Rust Engineering Company Records

What's online?

The Rust Engineering Company online collection consists of images dating from 1905 to 1968. Included are views of construction projects, completed facilities, and office personnel. Of particular note are project photographs taken in Holt, Alabama. These images document the construction of coke processing facilities and blast furnaces for Central Iron and Coal Company during the years 1917 and 1918. Rare images of the working conditions at Holt and the surrounding community are also featured.

What's in the entire collection?

The Rust Engineering Company photographs are part of the records of the company held by the Archives Service Center (ASC) of the University of Pittsburgh. The collection of images consists of about four hundred photographic prints taken between 1905 and 1967 and includes construction sites, offices, personnel, and events such as banquets and recognition ceremonies. The majority of the photographs are housed in three albums. Two of the albums contain images of job sites and machinery from the 1920s through the 1950s. The third album contains images of the Holt, Alabama, project. "Before and after" images, found in all albums, follow progress at construction sites and show the types of tools, scaffolding, and underlying foundations used to build a variety of structures. In addition to photographs, the collection includes correspondence, job and financial reports, meeting minutes, promotional items, and newspaper clippings. Read more...

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