Sparrows Point Cyanotype Collection, PP277

Maryland Historical Society
Photograph Collection Inventory List
Special Collections Department
201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-685-3750 x359; specialcollections@mdhs.org 

Sparrows Point Cyanotype Collection, PP277

                                                                 ca 1890s

                               Finding aid created by Damon Talbot, September 2013.

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Historical Note

In the mid twentieth century the steel and shipyard located at Sparrows Point was the world’s largest steel plant. In 1887, The Pennsylvania Steel Company purchased 1221 acres on the land southeast of Baltimore on the Patapsco River known as Sparrows Point, with plans on constructing a steel and shipyard. In 1891, the first blast furnace was completed. Two years later the Pennsylvania Steel Company created a subsidiary – The Maryland Steel Company – which began construction of a shipyard that same year. In 1916, the Bethlehem Steel Company purchased the shipyard, and turned the plant into one of the leading steel manufacturers in the nation. Changes in the steel industry in the 1970s along with a number of financial crises in the 1980s and 90s, eventually led to the permanent shutdown of the plan in 2004. 

Collection Origin

Collection was originally an inventoried but un-cataloged part of the Subject Vertical File.

Extent

1 box.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one box of 89 cyanotype prints of the Sparrows Point steel and shipyard. The photographer is unidentified. All the prints are undated, ca 1890s, except for two blueprint designs for a ship dated January 4, 1892.

Container List

Image ID

Description

PP277.01

Meat Market (Sparrows Point Store 6(?))

PP277.02

Marine (?) Department

PP277.03

"(?) shop (?)"

PP277.04

Filling out ships (?)

PP277.05

Tug Douglas H. Thomas

PP277.06

Shears

PP277.07

Bessemer and rail mill

PP277.08

Group of machinists

PP277.09

Rail mill boilers piping (?)

PP277.10

Bessemer and rail mill

PP277.11

Bessemer (?)

PP277.12

Tool shed

PP277.13

Furnaces (?)

PP277.14

Furnaces ?

PP277.15

Boilers Furnace ?

PP277.16

Office (?)

PP277.17

Angle and plate furnaces

PP277.18

"our mascott [sic]"

PP277.19

Shanty at ship yard

PP277.20

Black smith in tool shed

PP277.21

Filling our shop

PP277.22

Large rolls (?)

PP277.23

Drawing room

PP277.24

Joiner (?) shop

PP277.25

Rail mill

PP277.26

Punch (?) and shears

PP277.27

Angle furnace

PP277.28

Boiler shop

PP277.29

Filling our shop

PP277.30

Foundry (?)

PP277.31

Rail mill (?)

PP277.32

Tool shed

PP277.33

Bessemer (?)

PP277.34

Ship yard from south

PP277.35

Filling (?) our pier

PP277.36

Punch ?

PP277.37

filling our (or out?) pier

PP277.38

Store room in tool shed

PP277.39

Boiler shop foundations

PP277.40

filling our (or out?) shop

PP277.41

Lumber shed

PP277.42

filling our (or out?) shop (?)

PP277.43

Boiler shop

PP277.44

Ore Laddle

PP277.45

Punch ?

PP277.46

Joiner and filling ? our shop

PP277.47

office, Marine Dept., 1st floor

PP277.48

#3,5 boiler

PP277.49

Rail mill boilers

PP277.50

Boiler shop

PP277.51

Temporary machine shop

PP277.52

Blacksmith shop

PP277.53

Punch (?) and shear

PP277.54

Carpener shop (?)

PP277.55

Shipyard from west

PP277.56

Pattern? Shop (?)

PP277.57

Hulls (?) 3 and 4

PP277.58

Hulls (?) 3 and 4

PP277.59

Hull (?) 3

PP277.60

Hull #3

PP277.61

Hulls 3 and 4

PP277.62

Deck of Hull #6

PP277.63

Launch of DH Thomas (?)

PP277.64

Launch of Germania

PP277.65

Hull #3

PP277.66

Hulls 3 and 4

PP277.67

Ship yard N.W.

PP277.68

Bessemer and rail mill

PP277.69

Furnaces (back)

PP277.70

Hull #6

PP277.71

Hull #6

PP277.72

Black Squad

PP277.73

Blast furnaces from water side

PP277.74

Drawing room

PP277.75

Hull #7 (in water) and #8 and #9 on ?

PP277.76

Bessemer (?)

PP277.77

Office

PP277.78

Blue print: Hull #6 Aft body. Maryland Steel Co. Marine Department Sparrow's [sic] Point MD. Jan 4th 1892

PP277.79

Filling out (?) shop

PP277.80

Blue print: Hull #6 Fire body. Maryland Steel Co. Marine Department Sparrow's [sic] Point MD. Jan 4th 1892

PP277.81

Hull #3

PP277.82

Carpenter and joiner shop

PP277.83

Filling out (?) shop

PP277.84

Main tool shed

PP277.85

Hulls 3 and 4

PP277.86

Bessemer (?)

PP277.87

_______wood?

PP277.88

Filling out? Shop

PP277.89

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