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Manuscript Group 263
GEORGE A. RICHARDSON PAPERS
1869-1974
12 cubic feet


George A. Richardson was a metallurgical engineer and photographer. He worked for the Midvale Steel and Ordinance Company, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Milwaukee and the Saint Paul Railroad Company, Chicago, and was sales manager of Metallurgical Laboratory, Inc., Philadelphia. He was interested in history and early aviation, became a lecturer on historical subjects, and authored articles for various magazines.

The materials consist of photographs, personal papers, and magazines. The photographs are primarily photoprints, glass plates and nitrate negatives taken by George A. Richardson during his travels in eastern Pennsylvania, the United States, and Canada, 1908-1936. Also included are glass lantern and film slides purchased from commercial firms for use in Richardson's lectures on the worldwide development of aviation, the canals and frontier forts of Pennsylvania, the Sullivan Trail, and the Appalachian Trail, ca. 1910-1970. Other photoprints include views of anthracite and bituminous coal mining in Pennsylvania and West Virginia; and steel mills and other industries in Pennsylvania, 1918-1927. Papers include personal diaries by Richardson, 1910-1924, and his father George Carr Richardson, 1869-1881; correspondence, 1904-1968; business receipts and accounts, 1911-1921; literature and pamphlets on photography, 1922-1927; and undated research notes on family history.




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