Scope and Contents
This collection consists primarily of materials related to the smelting, alloying, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of metals and metal products. Processed metal products covered by the collection include machine tools, dies, and factory equipment; railroad and aircraft parts; metal ceilings and other architectural components, such as columns and grille work; and other items, such as safes and strongboxes. Also covered are brokerage and other firms which operate in the metals market. Types of metals mentioned in the collection include iron, steel, nickel, copper, bronze, gold, tin, lead, and aluminum, as well as various alloys. The collection's materials consist mainly of trade literature, such as catalogs and brochures, as well as correspondence, business cards, customs documents, invoices, order forms, patents, scientific papers and reports, market notices, and industry newsletters. The date span for the collection is 1819-1966, though there is only one item which is older than 1850, and few later than 1950; the bulk of the collection covers the years c1870-c1930. Most firms and other organizations represented in the collection are located in American industrial areas east of the Mississippi, especially New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois. A few items are of foreign origin or from other regions of the United States.
Companies and Firms records include brochures, catalogs, and other forms of trade literature, as well as correspondence, bills, business cards, flyers, circulars, order forms, and other paper matter related to companies engaged in the smelting, alloying, processing, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of metals and metal products. Bulk dates for the series are c1860-c1920. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by company name.
Organizations and Associations matierals contain pamphlets, letters, reports, and other items produced by, or relating to, professional organizations or other groups existing in the metals industry, such as the American Society of Metals or the Metal Lath Manufacturers Association. Bulk dates for the series are c1910-c1930s. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by organization name.
General Information has a variety of printed matter concerning the metals industry, including import/export documents and customs forms, patents, caricatures of important figures in the trade, news clippings, and a few images. Bulk dates for the series are c1880s-c1900s. It is arranged in alphabetical order by type of material.
Publications directly or indirectly relate to the metals industry, such as scientific reports and papers, investment prospectus, advertisements for new journals and books, and reference guides to various aspects of metal manufacturing or processing. Bulk dates for the series are c1890s-1910, and it is arranged alphabetically by type of publication.