Guide to the William H. Coleman Papers, 1906-1942 AIS.1964.18

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
William H. Coleman Papers
Creator
Coleman, William H., 1871-1943
Collection Number
AIS.1964.18
Date
1906-1942
Extent
0.31 linear feet (1 box and 6 volumes)
Abstract
The Papers of William H. Coleman contain materials from his time spent as Mayor of McKeesport, Republican Congressman, and Republican Chairman of Allegheny County for the period of 1906-1942.

Preferred Citation

William H. Coleman Papers, 1906-1942, AIS.1964.18, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

William H. Coleman was born on December 28, 1871 in North Versailles Township, Pennsylvania. While working in the local coal mines, Coleman attended night school. He was eventually able to leave the mines and work as a booker and clerk at the Howard Plate Glass Works in Duquesne and the Testing Department for Carnegie Steel Works. He later become the assistant superintendent of the Testing and Inspection Departments at Carnegie Steel. Coleman went on to receive a law degree from Columbian University, now George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

William H. Coleman was elected Mayor of McKeesport in 1906 and served until 1914. In 1908 and 1911 he was also elected clerk of the courts of Allegheny County. In 1914 Coleman announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for representative in the Thirtieth Congressional District. Coleman served as Republican Congressman and Republican Chairman for Allegheny County. It is unknown when Coleman died.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Papers of William H. Coleman contain materials from his time spent as Mayor of McKeesport, Republican Congressman, and Republican Chairman of Allegheny County for the period of 1906-1942. Most of the records consist of pamphlets, speeches from testimonial dinners, and radio addresses, all centering on political and social topics. Six volumes of scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings from various newspapers concerning Coleman's political career and various other topics. The scrapbooks contain additional information on Coleman's political career.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, October 8, 1996

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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 collection was a gift of Mrs. William H. Coleman on February 19, 1964.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dominic La Cava on October 8, 1996.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Allegheny County (Pa.) -- Politics and government
  • McKeesport (Pa.) -- Politics and government
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1913-1921
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1919-1933

Personal Name(s)

  • Coleman, William H., 1871-1943

Subject(s)

  • Personal papers
  • Politics

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Previous Citation

William H. Coleman Papers, 1906-1942, AIS.1964.18, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Correspondence, 1926-1941 

  BoxFolder
Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1926-1941 11

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Series  II. Pamphlets and Speeches, 1910-1937 

  Folder
Pamphlets, 1910-1937 2-3
  Folder
Speeches of William H. Coleman, 1914-1941 4

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Series  III. Scrapbooks 

  Volume
Scrapbook, February-April, 1914 1
  Volume
Scrapbook, 1907-1914 2
  Volume
Scrapbook, 1932-1938 3
  Volume
Scrapbook, 1933-1935 4
  Volume
Scrapbook, 1936  5
  Volume
Scrapbook, 1937-1938 6
  Volume
Scrapbook, 1938-1942 7

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