The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) is the major national trade association of the iron and steel industry. AISI was established under the leadership of Elbert H. Gary, head of the United States Steel Corporation, after the Panic of 1907 brought an end to industry-wide consolidations.
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) photograph collection, Part I., came from the trade organization's public relations department. These images cover the entire scope of the steel industry from basic raw materials through the multiple aspects of steelmaking.
Albert T. Keller was chief engineer for construction at the Bethlehem Steel Company in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Keller assembled a collection of over 2,000 photographs of nineteenth and twentieth century blast furnaces, many of which he took himself between 1931 and 1937. In 1948, Keller's photograph collection was purchased by the American Iron and Steel Institute, which eventually donated the collection to Hagley Library in 1986.
Images from the American Iron and Steel Institute photograph collection, Part II. Albert T. Keller collection largely contain ruins of early American iron furnaces in Pennsylvania and the Eastern United States.
This digital collection consists of a selection of approximately 350 images from the American Iron and Steel Institute Photograph Collection, Part I. and nearly 350 images from Part II. Keller collection.
Image: National Iron Company Furnaces, De Pere, Wisconsin. Click to view