Guide to the Rust Engineering Company Records, 1905-1989 AIS.2006.06

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ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Rust Engineering Company Records
Creator
Rust Engineering Company.
Collection Number
AIS.2006.06
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1908-1967
Date [inclusive]
1905-1989
Extent
37.77 linear feet (84 boxes, 5 rolls of microfilm, 1 oversize folder)
Abstract
The Rust Engineering Company specialized in the design and construction of equipment and facilities for heavy industry, including furnaces, boiler settings, industrial chimneys, and entire manufacturing and processing plants. This collection documents the management of Rust Engineering's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, headquarters by its first two presidents, Stirling Murray Rust and Stirling Murray Rust, Jr., through correspondence, job and financial reports, meeting minutes, promotional items, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.
Sponsor Note
Funding for this project was provided by Stirling Murray Rust, Jr.

Preferred Citation

Rust Engineering Company Records, 1905-1989, AIS.2006.06, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Rust Engineering Company was founded in 1905 as a partnership between three brothers from Virginia; Ellsworth Marshall Rust (E.M. Rust), Edmund Jennings Lee Rust (Lee Rust), and Stirling Murray Rust (S.M. Rust). Originally created to handle boiler sales and brickwork for the Rust Boiler Company, which was owned by three older Rust brothers, Rust Engineering quickly expanded into other subsets of design and construction and was soon building foundations, power houses, and eventually entire manufacturing plants. Rust Engineering was also a leading builder of industrial chimneys and furnaces, which were in high demand throughout most of the twentieth century.

In 1913, Rust Engineering opened an office in Pittsburgh, where the Rust Boiler Company was already established. The small office was headed by S.M. Rust, who already had experience working in the Pittsburgh region. In 1920 the partnership was dissolved and Rust Engineering was incorporated into three separate companies based in Pittsburgh, Birmingham, and Washington, D.C. S.M. Rust became president of the Pittsburgh companies, while vice-presidents E.M. Rust and Lee Rust headed the Washington, D.C., and Birmingham companies, respectively. The partnership struggled at first, facing railroad delays, uncooperative workers, and droughts in the south. In the mid-1920s, the Washington, D.C. company was dissolved and became a sales office, and the Birmingham and Pittsburgh companies merged. The official headquarters was in Pittsburgh, but the Birmingham office continued to operate independently for many years. The company survived these initial difficulties, as well as the Depression that followed, through its versatility. By taking on everything from simple repair jobs to complex design projects, the company could adapt to major changes.

In 1939, S.M. Rust, Jr. became the operating manager for the Pittsburgh office, although his father remained president until 1944. A mechanical engineer, S.M. Rust, Jr. had the daunting task of managing a constant supply of government contracts during World War II. Rust Engineering's experience with many types of industrial construction made it ideal for wartime work.

By the 1950s, Rust Engineering was a leading engineering firm known for its furnaces, paper mills, concrete work, and "turn-key" plants, so called because the company handled everything from the blueprints to the installation of machinery, leaving the plant fully operational and the keys in the hands of management. Rust Engineering took contracts across the United States, but was especially important in Pittsburgh, where it built for Westinghouse, Pittsburgh Plate and Glass, and many of the city's steel mills. Rust Engineering also built the foundations and steel framework of the Koppers Building, one of the distinctive features of the Pittsburgh skyline.

In 1967, Rust Engineering was sold to Litton Industries. In the years following the sale, the company was merged and reassigned numerous times, and in 1971 its headquarters was moved from Pittsburgh to Birmingham, Alabama. Now owned by Morrison Knudsen Corporation, the company operates under the name Rust Constructors, Inc., and continues to specialize in the design and construction of heavy industrial plants.

Historical detail about Rust Engineering's work at particular times is described at the series level.

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Scope and Content Notes

The majority of the documents in this collection follow the Rust Engineering Company from its founding in 1905 until its sale to Litton Industries in 1967 -- the time when Rust was a family-run organization. Although it contains a variety of material, the strength of the collection lies in the correspondence and project files of the company's first two presidents, S.M. Rust and S.M. Rust, Jr., who operated from the Pittsburgh office.

Working at a time when most long-distance business communication was by letter or telegram, both presidents wrote constantly to their officers, their brothers and uncles at branch offices, foremen and site superintendents, lawyers, financial advisors, other companies, and clients. Their discussions, which are often detailed and sometimes personal, show how they handled management decisions day to day; a typical letter might inquire about a shipment of brick, settle a dispute between workers, or discuss contacts in the paper mill industry. A great deal of correspondence is devoted to individual jobs, since the presidents were ultimately responsible for arranging contracts and correcting any problems that arose, such as delays, union strikes, or unexpected costs. The frequency and detail of the letters makes it possible to see what was important in the office at nearly any time from 1918 to 1949.

Taken as a whole, the president's files demonstrate how the company reacted and adapted to the major events of the twentieth century, as well as changing ideals in business culture. Rust Engineering profited from the need for steel and steam power during the 1920s, survived the Great Depression, served the home front during World War II, and reverted to peacetime operations afterwards. In the process, Rust Engineering also transformed from a small, family-run company offering a single specific service into a large corporation overseeing multiple projects of many types across the United States and around the world.

In addition to providing a record of one company's changes over time, the collection can also be seen as the history of the careers of S.M. Rust and his son S.M. Rust, Jr. The files span S.M. Rust's career from his time as a 27-year-old worker in New Orleans, just beginning his professional work, through his retirement from the presidency in 1944. His letters are clear and logical and often explain in detail the reasoning behind the decisions he made. He was especially attentive to human resource decisions, since he believed that getting the "right man for the job" was key to the success of any business. There is little evidence of self-censorship in these files; S.M. Rust discussed the strengths and weaknesses of employees with honesty and fairness, and he did not hesitate to tell them what they did wrong. More telling, though, is that his workers often had no qualms about responding to their employer in an equally frank tone. He maintained a strong sense of loyalty to those who worked for him, and attempted to solve or prevent problems rather than simply replace a worker.

Similarly, the files trace S.M. Rust, Jr.'s transition from a management position to president of the company. Like his father, he had to make personnel decisions and was concerned with character and potential. Perhaps the most striking example is a series of letters in which S.M. Rust, Jr. is the only employer among ten companies willing to consider a former Alcatraz prisoner for a job. S.M. Rust, Jr. was also involved in the local community as a member of several social and charitable organizations.

The record of president's files ends abruptly after 1949. The few materials from after the company's sale to Litton Industries in 1967 are mostly published items, probably collected by the Rust family.

In addition to the president's files, the collection contains minute books and charters, promotional items, an extensive clipping collection, and approximately 400 photographs of construction sites and employees at work. A photo album from 1917 and 1918 captures the construction of structures for the steel industry in Alabama, including coal tipples, coke ovens, storage bins, screening plants, and blast furnaces.

Timeline

1905: The Rust Engineering Company is founded in Birmingham, Alabama, as a partnership between three brothers.

1913: Pittsburgh Office opens.

1920: Partnership is dissolved, and the company is incorporated into three financially independent companies: Rust Engineering of Delaware (Pittsburgh Office), Rust Engineering of Maryland (D.C. Office), and Rust Engineering of Alabama (Birmingham Office).

1918: Rust purchases the Birmingham Clay Products Company to manufacture brick.

1925: Eric Plagwit is hired and placed at the head of a new Chimney Department.

Mid-1920s: Rust Engineering of Maryland is dissolved, assets go to Pittsburgh.

1927: Rust's first subsidiary, the Rust Furnace Company, is formed.

1936: The Allegheny Industrial Electrical Company is formed as a subsidiary.

1938: The Woodbridge Clay Product Company becomes an affiliate.

1939: S.M. Rust, Jr. becomes operating manager of the Pittsburgh Company.

1944: S.M. Rust retires from the presidency and becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors; S.M. Rust, Jr. becomes president.

1967: Rust is bought by Litton Industries, becoming a division of that company.

1971: Rust's headquarters is moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Birmingham, Alabama.

1972: Rust is bought by Wheelabrator-Frye

1981: Wheelabrator-Frye acquires Pullman, Inc. Rust's northeast operations are merged with Swindell operations, forming Swindell Rust.

1981: The Rust Engineering Company becomes a division of Kellogg Rust, Inc., still owned by Wheelabrator-Frye.

1982: Kellogg Rust forms Rust International Corporation by merging all of Rust's former divisions.

1983: Wheelabrator-Frye merges with the Signal Companies, Inc. Rust becomes one of the signal companies.

1985: The Signal Companies and Allied Corporation merge into Allied-Signal, Inc.

1986: Kellogg Rust is dissolved. Rust International becomes part of Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of the Henley Group, Inc. The Henley Group had been created in a spin-off of Allied-Signal to its shareholders.

1990: Waste Management Inc. becomes Rust's parent company by increasing its equity ownership of Wheelabrator Technologies.

1992: Rust International, Inc. is formed by combining parts of Waste Management companies Chemical Waste Management, Wheelabrator Technologies, and the Brand Companies.

1993: Waste Management changes its name to WMX Technologies, Inc.

1995: Rust is owned 60 percent by WMX Technologies and 40 percent by Wheelabrator Technologies.

1996: Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, part of Raytheon Company, acquires Rust.

2000: Morrison Knudsen Corporation acquires Raytheon Engineers & Constructors and creates Washington Group International, Inc. It is one of the largest engineering and construction firms in the United States. Rust is now known as Rust Constructors, Inc.

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Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into the following series and subseries. The president's files have been described by decade in order to highlight the changes. The presidents' office files were kept in three basic ways; correspondence between the presidents and others, files on individual jobs, and subject files containing information on particular events or problems. While they form subseries, it is important to note that they may not contain all information about a particular topic; in most cases, more information can be found in the correspondence files. Also note that while the filing system in the president's correspondence sometimes appears continuous and may contain documents from every working day, it is not a complete record. The office's main criteria for retaining documents changed over time. Please see the series and subseries notes for more detail.

  • Series I. Histories and General Information
  • Series II. Minute Books, 1920-1967
  • Series III. President's Office Files, 1905-1919
  • Series IV. President's Office Files, 1920-1929
  • Series V. President's Office Files, 1930-1939
  • Series VI. President's Office Files, 1940-1941
  • Series VII. Affiliate Companies, 1927-1974
  • Series VIII. Publicity, 1920-1989
  • Series IX. Photographs, 1911-1967

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Copyright resides with the donor, S.M. Murray Rust, Jr. Some photographs are stamped with the names of studios or photographers. These items are the intellectual property of the creator and cannot be reproduced without permission.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Stirling Murray Rust, Jr. on February 2, 2006.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carolyn Smith in 2006-2007.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at http://historicpittsburgh.org/collection/rust-engineering-company-records.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

Photographs and microfilm are housed in the Media Room. Boxes 43 and 65 are oversized and housed separately.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Allegheny Industrial Electrical Company.
  • Rust Engineering Company.
  • Rust Furnace Company.
  • United States. National Recovery Administration.
  • Vibroflotation Foundation Company.

Genre(s)

  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Brochures
  • Chief financial officers
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Construction workers
  • Correspondence
  • Microfilms
  • Minute books
  • Office files
  • Photograph albums

Geographic Name(s)

  • Birmingham (Ala.)
  • Holt (Ala.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Washington (D.C.)

Occupation(s)

  • Draftsmen (People in engineering)
  • Executives

Personal Name(s)

  • Rust, Edmund Jennings Lee
  • Rust, Ellsworth Marshall, b. 1879
  • Rust, Stirling Murray, Jr.
  • Rust, Stirling Murray

Subject(s)

  • Boilers
  • Bricklayers
  • Brickmaking
  • Business and Industry
  • Chimneys
  • Coke plants
  • Construction equipment operators
  • Construction industry -- Management
  • Depressions -- 1929
  • Engineering
  • Engineers
  • Furnaces
  • Gunite
  • Industrial buildings -- Foundations
  • Industrial engineering
  • Industrial engineers
  • Industrial management
  • Labor unions
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Paper mills
  • Pulp mills
  • Sales personnel
  • Steam-boilers
  • Steel industry and trade
  • Strikes and lockouts

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Previous Citation

Rust Engineering Company Records, 1905-1989, AIS.2006.06, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Histories and General Information 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains material created or collected by Rust Engineering to document its own history. Some of the information was gathered for short articles about the company, which were written for special events or publications. The authors contacted members of the Rust family and other long-term employees for information on the company's first years, as well as their personal memories and anecdotes. Their responses are present alongside research notes and drafts of the history articles. Drafts of book entitled, Engineering for Excellence, Building for Permanence: The Rust Engineering Company, 1905-1975, written by Norma Shields, provide a solid summary of the company's major changes and accomplishments. The company also kept newsletters and a small amount of ephemeral material in its history files, which have been included in a separate subseries.

Subseries  1. History Articles and Research Notes 

Scope and Content Notes

Files related to history articles contain a variety of documents, including drafts, correspondence, notes, and questionnaires.

  BoxFolder
Article about the Rust Boiler Company, 1904-1907 11
  Folder
List of company officers, 1920-1947 2
  Folder
Booklet on Rust history and qualifications, 1947 3
  Folder
History of Rust Engineering as told by R.L. Hess, 1948 4
  Folder
Article, The Rust Engineering Company: A History written by J. Paul Scheetz for  The Bicentennial History of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, 1953 5
  Folder
Personal histories collected for History of the Rust Engineering Company by Arthur M. Lawrence, 1955 6
  Folder
Changes in company structure after merge with Litton Industries, 1968 7
  Folder
Rust's History and Experience, written for Litton Industries, 1969 8
  BoxFolder
Drafts and correspondence for Engineering for Excellence, Building for Permanence, 1974 201-03
  Folder
Histories of Rust departments and subsidiaries, 1974 4
  Volume
Rust of Virginia: Genealogical and Biographical Sketches of the Descendents of William Rust, 1654-1940 by Ellsworth Marshall Rust, 1940 1

Subseries  2. General Information 

Scope and Content Notes

Rust Engineering retained examples of directories and other items published for internal use for inclusion in an archive. They provide information about the company's benefits, insurance policies, and other employee concerns. Rust Engineering's newsletter, The Rust Triangle, was published from 1957 to 1967 and contains articles on particular jobs, events, individual employees, and areas of the company otherwise unrepresented by the collection, such as the Women's Auxiliary.

  BoxFolder
General information and policies for employees, 1950s-1960s 301-02
  Folder
Phone books, 1958-1969 03-04
  Folder
Birmingham Office Personnel Directory, 1964 5
  BoxFolder
Pittsburgh Office Personnel Directory, ca.1970 41
  Folder
Birmingham Office Personnel Directory, ca.1970 2
  Folder
Field Office Personnel Directory, 1970 3
  Folder
Rust Civic Service Award and Fifty Year Medallions, 1965-1968 4
  Folder
Scrapbook of internal announcements and leaflets, 1959-1960 5
  BoxVolume
The Rust Triangle, Vol. I-XI, 1957-1967 501-02
  Folder
Reactions to The Rust Triangle, 1957-1966 1

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Series  II. Minute Books, 1920-1967 

Scope and Content Notes

Series II is comprised of bound volumes and microfilmed copies of minute books for the Rust Engineering Company of Delaware (the Pittsburgh office) and ten of Rust's subsidiaries and affiliates. They cover the time from the founding of each company or affiliate until its dissolution or until 1967, when Rust was purchased by Litton Industries.

Each set of books begins with records documenting the creation of the company, its bylaws, the minutes of its first meeting, and in some cases stock ledgers and other financial documents. After this initial information, minutes almost always represent one of three types of meetings; the Annual Meeting of Stockholders was held once a year to choose the Board of Directors for the following year. Immediately after this, at the Meeting of the Board of Directors, the board would appoint a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Special Meetings of the Board of Directors could be held at any time throughout the year to decide courses of action on major issues -- especially financial ones -- such as opening accounts or selling stock. Minutes for these meetings are brief, usually consisting of little more than a tally of votes and formal declarations of any decisions made that day, but they do provide a complete record of board members and officers until 1967, as well as documentation of the companies' involvement with particular regions, industries, and projects. There are also a few additional document types, including a list of the government contract projects which Rust completed during the 1940s to serve the war effort.

Minutes were originally bound into books, but in some cases only microfilmed copies remain. It is likely that the originals were passed to Litton Industries when the company was sold. A paper index to the microfilmed books can be found in box 8.

  Volume
Potomac Clay Products Company, 1929-1930 3
  BoxVolume
Bolivar Clay Products Company Minute Book, Vol. 1-2, 1921-1959 601-02
  BoxVolume
Rust Construction Company, 1927-1934 71
  Volume
Rust Gunite Company, 1930 2
  Volume
Loudoun-Rust Company Minute Book, 1930-1934 3
  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Rust Engineering minute books, 1920-1943 381
  Reel
Rust Engineering minute books, 1945-1956 2
  Reel
Rust Engineering minute books, 1957-1960 3.1
  Reel
Vibroflotation Foundation Co. minute books, 1953-ca.1966 3.2
  Reel
Vibroflotaion Foundation Co. minute book, 1966-1997 4.1
  Reel
Allegheny Industrial Electrical Co. minute books, 1936-1967 4.2
  Reel
Rust Furnace Co. minute books, 1929-1947 4.3
  Reel
Rust Furnace Co. minute book, 1957-1967 5.1
  Reel
Doyle and Russell, Inc. minute book, 1962-1967 5.2
  Reel
Rust Engineering Co. (Canada) Ltd. minute book, 1936-1967 5.3

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Series  III. President's Office Files, 1905-1919 

Scope and Content Notes

Rust Engineering was founded in 1905, but little survives from its first few years in Alabama, when the company installed boilers for the Rust Boiler Company. The earliest letters, written from 1907 to 1910, are between officers at both Rust Engineering and the Rust Boiler Company in Alabama and S.M. Rust, who had been sent to New Orleans in an attempt to break into the boiler market. Letters from the sales department instruct him on marketing the company to this part of the south.

Despite his southern roots, S.M. Rust was no stranger to Pittsburgh when the Rust Engineering office opened there in 1913. He had moved to the city at the age of seventeen to work in the steel mills, where he was a laborer, blueprint boy, and eventually a member of design and engineering departments. The new office employed a small team of engineers, but jobs were non-existent at first. One employee, looking back, credited S.M. Rust holding the company together with only "good humor, his companionship and his fellowship with his employees," because the company could not afford to pay them.

Files from these first years in Pittsburgh are sparse compared to later years, but most discuss the brickwork and boiler jobs that the company was able to acquire.

Subseries  1. Correspondence 

Scope and Content Notes

Items in this subseries are not in original order, but have been filed chronologically by month. When exchanges covering several months were found together, they were filed by the date of the earliest letter

  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, 1907 901-02
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-November, 1908 03-06
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, 1910-1915 7
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, 1915 8
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-July, 1916 9
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, August, 1916 101
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, 1917 2
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-August, 1918 03-04
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, September-December, 1918 5
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-September, 1919 06-08
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, October-December, 1919 111

Subseries  2. Subject Files 

Scope and Content Notes

The subject files from this period are mainly financial reports tracking the company's progress. The Boiler Brickwork Quantity Sheets give specifics for the amount of brick needed to complete a given job.

  Folder
"Early years", 1905-1919 2
  Folder
Financial agreements, 1914 3
  Folder
Financial statements, 1916 4
  Folder
Business report, 1918 5
  Folder
Boiler Brickwork Quantity Sheets, February 12, 1918 06-07
  Folder
Business reports, April and July, 1919 8
  Folder
Financial information, 1919 9

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Series  IV. President's Office Files, 1920-1929 

Scope and Content Notes

This series documents Rust Engineering's efforts to establish itself in Pittsburgh and its eventual prosperity during the Roaring Twenties. In 1920, the Rust Engineering partnership was dissolved and the company was incorporated into three functionally separate entities; the Rust Engineering Company of Delaware (Pittsburgh office), headed by S.M. Rust, the Rust Engineering Company of Maryland (Washington, D.C. office) and the Rust Engineering Company of Alabama (Birmingham office). Each company took jobs in its respective region and functioned independently from the others, but S.M. Rust was president of Rust Engineering as a whole and received reports from all offices. During the mid-1920s, the Maryland company was dissolved and transferred its assets to Pittsburgh, becoming a branch specializing in sales for the Pittsburgh office.

Much of the correspondence from the early 1920s concerns problems with particular jobs and attempts to correct them. Although some of the delays were related to weather conditions and railway strikes, problems were most often attributed to personnel; there is much discussion of habits and character as they apply to work, and the letters are surprisingly emotional and dynamic, but also fair. Other conversations concern orders and shipments, salaries and wages, attempts to land desirable jobs, and occasional run-ins with unions, particularly Pittsburgh Bricklayers Union No. 2. A series of letters between all three brothers, placed in a folder labeled "hard times," discusses the strain of financial difficulties on both the company and the family.

Despite the hardship, Rust Engineering took many jobs, especially to install boilers and build complete power houses and incinerators. In 1925, the company hired experienced chimney engineer Eric Plagwit and formed the Chimney Division, which would go on to erect more than 3,000 concrete and brick industrial chimneys. Rust's Furnace Division, which specialized in the design and installation of large furnaces for heating steel and other metals, became a wholly-owned subsidiary in 1927 and thrived from then on. More information about the Rust Furnace Division can be found in Series VII.

Subseries  1. Correspondence 

Scope and Content Notes

Items in this subseries are not in original order, but have been filed chronologically by month. When exchanges covering several months were found together, they were filed by the date of the earliest letter. In addition to general correspondence, there are also files of letters between the Pittsburgh office and other branch offices. These interoffice files are present throughout the rest of the collection.

  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence regarding incorporation, 1920 10
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, 1920 11
  BoxFolder
Correspondence between S.M. Rust and E.M. Rust, 1920 121
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December 1921 02-04
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1922 05-08
  BoxFolder
"Hard Times" correspondence between Rust brothers, 1922 131
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1923 02-03
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1924 04-05
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-August, 1925 06-07
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, September-December, 1925 1401-02
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1926 03-06
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1927 1501-04
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1927 5
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1927 6
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1928 1601-04
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1928 5
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1928 6
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1929 07-10
  BoxFolder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1929 171
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1929 2
  Folder
Washington Office correspondence, 1929 3
  Folder
Abstracts of New York mail, 1925-1927 04-06
  Folder
Personal mail and trade articles, 1920-1929 07-08

Subseries  2. Job Files 

Scope and Content Notes

Job files contain documents related to the acquisition of jobs, such as proposals and contracts, as well as folders on individual jobs filed alphabetically by client name. More information about these jobs, as well as those which did not receive their own folders, can be found in the correspondence files. The type of work, location, job number, and dates have been included where possible

  Folder
Inquiries handled by New York Office, 1925-1926 9
  Folder
Inquiry reports, interoffice, 1926 10
  Folder
Inquiries and proposals for boilers and furnaces, 1927-1928 11
  Folder
Prospect reports, 1928 12
  Folder
Proposal file, 1928-1929 13-14
  Folder
List of foremen, 1928 15
  BoxFolder
Chimney contracts, ca. 1925 181
  Folder
Contract reports, 1926-1929 02-04
  Folder
American State Bank, office building at Grant & Sixth, Pittsburgh, PA (Job #101), 1927-1928 05-06
  Folder
Balmer Company, incinerator, Floral Park, NY, 1925 7
  Folder
Ford Motor Company, manufacturing plant, Chester, PA (Job #1600), 1926-1931 08-09
  Folder
Davison Coke & Iron Company, cement plant, Neville Island, PA (Job #2150), 1928-1929 10
  Folder
Delaware River Steel Company, blast furnace, Chester, PA (Job #1797), 1927 11
  Folder
Henry Clay Hotel Company, 8-story hotel building, Ashland, KY (Job # 1828), 1927 12
  Folder
Koppers Construction Company, Koppers Building, Pittsburgh, PA, 1927-1928 13
  BoxFolder
Koppers Construction Company, Koppers Building, Pittsburgh, PA, 1927-1929 1901-03
  Folder
Koppers Seaboard By-Product Coke Company, office buildings at Waverly, NJ and Clifton, NJ, 1929 4
  Folder
Koppers Seaboard Company, office building, Kearny, NJ, 1929 5
  Folder
Koppers Seaboard Co., office building, Jamaica Yard, NY (Job #2370), 1929 6
  Folder
Published plan for Koppers Construction Co. By-Product Recovery Plant, date unknown 7
  Folder
New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, boiler settings, Van Nest, NJ (Job #2192), 1929 8
  Folder
Packard Motor Car Company, contract for additions to a building, Pittsburgh, PA (Job #104), 1928 09-11
  Folder
Phoenix Utility Company, chimneys, Trinidad, TX, 1925 12
  BoxFolder
Raleigh-Wyoming Coal Company, construction work, Glen Rogers, WV (Job # 1227), 1921 201
  Folder
U.S. Government, addition to a government printing office, Washington, D.C., 1928-1929 2
  Folder
YMCA, building, Newell, PA (Job #102), 1928 03-04

Subseries  3. Subject Files 

Scope and Content Notes

There are several files related to the dissolution of the partnership and creation of the three companies, as well as information about Rust's attempts to purchase brick plants.

  Folder
Dissolution of Partnership, 1920 5
  Folder
Annual meetings and stocks, 1920-1924 6
  Folder
J.B. Mingle vs. Rust Engineering, 1921 7
  Folder
Agreements with other companies, 1922 8
  Folder
Expenses related to International Bricklayers and Plasterers Union Local #2,June 17, 1922 9
  Folder
Annual report of Washington, D.C. Office, 1923 10
  Folder
Financial information, 1923-1928 11
  Folder
Receipted invoices, 1924-1926 12
  Folder
New Hope Brick Company, purchase of plant, 1925 13
  Folder
John Fenson Company, sales, 1925-1926 14
  Folder
Applications for a construction executive position, 1926 15-16
  BoxFolder
Cumberland Brick Company: lease, 1926 211
  Folder
Potomac Fire Brick Company; purchase of plant, 1926 2
  Folder
Valley Fruit Company vs. Rust Engineering, 1926 3
  Folder
Report of profits and losses, 1926 4
  Folder
International Cement Corporation, 1927 5
  Folder
Portable boiler, 1927 6
  Folder
Proposed purchase of brick plant, 1927 7
  Folder
Discussion on Piercing Mill Furnace Design, August 7, 1928 8
  Folder
Patent: Method of and Apparatus for Supporting the Side Walls of Excavations, 1928 9
  Folder
Proposed Chimney Builders Association, 1928 10
  Folder
Report of profits and losses, 1928 11
  Folder
Woodbridge Property for brick manufacturing, 1928-1929 12-13
  Folder
Letters of recommendation by S.M. Rust, 1928-1930 14
  Folder
Drawings, Study for River-Rail Terminal, February, 1929 15

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Series  V. President's Office Files, 1930-1939 

Scope and Content Notes

The stock market crash of October 29, 1929, impacted Rust Engineering as it did nearly all businesses. Correspondence from this time shows that in the early 1930s, the company was forced to let many employees go and cut the salaries of most others, often more than once. S.M. Rust pulled funds from his personal savings to secure loans. Rust Engineering survived the hardship through its versatility, taking on any jobs, large or small, that it could secure.

In 1936, the National Recovery Administration's (NRA) "codes of fair competition" became a major concern for Rust Engineering and many other corporations. Part of Roosevelt's New Deal to restore the economy and pull the nation out of depression, NRA codes were intended to discourage aggressive competition by setting minimum wages and maximum hours for workers. Following the codes was not required by law, but public boycotts of companies that could not display the Blue Eagle symbol of compliance pressured businesses to conform. Rust Engineering was affected by a number of codes, and fearing that the cuts were too drastic and could severely impair the company's ability to function, E.M. Rust of the Washington office formed a committee to have certain exceptions made under the constructor's code. He argued that "engineering constructors", which handle both design work and construction, operate differently than pure construction companies and required different rules. The NRA code files contain correspondence and other documents that trace these efforts, which were ultimately successful.

During the 1930s, S.M. Rust, Jr. worked closely with his father and became operating manager in 1939. S.M. Rust, Sr., still president, began building his estate "Murray Hill" in Leesburg, Virginia, and had his son and other officers send daily reports to keep track of office activity. After 1939, the files become primarily those of S.M.Rust, Jr.

Subseries  1. Correspondence 

  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1930 2201-04
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1930 5
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1930 6
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1930 07-08
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1931 09-10
  BoxFolder
Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1931 2301-02
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1931 3
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1931 4
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1931 5
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-August, 1932 06-08
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, September-December, 1932 241
  Folder
Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1932 2
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1932 3
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1932 4
  Folder
Philadelphia Office correspondence, 1932-1939 5
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1932 06-07
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1933 08-09
  Folder
Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1933 10
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1933 11
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1933 12
  BoxFolder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1933 251
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence -- E.M. Rust, 1933 02-03
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1934 04-07
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1934 8
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1934 9
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1934 10-11
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1935 2601-02
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1935 3
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1935 4
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1935 05-07
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-December, 1935 08-10
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1936 2701-04
  Folder
Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1936 5
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1936 6
  Folder
Chicago Office correspondence, 1936 7
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1936 8
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1936 09-12
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-December, 1936 2801-04
  Folder
S.M. Rust correspondence, January-December, 1937 05-07
  BoxFolder
Interoffice correspondence, 1937 291
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1937 2
  Folder
Chicago Office correspondence, 1937 2
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1937 3
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1937 04-06
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-February, 1937 7
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust Day File, March-December, 1937 3001-05
  Folder
S.M. Rust Correspondence, 1938 6
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust Correspondence, 1938 3101-02
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-September, 1938 03-07
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust Day File, October-December, 1938 3201-02
  Folder
General Day File, March-December, 1938 03-09
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, March-April, 1938 10
  BoxFolder
Birmingham Office correspondence, May-December, 1938 3301-03
  Folder
Chicago Office correspondence, 1938 4
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1938 5
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1938 06-07
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1939 341
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-August, 1939 02-03
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. Day File, January-December, 1939 04-05
  Folder
Correspondence between S.M. Rust and C.F. Drew, 1939 06-07
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1939 8
  BoxFolder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1939 351
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1939 2
  Folder
Personal mail and trade articles, 1930-1939 03-04

Subseries  2. Job Files 

Scope and Content Notes

Job files contain documents related to the acquisition of jobs, such as proposals and contracts, as well as folders on individual jobs filed alphabetically by client name. More information about these jobs, as well as those which did not receive their own folders can be found in the correspondence files. The type of work, location, job number, and dates have been included where possible.

  Folder
Prospects, 1930 5
  Folder
Prospects handled by R.R. Cutler, 1930-1938 6
  Folder
Prospects handled by John English, 1931 7
  Folder
Prospects handled by C.A. Sheldon, 1931-1932 8
  Folder
Prospects handled by G.P. Prather, 1938 9
  Folder
Proposals, 1930 10
  Folder
Contracts, 1930-1939 11-13
  BoxFolder
Contracts, 1938-1939 361
  Folder
Construction Department contracts, 1931 2
  Folder
Labor cost reports by contract, 1930-1931 03-05
  Folder
Bartlett Hayward Company, gas holder foundations (Job #3026) Chillum Road, MD, 1934-1935 06-07
  Folder
Charles L. Stockhausen & Co., architect, government funded apartment complex, Pittsburgh, PA, 1931 8
  Folder
City of Pittsburgh, garbage incinerators, 1932 9
  Folder
District of Columbia, "O" Street and Georgetown incinerators (Job #2817& 2843), Washington, D.C., 1931-1932 10
  BoxFolder
District of Columbia, district heating system (proposal by Rust), 1935 371
  Folder
Georgia School of Technology, School of Aeronautics, wind tunnel, Atlanta, Georgia, 1931 2
  Folder
Gulf Refining Company, pump house (Job #2629), Cleves, Ohio, 1931 3
  Folder
Guntersville Bridge blueprint (client unknown), 1938 4
  Folder
H. Craig Severance, Inc., apartment house, Pittsburgh, PA, 1931 5
  Folder
Town of Leesburg, VA, sewage system and disposal plant, Leesburg, VA, 1935-1936 6
  Folder
Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, rebuilding boilers, Sayre, PA, 1930 7
  Folder
Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, railroad bridge (Job# 2778-9), Weequahic Park, NJ, 1932 08-09
  Folder
Pangborn Corporation, building (Job #2900), Hagerstown, MD, 1932-1934 10
  Folder
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, brickwork (Job #3147), Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 1935-1936. 11
  Folder
Southern States Cooperative Mills, grain elevator (Job #3127), Baltimore, MD, 1934 12
  Folder
Tennessee Valley Authority, alterations to Tennessee River Bridge (Job #3626), Guntersville, AL, 1938 13
  Folder
Tennessee Valley Authority, blast furnace, Muscle Shoals, AL, 1934 14
  Folder
Terry Steam Turbine Company, plant, Hartford, CT, 1934 15
  Folder
Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company -- warehouse, (Job #2882), Mansfield, Ohio, 1932 16
  Folder
Westvaco Chlorine Products, Inc., plant, South Charleston, WV, 1931 17
  BoxFolder
Wheeling Steel Corporation, mill foundations (Job #3062), location unknown, 1934 381
  Folder
U.S. Government (War Department), addition to Wright Field heating plant (Job #3051), Wright, Ohio, 1934-1936 2
  Folder
Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, mill foundations (Job #3103), Youngstown, Ohio, 1934-1935 3
  Folder
Unknown company and project, riots at job (Job# 2776-2777), Ashland, KY, 1932 4

Subseries  3. Paper Mill Job Files 

Scope and Content Notes

General files on paper mill jobs are filed by year at the start of the series, while individual jobs are arranged alphabetically by company name.

  Folder
Paper mills, multiple jobs, 1934-1937 05-09
  BoxFolder
Paper mills, multiple jobs, 1938-1939 391
  Folder
Paper mill issue of The Tidewater News, 1938 2
  Folder
Albemarle Paper Manufacturing Company, Brooks-Scanlon Corporation -- plant, Richmond, VA, 1939 3
  Folder
Brooks-Scanlon Corporation, kraft Mill, Foley, FL, 1937-1938 4
  Folder
Chesapeake-Camp Paper Company contract, paper mill, Franklin, VA, 1936-1937 05-09
  BoxFolder
Chesapeake-Camp Paper Company, paper mill, Franklin, VA, 1937-1938 4001-02
  Folder
Crossett Lumber Company, kraft pulp and paper mill (Job # 3617), Crossett, AR, January-September, 1936 03-05
  BoxFolder
Crossett Lumber Company, kraft pulp and paper mill, Crossett, AR, October, 1936-January, 1939 4101-05
  Folder
Crossett Mill progress reports, 1937 6
  Folder
Crossett Mill cost estimates, 1938 7
  Folder
Equitable Paper Bag Company, Inc., pulp mill, Orange, TX, 1936-1937 8
  Folder
Fernandina Pulp and Paper Company, pulp mill (Job #3551), Fernandina, FL, 1938-1939 9
  BoxFolder
Florida Pulp and Paper Company, pulp and paper mill (Job #3960), Pensacola, FL, ca. 1937 421
  Folder
Hollingsworth & Whitney Company, paper mill, Mobile, AL, 1938-1939 2
  Folder
Hytest Newsprint Company, newsprint mill, Rome, GA, 1936-1937 3
  Folder
Riegel Paper Company, paper and pulp mill, Acme, NC, 1938 4
  Folder
Rust Family, S.M. Rust Residence "Murray Hill", Leesburg, VA (Job #IB3598), 1939 5
  Folder
St. Joe Paper Company, paper mill, St. Joe, FL, 1936-1937 6
  Folder
Southern Kraft Corporation, recovery plant, Panama City, FL, 1930 7
  Folder

Southland Paper Company, paper mill, Lufkin, TX, 1937-1938 

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Subseries  4. Subject Files 

  BoxOversize
Patent Applications, 1930-1936 43.11
  BoxFolder
Blueprints and instructions for the Furnace and Chimney Divisions, 1930 441
  Folder
Accident reports and insurance policies, 1930 2
  Folder
Purchase of Vulcan Tile and Brick Company, 1930 3
  Folder
Patents for steam heating devices, 1930-1931 4
  Folder
Financial Information handled by C.F. Drew, 1930-1937 5
  Folder
Purchase of plant from Elkland Fire Brick Company, 1931 6
  Folder
Articles on price fixing, wages, and economic decline, ca. 1931 7
  Folder
Negotiations with the Pittsburgh Cut Stone Company, 1942 8
  Folder
Bulletins from the Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh, 1932-1936 10
  Folder
Cold Metal Process Company, controlling stock, 1933-1934 12
  Folder
NRA Codes, 1933 13-14
  Folder
NRA Codes by Associated General Contractors of America, 1933 15
  BoxFolder
NRA Codes by the Engineering Constructors Group, 1933 451
  Folder
NRA Codes, 1934 02-04
  Folder
Settlement of A.H. Blair account, 1934-1935 5
  Folder
Birmingham Fabricating Company agreements, 1934-1935 6
  Folder
Purchase of Woodbridge Brick Plant, 1936-1937 7
  Folder
Sales representative in Carolinas, T.C. Heyward, 1936 8
  Folder
Legal council on the Fair Labor Act of 1938 and other issues, 1938-1940 9
  Folder
Purchase and management of Virginia Highlands Property, 1935-1937 10
  Folder
Masonry Chimney Association, 1936 11
  Folder
Agreements and cost sheets, undated 12

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Series  VI. President's Office Files, 1940-1949 

Scope and Content Notes

Even before the U.S. entered World War II, jobs became more available as the nation began building its defenses. By 1941, the company was working almost exclusively on government-funded projects across the United States. Rust Engineering's skill in building large plants made it ideal for the jobs, which included the construction of navy shipyards, machine shop and assembly buildings, shell forging and machining plants, and ordnance plants. Some projects, such as a Naval Ordnance Plant in Canton, Ohio, employed hundreds of employees and operated on 24-hour shifts. The company was particularly proud of this plant, which was completed ahead of schedule and contained what one worker called "the prettiest machine shop I ever saw."

To complete this work, Rust had to navigate the many restrictions and regulations on the use of raw materials, and a significant amount of correspondence is dedicated to dealing with rationing boards and securing salaries for workers. Private work did continue, and Rust built boiler houses, blast furnaces, and stove foundations for steel mills.

Most wartime work was overseen by S.M. Rust, Jr., who was vice-president at the time. S.M. Rust, Sr. did not retire from the presidency until 1945, when he became Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Rust Engineering's opportunities for jobs only rose after the war, as it repaired overworked machinery and converted now-obsolete war factories into peacetime enterprises. As the nation entered the Space Age, the company also worked on nuclear energy projects and structures for NASA.

The files taper off and end by 1949. It is possible that records from the 1950s went on to Litton Industries, which purchased Rust in 1967. Some information about Rust's activities during the 1950s and beyond can be found in Series VIII.

Subseries  1. Correspondence 

Scope and Content Notes

Records from the 1940s are made up almost entirely of Day Files, consisting of copies of outgoing correspondence written by S.M. Rust, Jr., and interoffice files containing both incoming and outgoing mail. There are no job files and few subject files, but despite the limitations a great deal of information about company activity can be found in the correspondence. The interoffice files are much more extensive than earlier, possibly because of better record keeping techniques, but more likely because the offices had to work together constantly to keep up with government projects; many letters were sent between branch offices every day, often by airmail, as Rust coordinated numerous jobs around the country.

  BoxFolder
General Correspondence, 1940 461
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. Day File, January-December, 1940 02-04
  Folder
S.M. Rust and S.M. Rust, Jr. Day File, January-October, 1940 05-06
  Folder
S.M. Rust and S.M. Rust, Jr. Correspondence, January-December, 1940 7
  Folder
Daily reports from Pittsburgh Office to S.M. Rust, 1940 8
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr., personal, 1940 9
  BoxFolder
Interoffice correspondence, 1940 471
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, January-December, 1940 02-04
  Folder
Los Angeles Office correspondence, 1940 5
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1940 6
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, October-December, 1940 07-08
  Folder
Windsor Office correspondence, 1940 9
  BoxFolder
General correspondence, 1941 481
  Folder
S.M. Rust and S.M. Rust, Jr. Day File, January-December, 1941 02-04
  Folder
Daily reports from Pittsburgh Office to SMR, 1941 5
  Folder
Daily Reports from SMR, Jr. to SMR, 1941 6
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, January-March, 1941 07-09
  BoxFolder
Birmingham Office correspondence, April-November, 1941 4901-08
  BoxFolder
Birmingham Office correspondence, December, 1941 501
  Folder
Chicago Office correspondence, 1941 02-03
  Folder
Los Angeles Office correspondence, 1941 4
  Folder
Montreal Office correspondence, 1941 5
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1941 06-07
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, January-June, 1941 08-09
  BoxFolder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, July-December, 1941 5101-02
  Folder
General correspondence, 1942 3
  Folder
W.B. Gillies correspondence, 1942 04-06
  Folder
S.M. Rust personal correspondence, 1942 7
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. and Day File, First-Second Quarter, 1942 08-09
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust, Jr. and Day File, Third Quarter, 1942 521
  Folder
Interoffice correspondence, January-December, 1942 02-04
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, January-March, 1942 05-07
  BoxFolder
Birmingham Office correspondence,April-September, 1942 531
  BoxFolder
Birmingham Office correspondence, October-December, 1942 5401-03
  Folder
Los Angeles Office correspondence, 1942 4
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1942 5
  Folder
Philadelphia Office correspondence, 1942 6
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, January-February, 1942 07-08
  BoxFolder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, March-April, 1942 5501-05
  Folder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, May-December, 1942 2
  Folder
General correspondence, 1943 6
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. Day File, First-Third Quarter, 1943 07-09
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust, Jr. Day File, Fourth Quarter, 1943 561
  Folder
Interoffice, First Quarter, 1943 2
  Folder
Interoffice, Third-Fourth Quarter, 1943 03-04
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, January, 1943 05-09
  BoxFolder
Birmingham Office correspondence, June-December, 1943 5701-07
  Folder
Los Angeles Office correspondence, 1943 8
  Folder
New York Office correspondence, 1943 9
  BoxFolder
Washington, D.C. Office correspondence, 1943 5801-02
  Folder
General correspondence, 1944 03-04
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. correspondence, 1944 5
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. Day File, Second-Fourth Quarter, 1944 06-08
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. correspondence, 1944 9
  Folder
General correspondence, 1945 10
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-September, 1945 11-13
  BoxFolder
S.M. Rust Day File, October-December, 1945 591
  Folder
S.M. Rust General Correspondence, 1946 2
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, First-Fourth Quarter, 1946 03-06
  Folder
S.M. Rust Interoffice, 1946 7
  Folder
Interoffice, 1946 8
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-December, 1947 09-10
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. personal file, 1947 11
  BoxFolder
General Correspondence, 1948 601
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-December, 1948 02-03
  Folder
Birmingham Office correspondence, 1948 4
  Folder
S.M. Rust Day File, January-December, 1949 05-06
  Folder
S.M. Rust Personal File, 1949 7
  Folder
S.M. Rust, Jr. personal file, 1949 8
  Folder
S.M. Rust personal correspondence, 1950-1953 9

Subseries  2. Subject Files 

  Folder
Salary raises and financial information, 1940-1942 10
  Folder
Contracts, 1940-1942 11-12
  BoxFolder
Board of Directors and Stockholders Meeting minutes, 1940 611
  Folder
Daily reports from H.J. Bawser to S.M. Rust, April-May, 1940 2
  Folder
Job application by prisoner Walker Buckner, 1940 3
  Folder
Salary Records, 1940-1942 4
  Folder
Completed questionnaire on construction practices for Associated General Contractors of America, 1941 5
  Folder
Legal information handled by Bayard Baldridge, 1942 6
  Folder
Balance sheets, 1942 7
  Folder
Fuel oil rationing, 1942 8
  Folder
Gasoline rationing, 1943 9
  Folder
Insurance, 1943 10
  Folder
War Department survey of personnel, services, completed projects, 1943 11-12
  Folder
Qualifications and histories of key personnel for Army records, 1943 13
  Folder
China-America Council of Commerce and Industry, Inc., 1944 14
  Folder
Proposed international work in South America, 1944 15
  Folder
Law Office of Miller and Chevalier, 1944-1945 16
  Folder
Report to Reconstruction Finance Corporation Relative to Gadsden Ordnance Plant, Gadsden, Alabama, 1945 17
  BoxFolder
Anthony Bruyaux -- post-war surplus plants, 1945 621
  Folder
Drawing: Oil and air piping layout for No. 7 periodic circular kiln, Harbison Walker Refectories, 1946 2
  Folder
Proposed incinerator for the Town of Leesburg, Virginia, 1946 3
  Folder
Wage and fuel expenses, 1947 4
  Folder
Birmingham Office analysis, 1939-1949 5

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Series  VII. Affiliate Companies 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains documents related to Rust Engineering's many subsidiaries, franchises, and other affiliate companies. In the early 1920s, Rust Engineering was made up of several divisions and departments. As the company expanded, affiliates were formed to specialize in specific services. This enabled the company to effectively handle, for example, both the construction work and the electrical work on a single plant, or to manufacture the brick that the Chimney Department required rather than purchase it from another company. Most subsidiaries could also take jobs on their own and operate somewhat independently from the larger company.

Rust Engineering's first subsidiary was the Rust Furnace Company, which was created from the Furnace Division in 1927. Known for its patented triple-fired continuous furnace, which could heat steel from above and below at a rapid rate, the Rust Furnace Company could also custom-design, engineer, install, and repair all other types of industrial furnaces. The company provided furnaces for many of Pittsburgh's steel mills as well as for companies as far away as New Zealand and South Africa. Other successful subsidiaries include the Allegheny Industrial Electrical Company, which installed electrical systems for large plants, and the Vibroflotation Foundation Company, which used a unique process to build foundations on unstable ground by injecting sand into soil.

The series also contains information on Coppee-Rust, a joint subsidiary created in 1962 by the Rust Engineering Company and Evence Coppee et Compagnie, an engineering and construction firm based in Brussels, Belgium. Coppee-Rust was a design and construction company which specialized in assisting American businesses interested in expanding outside of the U.S. It built plants in Belgium, Iraq, Qatar, the USSR, and many other countries. The formation of Coppee-Rust represents Rust Engineering's first attempt to merge its services with those of another independent corporation.

Materials in this series have been arranged alphabetically by subsidiary or affiliate name and may include correspondence, reports, minute books, and promotional items, as well as technical information about the processes in which each subsidiary specialized.

Allegheny Industrial Electrical Company 

  Folder
Contracts, 1946-1955 6
  Folder
Promotional leaflets, ca. 1950s-1960s 7
  Folder
Catalog of expense report sheets, 1961 8
  Folder
Correspondence, 1962 9
  Folder
Financial statements, 1965-1966 10

Birmingham Clay Products Company 

  Folder
Correspondence between S.M. Rust and Lee Rust, 1925-1938 11
  Folder
General Correspondence, 1921-1938 12-15
  BoxFolder
"Hard Times" correspondence, 1932-1935 631
  Folder
Correspondence, 1936-1940 2
  Folder
Balance sheets, 1920-1929 03-04
  Folder
Cost sheets, 1921-1930 05-06
  Folder
U.S. Department of Justice -- brick for a chimney (#1859), Atlanta, Georgia, 1927 7
  Folder
Expenses, 1927 8
  Folder
Report: Building Brick Manufacture in the District of Birmingham, Alabama, by H. Doolittle and Stanley N. Brown, Jr., 1928 9
  Folder
Statements of income, profit, and loss, 1930 10
  Folder
Blueprint: North Birmingham Plant of Birmingham Clay Products Co., July 12, 1930 11
  Folder
W. R. Culbertson, furnace inventor, 1931-1935 12
  Folder
Bond holder agreement, 1933 13
  Folder
Indemnity and bond agreements, 1936-1939 14
  Folder
Audit report, 1940 15
  Folder
Bankruptcy and reorganization, 1940-1941 16-17
  BoxFolder
Bankruptcy and reorganization, 1940-1941 6401-02
  Folder
Balance sheet and statement of income, 1965 3
  Folder
Report on examination of accounts, June 30, 1965 4
  Folder
Reports on Examination of Financial Statements and Additional Information, 1968-1976 05-06
  Folder
Correspondence and balance sheets, 1979 7

Bolivar Clay Products Company 

  Folder
Correspondence, 1921-1931 08-09
  Folder
Incoming correspondence, 1930-1931 10
  Folder
Property and taxes, 1921-1924 11
  BoxOversize
Bolivar Clay Products Company Cumulative Preferred Stock Certificates, 1921-1946 651
  Oversize
Bolivar Clay Products Company Common Stock Certificates, 1921-1958 2
  BoxFolder
Coal Lease, Newport Coal Company, 1921-1924 661
  Folder
Blueprints and plans for Bolivar Manufacturing Plant, 1922 2
  Folder
Financial information, 1922-1926 3
  Folder
Amendments to the Certificate of Incorporation, 1932-1949 4
  Folder
Company reorganization, 1959 5
  Folder
Agreements between Bolivar and Woodbridge Clay Companies, 1959-1962 6

Brick and Tile Manufacturing Company 

  Folder
Correspondence, 1930-1931 7
  Folder
Proposed bylaws, 1931 08-09
  Folder
Incorporation and stockholder information, 1931 10

Coppee-Rust 

  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1961-1968 6701-07
  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1966-1974 6801-02
  Folder
Promotion Commerciale A Hasselt 3
  Folder
Commercial Promotion in Lille 4
  Folder
Delta Phi Fraternity -- dormitory, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA,1963-1966 05-06
  Folder
Rust Engineering Company, Ltd., Great Britain, 1965 7
  Folder
Brochures, Rust Engineering Company, Ltd., Croydon, Surrey, ca. 1965 8
  Folder
European Economic Community and Evence Coppee & Compagnie, March 15, 1961 9
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Objective: European Expansion: A Profile of the Engineering and Construction Services of Coppee-Rust 691
  Folder
Annual reports of Coppee-Rust and Coppee, 1973 2
  Folder
Annual reports of Coppee-Rust and Coppee-affiliated companies, 1976 3
  Folder
Social and financial reports, 1979 4
  Folder
Etude et Construction Evence Coppee-Rust S.A 5
  Folder
Coppee-Rust-Damiron Group promotional book, ca. 1963 6
  Volume
Coppee-Rust promotional book, ca. 1963 1

Doyle and Russell, Incorporated 

  BoxFolder
Financial statements, 1965, 1967 701

Howard R. Wright & Associates 

  Folder
Financial statements, 1965 2

Loudon Rust 

  Folder
Bids on school building jobs, financial reports, 1930-1931 3

Mason-Rust 

  Folder
Promotional brochure, 1950s 4

Penwick Distillery Company 

  Folder
Proposed company structure, 1933 5
  Folder
Correspondence, 1933-1934 6

Potomac Clay Products Company 

  Folder
Incorporation and organization, 1930-1931 7
  Folder
Correspondence, 1930 08-09
  Folder
Annual reports, 1931-1937 10
  Folder
Blueprint: Proposed Arrangement of Machinery, Woodbridge, VA, February 17, 1937 11
  BoxFolder
Blueprint: Proposed Flow Sheets, April, 1930 711
  Folder
Waterfront property, Georgetown: acquisition and management, 1929-1941 02-03
  Folder
Registration in Virginia, 1930-1938 4
  Folder
Federal taxes, 1935 5
  Folder
Meeting minutes, 1936 6
  Folder
H.B. Rust estate settlement, 1937 7
  Folder
Dissolution, 1938 8

Potomac Real Estate Company 

  Folder
Correspondence, 1935 9

Process Engineering Division 

  Folder
Promotional brochures, ca. 1950s 10

Rust Associates, Ltd. 

  Folder
Financial statements, 1965 11

Rust Building, Inc. 

  Folder
Financial statements, 1965 12
  Folder
Lease of property, 1960s 13
  BoxFolder
Dissolution, 1966 721

Rust Construction Company 

  Folder
Incorporation and organization, 1927-1938 02-03
  Folder
Meeting minutes, 1927 4
  Folder
State registration, 1930-1933 5
  Folder
Meeting minutes and dissolution, 1934-1938 6

Rust Engineering Company (Canada) Ltd. 

  Folder
Financial statements, 1965 7
  Folder
Report Covering the Present and Future Power Plant Expansion Program for Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., 1937 8

Rust Furnace Division, Rust Furnace Company 

  BoxFolder
Patent Agreements, 1929 731
  Folder
Continuous Furnaces Promotional brochure, ca. 1930s 2
  Folder
Division correspondence and reports on refractory purchases, 1930-1931 3
  Folder
Rust Engineering vs. Chapman-Stein Corporation, patent infringement on soaking pit design, ca. 1930 04-05
  Folder
Patent infringement on furnace design, 1932-1935 06-07
  Folder
Blueprints: Details of Brick Shapes, Rust Zone Controlled Triple Fired Continuous Recuperative Slab Reheating Furnace for Ford Co., 1934 8
  Folder
Profits and losses, 1936 9
  Folder
Correspondence, 1940-1943 10
  Folder
Wartime salary regulations, 1943-1945 11-13
  Folder
Promotional booklet, 1944 14
  Folder
Rust Furnace vs. Loftus Engineering, patent infringement on furnace design, 1947 15
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Rust Furnace Company: Pioneers in Furnace Design promotional brochure, ca. 1955 741
  Folder
Financial statements, 1956-1966 02-04
  Folder
Brochures and photographs, 1968 5
  Folder
Rust-Escher Hollow Fin Metallic Recuperators promotional brochure, ca. 1960s 6

Rust Gunite Company 

  Folder
Correspondence and expense reports, 1930 7

Rust International Corporation 

  Folder
Promotional brochure, ca. 1980 8

Rust Properties 

  Folder
Financial statements, 1964-1969 09-10
  Folder
Dissolution, 1969-1970 11

Vibroflotation Foundation Company 

  Folder
Promotional brochures, ca. 1955 12
  Folder
Financial statements, 1965-1966 13

Woodbridge Clay Products Company 

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Production and average cost of manufacturing brick, 1939-1946 14

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Series  VIII. Publicity, 1920-1989 

Scope and Content Notes

Series VIII consists of published newspaper and journal articles, advertisements, and booklets that represent the public face of Rust Engineering. Aimed at a wide audience of clients and the general public, they explain the services the company was capable of providing and describe some of its major successes. This series has been divided into two subseries, one for articles, and another for promotional items distributed by Rust.

Subseries  1. Articles and Newspaper Clippings, 1942-1954 

Scope and Content Notes

Articles about Rust Engineering's projects and officers often appeared in the news. In order to keep track of what was published and how many people it reached, the company hired professional clipping services to collect articles from newspapers and trade journals. These were added to scrapbooks alongside copies of press releases and advertisements, and each article's circulation was recorded.

Most articles announce contracts or describe successfully completed projects, often stressing the company's speed and utilization of current technology. Since there are very few files from the 1950s, these articles are the best source of information about the Rust Engineering's activity during that time. Paper mills, furnaces, and large plants were still the most common assignments, but there is also mention of the company's involvement with nuclear technology, including the construction of a massive spherical structure to house an atomic submarine's reactor during tests. Loose clippings and articles have also been included in this subseries.

  BoxFolder
Clipping Book, December 15, 1941-February 1, 1942 751
  Folder
Clipping Book, March-April, 1942 2
  Folder
Clipping Book, July-August, 1942 3
  Folder
Clipping Book, September-October, 1942 4
  Folder
Clipping Book, October-December, 1944 5
  Folder
Clipping Book, January-December, 1946 6
  BoxFolder
Clipping Book, January-December, 1948 7601-04
  Folder
Clipping Book, January-September, 1949 05-07
  BoxFolder
Clipping Book, October-December, 1949 771
  Folder
Clipping Book, January-December, 1950 02-05
  Folder
Clipping Book, January-September, 1952 06-08
  BoxFolder
Clipping Book, November 1952-March 1953 781
  Folder
Clipping Book, January June, 1954 02-03
  Folder
Clippings, 1930s 4
  Folder
Clippings, 1940s 5
  Folder
Articles sent to Newspapers and Trade Journals, 1942-1957 06-10
  Folder
Articles sent to Newspapers and Trade Journals, 1965-1966 11
  Folder
Paper Mill Articles, 1950-1958 12
  Folder
Fortune articles, August, 1960 13
  Folder
Contract Announcements, 1942 14

Subseries  2. Promotional Items, 1920-1989 

Scope and Content Notes

Rust Engineering published brochures and booklets for distribution to potential clients. They explain the company's services and experience and are often illustrated with diagrams and photographs of successful projects. This subseries contains examples of items that promote the company as a whole, but similar brochures for specific subsidiaries, such as the Rust Furnace Company, can be found in Series VII.

  BoxFolder
General Construction, ca. 1920s 791
  Folder
Chimneys for All Purposes, ca. 1920s 2
  Folder
Chimney brochures, 1938-1958 3
  Folder
Promotional leaflets for radial brick, waterproofing, gunite application, and other services, ca. 1935 4
  Folder
The Rust Engineering Company and the Rust Furnace Company, 1944 5
  Folder
The Rust Engineering Company and Subsidiary Companies, ca. 1954 6
  Folder
The Rust Engineering Company: Engineers and Constructors for the Pulp and Paper Industry, 1954 7
  Folder
Promotional booklet for Birmingham Office, 1954 8
  Folder
The Rust Engineering Company and Subsidiary Companies, ca. 1956 9
  Folder
Experience Record of the Rust Engineering Company, ca. 1960 10
  Folder
Promotional booklet for Birmingham Office, 1961 11
  Folder
Series of booklets on engineering, design, power plants, and steel mills, ca. 1963 12
  Folder
Promotional booklet, ca.1975 13
  Folder
Promotional packet on construction, model building, and aerospace work, ca. 1989 14
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Rust Promotional Calendars, 1944-1956 43.202-12
  Oversize
Industrial and Public Utility Engineering Projects Recently Executed by the Rust Engineering Company, Inc., 1930 13
  Oversize
Industrial and Public Utility Engineering Projects Recently Executed by the Rust Engineering Company, Inc.,1938 14

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Series  IX. Photographs, 1914-1967 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains over 400 prints and negatives depicting Rust Engineering's construction sites, offices, personnel, and events such as banquets and recognition ceremonies. The majority of the photographs had been housed in three albums, two containing images of job sites and machinery from the 1920s through the 1950s, and one documenting the construction of coke processing facilities and blast furnaces for Central Iron and Coal Company in Holt, Alabama, between 1917 and 1918. The Holt album covers many stages of the large project and also includes rare images of the working conditions and the surrounding town. "Before and after" images, found in all albums, follow progress at construction sites and show the types of tools, scaffolding, and underlying foundations used to build a variety of structures.

Many of the loose photographs appear to have been taken for publication, either in Rust's advertising brochures and leaflets or for the Rust Triangle newsletter. Please note that some photographs are stamped with the name of a photographer or studio. They remain the intellectual property of the creator and cannot be reproduced without permission.

Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

Subseries  1. Job Album 1 

  BoxFolder
Framework for "Rutherfords job" (Job #6059), Grammercy, LA, June 8, 1950 801
  Folder
Boilers, Consolidated Gas Co. Hunts Point, NY 2
  Folder
Coke plant, Koppers Seaboard Coke Company, Brooklyn, NY 3
  Folder
Construction work on a plant for International Cement, Washington, D.C., ca. 1925 4
  Folder
Gunite work and bridge construction for the Pennsylvania RR. Co., Hunts Point, NY (Job #2114) 5
  Folder
Gunite work, Riverside Drive, NYC (Job #1870), December, 1927-1928, July 8, 1927 6
  Folder
Monitor ends for Chevrolet Plant, Atlanta, GA (Job #1978), March 1928 7
  Folder
Completed bridge for the New Jersey Highway Commission, 1966 8
  Folder
Steam engine and completed floor system of New York Ave. Bridge, Washington, D.C., October, 1931 9
  Folder
Ordnance Department, Picatinny Arsenal Packing House, M-4344, March 23, 1932 10
  Folder
Completed Route 30 Bridge for the D.L and W.R.R., April 25, 1932 11
  Folder
Workers applying concrete to a nine foot wind tunnel for the Georgia School of Technology, Atlanta, GA, May 1930 12
  Folder
Installation of three Springfield Boilers for Consolidated Gas Co., Hunts Point, NY, ca. 1925 13
  Folder
Completed bridge for L.V. RR Co. and Essex County Park Commission, Newark, N.J. (Job #2778-2779), October 10, 1932 14
  Folder
Before and after shots of Geary Boiler installation for Pittsburgh and West Virginia Gas Co., Downs, W.V., ca. 1925 15
  Folder
Domestic screening plant for Koppers Seaboard Coke Co., Kearney, N.J. 16
  Folder
Construction of Lake Street Bridge, Ashtabula, Ohio (Job #2088), October 31, 1928 17
  Folder
Workers applying gunite to a fur vault for Joseph Horne Warehouse, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17, 1928 18
  Folder
Load test for chimney bearing (Job #1692), July 4, 1925 19
  Folder
Completed boilers, location unknown 20
  Folder
Boiler installation, location unknown, ca. 1925 21
  Folder
Monitor ends for Chevrolet plant, Atlanta, G.A. (Job #1978) 22
  Folder
Coal silo for Utica Gas and Electric Co., Utica, NY, ca. 1925 23
  Folder
Construction and brickwork in an unknown building, July 19, 1924 24
  Folder
Bridge walls for Metropolitan Power Co., Middletown, PA., 1926 25
  Folder
Tangentially fired burner for Ford, Walkerville, Ontario, 26
  Folder
Completed boiler installation for Penn. American Refining Co., Oil City, PA, ca. 1925 27
  Folder
Boiler installation, location unknown 28
  Folder
Interior shot of unknown building, Binghamton, NY 29
  Folder
Super-power station for Ohio River Edison Company, Toronto, Ohio, January 17, 1925 30
  Folder
Interior brickwork, location unknown, ca. 1925 31
  Folder
Garbage incinerator, Garden City, NY 32
  Folder
Building and power plant for Ford Motor Company (Job #1347), 1924 33
  Folder
Workers building 75th Street Bridge over Village Creek, November 1931 34
  Folder
Pennsylvania State Highway Bridge at Groveton, Pa, 1929 35

Subseries  2. Job Album 2 

  BoxFolder
Chimneys, stills, plants, and other work for Pennzoil Co., Oil City, Pa (Job #1728, 1777), 1926 811
  Folder
Gunite work on a bridge for New Jersey State Highway Commission, Newark, NJ (Job #1966), January 4-December 16, 1927 2
  Folder
Overpass bridge for New Jersey State Highway Commission (Job #2233), March 19, 1929 3
  Folder
Exterior shot of building for Aracoma Laundry Company, Logan, WV, 4
  Folder
Garage and car showroom for Dawley Motor Company, ca. 1925 5
  Folder
Coke and coal bins for Northern Indiana Gas and Electric Co., Fort Wayne, Indiana 6
  Folder
Construction of a nine foot wind tunnel for Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, May 1931 7
  Folder
Workers building Brighton Road and W. North Ave. Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA 8
  Folder
Overlooking town and construction of Winchester Ave. Overpass, Ashland, KY, September 14, 1932 9
  Folder
Workers and cranes, construction of D.L & W. R.R. Main Line, Washington, NJ (Job #2766), June-December, 1931 10
  Folder
Completed gunite power house for Phoenix Utility Company, Phoenix, AZ (Job #2405)February 14, 1930 11
  Folder
Floor system of New York Ave. Bridge, Washington, D.C., October, 1931 12
  Folder
Lake Street Bridge, Ashtebula, Ohio (Job #2088), November 1, 1928 13
  Folder
Gunite repair to Q. Street Bridge, Washington, D.C. (Job #2863), August 31, 1932 14
  Folder
New Philadelphia, O.3" reinforced gunite lining (Job #2765), October 19, 1931 15
  Folder
Gunite application, Payson Park Reservoir, Cambridge, MA (Job #1838)September 8, 1927 16
  Folder
Ordnance Department Picatinny Arsenal, Cannon powder blender M-4245, 1929 17
  Folder
Construction of Bell Telephone Company Building addition, Pittsburgh, PA, 1929 18
  Folder
Gunite application, location unknown, February 21, 1928 19
  Folder
Chevropet Plant 20
  Folder
Niagara Street Bridge for NJ State Highway Commission, Newark, NJ, 1927 21
  Folder
Bridge, location unknown, August 8, 1928 22
  Folder
P. RR bridge, Arcade, NY, October, 1929 23
  Folder
Exterior and office shots of an assembly plant for Ford Motor Company, Chester, PA, 1927 24

Subseries  3. Banquet Photos 

  Folder
Veteran Employee's Dinner, October 25, 1946 25
  BoxFolder
Founders Day and Service Award Dinner, University Club, Pittsburgh, October 27, 1950 821
  Folder
Service Award Banquet commemorating the company's fiftieth anniversary, Hotel William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA, October 19, 1955 2
  Folder
Sixtieth Anniversary and Fifth Service Banquet, Hotel Webster Hall, Pittsburgh, PA and Parliament House, Birmingham, AL, November 11, 1965, December 7, 1965 3
  Folder
Banquet booklets, 1950-1955 4
  Folder
General banquet information, 1964-1965 5
  Folder
Quarter Century Club, 1985-1995 6

Subseries  4. Miscellaneous Photos 

  Folder
Rust Boiler Shop, 1905 7
  Folder
Extension to the government printing office, Washington, D.C., September 3, 1929 8
  Folder
Building and bricklayers in a building, location unknown, May 8, 1929 9
  Folder
Office building for National Gas Co., Clarksburg, WV, May 8, 1929 10
  Folder
Shots of employees in the first Pittsburgh office, located in the Farmers Bank Building, 1917 11
  Folder
Boston Office building, Boston, MA, 1956 12
  Folder
S.M. Rust and Coppee-Rust officers, August 13, 1964 13
  BoxFolder
Rust Engineering Award for high school students, March 28, 1950 831
  Folder
Unidentified building and train tracks, July 21, 1950 2
  Folder
Unknown plant, October 25, 1950 3
  Folder
Banquet at University Club, October 30, 1950 4
  Folder
Photo of a drawing of a warehouse and office building for Kroger Company, Pittsburgh, PA, March 23, 1951 5
  Folder
Brickwork, July 11, 1951 6
  Folder
Interior and exterior shots, J&L plant, Hazelwood, October 22, 1951 7
  Folder
J&L Aliquippa, October 24, 1951 8
  Folder
Hubbard Aluminum Products Co. building, November 9, 1951 9
  Folder
Two men at desk in Rust building at Sixth Ave. and Diamond, Pittsburgh, PA, August 15, 1952 10
  Folder
Rust building at Sixth Ave. and Diamond, March 25, 1952 11
  Folder
Rust building at Sixth Ave. and Diamond, April 2, 1952 12
  Folder
Retouched image of Rust building at Sixth Ave. and Diamond, May 27, 1942 13
  Folder
Ceremony for winners of the Rust Technology Award, Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, PA, February 1929, 1956 14
  Folder
Rust Technology Award, winning drawings, March 2, 1957 15
  Folder
Man instructing a small group about materials, February 12, 1958 16
  Folder
Unloading equipment from flatcase, interior of warehouse at Allegheny Industrial Electrical, March 31, 1959 17
  Folder
Student Architect Awards ceremony, May 28, 1958 18
  Folder
Children playing games and group shots at Rust company picnic, North Park, Pittsburgh, PA, July 23, 1958 19
  Folder
Junior Achievement Awards ceremony, December 17, 1958 20
  Folder
Airplane and hanger at Allegheny Airport, December 15, 1958 21
  Folder
Architectural award ceremony, May 20, 1959 22
  Folder
Science Awards ceremony at Kaufmanns, Pittsburgh, PA, May 21, 1959 23
  Folder
Company plane and pilot, Allegheny County Airport, June 30, 1960 24
  Folder
Anniversary Party, Webster Hall, October 19, 1960 25
  Folder
President S.M. Rust, Jr. in office, June 15, 1961 26
  Folder
Company jet at Allegheny Airport, July 19, 1968 27
  Folder
Scale model of a structure 28
  Folder
Winning 3D model by Carnegie Tech students, March 25, 1957 29
  Folder
Paul Scheetz, engineers, and draftsmen in the Drawing Room of the Heeran Building, 1948 30
  Folder
Three Sisters Bridges and Fort Wayne Railroad Bridge in snow, taken from Rust office, March 3, 1960 31
  Item
Boiler on cart, ca. 1920 1
  Item
Chimney for Seaboard By-Product Co., Jersey City, NY, ca. 1920 2
  Item
Chimneys for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio, ca. 1920 3
  Item
Chimney for Midland Coke Ovens, ca. 1920 4
  Item
Stack, Lehigh, PA, ca. 1920 5
  Item
Eggners Ferry Bridge being raised, Murray, KY, ca. 1943 06-07
  Item
Monitor on roof at Evanston 08-09
  Item
Boiler brickwork for 10 Franklin boilers, Charleston Con. Ry. Light and Power Co., Charleston, SC, 1911 10-11
  Oversize
Cartoons and caricatures of Rust personnel (negatives), ca. 1960 1
  Box
Photo Album of projects for Central Iron and Coal Company, Holt Alabama, 1917-1918 84

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