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Series V. President's Office Files, 1930-1939

Scope and Content Notes:

The stock market crash of October 29, 1929, impacted Rust Engineering as it did nearly all businesses. Correspondence from this time shows that in the early 1930s, the company was forced to let many employees go and cut the salaries of most others, often more than once. S.M. Rust pulled funds from his personal savings to secure loans. Rust Engineering survived the hardship through its versatility, taking on any jobs, large or small, that it could secure.

In 1936, the National Recovery Administration's (NRA) "codes of fair competition" became a major concern for Rust Engineering and many other corporations. Part of Roosevelt's New Deal to restore the economy and pull the nation out of depression, NRA codes were intended to discourage aggressive competition by setting minimum wages and maximum hours for workers. Following the codes was not required by law, but public boycotts of companies that could not display the Blue Eagle symbol of compliance pressured businesses to conform. Rust Engineering was affected by a number of codes, and fearing that the cuts were too drastic and could severely impair the company's ability to function, E.M. Rust of the Washington office formed a committee to have certain exceptions made under the constructor's code. He argued that "engineering constructors", which handle both design work and construction, operate differently than pure construction companies and required different rules. The NRA code files contain correspondence and other documents that trace these efforts, which were ultimately successful.

During the 1930s, S.M. Rust, Jr. worked closely with his father and became operating manager in 1939. S.M. Rust, Sr., still president, began building his estate "Murray Hill" in Leesburg, Virginia, and had his son and other officers send daily reports to keep track of office activity. After 1939, the files become primarily those of S.M.Rust, Jr.

Subseries 1. Correspondence


Box 22
Folder 01-04 S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1930
Folder 5 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1930
Folder 6 New York Office correspondence, 1930
Folder 07-08 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1930
Folder 09-10 S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1931

Box 23
Folder 01-02 Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1931
Folder 3 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1931
Folder 4 New York Office correspondence, 1931
Folder 5 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1931
Folder 06-08 S.M. Rust correspondence, January-August, 1932

Box 24
Folder 1 S.M. Rust correspondence, September-December, 1932
Folder 2 Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1932
Folder 3 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1932
Folder 4 New York Office correspondence, 1932
Folder 5 Philadelphia Office correspondence, 1932-1939
Folder 06-07 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1932
Folder 08-09 S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1933
Folder 10 Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1933
Folder 11 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1933
Folder 12 New York Office correspondence, 1933

Box 25
Folder 1 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1933
Folder 02-03 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence -- E.M. Rust, 1933
Folder 04-07 S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1934
Folder 8 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1934
Folder 9 New York Office correspondence, 1934
Folder 10-11 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1934

Box 26
Folder 01-02 S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1935
Folder 3 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1935
Folder 4 New York Office correspondence, 1935
Folder 05-07 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1935
Folder 08-10 S.M. Rust Day File, January-December, 1935

Box 27
Folder 01-04 S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1936
Folder 5 Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1936
Folder 6 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1936
Folder 7 Chicago Office correspondence, 1936
Folder 8 New York Office correspondence, 1936
Folder 09-12 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1936

Box 28
Folder 01-04 S.M. Rust Day File, January-December, 1936
Folder 05-07 S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1937

Box 29
Folder 1 Interoffice correspondence, 1937
Folder 2 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1937
Folder 2 Chicago Office correspondence, 1937
Folder 3 New York Office correspondence, 1937
Folder 04-06 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1937
Folder 7 S.M. Rust Day File, January-February, 1937

Box 30
Folder 01-05 S.M. Rust Day File, March-December, 1937
Folder 6 S.M. Rust Correspondence, 1938

Box 31
Folder 01-02 S.M. Rust Correspondence, 1938
Folder 03-07 S.M. Rust Day File, January-September, 1938

Box 32
Folder 01-02 S.M. Rust Day File, October-December, 1938
Folder 03-09 General Day File, March-December, 1938
Folder 10 Birmingham Office correspondence, March-April, 1938

Box 33
Folder 01-03 Birmingham Office correspondence, May-December, 1938
Folder 4 Chicago Office correspondence, 1938
Folder 5 New York Office correspondence, 1938
Folder 06-07 Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1938

Box 34
Folder 1 Correspondence, 1939
Folder 02-03 S.M. Rust Day File, January-August, 1939
Folder 04-05 S.M. Rust, Jr. Day File, January-December, 1939
Folder 06-07 Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1939
Folder 8 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1939

Box 35
Folder 1 Birmingham Office correspondence, 1939
Folder 2 New York Office correspondence, 1939
Folder 03-04 Personal mail and trade articles, 1930-1939

Subseries 2. Job Files

Scope and Content Notes:

Job files contain documents related to the acquisition of jobs, such as proposals and contracts, as well as folders on individual jobs filed alphabetically by client name. More information about these jobs, as well as those which did not receive their own folders can be found in the correspondence files. The type of work, location, job number, and dates have been included where possible.

Folder 5 Prospects, 1930
Folder 6 Prospects handled by R.R. Cutler, 1930-1938
Folder 7 Prospects handled by John English, 1931
Folder 8 Prospects handled by C.A. Sheldon, 1931-1932
Folder 9 Prospects handled by G.P. Prather, 1938
Folder 10 Proposals, 1930
Folder 11-13 Contracts, 1930-1939

Box 36
Folder 1 Contracts, 1938-1939
Folder 2 Construction Department contracts, 1931
Folder 03-05 Labor cost reports by contract, 1930-1931
Folder 06-07 Bartlett Hayward Company, gas holder foundations (Job #3026) Chillum Road, MD, 1934-1935
Folder 8 Charles L. Stockhausen & Co., architect, government funded apartment complex, Pittsburgh, PA, 1931
Folder 9 City of Pittsburgh, garbage incinerators, 1932
Folder 10 District of Columbia, "O" Street and Georgetown incinerators (Job #2817& 2843), Washington, D.C., 1931-1932

Box 37
Folder 1 District of Columbia, district heating system (proposal by Rust), 1935
Folder 2 Georgia School of Technology, School of Aeronautics, wind tunnel, Atlanta, Georgia, 1931
Folder 3 Gulf Refining Company, pump house (Job #2629), Cleves, Ohio, 1931
Folder 4 Guntersville Bridge blueprint (client unknown), 1938
Folder 5 H. Craig Severance, Inc., apartment house, Pittsburgh, PA, 1931
Folder 6 Town of Leesburg, VA, sewage system and disposal plant, Leesburg, VA, 1935-1936
Folder 7 Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, rebuilding boilers, Sayre, PA, 1930
Folder 08-09 Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, railroad bridge (Job# 2778-9), Weequahic Park, NJ, 1932
Folder 10 Pangborn Corporation, building (Job #2900), Hagerstown, MD, 1932-1934
Folder 11 Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, brickwork (Job #3147), Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 1935-1936.
Folder 12 Southern States Cooperative Mills, grain elevator (Job #3127), Baltimore, MD, 1934
Folder 13 Tennessee Valley Authority, alterations to Tennessee River Bridge (Job #3626), Guntersville, AL, 1938
Folder 14 Tennessee Valley Authority, blast furnace, Muscle Shoals, AL, 1934
Folder 15 Terry Steam Turbine Company, plant, Hartford, CT, 1934
Folder 16 Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company -- warehouse, (Job #2882), Mansfield, Ohio, 1932
Folder 17 Westvaco Chlorine Products, Inc., plant, South Charleston, WV, 1931

Box 38
Folder 1 Wheeling Steel Corporation, mill foundations (Job #3062), location unknown, 1934
Folder 2 U.S. Government (War Department), addition to Wright Field heating plant (Job #3051), Wright, Ohio, 1934-1936
Folder 3 Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, mill foundations (Job #3103), Youngstown, Ohio, 1934-1935
Folder 4 Unknown company and project, riots at job (Job# 2776-2777), Ashland, KY, 1932

Subseries 3. Paper Mill Job Files

Scope and Content Notes:

General files on paper mill jobs are filed by year at the start of the series, while individual jobs are arranged alphabetically by company name.

Folder 05-09 Paper mills, multiple jobs, 1934-1937

Box 39
Folder 1 Paper mills, multiple jobs, 1938-1939
Folder 2 Paper mill issue of The Tidewater News, 1938
Folder 3 Albemarle Paper Manufacturing Company, Brooks-Scanlon Corporation -- plant, Richmond, VA, 1939
Folder 4 Brooks-Scanlon Corporation, kraft Mill, Foley, FL, 1937-1938
Folder 05-09 Chesapeake-Camp Paper Company contract, paper mill, Franklin, VA, 1936-1937

Box 40
Folder 01-02 Chesapeake-Camp Paper Company, paper mill, Franklin, VA, 1937-1938
Folder 03-05 Crossett Lumber Company, kraft pulp and paper mill (Job # 3617), Crossett, AR, January-September, 1936

Box 41
Folder 01-05 Crossett Lumber Company, kraft pulp and paper mill, Crossett, AR, October, 1936-January, 1939
Folder 6 Crossett Mill progress reports, 1937
Folder 7 Crossett Mill cost estimates, 1938
Folder 8 Equitable Paper Bag Company, Inc., pulp mill, Orange, TX, 1936-1937
Folder 9 Fernandina Pulp and Paper Company, pulp mill (Job #3551), Fernandina, FL, 1938-1939

Box 42
Folder 1 Florida Pulp and Paper Company, pulp and paper mill (Job #3960), Pensacola, FL, ca. 1937
Folder 2 Hollingsworth & Whitney Company, paper mill, Mobile, AL, 1938-1939
Folder 3 Hytest Newsprint Company, newsprint mill, Rome, GA, 1936-1937
Folder 4 Riegel Paper Company, paper and pulp mill, Acme, NC, 1938
Folder 5 Rust Family, S.M. Rust Residence "Murray Hill", Leesburg, VA (Job #IB3598), 1939
Folder 6 St. Joe Paper Company, paper mill, St. Joe, FL, 1936-1937
Folder 7 Southern Kraft Corporation, recovery plant, Panama City, FL, 1930

Section: Southland Paper Company, paper mill, Lufkin, TX, 1937-1938

Subseries 4. Subject Files


Box 43.1
Oversize 1 Patent Applications, 1930-1936

Box 44
Folder 1 Blueprints and instructions for the Furnace and Chimney Divisions, 1930
Folder 2 Accident reports and insurance policies, 1930
Folder 3 Purchase of Vulcan Tile and Brick Company, 1930
Folder 4 Patents for steam heating devices, 1930-1931
Folder 5 Financial Information handled by C.F. Drew, 1930-1937
Folder 6 Purchase of plant from Elkland Fire Brick Company, 1931
Folder 7 Articles on price fixing, wages, and economic decline, ca. 1931
Folder 8 Negotiations with the Pittsburgh Cut Stone Company, 1942
Folder 10 Bulletins from the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, 1932-1936
Folder 12 Cold Metal Process Company, controlling stock, 1933-1934
Folder 13-14 NRA Codes, 1933
Folder 15 NRA Codes by Associated General Contractors of America, 1933

Box 45
Folder 1 NRA Codes by the Engineering Constructors Group, 1933
Folder 02-04 NRA Codes, 1934
Folder 5 Settlement of A.H. Blair account, 1934-1935
Folder 6 Birmingham Fabricating Company agreements, 1934-1935
Folder 7 Purchase of Woodbridge Brick Plant, 1936-1937
Folder 8 Sales representative in Carolinas, T.C. Heyward, 1936
Folder 9 Legal council on the Fair Labor Act of 1938 and other issues, 1938-1940
Folder 10 Purchase and management of Virginia Highlands Property, 1935-1937
Folder 11 Masonry Chimney Association, 1936
Folder 12 Agreements and cost sheets, undated