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Alan Wood Steel Company photographs

Accession 2013.209

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 photographs (Accession 2013.209), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Alan Wood Steel Company photographs
Dates: circa 1900s-1968, bulk 1940s-1960s
Accession Number: 2013.209
Creator: Alan Wood Steel Company.
Creator: Wood, Harleston R.
Extent: 2 linear feet
Physical Description: 50 photographic prints: b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 album : black leather ; 12.25 x 16.5 in. (closed) containing 62 photographic prints : b&w ; various sizes. 1 album : 10.5 x 16.5 in. (closed) containing 28 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 4 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 12 x 14 in. 1 newspaper clipping.
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, producing primarily steel sheets. This small collection consists primarily of interiors and exteriors of the companys' facilities, equipment, and workers. There are also some images from various events related to the company.
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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

This small collection consists primarily of interiors and exteriors of the companys' facilities, equipment, and workers. There are two albums, one dating around 1926 and includes images of the Blast Furnace Department, Steel Works Department, the Schuylkill Iron Works and some aerial views. The second album dates from 1940, however, the photographs are not identified. There is a negative of an engraving of Alan Wood and a newspaper clipping about Harleston R. Wood succeeding his father as president of the company.

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Access Points

Iron and steel workers.
Iron mines and mining.
Steel industry and trade.
Wood, Alan, IV
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 Alan Wood (1800-1881) portrait engraving, 1955, undated [Includes a newspaper clipping about Harleston R. Wood succeeding his father as president of the company, 1955.] ; 1 negative : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 newspaper clipping.
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1 2 A.W. Military clam bake, circa 1940s; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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2 Basic oxygen furnace, 1968; 1 photographic print : color ; 12 x 14 in.
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1 3 Employees in a laboratory, circa 1900s; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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1 4 Governor James H. Duff addressing employees at a dedication ceremony for a stip mill, circa 1950; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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1 5 Groundbreaking, circa 1940s [Unidentified men posing with shovel.] ; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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1 6 Group portrait and workers housing, circa 1917; 3 cyanotypes : 8 x 10 in.
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1 7 J.E. Mountain portrait, 1917 [General Superintendent.] ; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
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1 8 Mines and miners, circa 1950 [Scrub Oaks Mine.] ; 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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1 9 Philadelphia Office Employees during a bond drive, 1917 [Group portrait.] ; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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2 Plants and mills album, 1940; 1 album : 10.5 x 16.5 in. (closed) containing 28 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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1 10 Plants and mills exteriors, 1949-1950, undated; 18 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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1 11 Plants and mills interiors, 1950, 1960, undated; 19 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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2 Plants of the Alan Wood Iron & Steel Company album, circa 1926 [Includes views of the Blast Furnace Department, Steel Works Department, and Shuylkill Iron Works.] ; 1 album : black leather ; 12.25 x 16.5 in. (closed) containing 62 photographic prints : b&w ; various sizes.