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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:596 1822-1936

Records of American Steel and Wire Company and its predecessors

Scope and Contents

Records of predecessor firms include records, 1868-1899, of the Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company, Worcester, Mass., comprising about half of the total collection. The material on this company includes stock certificate stubs, stock ledger, directors' records, 1868-1886, bill books, letter books, 1890-1902, miscellaneous volumes and three boxes of folders. There is considerable material on the patent suits of the 1880's and 1890's, and the consolidation of the company into one of the largest in the field of wire making. Records of Washburn and Moen's predecessors include account books of Washburn and Goddard, 1822-1848; Ichabod Washburn, 1835-1842; I. and C. Washburn, 1842-1849; I. Washburn and Company, 1850-1861; and I Washburn and Moen, 1861-1865. Also included are records of Shoenberger, Shoenberger and Blair, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1860-1892; Crown Point Iron Company, Crown Point, N.Y., 1872-1897; Worcester Wire Company, Worcester, Mass., 1877-1899; American Wire Company, Cleveland, Ohio, 1882-1898; B. W. Company, Worcester, Mass., 1886-1890; the Cleveland Rolling Mill Railroad Company, Cleveland, 1874-1902; and scattered records of the American Steel and Wire Company, 1899-1910.

The collection also contains a large amount of material on the early days of wire making assembled by the American Steel and Wire Company's Industrial Museum. Of particular interest are the biographical folders relating to men prominent in the industry, the company histories, and the descriptions of special phases of wire making. Numerous pictures accompanied the Museum's collection; these have been removed from frames and placed in appropriate categories.


  • 1822-1936


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact for more information.


30 linear feet (271 volumes, 16 boxes, 17 cartons)

Biographical / Historical

Corporate holding company formed in 1899 which included every important manufacturer of barbed wire. In 1901 the company became one of the most important components of the United States Steel Corporation.

Physical Location


Existence and Location of Copies

Three volumes on labor relations (1911-1919) are available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) from Historical Collections, Baker Library, on loan. Order no. 74-1783.

Vols. 118-122, Thermometer Record and Diary of Amos Webber are available in an electronic version.

Vols. 118-126, Thermometer Record and Diary of Amos Webber, are available on microfilm (2 reels, 35mm.) from Historical Collections, Baker Library. Order no. 87-1350. There is related material in Mss. Vertical File.

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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections and Archives, Harvard Business School Repository

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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