William W. Scranton Collection

Collection Guide


Personal papers of William W. Scranton (1917-2013), who was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961-1963 and served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1963-1967 and the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1976-1977.
William W. Scranton
Date Range
4 boxes

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Preferred Citation

[Item Title], [Folder], [Box], William W. Scranton Collection, McHugh Special Collections, The University of Scranton.

Linked Data

VIAF Corporate and Personal Names


Administrative/Biographical History

William W. Scranton was born on July 19, 1917 in Madison, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale in 1939 and the Yale Law School in 1946. He received honorary degrees from over thirty American colleges and universities, including the University of Scranton in 1963. Mr. Scranton was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961-1963 and served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1963-1967 and the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1976-1977. He passed away on July 28, 2013 in Montecito, California.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains two series:

Series I. Reports, Studies, and Planning Documents

Composed of a wide range of materials related to the development of the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania from 1977-1983.

Series II. Correspondence

Composed of Mr. Scranton's correspondence with officials of the city of Scranton and community leaders of Scranton from 1977-1983.

The collection also includes a 36-page biography of William W. Scranton (author and date are unidentified). There are also various promotional materials on the city of Scranton.


Box 1: Reports, Studies and Planning Documents

  • Erie-Lackawanna Restoration Associates Projection of Construction Period Cash Flow and Five Year Projection of Net Income, September 17, 1982
  • Downtown Traffic Study, Prepared for Commercial Association of Scranton, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, By Barton-Aschman Associates, Inc., December 1981.
  • Description and photographs of 11 Scranton properties of historical significance, prepared by Hinerfield Realty Co, July 11, 1979.
  • Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station Project: Folder includes correspondence, photographs, articles, blueprints, and promotional material, 1979.

Box 1: Correspondence

  • General file of correspondence of William W. Scranton on Erie Lackawanna Station Project, 1979-1983. The file includes a lengthy report submitted to the banking institutions of Lackawanna County by the Erie Lackawanna Restoration Associates for a loan of $7,000,000 for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Station Project.
  • William W. Scranton to the Officials of the Office of Economic and Community Development, City of Scranton, 1977-1981.
  • William W. Scranton to Scranton Mayor Eugene Hickey, 1978-1980.
  • WIlliam W. Scranton to Edward B. Jordan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cornrail, 1977-1980. This folder also includes related material and correspondence.

Box 2: Reports, Studies and Planning Documents

  • Special Report to Aetna Life and Casualty Company on the Scranton Labor Market Area in Support of Their Locational INvestigation, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, February 1, 1978.
  • Annual Report of the First Albany Corporation, 1977.
  • Mid-Atlantic Economic Development Region, Prospectus for Development - Challenges and Opportunities for the Mid-Atlantic Region, February 1977. This folder also includes William W. Scranton's notes and related correspondence.
  • Highway Interchange Area Planning and Control Study, Department of Transportation, September 1975.
  • "Operation Anthracite Refuse," Final Report of Research conducted by the Coal Research Section, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, January 15, 1973.

Box 2: Correspondence

  • Howard J. Grossman to William W. Scranton, 28 March 1977. Attached is "City of Scranton Community Development Program (Amended)," 1975.
  • Thomas P. Comerford, Jr. to William W. Scranton, 1 April 1977. Attached is George J. Parrs to Senator Robert Mellow, 31 March 1977.
  • Bernie Blier to William W. Scranton, 4 April 1977.
  • Major Lee White, Jr. to William W. Scranton, 4 April 1977.
  • Bernie Blier to William W. Scranton, 27 April 1977.
  • George J. Parrs to William W. Scranton, 6 May 1977.
  • Robert T. Manley to Adrian Ross, 19 July 1977. Attached are "Slibco Site Committee Reference Data, 1977," and "Revegetation Plan for City of Scranton Reclamation Project," Prepared by Walter H. Davidson, May 1977.

Box 2: Undated Correspondence

  • James J. McGee, Jr. to Paul Solomon. Attached is "The Hill Neighborhood Association: Toward a Neighborhood Preservation Process," City of Scranton, Department of Community Development, April 1977.
  • Major Lee White to Adrian Ross, Sr.

Box 3: Reports, Studies and Planning Documents

  • Outline of Four Major Elements of the Proposed Regional Marketing Program (Second Draft), July 27, 1981.
  • Marketing the Pocono Northeast in the 80s (Eight Draft Summary), July, 30, 1981.
  • Comprehensive Multi-Purpose Urban Development Action Grant, March 26, 1980.
  • Scranton Investment Feasibility Studies by Leung, Hemmler and Camayd, Architects and Planners and John Cognetti, Realtor, Hinerfield Realty Company, June 4, 1980.
  • Business Organized to Oversee Scranton Taxes Organizational Manual, 1973.
  • Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company, Financial Statements, June 30, 1978.
  • Land and Buildings of Slibco, Summary Inventory, October 1978.
  • Agreement Report of Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises, June 1974.
  • Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company, Statement of Leasehold Accounts as of December 31, 1973.
  • "Revegetation of Extinguished Mine Fire Site, Cedar Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania," A proposal submitted to the United States Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior, by The Pennsylvania State University, November 1972.

Box 3: Correspondence

  • John M. Darcy to William W. Scranton, 31 January, 1981.
  • Anthony M. Caruso to Howard Grossman, 2 January 1980. Attached is a document entitled, "City of Scranton Office o fEconomic and Community Development, Eugene F. Hickey, Mayor, Anthony M. Caruso, Executive Director, Notice to Prospective Builders," undated.
  • William J. Memolo to Joel Fink, 19 January 1978 with Project Description attached.
  • Bernie Blier to William W. Scranton, 27 January 1978 with related attachments.
  • Bernie Blier to Mayor Gene Hickey, 2 February 1978.
  • Bernie Blier to William W. Scranton, 9 February 1978 with related attachments.
  • Austin J. Burke to Harry Moore, 31 July 1978 with related attachments.
  • James Hope to William W. Scranton, 10 August 1977 with related attachments.

This collection also contains various promotional materials on the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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