News Releases, 1963

Series XI. Mass Transit, 1964-1966

Folder 18 Correspondence and Miscellaneous Items

Series XII. Stadium Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, 1963-1966

Folder 19 Correspondence

Series XIII. Point Park Junior College, 1963-1966

Folder 20 Board of Trustees, By-Laws, 1964-1966
Folder 21 Minutes and Agenda, 1964-1966
Folder 22 Correspondence, 1964-1966

Box 2
Folder 23 Report of the President, 1963-1965
Folder 24 Audits, 1964-1965
Folder 25 Miscellaneous, 1963-1965

Series XIV. University of Pittsburgh, 1965-1966

Folder 26 Correspondence, 1965-1966
Folder 27 Board of Trustee Resolutions, 1965-1966
Folder 28 Reports, 1966
Folder 29 Financial Statements, 1966
Folder 30 Newsletters, 1965
Folder 31 Miscellaneous, 1965-1966