Summary Information
Title: Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation Historical Records
Collection Number: AIS.1973.07
Creator: Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation.

Collection Dates: 1871-1953
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (1 box and 1 roll of microfilm)

Language: English

Benjamin F. Jones and James H. Laughlin owned the facilities that would begin making steel in 1886 as Jones & Laughlin Steel Company. This collection includes reproductions of historical materials that detail the history of the company.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

April 2010

Finding aid prepared by Zachary Brodt.

Benjamin F. Jones purchased a share in American Iron Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1851. Later, he was joined by James H. Laughlin to form what would become J&L Steel in 1861. Their mills included facilities in Hazelwood, south side Pittsburgh, and Aliquippa and were a competitor of Carnegie Steel Company. In 1974, Ling-Temco-Vought purchased Jones & Laughlin Corporation as part of LTV Steel and all production facilities were closed in 1989.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains the diary of Benjamin F. Jones and documents the early years of Jones & Laughlin Steel. Also present are genealogical charts regarding Jone and James H. Laughlin. Histories of J & L Steel, as well as the iron and steel industry, are also included.

Subject Terms

  • Industrialists -- United States
  • Steel industry and trade -- United States -- History

Corporate Names
  • Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation.

Personal Names
  • Jones, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1824-1903
  • Laughlin, James H.

  • Business records
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Diaries
  • Genealogical tables

  • Business and Industry
  • Personal papers

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

This collection consists of copies of material borrowed from Edward Ford, Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., in 1973.

Preferred Citation:

Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation Historical Records, 1871-1953, AIS.1973.07, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff.


The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Related Material:

Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh Works Records, 1918-1970, AIS.1988.07, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh Works Earning Records, 1862-1901, AIS.1974.23, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation Records, 1902-1959, AIS.1978.09, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Collection Inventory

Microfilm-cabinet 1
Drawer 7
Reel 1 Historical Miscellanea, 1871-1953

Box 1
Item 1-2 B.F. Jones Diary, 1875-1901
Folder 1 Laughlin Family Genealogical Chart
Folder 2 Jones Family Genealogical Chart
Folder 3 Business Papers, 1894-1950
Folder 4 "Brief History of the Iron and Steel Industry" by Thomas C. Ham, 1940
Folder 5 Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1936
Folder 6 Useful Information for Business Men, Mechanics and Engineers, 1898