Guide to the Oliver Iron and Steel Company, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1863-1930, 1959 AIS.1964.06

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Oliver Iron and Steel Company Records
Creator
Oliver Iron and Steel Company.
Collection Number
AIS.1964.06
Date [inclusive]
1863-1959
Extent
5.0 linear feet
Abstract
Henry William Oliver's steel company evolved from its creation in 1863 as a manufacturer of nuts and bolts to one of the largest manufacturers of bar iron and iron specialties in the United States by 1880. In 1888, the company was incorporated under the name Oliver Iron and Steel. Oliver's company dealt with the Carnegie Steel Company and also made agreements with Henry Clay Frick. The collection includes a minute book of the board of directors, charters, agreements, patents, partnership agreements, mortgages, trade catalogs, and scrapbooks on the life of Henry W. Oliver (1840-1904).

Preferred Citation

Oliver Iron and Steel Company, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1863-1930, 1959, AIS.1964.06, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

Henry W. Oliver was born on February 25, 1840, in Ireland and two years later his family settled in Pittsburgh. Oliver began working at the age of thirteen as a messenger boy for the National Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh. Oliver worked at various jobs until 1861 when he served in the Civil War. In 1863, he formed a partnership with William J. Lewis and John Phillips to create the firm of Lewis, Oliver and Phillips to manufacture nuts and bolts on a small scale. By 1866, two of his brothers joined the firm and in 1880, they formed the firm, Oliver Brothers and Phillips. By this time, the company was one of the largest manufacturers of bar iron and iron specialties in the United States. In 1888, the company incorporated under the name of Oliver Iron and Steel Company. Oliver was involved in working with the Mesabi Ore region in Minnesota and became politically active with the Republican Party in Pittsburgh. He married Edith Cassidy in 1862. The Olivers had one daughter. Oliver died February 8, 1904.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection includes a minute book of the board of directors, charters, agreements, patents, and partnership agreements 1863-1891 of Lewis, Oliver and Phillips. Further documentation includes mortgages and patents from 1887-1891 of the Oliver Coke and Furnace Company, miscellaneous records from 1888 of the Hainesworth Steel Company, and trade catalogs. The collection contains scrapbooks about the life of Henry W. Oliver, 1840-1904 as well as published genealogical information about the Oliver and Rea families.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 1964

University of Pittsburgh Library System
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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002; addition of oversized volumes. September 2, 2014

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift of Henry Oliver Rea on January 15, 1964.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in 1964.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Hainesworth Steel Company.
  • Oliver Coke and Furnace Company.
  • Oliver Iron and Steel Company.

Genre(s)

  • Business records

Personal Name(s)

  • Oliver, Henry William, 1840-1904

Subject(s)

  • Business and Industry
  • Industries -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Iron industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Personal papers
  • Steel industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Oliver Iron and Steel Company, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records, 1863-1930, 1959, AIS.1964.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Oliver Iron and Steel Company Papers, Pittsburgh, PA, Records, 1863-1930, 1959, AIS 64:4, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Agreement with Carnegie Steel Company, Limited and Henry W. Oliver, January 2, 1897 11

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  Folder
Certificate of Registration for Bolts, March 12, 1930 2

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  Folder
Copy of Option to H. W. Oliver, December 17, 1900 3

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  Folder
Dissolving Partnership Lewis - Oliver and Phillips September 1, 1880 4

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  Folder
Articles of Agreement between Lewis, Oliver and Phillips, September 11, 1866 5

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  Folder
Agreement between Carnegie Steel Company, Limited and Oliver and Snyder Steel Company, January, 1899 6

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  Folder
Oliver Iron and Steel Corporation - Patents, January 18, 1918-April 1, 1952 7

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  Folder
Oliver Iron and Steel Corporation - Patents, September 6, 1921-March 27,1951 8

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  Folder
Agreement between Carnegie Brothers Company, Limited and Henry Oliver, January 20, 1891 9

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  Folder
Lease, April 3, 1901 10

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  Folder
Agreements, December 15, 1900 11

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  Folder
Rent Stubs, 1901-1903 12

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  Folder
Order from Oliver Brothers and Phillips, December 19, 1883 13

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  Folder
Oliver Iron and Steel Corporation--Canadian Patents, November 25, 1924-August 25, 1931 14

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  Folder
Assignment William J. Lewis to Henry W. Oliver, Jr. August 6, 1880 15

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  Folder
Lake Superior Iron Mines to Carnegie Steel Company Consent of 1/6 Interest in Ore Sales Contracts, May 1, 1900 16

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  Folder
Agreement with H.C. Frick, 1890 17

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  Folder
Articles of Agreement of Co-Partnership, Lewis, Oliver and Phillips, September 11, 1867 18

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  Folder
Articles of Co-Partnership Lewis, Oliver and Phillips, September 11, 1867 19

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  Folder
Henry Oliver Jr. Statement Regarding James Smith Interest, September 1, 1888 20

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  BoxVolume
Oliver Iron and Steel Company Catalogue of Bolt Making Machinery, Pittsburgh, PA 21

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  Volume
Mortgage by Oliver Coke and Furnace Company to Fidelity Title and Trust, September 15, 1891 2

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  Volume
Catalogue of Lewis, Oliver and Phillips, Manufacturers of Merchant Iron--Wagon and Heavy Hardware, Pittsburgh, PA 3

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  Volume
Samuel Rea, 1725-1811 and his Descendants, Genealogy, Published 1959 4

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  Volume
Henry (William) Oliver, 1807-1888 and his Descendants, Genealogy, Published 1959 5

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  BoxVolume
Minute Book for Hainesworth Steel Company, August 31, 1888-March 31, 1897 36

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  Volume
Scrapbook on Henry William Oliver's Death, February 8, 1904 7

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  BoxVolume
Oliver Coke and Furnace Co., Board of Directors, Minutes, May 1, 1891—October 26, 1914 48

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  BoxVolume
Oliver Iron and Steel, Board of Directors, Minutes, December 28, 1887—December 18, 1922 59

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  BoxVolume
“Schedule A” -- Real Estate of Oliver Brothers and Phillips to Oliver Iron and Steel Co. 1863-1933 610

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