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Alan Wood Steel Company and Upper Merion and Plymouth Railroad Company blueprint maps and stereograph

Accession 2001.230

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Alan Wood Steel Company and Upper Merion and Plymouth Railroad Company blueprint maps and stereograph (Accession 2001.230), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Alan Wood Steel Company and Upper Merion and Plymouth Railroad Company blueprint maps and stereograph
Dates: circa 1910-1995
Accession Number: 2001.230
Creator: Keystone View Company.
Extent: 4 items
Physical Description: 3 items : maps ; 93 x 182 cm. or smaller. 1 photographic print : stereograph ; 8.7 x 17.7 cm.
Location: O 5-7, H 4-3 Stereoview Box 5.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The Alan Wood Steel Company was a small, family-controlled integrated steel company. The Upper Merion & Plymouth Railroad connected all the elements of the Wood steel-making complex. The collection includes three blueprint maps showing the layout of industrial buildings at Alan Wood Steel Company and the track of the Upper Merion and Plymouth Railroad Company. Also in the collection is a stereograph featuring a blast furnace plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The Alan Wood Steel Company was a small, family-controlled integrated steel company, producing primarily steel sheets. The company was incorporated in Pennsylvania as the Alan Wood Company on January 23, 1929, and was renamed the Alan Wood Steel Company on February 16, 1929. It represented a reorganization and recapitalization of an earlier firm, the Alan Wood Iron and Steel Company. The Upper Merion & Plymouth Railroad, organized in 1907, connected all the elements of the Wood steel-making complex.

As a small producer, Alan Wood Steel was particularly vulnerable to the competitive pressure that hit the American steel industry in the 1970s. The firm went into receivership and steel operations were shut down on August 1, 1977. The company was reorganized as the Vesper Corporation and continues in the steel shelving business. Part of the rolling mill complex was sold to Lukens Steel of Coatesville, and the rest of the works was razed in late 1990.

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Scope and Content

The collection includes three blueprint maps showing the layout of industrial buildings at Alan Wood Steel Company, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and the track of the Upper Merion and Plymouth Railroad Company. The maps feature the site and railroad tracks at three different time periods: 1950-1955, 1961-1962 and 1995. Also in the collection is a stereograph featuring a blast furnace plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Access Points

Alan Wood Steel Company.
Blast furnaces--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh.
Conshohocken (Pa.)
Maps.
Steel industry and trade--Pennsylvania--Conshohocken.
Steel industry and trade--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh.
Stereographs.
Upper Merion and Plymouth Railroad Company.
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