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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:351 1930 P544

Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company photograph albums

The two albums contain eighty-four black and white photographs that depict the operations of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company circa 1930. The first volume documents the company's coal mining operations and includes images of miners at work. The second volume depicts the firm's coal breaker plants, where the anthracite was cleaned of impurities, screened and separated by size, inspected and tested, and loaded onto railroad cars.


  • circa 1930

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1 linear feet (2 volumes)

Biographical / Historical

The Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company, a subsidiary of the Philadelphia and Reading Rail Road, was founded in 1871 to allow its parent corporation to control the transportation of anthracite coal mined in eastern Pennsylvania. The coal company operated mines and coal processing plants, and the finished product was shipped via the railroad's lines. The Philadelphia and Reading Iron and Coal Company became a separate corporation in 1923 after the U. S. government initiated an anti-trust lawsuit against its parent company.

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Processed: July 2018 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff
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Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company. Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company Photograph Albums, circa 1930: A Finding Aid
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Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

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