Summary Information
Title: William McNair Papers
Collection Number: AIS.1966.13
Creator: McNair, William N., 1880-1948

Collection Dates: 1930-1948
Extent: 0.31 linear feet

Language: English

William N. McNair was mayor of Pittsburgh from 1934 until his resignation on October 6, 1936. Over a decade later, McNair ran as a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination. This collection contains correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks.

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


Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center Staff. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process on September 29, 1999.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002


William N. McNair was born in 1880 and served as mayor of Pittsburgh from 1934-1936. McNair resigned unexpectedly from his term as mayor on October 6, 1936. Over a decade later, McNair ran as a candidate for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination of 1948 with a platform of a single tax. McNair died in 1948.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

The collection contains a few items of correspondence dealing primarily with his candidacy for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination in 1948. Other items include a scrapbook and loose press clippings on his mayoralty term, 1934-1936. A scrapbook from 1901 containing press clippings on the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Welfare is also included in this collection. The collection also includes photographs of William McNair and Lieutenant Commander L.J. Conley.

Subject Terms

  • Mayors -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Personal Names
  • McNair, William N., 1880-1948

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Politics and government

  • Personal papers
  • Politics

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mrs. William McNair on July 29, 1966.

Preferred Citation:

William N. McNair Papers,1930-1948, AIS.1966.13, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

McNair, William N., Papers, 1930-1948, AIS 66:13, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in 1966.


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
Box 1 Correspondence, 1948