Summary Information
Title: D.A. Booth Collection on Dravo Corporation
Collection Number: AIS.1972.09
Creator: Booth, Donald A.

Collection Dates: 1925-1989
Extent: 2.5 linear feet

Language: English

This collection consists of material collected by Donald A. Booth while employed at Dravo from 1935 to 1966. It contains a company history, company annual reports, company publications, employee publications, and photographs. Materials date from 1925 forward.

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

October 11, 1972

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center staff.
Revision Description:
May 12, 2010:


Dravo Corporation was a shipbuilding company with shipyards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware. It was founded by Frank and Ralph Dravo in Pittsburgh during the 1890s.

A historical marker at the corner of Neville Island Blvd. and Grand Ave. was dedicated on August 18, 1995 and includes the following text:

"During World War II, Dravo's shipyard here was a leader in the manufacture of Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) for the U.S. Navy. Dravo's over 16,000 workers produced a total of 145 LSTs. This and four other inland yards, all using techniques pioneered by Dravo, contributed two-thirds of the Navy's fleet of over 1,000 LSTs. These amphibious craft proved vital to the success of Allied landings on enemy shores, 1943-45."

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Today Dravo Corporation carries on business in the production of lime for industrial, utility and construction applications. The activities of the company include production of lime for utility, metallurgical, pulp and paper, municipal, construction and miscellaneous chemical and industrial applications as well as the development and marketing of related environmental technologies, products and services.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of material collected by Donald A. Booth while employed at Dravo from 1935 to 1966. It contains a company history, company annual reports, company publications, employee publications, and photographs. Materials date from 1925 forward.


Organized into six series:

Series I. History

Series II. Company Publications

Series III. Photographs

Series IV. Memorabilia

Series V. Miscellaneous Publications

Series VI. News Releases

Subject Terms

  • Corporations -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Shipbuilding industry -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Corporate Names
  • Dravo Corporation.

Personal Names
  • Booth, Donald A.

  • Business records
  • Memorabilia
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs

  • Business and Industry

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth C. Booth in August 1972.

Preferred Citation:

D.A. Booth Collection On Dravo Corporation, AIS.1972.09, 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:

Records of Dravo Corporation, 1900-1986, MSS# 288, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Collection Inventory

Series I. History

Box 1
Folder 1 "A Company of Uncommon Enterprise," 1974
Folder 2 "Dravo" An Engineering Enterprise Through Teamwork by William K. Fitch and Carl B. Jansen, 1954

Series II. Company Publications

Subseries 1. Annual Reports

Folder 3 Annual reports, 1987, 1989
Folder 4 Annual reports, 1985, 1986
Folder 5 Annual reports, 1983, 1984
Folder 6 Annual reports, 1981, 1982
Folder 7 Annual reports, 1979, 1980
Folder 8 Annual reports, 1977, 1978
Folder 9 Annual reports, 1973-1976
Folder 10 Annual reports, 1967, 1969,1971, 1972
Folder 11 Annual reports, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966
Folder 12 Annual reports, 1953-1957

Box 2
Folder 1 Annual reports, 1948-1952
Folder 2 Annual reports, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1947

Subseries 2. Monographs

Folder 3 Monographs

Bridges / Dravo Contracting Company. Pittsburgh, Pa., 1932. (Bulletin no. 401) -- Docks, pump houses, water intakes, mill foundations / Dravo Contracting Company. Pittsburgh, Pa., 1932. (Bulletin no. 403) -- Locks and dams / Dravo Contracting Company. Pittsburgh, Pa., 1932. (Bulletin no. 402) -- Shafts, slopes, tunnels, cementation / Dravo Contracting Company. Pittsburgh, Pa., 1932.

Folder 4 Monographs

Floating and terminal equipment : dock and material handling installations for rivers, canals, lakes, harbors / Dravo Corporation. Pittsburgh, Pa., 1931. -- I remember '42 / Dravo Corporation. Pittsburgh, Pa., 1945. -- Tow boats / Dravo Corporation. Pittsburgh, Pa., n.d. -- Development and economic potential of inland waterways transportation : a paper presented at the First Pan American Engineering Conference, Rio de Janeiro, July 15-24, 1949 / Dravo Corporation, Engineering Works Division. Pittsburgh, Pa., 1949. (Bulletin no. 224) -- Welded steel hulls : barges, scows, towboats / Dravo Corporation. Pittsburgh, Pa., n.d. (Bulletin no. 213)

Folder 5 Monographs

Cranes / Dravo Corporation, Engineering Works Division. Pittsburgh, Pa., n.d. (Bulletin no. 216) -- Kort system of propulsion / Dravo Corporation, Engineering Works Division. Pittsburgh, Pa., n.d. (Bulletin no. 212) -- Assembly plant for the mass production of welded barges and other structures / George F. Wolfe. Pittsburgh, Pa., n.d.

Folder 6 Monographs

Achievment in many related fields / Dravo Corporation. Pittsburgh, Pa., 1946.

Subseries 3. Periodicals

Folder 7 Dravo Afloat Ashore Underground, 1939-1943
Folder 8 Dravo News, February 1976-December 1976
Folder 9 Dravo News, 1977

Box 3
Folder 1 Dravo News, 1978
Folder 2 Dravo News, 1979
Folder 3 Dravo News, January 1980-April 1980
Folder 4 Dravo Review, 1949-1951
Folder 5 Dravo Review, 1952
Folder 6 Dravo Review, 1953
Folder 7 Dravo Review, 1954
Folder 8 Dravo Review, 1955
Folder 9 Dravo Review, 1956-1957
Folder 10 Dravo Review, 1958-1959
Folder 11 Dravo Review, 1960
Folder 12 Dravo Review, 1961-1962
Folder 13 Dravo Review, 1963
Folder 14 Dravo Review, 1964-1966

Box 4
Folder 1 Dravo Review, 1967-1969
Folder 2 Dravo Review, 1971
Folder 3 Dravo Review, 1972
Folder 4 Dravo Review, 1973
Folder 5 Dravo Review, 1974
Folder 6 Dravo Review, 1975
Folder 7 Dravo Review, 1976-1977
Folder 8 Dravo Review, 1978
Folder 9 Dravo Review, 1979
Folder 10 Dravo Review, 1980
Folder 11 Dravo Review, 1981
Folder 12 Dravo Review, 1982-1983
Folder 13 Dravo Slant, 1943
Folder 14 Dravo Slant, 1944-1945
Folder 15 Dravo Slant, 1947-1966

Box 5
Folder 1 Tempo, 1962

Series III. Photographs

Scope and Content Notes:

Five photographs taken ca. 1936 of the Winfield Dam, Huntington, West Virginia, under contract to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Folder 2 Photographs

Series IV. Memorabilia

Folder 3 Company memorabilia
Folder 4 Company memorabilia

Series V. Miscellaneous Publications

Folder 5 Miscellaneous publications

Construction of parallel wire cables for suspension bridges / John A. Roebling's Sons Company. Trenton, N.J., c1925. -- The world's greatest suspension bridge - Philadelphia to Camden. N.Y. American Cable Company, 1926. -- Big load afloat / American Waterways Operations. Washington, D.C., 1965.

Folder 6 Miscellaneous publications

Series VI. News Releases

Folder 7 News releases