William J. Gaughan Collection

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The William J. Gaughan online collection contains images of the Homestead Steel Works from 1886 through 1970 showing plant and community activity, machinery, workers, strikes, safety and accident concerns, and social activities. Employees are depicted on the job and participating in their family and community life. These images also contain images of World War II production, morale campaigns in the mill, and female employees during the war.

Images were selected for their rich visual documentation of the history and activities of US Steel holdings, particularly the mills of Homestead Steel, Carrie Furnace, and the Edgar Thomson Works. Images were chosen that represented all aspects of working in the steel industry: from the general laborer to management as well as the materials produced by the mills to the equipment used in the mills.

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