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U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection


Now Available Through the IU Libraries' Digital Library Program

The Digital Library Program and the Calumet Regional Archive at IU Northwest are pleased to announce the availability of an online digital photograph collection that captures the history of the U.S. Steel Works at Gary, Indiana, and the building of Gary itself.

The U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection, 1906-1971 is accessible online. It includes not only a wealth of photographic documentation reflecting the steel plant's rich history, but a host of other resources as well, including bibliographies, suggested readings, and hypertext links to a wide range of research and educational materials.

The U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection provides access to more than 2,200 digital images documenting the creation of the world's largest steel mill during the height of America's industrial revolution. The collection depicts the life and times of one of the nation's largest corporate towns, documented by U.S. Steel photographers. And while the gaze of the camera's eye often focuses upon the massive and varied industrial machinery of the steel works, it also captures the lives of the men and women who worked in and around it as well. The experience as a whole provides a startling portal into the past of one of the most tumultuous periods of our nation's history.

Although the site will undoubtedly prove a valuable resource for scholars and historians of American history and the Industrial Revolution alike, the U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection was also carefully designed to meet the unique needs of another target audience: school teachers and students. As such, in addition to its core of documentary photography, the site also includes guides for fourth grade, middle and high school teachers, as well as question sets for classroom discussion.

The digitization project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

IU's Digital Library program is a university-wide partnership of the IU Libraries, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science. ( This news release written by Kristine R. Brancolini, Director of the Digital Library Program originally appeared in the February 8, 2002 issue of IUL NEWS.)