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Bethlehem Steel Co. viewbook

1911
 Collection
Identifier: 1989-232

Abstract

At the turn of the century, under the direction of Charles Schwab and Eugene Grace, Bethlehem Steel Corporation became the second largest American steel company; combined with its other venture, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., it became a leading 20th century American business. This item is a viewbook which contains exterior views of the Bethlehem Steel Works. These include numerous images of both the plant and office, most of which were taken at street level.

Dates

  • 1911

Creator

Extent

1 item(s)

General Physical Description

1 item (viewbook) : 28pp. ; 4.5 x 6 in.

Historical Note

Bethlehem Steel Corporation in its earliest manifestation dates from 1861 when it was initially conceived as the Bethlehem Iron Company located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania to produce railroad rails. This nomenclature changed to Bethlehem Steel Corp. at the turn of the century when the company under the direction of Charles Schwab and Eugene Grace became the second largest American steel company; combined with its other venture, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., it became a leading twentieth century American business. Bethlehem's ambitious rise to dominance included acquiring Cambria, Lackawanna, McClintic-Marshall, Midvale, and Pennsylvania Steel Companies. The Pennsylvania Steel Company, a large integrated producer of rails and bridges, was acquired in 1916. Its subsidiary, the Maryland Steel Company (1891-1919), operated a large steel-works and shipyard at Sparrow's Point. Baltimore Dry Dock Co., Fore River Shipbuilding Co., Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Co., and United Shipyards Inc. among others were acquired by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation.

Scope and Content

The viewbook contains exterior views of the Bethlehem Steel Works. These include numerous images of both the plant and office, most of which were taken at street level. Several images of the steel works appear to have been taken from the Lehigh River. The furnaces, the crane, views of rairoad cars near the works, and the Minsi Trail Bridge in South Bethlehem are all featured. Two exterior views of Charles Schwab's residence also appear.

Location

GL Box 1.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Bethlehem Steel Co. viewbook
Status:
Online
Date:
2014
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

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