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Subseries 2. Correspondence, 1891-1900

Scope and Content Notes:

The correspondence subseries contains letterpress copybooks and incoming letters concerning the H.C. Frick Coke Company. The majority of the correspondence in the letterpress copybooks are letters to H.C. Frick Coke Company and some outgoing business letters written by Frick. However, Frick’s longtime secretary, Giles Bosworth, wrote some of these letters. The correspondence details daily business activities, including letters to various coal and coke companies, and company employees. However, major events, such as the 1891 mining accident and strike, are only briefly mentioned in the correspondence. Indexes with individual names and companies can be found in each volume. Also, the letterpress copybooks begin with Volume 3; this is according to the original numbers on each book. Volumes 1 and 2 were not part of the original collection accession and are absent from this series.

Also included are two letterpress copybooks for the South West Coal & Coke Company and the South West Connellsville Coke Company of which Frick was President. The South West Coal copybook includes outgoing business letters from Frick to Morris Ramsay, Superintendent at Morewood Mines in Mt. Pleasant, Pa., Jay C. Morse, President of Illinois Steel Company; Mr. H.A. Gray, Secretary of Illinois Steel Company; and the son of the late Morris Ramsay; and William Ramsay, General Superintendent at Morewood. The letters pertain to the H.C. Frick Coke Company’s business affairs, which include coal, coke, and some letters pertaining to strikes and riots. Later in 1892, the South West Coal & Coke Company was reorganized into the South West Connellsville Coke Company. However, letters from this new company are still located in the South West Coal copybook. The copybook labeled as the South West Connellsville contain letters dated from February 1897 to January 1898. Most of the letters are outgoing from Frick to various persons regarding the company business matters.

The majority of the incoming correspondence are from Thomas Lynch, Superintendent and later President of the H.C. Frick Coke Company. The letters concern the daily business activities of the H.C. Frick Coke Company and small portion of responding letters from Frick can be found in the letterpress copybooks. Major company events are not discussed in these letters between Lynch and Frick. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.


Box 516
Volume 3 Letterpress Copybook, 1199 pages, April 4, 1890-August 31, 1891

Box 517
Volume 4 Letterpress Copybook, 996 pages, August 31, 1891-June 10, 1893
Volume 5 Letterpress Copybook, 502 pages, February 9, 1893-June 17, 1895

Box 518
Volume 6 Letterpress Copybook, 497 pages, June 18, 1895-September 17, 1896
Volume 7 Letterpress Copybook, 276 of 498 pages, September 21, 1896-June 8, 1900
Volume 8 Letterpress Copybook, 12 of 502 pages, September 21-23, 1896

Box 519
Volume 2 Southwest Coal & Coke Co. Letterpress Copybook, April 19, 1889-Feburary 5, 1897
Volume 3 Southwest Connellsville Coke Co. Letterpress Copybook, February 8, 1897-January 11, 1898

Box 520
Folder 1 Correspondence, February 1872-June 1877
Folder 2 Correspondence, August 1883-October 2, 1888
Folder 3 Correspondence, January 10-31, 1889
Folder 4 Correspondence, February 1889
Folder 5 Correspondence, March 1889
Folder 6 Correspondence, April 1-16, 1889
Folder 7 Correspondence, May 16-June 29, 1889
Folder 8 Correspondence, July 1889
Folder 9 Correspondence, August 1889
Folder 10 Correspondence, September 1889
Folder 11 Correspondence, October 2-14, 1889
Folder 12 Correspondence, October 16-30, 1889
Folder 13 Correspondence, November 1-14, 1889
Folder 14 Correspondence, November 16-29, 1889
Folder 15 Correspondence, December 1889
Folder 16 Correspondence, January 1890
Folder 17 Correspondence, February 1890
Folder 18 Correspondence, March 1890

Box 521
Folder 1 Correspondence, April 1890
Folder 2 Correspondence, May 1890
Folder 3 Correspondence, June 1890
Folder 4 Correspondence, July 1890
Folder 5 Correspondence, August 1890
Folder 6 Correspondence, September 1890
Folder 7 Correspondence, October-November 1890
Folder 8 Correspondence, December 1890
Folder 9 Correspondence, January 1891
Folder 10 Correspondence, February 1891
Folder 11 Correspondence, March 1891
Folder 12 Correspondence, April 1891
Folder 13 Correspondence, May 1891
Folder 14 Correspondence, June 1891
Folder 15 Correspondence, July 1891
Folder 16 Correspondence, August-September 1891

Box 522
Folder 1 Correspondence, October-November 1891
Folder 2 Correspondence, December 1891
Folder 3 Correspondence, January 1892
Folder 4 Correspondence, February 1892
Folder 5 Correspondence, March 1892
Folder 6 Correspondence, April 1892
Folder 7 Correspondence, May 1892
Folder 8 Correspondence, June 1892-September 1892
Folder 9 Correspondence, October 1892
Folder 10 Correspondence, November-December 1892
Folder 11 Correspondence, November 1, 1894-June 22, 1895
Folder 12 Correspondence, September 1895
Folder 13 Correspondence, October 1895
Folder 14 Correspondence, November 1895
Folder 15 Correspondence, December 1895
Folder 16 Correspondence, January-April 1896
Folder 17 Correspondence, May-June 1896
Folder 18 Correspondence, September 1896
Folder 19 Correspondence, October-December 1896
Folder 20 Correspondence, January-February 1897
Folder 21 Correspondence, April-June 1897
Folder 22 Correspondence, July 1897-June 1898
Folder 23 Correspondence, March 1899-May 1, 1900