Our Mission

The mission of the Industrial Archives & Library is to collect, organize, conserve, and preserve industrial records and to make them available for education and research to historians, scholars, and the public.
 

Our Vision

To become a leading research center for industrial records.
 

About Us

The Industrial Archives & Library was incorporated on January 1, 2015 as a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), Private Operating Foundation (POF) located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It owns a headquarters building and leases three facilities for the initial examination and inventory processing of records it receives and for permanent storage in secure and controlled environmental conditions for preservation.

Our staff has extensive experience working in the field of public history and private-sector corporate management for a variety of institutions and organizations. We are implementing plans and programs to meet our mission to make records available to the public and have positioned the Archives to meet industry best practices for collections management and to build confidence of sponsors and donors of records.

The Industrial Archives & Library maintains active memberships in both the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC).
 

Collections

The Industrial Archives & Library collects records related to America’s industrial heritage. Current holdings include materials related to: steel (Bethlehem Steel and Youngstown Sheet and Tube), mining and quarrying (anthracite and slate), banking (Union Bank and Trust of Bethlehem and predecessors), shipbuilding (Bethlehem Steel), railroading, and other industries. Our growing library currently contains over 1,500 volumes relating to transportation, steel, mining, the development of technology, and regional history. Additionally, a collection of oral history transcripts from industry leaders in shipbuilding, silk production, and steelmaking are available.

Ongoing work ensures that additional materials will be available for research over the coming months. Presently, the banking material is cataloged, though access to much of it is restricted as the items need to be redacted before use.

Collections are available for research by making an appointment at least one week in advance. Please contact us at 610-868-1115 for more information on appointments or collections.

You may also search our library database using the search box below!