Heinz History Center Begins New NHPRC Grant

Early broadcast on KDKA radio (from the Westinghouse Electric Company Photographs, MSP 424)

Early broadcast on KDKA radio (from the Westinghouse Electric Company Photographs, MSP 424)

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.

Women working on WearEver cookware at Alcoa's New Kensington Works, c. 1943 (from the Alcoa Photographs, MSP 282)

Women working on WearEver cookware at Alcoa’s New Kensington Works, c. 1943 (from the Alcoa Photographs, MSP 282)

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!

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About Matthew Strauss

Chief Archivist at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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One Response to Heinz History Center Begins New NHPRC Grant

  1. Oliver Evans says:

    I’, long retired but looking forward to using this collection, It includes two of my former employers: US Steel & Gulf Oil Thank you Oliver evans Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:59:55 +0000 To: oliverrevans@hotmail.com

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