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Lycoming Coal Company records

Collection Identifier: Mss:351 1832-1848 L981
Scope and Contents: The material in this collection, which runs from the company's origin to its dissolution, documents, among other things, an early attempt to win the American race to manufacture high quality iron along English lines. That is, the company's goal was to use coke (rather than charcoal) and the hot blast method to fire furnaces to produce large quantities of high-grade iron. Furthermore, the enterprise was an attempt to integrate all stages of production from coal mining to the manufacture of a...