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Access and Use

Acquisition Information:

Deposited by the Helen Clay Frick Foundation in 2002.

Access Restrictions:

None other than a portion of the material in Series XII. Frick Building, Subseries 6. Frick Building Employee Material is restricted for 75 years from date of creation. Until this restriction is removed, researchers wishing to access these records must sign a confidentiality agreement with the Archives Service Center.

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Project Archivists Matthew Yount (2004-2007) and Alesha Shumar (2009-2010), with assistance from Julie Aher (2004-2006) and Zach Brodt (2010). As part of an internship program in 2006, abstracts to portions of the Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Carnegie correspondence were created by Anna Dabrishus, David Thielet, and Todd Thomas, undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in History.

Custodial History:

The majority of the original manuscript collection was housed in compact shelving on the second floor of the carriage house at Clayton, the Frick family's Pittsburgh estate, while some of the Frick family letters and Helen’s personal papers could be found Frick’s New York City estate.

When Helen Clay Frick died in 1984, she bequeathed the family archives to her namesake foundation; however, she did not specifically identify where the archival material should be permanently housed. In 2001, an agreement was reached whereby Henry Clay Frick's business records would be housed in the University of Pittsburgh's Archives Service Center; the remainder, including family letters and Helen Clay Frick's papers, would go to the Archives of The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library (FARL) in New York City.

The University of Pittsburgh was the recipient of a major grant from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation to work on processing the collection. (The Frick Foundation made a similar award to FARL to work on that portion of the collection held there.) This grant funded archival work has made it possible for this significant collection to be available to researchers. In addition to complete processing and the full description of the collection made by a team of archivists, the Archives Service Center enabled the encoding of the extensive and detailed finding aid to be viewed online.

The collection is held in the Archives Service Center, within the University of Pittsburgh Library System. Unless noted, the collection is unrestricted and available for research use in the Archives Service Center Reading Room.

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  • Brody, John. Steelworkers in America: The nonunion era. Cambridge, MA: Havard University Press, 1960.
  • Brophy, John. A Miner’s Life. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1964.
  • Burgoyne, Arthur G. Homestead Strike of 1892. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1979.
  • Carnegie, Andrew. The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie; and, The gospel of wealth. New York: Signet Classics, 2006.
  • Clayton, Lawrence A. Peru and the United States: The condor and the eagle. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999.
  • Collin, John F.S. Stringtown on the Pike: Tales and History of East Liberty. Ann Arbor: Edward Brothers, 1966.
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  • Sanger, Martha Frick Symington. Henry Clay Frick: An intimate Portrait. New York: Abbeville Press, 1998.
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  • Warren, Kenneth. Big Steel: The first century of the United State Steel Corporation, 1901-2001. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001.
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Related Material:

Frick Family Papers, The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives, New York City, New York

Associated Brotherhood of Iron and Steel Heaters, Roughers and Rollers of the United States Records, 1872-1875, AIS.1973.11, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Bernard Gorczyca Papers, 1940-2006, AIS.2006.16, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Brashear Association, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1891-1978, AIS.1979.17, Archive Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Civic Club of Allegheny County Records, 1896-1974, AIS1970.02, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Correspondence of Charles M. Schwab, 1891, AIS.1994.02, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Eugene Henry Jobson, 1925-1941, AIS.1990.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

James Bonar Papers, 1912-1980, AIS.1965.13, Archive Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

John Gates Photograph Collection, ca. 1910, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Ken Kobus Photograph Collection, AIS.2006.18, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Kingsley Association Records, 1894-1980, AIS.1970.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Oliver Iron and Steel Company Records, 1863-1930, AIS.1964.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection, 1901-2002 AIS.1971.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Railways Company Records, 1872-1974, AIS.1974.29, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Ralph D. Webb, Jr. Records, relating to the Carnegie Steel Company, 1936-1938, AIS.1997.09, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Ralph E. Griswold, GWSM, Inc. Collection, 1912-1988, AIS.2001.10, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Steffi Domike Papers, 1946-1994, AIS.1997.20, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Union Arcade Building Photographs, 1915-1916, AIS.2005.09, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Union Arcade Building Photographs, Archive Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

United Steelworkers of America Local 1397 (Homestead, PA) Records, 1937-1972, AIS.1993.17, Archive Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

William H. Coleman Papers, 1906-1942, AIS.1964.18, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

William J. Gaughan Collection, 1887-1988, AIS.1994.03, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

William Martin Papers, 1866-1933, AIS.2005.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

William P. Feeney Papers, AIS.2000.11, Archive Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

William Penn Hotel, 1914-1916, AIS.2008.01, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Preferred Citation:

Helen Clay Frick Foundation Archives, 1892-1987, AIS.2002.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh