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Bethlehem Steel mergers and forging records

Identifier: IAL-2017-009

Scope and Contents

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Transfer of Bethlehem Steel Records includes records of Bethlehem Steel Corporation's operations, including mergers, forging records, and other documentation.


  • 1954 - 1964


Biographical / Historical

In the 1950s, Bethlehem Steel Corporation and the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Comapny sought to merge their two enterprises. However, in United States v. Bethlehem Steel Corporation, 168 F. Supp. 576 (S.D.N.Y. 1958), this proposed merger was blocked in a District Court in New York on the grounds that this waould violate section 7 of the Clayton Act, an antitrust measure. The plaintiff, the United States of America, argued that a merger between these steel behemoths would lessen competition within the iron and steel industry. At the time of the proposed merger, in 1957, Bethlehem Steel Co. had 15.4% of the iron and steel industry in the United States, second only to United States Steel Corporation. Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. was fifth in the nation, producing 4.7% of the industry capacity. By combining the two, it was feared, could eventually lead towards a monopoly in the industry.


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Custodial History

IAL acquired the materials from the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in 2017. Most likely the materials were assembled by D&L's former curator, Lance Metz, who was a prolific historian and collector.

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Repository Details

Part of the Industrial Archives & Library Repository

18 West 4th Street
Bethlehem Pennsylvania 18015 USA