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Summary Information

Title: Henry Clay Frick Business Records
Collection Number: AIS.2002.06
Creator: Frick, Henry Clay, 1849-1919
Creator: Helen Clay Frick Foundation.

Collection Dates: 1862-1987
Extent: 250.0 linear feet

Language: English

The Henry Clay Frick Business Records contain material reflecting the business and financial activities of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) with particular relevance to Pittsburgh and the western Pennsylvania region. These materials highlight Frick’s ascent into prominence during a period of American industrial growth. The resources range from Frick’s initial forays into business, including his first coal firm, H.C. Frick & Company, to his negotiations that facilitated the mega merger that formed United States Steel Corporation in 1899. Some of Frick’s most prominent associates were many of the steel and financial titans of the Gilded Age, including Andrew Carnegie, Charles Schwab, Andrew Mellon, Henry Oliver, H.H. Rogers, Henry Phipps, and J.P. Morgan. Frick especially kept in frequent correspondence with Andrew Carnegie among many others as noted in the collection material. The bulk of the collection dates from 1881 to 1914, when Frick was most active in the coal and steel industry in Pittsburgh. Digital reproductions of this collection are available online.