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Collection Scope and Content Notes


The Ken Kobus Photograph Collection focuses on the changing nature of the railroad and steel industries during the post-industrial era of the 1980s and the early 1990s. The collection documents a geographical corridor from Pittsburgh to Chicago, with ConRail and the LTV Steel Company as the primary focus. Secondary points of interest include the Pennsylvania Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak, and Union Switch and Signal companies. Presentations given by Ken Kobus on these industries and the changes they underwent remain complete and unchanged within the collection. The collection also includes material concerning city environments, boats, and rivers. The University of Pittsburgh environment is featured as a sampling of campus shots and football games while riverboats around the Point area and views of Downtown document the Pittsburgh environment. The collection is mainly comprised of photographic slide material, with a small accompaniment of photographic prints, photographic negatives, and other multimedia, including VHS tapes and digital photos on compact discs. A portion of the Kobus photographs were digitized and are accessible online at: http://digital.library.pitt.edu/images/pittsburgh/kobus.html.


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