Guide to the William Flinn Papers, 1898-1921 AIS.1968.10

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
William Flinn Papers
Creator
Flinn, William, 1851-1924
Collection Number
AIS.1968.10
Date
1898-1921
Extent
2.0 volumes (54 microfilm reels)
Abstract
This collection contains books of news clippings and letters kept by Pittsburgh businessman and politician William Flinn. It consists of 54 microfilm reels of clippings (258 volumes) primarily from Pittsburgh newspapers with some national and foreign coverage from 1898-1921, and two bound volumes of letters.

Preferred Citation

William Flinn Papers, 1898-1921, AIS.1968.10, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

William Flinn was born in Manchester, England on May 26, 1851. His family emigrated to the United States that same year and settled in Pittsburgh, where he eventually rose to prominence with his contracting firm of Booth Flinn, Limited. This company built several bridges and tunnels around Pittsburgh.

In 1877 Flinn was elected to Pittsburgh's Board of Fire Commissioners, and was in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the sessions of 1879 and 1881. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from 1884 through 1912, and from 1884 until 1901 he served as chairman of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County. Flinn also served three terms in the State Senate, from 1890 to 1902, and was a supporter of Theodore Roosevelt's "Bull Moose" party. He died in 1924.

A brief biography of William Flinn, with information about the structures his company built, can be seen at:
http:/pghbridges.com/articles/biography/flinn-william.htm.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of 54 microfilm reels and two bound volumes, concerning the interests and career of William Flinn. Series I contains the microfilm, and Series II contains the bound letterbooks. More detailed scope and content notes are found at the series level.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 1982

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

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.

Acquisition Information

The microfilmed scrapbooks were transferred from Darlington Library in 1968. The letterbooks were transferred from Special Collections in 1975.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff in June 1982.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

Personal Name(s)

  • Flinn, William, 1851-1924

Subject(s)

  • Business and Industry
  • Personal papers
  • Politicians -- Pennsylvania
  • Politics
  • Suffragists -- Pennsylvania

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Previous Citation

William Flinn Papers, 1898-1921, AIS.1968.10, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Flinn Scrapbooks, 1898-1921, MICRO, AIS 68:10, Archives of Industrial Society, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Scrapbooks (microfilmed) 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of 54 microfilm reels of press clippings (258 volumes), primarily from Pittsburgh newspapers with some national and foreign coverage from 1898-1921.

Volume 20 of the scrapbooks, April 9, 1901-May 15, 1901, is absent from reel 5.

Reel 51 contains information regarding Flinn's political activities - election campaigns of 1904-1905, 1914 and 1921; professional activities include: Booth Flinn, Belgian Relief (1915) and Flinn Industries, P A. Reel 52 contains information regarding Suffragettes (1911-1912) and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (1914). Reels 53 and 54 contain clippings from newspapers outside of Pittsburgh (June-August 1912).

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
 December 3, 1898-September 16, 1899 151
  Reel
 March 21, 1899-January 17, 1900 2
  Reel
 January 17, 1900-November 7, 1900 3
  Reel
 November 7, 1900-April 8, 1901 4
  Reel
 April 8, 1901-September 5, 1901 5
  Reel
 September 5, 1901-January 17, 1902 6
  Reel
 January 17, 1902-May 28, 1902 7
  Reel
 May 28, 1902-February 1, 1903 8
  Reel
 February 1, 1903-September 22, 1903 9
  Reel
 September 22, 1903-June 18, 1904 10
  Reel
 June 18, 1904-February 21, 1905 11
  Reel
 February 21, 1905-September 20, 1905 12
  Reel
 September 20, 1905-January 21, 1906 13
  Reel
 January 24, 1906-July 19, 1906 14
  Reel
 July 19, 1906-December 11, 1906 15
  Reel
 December 11, 1906-May 16, 1907 16
  Reel
 May 16, 1907-October 26, 1907 17
  Reel
 October 26, 1907-March 12, 1908 18
  Reel
 March 13, 1908-December 1, 1908 19
  Reel
 December 1, 1908-March 14, 1909 20
  Reel
 March 14, 1909-October 8, 1909 21
  Reel
 October 8, 1909-May 23, 1910 22
  Reel
 May 23, 1910-October 4, 1910 23
  Reel
 October 4, 1910-February 26, 1911 24
  Reel
 February 26, 1911-June 1, 1911 25
  Reel
 June 1, 1911-September 15, 1911 26
  Reel
 September 15, 1911-December 21, 1911 27
  Reel
 December 22, 1911-March 28, 1912 28
  Reel
 March 28, 1912-June 9, 1912 29
  Reel
 June 9, 1912-July 14, 1912 30
  Reel
 July 14, 1912-September 7, 1912 31
  Reel
 September 7, 1912-October 18, 1912 32
  Reel
 October 18, 1912-January 3, 1913 33
  Reel
 January 3, 1913-March 12, 1913 34
  Reel
 March 12, 1913-June 11, 1913 35
  Reel
 June 11, 1913-August 29, 1913 36
  Reel
 August 29, 1913-October 28, 1913 37
  Reel
 October 28, 1913-January 15, 1914 38
  Reel
 February 20, 1914-July 1, 1914 39
  Reel
 July 1, 1914-November 5, 1914 40
  Reel
 November 3, 1914-April 6, 1915 41
  Reel
 April 6, 1915-August 28, 1915 42
  Reel
 August 28, 1915-December 15, 1915 43
  Reel
 December 2, 1915-April 12, 1916 44
  Reel
 April 12, 1916-September 1, 1916 45
  Reel
 September 2, 1916-January 22, 1917 46
  Reel
 January 25, 1917-January 25, 1918 47
  Reel
 January 25, 1918-September 10, 1919 48
  Reel
Supplementary Scrapbooks; July 3, 1921-September 26, 1921; March 20, 1912-June 10, 1912 49-50
  Reel
Belgian Relief, News clips - Flinn Industries; National political activities; 1915; 1904-1905, 1914, 1921 51
  Reel
Suffragists; Philadelphia City Planning, October 10, 1911-June 14, 1912; 1914 52
  Reel
Newspaper clippings outside of Pittsburgh; June 14, 1912-August 31, 1912 53-54

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Series  II. Letterbooks 

Scope and Content Notes

These two books contain letters sent by William Flinn from January 1, 1898 to June 14, 1899. They relate to his office as a senator as well as his contracting business.

  Volume
Letters, January 1, 1898 - May 31, 1898 1
  Volume
Letters, December 1, 1898 - June 14, 1899 2

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