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Southwest Pennsylvania U.S. Steel Mines collection

 Collection
Identifier: CCHC1

Scope and Contents

The Southwestern Pennsylvania U.S. Steel Mines collection was donated to the Coal and Coke Heritage Center upon the closure of a local USX office. Most of the materials include the name of the Corporation's partner: H.C. Frick Company.The collection spans the company's activities in Southwestern Pennsylvania, mainly Fayette County, from 1840-1983. It includes materials that were employed for the purpose of maintaining mine operations, such as blueprints, maps, and reference manuals. Also, present are ledgers on the cost of operations, as well as pay ledgers from associating companies. Materials in the collection denote the industrial standards of the day and provide a glimpse into corporate news. The collection includes a large photo series, the bulk of which chronicles the company-sponsored lawn and garden contests among employees living in company-owned homes, picnics. The remainder of the collection encompasses records that were utilized in public and employee relations functions, such as scrapbooks of newspaper publicity and issues of the company's corporate magazine.

The collection does not provide an overall glimpse of the function of the U.S. Steel Corporation or provide information on its locations outside of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Employee records are also not present in this collection beyond the payroll ledgers of associative companies, such as Brown Fuel Company. Many of the photographs are not properly labeled and do not provide information on the people, places, and technology documented.

Dates

  • 1840-1983

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of the photographs contained in this collection is permitted without the consent of the Coal and Coke Heritage Center. All permitted reproduction or publication will be governed by the terms and fees stipulated by the Coal and Coke Heritage Center. Please contact the Center for more information.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Julie M. Porterfield in 2012.

Extent

15.0 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Southwestern Pennsylvania U.S. Steel Mines collection spans the company's activities in Southwestern Pennsylvania, mainly Fayette County, from 1840-1983 and includes materials that were employed for the purpose of maintaining mine operations. The remainder of the collection gives a glimpse of industrial standards for the time and company news, as well as chronicles the company-sponsored lawn and garden contests among employees living in company-owned homes.The collection includes a large photo series, the bulk of which chronicles the company-sponsored lawn and garden contests among employees living in company-owned homes, picnics. The remainder of the collection encompasses records that were utilized in public and employee relations functions, such as scrapbooks of newspaper publicity and issues of the company's corporate magazine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was received from a USX employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, upon the closing of a local USX office. It was received in 2 installments in 1993 and 1994.

Accruals

No additional accruals are expected.

Biographical / Historical

The United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) had its beginnings in the 1881 partnership between Henry Clay Frick's H.C. Frick & Company and Andrew Carnegie's Carnegie Steel. Later in 1901, J. P. Morgan and Elbert H. Gary purchased Carnegie Steel and merged the company with their holdings in the Federal Steel Company. The result of this merger was the United States Steel Corporation. In the 1980s, the company expanded its activities into the energy sector with the acquisition of the Marathon Oil Company and the Texas Oil & Gas Corporation. As a result, in 1986 the company changed its name to the USX Corporation to reflect the diversification of its business ventures. However, in 2002, the company reorganized again and its steel related endeavors retook their title as the United States Steel Corporation. Its energy related business was named the Marathon Oil Corporation.

Henry Clay Frick operated several mines in Southwestern Pennsylvania that provided coal and coke for Carnegie Steel.

Title
Guide to the U.S. Steel Mines collection of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Status
Published
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2018-08: Amanda Peters completed revisions to the photographs series.
  • 2022-02: Abby Tancin updated the collection titlte from "U.S. Steel Corporation record" to "Southwestern Pennsylvania U.S. Sleet Mines collection."

Repository Details

Part of the Coal and Coke Heritage Center Repository

Contact:
Coal and Coke Heritage Center
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace PA 15456 United States
724-430-4160