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Subseries 4. Employees and Business Transactions, 1888-1919

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries includes correspondence with various Carnegie employees such as George “Dod” Lauder, cousin of Andrew Carnegie; William A. Abbott, Chairman and President of Carnegie, Phipps, & Company, Limited; Daniel Ashworth, Consulting Engineer for Carnegie Brothers & Company, Ltd. and Carnegie, Phipps, and Company, Limited; Henry Phipps, Jr., business partner; J. W. Vandervolt, a friend of Carnegie; and John G. A. Leishman, Treasurer and Vice Chairman for Carnegie Brothers & Company, Limited.

Other correspondence in this series pertains to patent issues, armor plate production, and travel concerns. The letters regarding travel were written by George Lauder. After the horrific flood at Johnstown on June 4, 1889, Lauder wrote Carnegie, “The newspaper accounts of Johnstown are not over drawn, everyone who has been up says that no description can be given to equal the reality.” This letter was originally dated May 4th, but according to the content it was incorrectly dated.

There are also folders that consist of materials pertaining to James Howard Bridge, the author of The Inside History of the Carnegie Steel Company: A Romance of Millions. Bridge once worked with Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. Many of the letters are from Bridge to Frick, but there are also some addressed to Mr. Francis W. McElroy. Some of the correspondence pertains to his publication, the Stanley Committee, and the option to buyout Carnegie in 1899.

Folder 8 Abbott, William A., August 30, 1889-December 10, 1891
Folder 9 Ashworth, Daniel, January 21-June 29, 1891
Folder 10 Ashworth, Daniel, January 16-April 30, 1892
Folder 11 Bosworth, Mahlon M., Feb. 12, 1898, April 16, 1901
Folder 12 Bridge, James H., August 6, 1903-March 31, 1906
Folder 13 Bridge, James H., undated
Folder 14 Bridge, James H., August 25, 1903-August 14, 1930
Folder 15 Clapp, Moses E., September 7, 1912, September 10, 1912
Folder 16 “Jack,” July 25, 1900, July 28, 1900, August 28, 1900
Folder 17 Knox, Philander C., November 13, 1903-May 29, 1919
Folder 18 Lauder, George “Dod,” January 14, 1889-November 23, 1892
Folder 19 Leishman, J.G.A., August 23, 1889-August 28, 1891
Folder 20 Leishman, J.G.A., August 18, 1891-June 16, 1892
Folder 21 Lovejoy, F.T.F., August 31, 1912, October 2, 1912
Folder 22 Mellon, Andrew W., January 20, 1898
Folder 23 Phipps, Henry Jr., July 25, 1889-January 25, 1900, undated
Folder 24 Pitcairn, Robert, Sept. 4, 1888, September 28, 1888
Folder 25 Thompson, Frank, 1899, 1904
Folder 26 Unnamed Correspondence, 1888-1914
Folder 27 Vandervolt, J.W., December 12, 1891
Folder 28 Watson, D.T., December 6, 1888