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Series X. Ephemeral Materials, 1878-1947

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains ephemeral records that did not directly correspond to other series within the Helen Clay Frick Foundation Archives. This series is divided into four subseries: Record Books, Civic Material, Railroad Records, and Engraving Plates. The materials in this series include correspondence, memorandum, notes, copybooks, administrative reports, bound ledgers, and engraving plates. The material dates from 1878 to 1947.

Subseries 1. Record Books, 1878-1942

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains record books, notebooks, receipt books, and a check register. Much of the material has very little writing in them and are not labeled. The stock and bond book provides a list of business contacts and numbers of total value shares. Information in the rent ledger provides very little information and contains only a small list of supplies. The materials in this subseries date from 1878 to 1942.


Box 53
Folder 1 A.W. Mellon Receipt Book, October 1, 1888-August 16, 1900
Folder 2 A.W. Mellon’s Pocket Book, February 26, 1891-August 4, 1893
Folder 3 Miniature Pocket Notebook, 1923-1924
Folder 4 Memoranda Record Book, 1895-1896
Folder 5 Notes, Receipts, and Pamphlets, 1878-1914
Folder 6 Index Book, 1889-1891
Folder 7 Record Book, Letters from James M. Atcheson, October 29, 1895- Jan. 27, 1896
Folder 8 Record Book, C. & H.R.R. Company, (blank), December 20, 1905
Folder 9 Record Book, Union Land Company, (blank), June 21, 1889-June 28, 1889
Folder 10 Check Register, (blank), November 17, 1939-January 8, 1942

Box 54
Folder 1 Ledger Pages (Stocks), 1913-1914

Box 55
Volume 1 Stock and Bonds Book, September 1, 1888
Volume 2 Rent Ledger No. 4 Transfer, A. W. Mellon, March 13, 1902

Box 56
Volume 1 Ledger, 1917-1918
Volume 2 Ledger, 1918-1919

Subseries 2. Civic Material, 1899-1919

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains material related to civic and political functions in Pittsburgh. The material includes a senate resolution, improvement bills, estimates, statements, residential specifications, maps, and a court case. The Schenley court case involved the moving of a historic monument for the development a plot of land which Mary Schenley owned. The material dates from 1899 to 1919.


Box 57
Folder 1 Senate Resolution, 1899-1927
Folder 2 Senate Improvement Bill, undated
Folder 3 Daughters of the American Revolution vs. Mary E. Schenley, 1902
Folder 4 City and County Improvements, 1913-1919
Folder 5 Comparative Statement of Traffic, September 1910, 1911
Folder 6 List of Industrial Plants in the Pittsburgh District, undated
Folder 7 Estimates, 1899, 1900
Folder 8 Specification, Gymnasium and Residence, undated
Folder 9 Illustrations and Maps, 1908-1919

Subseries 3. Railroad Records, 1902-1913

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains railroad records mainly containing Pennsylvania Railroad shipments, correspondence, agreements, and court cases. Also included in this subseries is a letterpress copybook labeled the Pennsylvania Railroad, “Warehouse Project.” The project pertains to the 1905 warehouses and freight station which distributed goods at the “Point” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, it was torn down in the early 1950s to make way for Point State Park. This copybook contains outgoing copies mostly from Frick to Alexander J. Cassatt, the President of the Pennsylvania Railroad. However, there are some letters addressed to Frank F. Nicola, a Pittsburgh real estate developer. The remaining letters pertain to Andrew Mellon, Francis F. Lovejoy, Philander C. Knox, Mr. D.T. Watson, and a few others. The material dates from 1902 to 1913.


Box 58
Folder 1 “Warehouse Project” Letterpress Copybook, April 19, 1902-July 16, 1913
Folder 2 Pennsylvania Railroad Shipments, June 30, 1910-June 30, 1913
Folder 3 Pennsylvania Railroad, October 11, 1919, undated
Folder 4 Fort Smith & Western Railroad, January 4, 1899-March 30, 1901
Folder 5 Cambria Steel Company and Pennsylvania Railroad, 1905-1909

Subseries 4. Engraving Plates, 1929

Scope and Content Notes:

This series includes printing and steel engraving plates. The printing plates include three miscellaneous engraving plates and three steel engraving plates which contain portraits of Frick. The larger steel plate is a bust of Frick and was engraved by E.G. Williams & Brothers. The two smaller ones are of Frick seated in a chair. One of the small steel engravings was done by Timothy Cole in 1929. The portrait of Frick seated in a chair has been reproduced in books, including Martha Frick Symington Sanger’s Henry Clay Frick: An Intimate Portrait. Most of the plates are undated and only one has a corresponding date of 1929.


Box 59
Item 1 Print Engravings, undated
Item 2 Print Engravings, undated
Item 3 Print Engravings, Portrait of Today’s Smart Shopper, undated

Box 60
Item 1 Print Engraving, unidentified house, undated
Item 2 Large Steel Engraving Plate, "Bust of Frick," undated
Item 3 Small Steel Engraving Plate, "Frick Seated," undated
Item 4 Small Steel Engraving Plate, "Frick Seated," 1929