Summary Information
Title: Photograph Collection of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation
Collection Number: MSP#33
Creator: Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation
Collection Dates: 1880-1952
Extent: 10 cubic feet (13 boxes, one quarter shelf bound materials)
Abstract:
The Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation was one of the largest iron and steel manufacturers in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. These photographs include images of facilities, products and transportation. The facility series features a large assortment of posed shots of employees, listing their names, job titles and miscellaneous information, including nicknames, years of service or reasons for leaving the company. It also contains interior and exterior photos of the many Jones and Laughlin mills, warehouses and office buildings all over the United States. Transportation images include tugboats, barges and railroads carrying Jones and Laughlin finished products and raw materials.

Language:

The material in this collection is in English.

Repository:

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@hswp.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Sponsor:

This finding aid has been encoded as a part of the Historic Pittsburgh project, a joint effort of the University of Pittsburgh and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Funding for this portion of the project has been donated by the Hillman Foundation.
Date Published:

Summer, 1999
Author:

This guide to the collection was rewritten by Stephen Doell on June 21, 1993. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process in Summer, 1999.
Encoder:

Encoded by Jennifer Marshall on August 10, 1999 from an existing finding aid. >Reviewed by Curator Steve Doell on September 1999
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

Historical Sketch

For the historical sketch of the Jones and Laughlin Corporation, please see the finding aid for MSS #33.


Collection Scope and Content Note

These photographs include images of facilities, products and transportation. A majority of these photographs were accumulated by the Public Relations Department of Jones and Laughlin between 1952 and 1953 for the company's 100th anniversary. Many former workers and their families contributed personal collections, often including identifications and personal anecdotes.


The Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation Photographs are housed in 13 archival boxes and are arranged in three series. Series are designated as Facilities, Products and Transportation.

Materials are arranged alphabetically within each series.


Controlled Access Terms
Topics
  • Coal industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Coke industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Inland water transportation
  • Inland waterway vessels
  • Iron industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Iron foundries -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Steel foundries -- Pennsylvania -- Aliquippa
  • Steel foundries -- Ohio -- Cleveland
  • Steel foundries -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Steel Collection
  • River Collection
Corporate Names
  • Jones and Laughlin Steel Company (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • American Iron Works (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Eliza (Steel mill)
Personal Names
  • Crawford, George Gordon -- 1869-
  • Jones, Benjamin F. -- (Benjamin Franklin) -- 1824-1903
  • Jones, B.F. -- 1863-1928
  • Jones, B.F. -- d. 1985
  • Jones, Thomas -- 1828-1889
  • Jones, William Larimer -- 1865-1926
  • Jones, W.L. -- d. 1954
  • Jones, W.L. -- III
  • Kier, Samuel M. -- 1813-1874
  • King, Willis -- 1851-1936
  • Laughlin, George M. -- Major -- 1842-1908
  • Laughlin, Henry A. -- 1838-
  • Laughlin, Irwin -- 1840-1871
  • Laughlin, James -- 1806-1882
  • Laughlin, James -- Jr
  • Lauth, Bernard -- 1820-1894
  • Lauth, John
Locations
  • Allegheny County (Pa.) -- Industry
Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Aquisition Information:

Arrived with the Records of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, MSS #33.

Preferred Citation:

Photograph Collection of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, 1880-1952, MSP #33, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Previous Citation:

Processing Information:

This collection was rewritten by Stephen Doell on June 21, 1993.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jennifer Marshall on August 10, 1999.

Copyright:

Property rights reside with the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or publish, please contact the curator of the Archives.


Contents List
Series Facilities I
Scope and Content Notes:

The Pittsburgh Works images in this series represent the most significant feature of this collection. The photos of steel workers in box 5, dating from 1880, represent one of the finest collections of labor images. Many of these photos are posed shots of each crew from different years (the most prevalent being the Rolling Mill crews) with identification and anecdotes. The management subsection includes portraits of founders Jones, Lauth and Laughlin and their descendants. The production subsection also includes many exterior photos of the different plants and a collection of images of downtown Pittsburgh. In many cases there are only a few photos from each facility, such as McKeesport Works and Memphis warehouse.

The Facilities series is first arranged by specific plants, including McKeesport, Otis and Pittsburgh Works. The photographs from each plant are then divided by employees and production images. The employee photos are further subdivided into a labor and management section. The production section within each plant is arranged alphabetically by department, including blooming mills, coke ovens and barge construction.

Aliquippa Works
Employees
Labor

Box 1
folder 1 Douds, John, 1906
Tin Mill Crew
folder 2 1911
folder 3 1917
folder 4 Bloom Clippers, 1940
Management
Historical Story in Pictures
folder 5 1945-1950
folder 6 1951-1955
folder 7 Supervisory Personnel Mugshots, 1920-1950
folder 8 Administrative Portraits, 1935
Miscellaneous
folder 9 1945
folder 10 1950
folder 11 Unidentified
folder 12 Golf Tournament, 1946

Box 2
folder 1 Golf Tournament, 1946
folder 2 Wire Mill, 1912
Production
folder 3 Bessemer Converter and Seamless Tube Department, 1956
Blooming Mills
folder 4 1928
folder 5-6 1952

Box 3
folder 1 Coke by-product, 1950
folder 2 Coke Ovens, 1926
Shelf
Electrolytic Tinning, c. 1940
folder 3 Open Hearth Furnace, 1912
folder 4 Seamless Tube Mill, 1928
folder 5 Tin Plate Warehouse Extension, 1953
folder 6 Wire Room, c. 1928
folder 7 Miscellaneous, 1907
folder 8 Bartlesville, OK, 1904
folder 9 Baton Rouge, LA, 1920
folder 10 Blair Limestone Company, 1900
folder 11 Chicago, 1915
folder 12 Cincinnati, 1950
folder 13 Detroit, 1950
Eliza Furnace (Soho Works)
Employees

Box 4
folder 1 Blacksmiths, 1892
folder 2 Boiler Crew, 1894
folder 3 Cast House Crew, 1880
folder 4 Supply Department, 1910
folder 5 Unidentified, c. 1890
folder 6 Production, 1896-1940
folder 7 Hess Farm Wells -- Cherry Run, 1864
folder 8 Jalcase Steel, 1926
folder 9 Keystone Bridge Works, 1918
folder 10 McKeesport Works, 1942
Memphis Warehouse
folder 11 1920-1921
folder 12 1923
folder 13 1923-1925
folder 14 1925
folder 15 1927

Box 5
folder 1 Moorehead Furnace, 1890
folder 2 National Bridge Works, 1950
folder 3 New Orleans Warehouse, 1950
folder 4 New York Warehouse, 1950
folder 5 Olive Furnace, c. 1900
folder 6 Otis Works (Cleveland), 1943
Pittsburgh Works
Employees
Labor
folder 7 Army Inspection, 1943
folder 8 Accounting Department, 1901-1917
folder 9 Bessemer Blower, 1952
folder 10 Blacksmith Crew, 1895
folder 11 Blue Print Boys, 1902
folder 12 Burg and Hager Tavern, 1891
folder 13 Chemical Lab, 1901
folder 14 Daschbach Family, 1887-1890
folder 15 Engineering Department, c. 1910
folder 16 Machine Shop, c. 1902
folder 17 Much Mill Crew, 1877
folder 18 Mill #11, 1916
folder 19 Open Hearth Furnace, 1900
folder 20 Pattern House Crew, 1882
folder 21 Polishing Mill Crew, 1906
folder 22 Recruiters, c. 1910
folder 23 Riggers -- Gas Wells, c. 1882
folder 24 Rolling Mill Crew, 1890-1922
folder 25 Scherer's Saloon, 1890
folder 26 Scrap -- "Scull Breaker", 1904
folder 27 Stable Crew, 1890-1909
folder 28 Surveyors, 1910
folder 29 Tow Boat Captains, 1952
Warehouses
folder 30 1895
1952
folder 31 Miscellaneous
Management
Founders

Box 6
folder 1 Jones Family, 1895-1923
folder 2 Kier, Samuel, 1870[?]
folder 3 King, Willis, 1922
folder 4 Laughlin Family, c. 1890
folder 5 Lauth, Bernard, c. 1880
folder 6 Micellaneous, 1889-1902
Micellaneous Portraits, 1910-1952
folder 7 A-C
folder 8 D-H
folder 9 J-R
folder 10 S-Y
folder 11 Unidentified Miscellaneous Groups
folder 12 Bureau of Instruction, 1920
folder 13 Golf Tournament, 1945
folder 14 Operations, 1896
folder 15 Pay Office, 1888
folder 16 Sales Agents, 1904
folder 17 Special Agents, 1910
folder 18 Warehouse, 1895
Production
Shelf
No. 14 Mill Construction, 1908-1909

Box 7
folder 1 Blooming Mills, 1907
folder 2 Bolt and Nut
folder 3 Brick Shed, 1927
folder 4 Coke Ovens, 1923
Construction
folder 5 Barges, 1925
folder 6 Mills, 1963
folder 7 Ovens, 1928
folder 8 Crane #1, c. 1890
Exterior
folder 9 Florida Storm, 1926
folder 10 South Side Works, 1870-1910
folder 11 Miscellaneous, n.d.
folder 12 Foundry, 1893
folder 13 Interior Miscellaneous, 1930-1950
folder 14 Machine Shop Fire, 1922
folder 15 Offices -- Miscellaneous, 1908-1917
Shelf
Office Building, 1917
folder 16 Pig Bed, 1950
folder 17 Polishing Mill, 1908
folder 18 Powerhouse, 1907
folder 19 Seamless Tube
folder 20 Soaking Pits, 1907
folder 21 Tapping an Open Hearth, n.d.
Miscellaneous

Box 8
folder 1 Various Products, 1912-1920
Mill Sites
folder 2 1942
folder 3 n.d.
folder 4 Unidentified, n.d.
folder 5 Safety Trophy, 1927
folder 6 Steel Making Process, n.d.
Vesta Coal Company
Employees
folder 7 Mine No. 1, 1900
Production

Box 9
folder 1 No. 1 and No. 4, 1907
folder 2 No. 5 and No. 6, 1907
folder 3 Blairfour Quarry, c. 1915
folder 4 Hill Annex Complex, c. 1900
folder 5 Iron
folder 6 Tipples, 1915-1918
folder 7 Micellaneous
folder 8 Unidentified
Series II Products
Scope and Content Notes:

The Products Series is made up primarily of images of buildings made with Jones and Laughlin Steel, primarily the patented Junior Beams, and other products including billets, ladles and pontoons.

The buildings section is arranged by location of structures, with those situated outside of the Pittsburgh area first and those built in the Pittsburgh area last. The miscellaneous products are arranged alphabetically.

Buildings (made from Jones and Laughlin materials)
Other Areas 1926-1930

Box 10
folder 1 Churches, Temples
folder 2 Hospitals
folder 3 Hotels
folder 4 Office Buildings
folder 5 Residences
folder 6 Schools
Pittsburgh Area
folder 7 Office Buildings
Residences
folder 8 Miscellaneous
folder 9 Woodlawn House

Box 11
folder 1 Woodlawn House
folder 2 Schools
folder 3 Unidentified
Miscellaneous Products
folder 4 Hoe and Co. Billets, 1936
folder 5 Junior Beams, 1949-1950
folder 6 Oil and Gas Wells, 1922
folder 7 Open Hearth Ladles, 1930
folder 8 Sesquicentennial Statue, 1926
folder 9 Steel Pontoons, 1940
folder 10 Truck Trailers, 1902-1905
folder 11 Miscellaneous Products, n.d.
folder 12 Miscellaneous Pittsburgh Views, 1890-1920
Series III Transportation
Scope and Content Notes:

The Transportation Series contains photographs of Jones and Laughlin owned towboats and barges carrying Jones and Laughlin products. Several boats are identified in these photographs. Other photographs emphasize areas or specific waterways. There is one folder containing photographs of locomotives from the Monongahela Connecting Rail Road used to transport pig iron from the north shore furnaces to the South Side plant. The volumes include images of production photographs from the Aliquippa Works and the Pittsburgh Works.

Photographs are arranged alphabetically.

Barges and Towboats, 1920-1950

Box 12
folder 1 A-L
folder 2 P-S
folder 3 T-V
folder 4 W
Places
Rivers and River Towns, 1920-1950
folder 5 A-K
folder 6 M-W
folder 7 Miscellaneous
The Century Tow

Box 13
folder 1 Glass Plate Negatives, 1928-1930
folder 2 River Scenes, 1930
Miscellaneous Tow Boats
folder 3 Railroad Car Ferry, 1927
folder 4 Interior Views, n.d.
folder 5 Parts, n.d.
Railroads
folder 6 Monongahela Connecting, 1900-1917
folder 7 Pennsylvania, c. 1880
folder 8 Railroad Stations, 1877-1900
folder 9 Miscellaneous -- Bridges, c. 1890
folder 10 Railway Convention Exhibit, 1911