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Series I. Histories and General Information

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains material created or collected by Rust Engineering to document its own history. Some of the information was gathered for short articles about the company, which were written for special events or publications. The authors contacted members of the Rust family and other long-term employees for information on the company's first years, as well as their personal memories and anecdotes. Their responses are present alongside research notes and drafts of the history articles. Drafts of book entitled, Engineering for Excellence, Building for Permanence: The Rust Engineering Company, 1905-1975, written by Norma Shields, provide a solid summary of the company's major changes and accomplishments. The company also kept newsletters and a small amount of ephemeral material in its history files, which have been included in a separate subseries.

Subseries 1. History Articles and Research Notes

Scope and Content Notes:

Files related to history articles contain a variety of documents, including drafts, correspondence, notes, and questionnaires.


Box 1
Folder 1 Article about the Rust Boiler Company, 1904-1907
Folder 2 List of company officers, 1920-1947
Folder 3 Booklet on Rust history and qualifications, 1947
Folder 4 History of Rust Engineering as told by R.L. Hess, 1948
Folder 5 Article, The Rust Engineering Company: A History written by J. Paul Scheetz for The Bicentennial History of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, 1953
Folder 6 Personal histories collected for History of the Rust Engineering Company by Arthur M. Lawrence, 1955
Folder 7 Changes in company structure after merge with Litton Industries, 1968
Folder 8 Rust's History and Experience, written for Litton Industries, 1969

Box 2
Folder 01-03 Drafts and correspondence for Engineering for Excellence, Building for Permanence, 1974
Folder 4 Histories of Rust departments and subsidiaries, 1974
Volume 1 Rust of Virginia: Genealogical and Biographical Sketches of the Descendents of William Rust, 1654-1940 by Ellsworth Marshall Rust, 1940

Subseries 2. General Information

Scope and Content Notes:

Rust Engineering retained examples of directories and other items published for internal use for inclusion in an archive. They provide information about the company's benefits, insurance policies, and other employee concerns. Rust Engineering's newsletter, The Rust Triangle, was published from 1957 to 1967 and contains articles on particular jobs, events, individual employees, and areas of the company otherwise unrepresented by the collection, such as the Women's Auxiliary.


Box 3
Folder 01-02 General information and policies for employees, 1950s-1960s
Folder 03-04 Phone books, 1958-1969
Folder 5 Birmingham Office Personnel Directory, 1964

Box 4
Folder 1 Pittsburgh Office Personnel Directory, ca.1970
Folder 2 Birmingham Office Personnel Directory, ca.1970
Folder 3 Field Office Personnel Directory, 1970
Folder 4 Rust Civic Service Award and Fifty Year Medallions, 1965-1968
Folder 5 Scrapbook of internal announcements and leaflets, 1959-1960

Box 5
Volume 01-02 The Rust Triangle, Vol. I-XI, 1957-1967
Folder 1 Reactions to The Rust Triangle, 1957-1966