Summary Information
Title: Charles M. Schwab Correspondence
Collection Number: AIS.1994.02
Creator: Schwab, Charles M., 1862-1939

Collection Dates: 1891
Extent: 0.44 linear feet (25 items)

Language: English

Abstract:
This correspondence consists primarily of incoming letters and telegrams, dated 1891, sent to Charles M. Schwab while he worked as general superintendent of the Edgar Thompson Steel Works and Furnaces in Braddock, Pa.
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:

1994
Author:

Finding aid prepared by ASC staff.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

Biography

Charles M. Schwab was born on April 18, 1862, in Williamsburg, Pa., and grew up in Loretto, Pa. In 1879, he began working for the Carnegie Co. as a stake-driver in engineering corps of Edgar Thompson Steel Works and Furnaces in Braddock, Pa. This plant formed part of Carnegie Brothers Co., Limited. Schwab was frequently promoted while working at the Edgar Thompson Steel Works, and in 1886, Carnegie appointed him to the position of general superindentent at the Homestead works. In 1889 Schwab became general superintendent of the Edgar Thompson Steel Works and later went on to become the president of Carnegie Steel Company, Limited. During the years 1901-3 Schwab was president of U.S. Steel Corporation, and bought Bethlehem Steel Corporation.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This correspondence consists primarily of incoming letters and telegrams dated 1891 sent to Charles M. Schwab while he worked as general superintendent of the Edgar Thompson Steel Works and Furnaces in Braddock, Pa. The letters include three typed, signed letters from Henry Clay Frick written during September 1891. J.G.A. Leishman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Carnegie Brothers Co. Limited, and F.T.F. Lovejoy, Secretary of the firm, wrote several letters, mainly dealing with daily activities. The collection contains 20 letters and 5 telegrams received by Charles M. Schwab.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Industries -- Pennsylvania -- Braddock
  • Steel industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Braddock -- History
  • Steel industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Steel industry and trade -- United States -- History
  • Supervisors, Industrial -- Pennsylvania -- Braddock -- History

Personal Names
  • Frick, Henry Clay, 1849-1919 -- Correspondence

Category
  • Business and Industry
  • Personal papers

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

The Charles Schwab Papers were purchased from Schoyer's Books by Charles Aston, University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections, and then donated to ais in 1994.

Preferred Citation:

Charles M. Schwab Correspondence, 1891, AIS.1994.02, Archives Services Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

The Charles M. Schwab Collection.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by AIS Staff in 1994. The finding aid has been adapted from paper to electronic format.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Kate Colligan on January 22, 1999. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog, Notis ID number: AKG3743.

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
Folder 1 Utley, E.H., Pittsburgh. To C.M. Schwab, General Superintendent, Bessemer, Pa. March 16, 1891 (

Concerns enclosed complaint letter from G.M. Beach, General Superintendent of Pittsburgh Lake Erie Railroad Co., about coal cars being damaged by men at Carnegie's furnaces when unloading ore and loading with coke.

Cosgrove, Thomas, Bessemer, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Braddock, Pa., March 18, 1891 (

Explanation of situation with coal cars being damaged by men at Edgar Thomson Steel Works and Furnaces.

Leishman, J.G.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa., August 5, 1891 (

Concerns amount of spiegel on hand.

Leishman, J.G.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. August 5, 1891 (

Concerns amount of spiegel on hand.

Utley, E.H., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa., August 19, 1891 (

Asks Schwab to test piece of rail received from Lake Shore people.

Leishman, J.G.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. September 9,1891 (

Concerns complaint letter sent by Mr. Frazier, Chief Engineer at C. O. Railroad, about Mr. White's (from Edgar Thomson Steel Works and Furnaces) handling of problem of defective rails. Leishman told Schwab to resolve this situation.

White, E.B., Bessemer, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa., September 11, 1891 (

Explains and updates situation with C. O. Railroad about defective rails.

Frick, Henry Clay, Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. September 22, 1891 (

Asks Schwab to come to Pittsburgh office to discuss "the question of kind of notice to post notifying our men of the termination of the present p agreement existing between us."

Frick, Henry Clay, Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. September 22, 1891 (

Concerns Purple Ore mixture.

Galey, James, Bessemer, Pa. To H.C. Frick, Pittsburgh, Pa. September 23, 1891 (

Responds to Frick's letter of Sept. 22 to Schwab concerning Purple Ore.

Frick, H.C., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. September 29, 1891 (

Concerns sketches and studies by Thomas Shields illustrating "The Industries of Pittsburgh".

U. Baird Machinery Co., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M Schwab, Braddock, Pa. October 7, 1891 (

Letter and promotional circular about the Moffet Portable Drill.

Carnegie Natural Gas Co., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Edgar Thomson Steel Works, Pa. November 19, 1891 (

Concerns discontinuing use of natural gas at Edgar Thomson Steel Works, Pa.

Lovejoy, F.T.F., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M.Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. November 21, 1891 (

Concerns tickets for Mozart concert.

Leishman, J.G.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M.Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. December 1, 1891 (

Encloses drawing of most popular street rail.

Lovejoy, F.T.F., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. December 3, 1891 (

Recommendation letter for T.J. McCarthey.

Lovejoy, F.T.F., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. December 7, 1891 (

Letter with enclosed letter and brochure describing a water purifier.

Leishman, J.G.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. December 8, 1891 (

Reply to Schwab's letter complaining that Duquesne takes men from Edgar Thomson Works.

Lovejoy, F.T.F., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. December 18, 1891 (

Wants Schwab to investigate plant's shipping of more expensive, higher grade iron to Homestead Open Hearth Department, while only charging for basic or off-grade price.

Porterfield, H.A., Bessemer, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Braddock, Pa. December 31, 1891 (

Recounts results of Porterfield's trip to New York.

Frick, H.C., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. May 7, 1891 (

Discusses arrangement for Carnegie's visit.

Leishman, J.G.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. May 1891 (

Discusses Schwab's upcoming visit.

Leishman, J.G.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. August 29, 1891 (

Inquires about Schwab's trip to Chicago.

Leishman, J.G.A., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. August 31, 1891 (

Discusses meeting times.

Frick, H.C., Pittsburgh, Pa. To C.M. Schwab, Bessemer, Pa. September 19, 1891 (

Informs Schwab that Frick will discuss Packer matter next Monday.