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Subseries 1. Scrapbooks, 1884-1896

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains twenty-eight scrapbooks with newspaper and industry publication clippings from a variety of periodicals from the Pittsburgh area including Allegheny, Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. Some of the more common clippings are from the following publications: the Independent (Scottdale, Pa), Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh Post,Pittsburgh Dispatch,Connellsville Courier,Commercial Gazette,Uniontown Democrat, and Mt. Pleasant Journal. Industry publications include American Manufacturer and The Ohio Valley Manufacturer. These clippings were maintained by the company and concern the interests of the H.C. Frick Coke Company and the coke industry as a whole. Clippings document a wide variety of subjects, which include but are not limited to strikes and riots (Volumes 1, 8, 9, and 10), labor (Volume 3), transportation concerns (Volume 6), ethnicity issues (Volume 3), and Frick’s philanthropy in the Connellsville Region (Volume 22). The researcher should be aware the topics vary within individual volumes.

Each scrapbook contains a weekly “Report of the Operation and Output of the Coke Ovens of the Connellsville Region.” This was published in the Connellsville Courier and provides the name of the works, operator, number of ovens owned, number of ovens in operation that week, and estimated tonnage for the week. This information documents Frick’s rise in the coke industry, along with the output of his competitors in the region. These clipping even note the weekly, sometimes daily, ups and downs of the coke industry. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically and are numbered according to the original volume numbers found on the books. The scrapbooks date from 1884 to 1896.


Box 488
Volume 1 Scrapbook, March 22, 1884-August 18, 1887

Box 489
Volume 2 Scrapbook, August 19, 1887-November 2, 1888

Box 490
Volume 3 Scrapbook, November 2, 1888-August 18, 1889

Box 491
Volume 4 Scrapbook, August 19, 1889-February 16, 1890

Box 492
Volume 5 Scrapbook, February 18-August 27, 1890

Box 493
Volume 6 Scrapbook, August 1-December 13, 1890

Box 494
Volume 7 Scrapbook, December 13, 1890-February 14, 1891

Box 495
Volume 8 Scrapbook, February 15-April 3, 1891

Box 496
Volume 9 Scrapbook, April 3-18, 1891

Box 497
Volume 10 Scrapbook, April 18-May 20, 1891

Box 498
Volume 11 Scrapbook, May 20-October 3, 1891

Box 499
Volume 12 Scrapbook, October 2, 1891-February 27, 1892

Box 500
Volume 13 Scrapbook, February 26-July 15, 1892

Box 501
Volume 14 Scrapbook, July 16, 1892-January 24, 1893

Box 502
Volume 15 Scrapbook, January 27-August 3, 1893

Box 503
Volume 16 Scrapbook, May 27, 1893-February 2, 1894

Box 504
Volume 17 Scrapbook, February 1-April 15, 1894

Box 505
Volume 18 Scrapbook, April 16-May 12, 1894

Box 506
Volume 19 Scrapbook, May 9-June 2, 1894

Box 507
Volume 20 Scrapbook, May 9-June 23, 1894

Box 508
Volume 21 Scrapbook, June 23-October 13, 1894

Box 509
Volume 22 Scrapbook, October 25, 1894-February 11, 1895

Box 510
Volume 23 Scrapbook, February 25-April 30, 1895

Box 511
Volume 24 Scrapbook, May 1-August 10, 1895

Box 512
Volume 25 Scrapbook, August 10-November 15, 1895

Box 513
Volume 26 Scrapbook, November 15, 1895-February 7, 1896

Box 514
Volume 27 Scrapbook, February 7-May 24, 1896

Box 515
Volume 28 Scrapbook, May 25-December 31, 1896