Summary Information
Title: Oliver Iron and Steel Company Records
Collection Number: AIS.1964.06
Creator: Oliver Iron and Steel Company.

Collection Dates: 1863-1959
Extent: 5.0 linear feet

Language: English

Abstract:
Henry William Oliver's steel company evolved from its creation in 1863 as a manufacturer of nuts and bolts to one of the largest manufacturers of bar iron and iron specialties in the United States by 1880. In 1888, the company was incorporated under the name Oliver Iron and Steel. Oliver's company dealt with the Carnegie Steel Company and also made agreements with Henry Clay Frick. The collection includes a minute book of the board of directors, charters, agreements, patents, partnership agreements, mortgages, trade catalogs, and scrapbooks on the life of Henry W. Oliver (1840-1904).
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

1964
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center Staff. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process in January 2002.
Revision Description:
September 2, 2014:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002; addition of oversized volumes.

History

Henry W. Oliver was born on February 25, 1840, in Ireland and two years later his family settled in Pittsburgh. Oliver began working at the age of thirteen as a messenger boy for the National Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh. Oliver worked at various jobs until 1861 when he served in the Civil War. In 1863, he formed a partnership with William J. Lewis and John Phillips to create the firm of Lewis, Oliver and Phillips to manufacture nuts and bolts on a small scale. By 1866, two of his brothers joined the firm and in 1880, they formed the firm, Oliver Brothers and Phillips. By this time, the company was one of the largest manufacturers of bar iron and iron specialties in the United States. In 1888, the company incorporated under the name of Oliver Iron and Steel Company. Oliver was involved in working with the Mesabi Ore region in Minnesota and became politically active with the Republican Party in Pittsburgh. He married Edith Cassidy in 1862. The Olivers had one daughter. Oliver died February 8, 1904.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection includes a minute book of the board of directors, charters, agreements, patents, and partnership agreements 1863-1891 of Lewis, Oliver and Phillips. Further documentation includes mortgages and patents from 1887-1891 of the Oliver Coke and Furnace Company, miscellaneous records from 1888 of the Hainesworth Steel Company, and trade catalogs. The collection contains scrapbooks about the life of Henry W. Oliver, 1840-1904 as well as published genealogical information about the Oliver and Rea families.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Industries -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Iron industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Steel industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Corporate Names
  • Hainesworth Steel Company.
  • Oliver Coke and Furnace Company.
  • Oliver Iron and Steel Company.

Personal Names
  • Oliver, Henry William, 1840-1904

Genres/Forms
  • Business records

Category
  • Business and Industry
  • Personal papers

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

This collection was a gift of Henry Oliver Rea on January 15, 1964.

Preferred Citation:

Oliver Iron and Steel Company, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1863-1930, 1959, AIS.1964.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Oliver Iron and Steel Company Papers, Pittsburgh, PA, Records, 1863-1930, 1959, AIS 64:4, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in 1964.

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.


Collection Inventory

Box 1
Folder 1 Agreement with Carnegie Steel Company, Limited and Henry W. Oliver, January 2, 1897
Folder 2 Certificate of Registration for Bolts, March 12, 1930
Folder 3 Copy of Option to H. W. Oliver, December 17, 1900
Folder 4 Dissolving Partnership Lewis - Oliver and Phillips September 1, 1880
Folder 5 Articles of Agreement between Lewis, Oliver and Phillips, September 11, 1866
Folder 6 Agreement between Carnegie Steel Company, Limited and Oliver and Snyder Steel Company, January, 1899
Folder 7 Oliver Iron and Steel Corporation - Patents, January 18, 1918-April 1, 1952
Folder 8 Oliver Iron and Steel Corporation - Patents, September 6, 1921-March 27,1951
Folder 9 Agreement between Carnegie Brothers Company, Limited and Henry Oliver, January 20, 1891
Folder 10 Lease, April 3, 1901
Folder 11 Agreements, December 15, 1900
Folder 12 Rent Stubs, 1901-1903
Folder 13 Order from Oliver Brothers and Phillips, December 19, 1883
Folder 14 Oliver Iron and Steel Corporation--Canadian Patents, November 25, 1924-August 25, 1931
Folder 15 Assignment William J. Lewis to Henry W. Oliver, Jr. August 6, 1880
Folder 16 Lake Superior Iron Mines to Carnegie Steel Company Consent of 1/6 Interest in Ore Sales Contracts, May 1, 1900
Folder 17 Agreement with H.C. Frick, 1890
Folder 18 Articles of Agreement of Co-Partnership, Lewis, Oliver and Phillips, September 11, 1867
Folder 19 Articles of Co-Partnership Lewis, Oliver and Phillips, September 11, 1867
Folder 20 Henry Oliver Jr. Statement Regarding James Smith Interest, September 1, 1888

Box 2
Volume 1 Oliver Iron and Steel Company Catalogue of Bolt Making Machinery, Pittsburgh, PA
Volume 2 Mortgage by Oliver Coke and Furnace Company to Fidelity Title and Trust, September 15, 1891
Volume 3 Catalogue of Lewis, Oliver and Phillips, Manufacturers of Merchant Iron--Wagon and Heavy Hardware, Pittsburgh, PA
Volume 4 Samuel Rea, 1725-1811 and his Descendants, Genealogy, Published 1959
Volume 5 Henry (William) Oliver, 1807-1888 and his Descendants, Genealogy, Published 1959

Box 3
Volume 6 Minute Book for Hainesworth Steel Company, August 31, 1888-March 31, 1897
Volume 7 Scrapbook on Henry William Oliver's Death, February 8, 1904

Box 4
Volume Oliver Coke and Furnace Co., Board of Directors, Minutes, May 1, 1891—October 26, 1914

Box 5
Volume Oliver Iron and Steel, Board of Directors, Minutes, December 28, 1887—December 18, 1922

Box 6
Volume “Schedule A” -- Real Estate of Oliver Brothers and Phillips to Oliver Iron and Steel Co. 1863-1933