This month marks the kickoff of the Heinz History Center’s new project to increase access to archival material from Pittsburgh-area companies, including Westinghouse, Heinz, Alcoa, Mellon Bank, US Steel, and Gulf Oil. Funded by $96,710 grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC) Documenting Democracy program, the project will result in expanded finding aids for 13 collections, which will make it easier for the public to use the materials. The grant will also entail the digitization of images from the several of the collections.
These records, dating from the antebellum era to the late-1990s, document the beginning and evolution of the U.S.’s aluminum, glass, consumer electronics, steel, energy, food, and financial services industries. The material reveals diverse aspects of these companies, including research and development, public relations, interactions with employees and unions, management strategies, and philanthropic activities.
As the project progresses, updates and newly digitized content will be posted to this blog, so check back often!