American Society for Testing Materials records

This small collection of records of the American Society for Testing Materials specifically pertains to one of the society’s committees--Committee A-8, cold drawn steel--that appears to have been headquartered in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There are incoming and outgoing letters between East Pi...

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Corporate Author: American Society for Testing Materials (Creator)
Collection:American Society For Testing Materials Records
Collection Number:3574
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Online Access:Link to finding aid
Item Description: Unproccessed (as of 2/12/24) additions to the collection consist primarily of papers, minutes (loose and in volumes), reports, and pamphlets of and relating to ASTM Committee A-1 on steel; and secondarily of ASTM Committee E-1. There are also copies of two publications: an ASTM reprint titled “A list of Alloys…for Committee B-2 on Non-Ferrous Metals and Alloys,” 1922; and “British Standard Specifications for Steel Bars for use in Automatic Machines,” 1907. These additions have been housed with the collection; extent has not been updated.
Physical Description: 0.6 Linear feet ; 2 boxes
Access: The collection is open for research.
Summary: This small collection of records of the American Society for Testing Materials specifically pertains to one of the society’s committees--Committee A-8, cold drawn steel--that appears to have been headquartered in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There are incoming and outgoing letters between East Pittsburgh and ASTM’s Philadelphia office, as well as letters between the committee’s chair, C. E. Skinner, and numerous firms that used, bought, and sold the steel, such as Remington Arms Company, General Electric, American Steel & Wire Company, National Cash Register, and Union Drawn Steel Company, among others. While the majority of the correspondence concerns setting up meetings and letting in new members, some of the letters, to varying degrees of detail, discuss test results and new steel-making machinery and processes, such as the Bessemer process, which was invented by Henry Bessemer in 1851 and introduced a cheaper way of mass producing steel. There are numerous blueprints/schematics, forms, and test result sheets mixed among the letters. Additionally, there are a few printed items, including an undated work called "A List of Alloys," which contains documentation on the composition of numerous metal alloys. According to the records, in mid 1916 a recommendation was made to merge Committee A-8 on cold drawn steel with Committee A-1 on steel (currently titled "Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys"). Though this collection of records does not cover the merger, it likely occurred based on the fact that today the ASTM no longer maintains a committee designated A-8.