Forges and Furnaces collection,

The Forges and Furnaces Collection at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) represents a significant repository of the original forge and furnace books that documents the rise-and-fall of the charcoal iron industry of Pennsylvania. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, due to its rich iro...

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Corporate Author: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Language:English
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Online Access:http://www.hsp.org/files/findingaid212forgesandfurnaces.pdf
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Summary: The Forges and Furnaces Collection at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) represents a significant repository of the original forge and furnace books that documents the rise-and-fall of the charcoal iron industry of Pennsylvania. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, due to its rich iron deposits, southeastern Pennsylvania was the major center of American iron production. As time passed, the industry moved steadily westward from the Schuylkill Valley where it started to the Susquehanna Valley and its tributaries; to the Juniata River and the ports on the Union Canal; and eventually to Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. In time, charcoal gave way to coke, and iron to steel. The collection documents that progression.
Physical Description: 158 boxes, 955 vols. (271.2 linear feet)