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Discover America’s Industrial Past

Explore some of our most popular collections and get started on your research journey.

Oral History Collections

Experience first-person narratives of people who worked in American industry through IAL’s oral history program. Topics include Bethlehem Steel leadership, R.K. Laros silk employees, and Lessons in Business Leadership. Video, audio, and transcripts available.

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Mike Rabbitt Collection

Dive into the collection of prominent steel mill modeler Mike Rabbitt, who studied plants, mills, railroads, and other industry across the United States. Collection includes line drawings, slides, and records from a vast number of industries.

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R.K. Laros Silk Company Collection

Learn more about the textile industry in Eastern Pennsylvania and the lasting impact of the Laros legacy. Includes photographs, ephemera, and brochures.

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Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Sparrows Point Plant Records

Search the records from Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point Plant near Baltimore, Md. Collection includes press releases and view photographs from major construction projects supplied with Bethlehem’s steel and plant safety materials.

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