J. Lewis Graham, Sr. Collection
AC 036


Summary Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
J. Lewis Graham, Sr. Collection
AC 036
2 Linear feet
Physical Description

Collection is arranged as follows:

Series 1: Box 1: Material pertaining mostly to iron foundry work.

Series 2: Box 2: Microfiche and more personal items pertaining to J. Lewis Graham, Sr. and his work at the Radford branch of the Lynchburg Foundry.



Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.
Related Archival Materials

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. Lewis Graham, Sr. Collection, Special Collections, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Biographical/Historical Note

J. Lewis Graham, Sr. was employed at the Radford branch of the Lynchburg Foundry for 45 years (roughly 1938-1983) . He was a metallurgist and his work there included being the lab manager. In his personal life, he enjoyed, among other things, gardening, music, and astronomy. The Lynchburg Foundry Company was founded in 1896 in Lynchburg, Virginia, and spent its first several years consolidating stock and building capital. The foundry had plants in both Lynchburg, and Radford, Virginia. In 1903 it constructed a plant in Lynchburg to produce iron pipe. In 1905 it purchased the Radford Pipe Works, which was originally developed by a group of Cincinnati investors that included J. N. Gamble of the Proctor & Gamble Company. The Radford plant went into receivership for a while, and was idle before being purchased by the Virginia Iron, Coal, and Coke Company, which operated it as the Radford Pipe Works for about a year, when VICC then leased the plant to Glamorgan Pipe and Foundry until 1905, when it was sold to Lynchburg Foundry.


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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of issues of The Iron Worker, articles on casting iron, photographs, various professional newsletters, and correspondence. It is divided into two boxes, Box 1 is generally trade information, and Box 2 is generally somewhat personal items and microfiche slides Mr. Graham presumably used in his work.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The documents are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided the proper citation is used (e.g. McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections, Radford University, Radford VA).  Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of the Radford University, and the copyright holder, is prohibited.  Please refer to the McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections website for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

All materials were found in the Radford University archives collection except the court transcript, which was purchased for the purpose of including it in this collection.


Further accruals may be coming but there are none scheduled.

Existence and Location of Originals

Archives and Special Collections, McConnell Library


Collection Inventory

Series 1: BOX 1. Foundry Work

Box 1: Folder 1: Iron Masters' Newsletters- October 1979, May 1980, June 1981, April 1982, August 1982, August 1984

Box 1: Folder 2: Memoranda Aug 1962-Sep 1971

Box 1: Folder 3: Handwritten Notes- 1961-Aug 1970

Box 1: Folder 4: Foundry Trade Journal- random issues from Dec 1959-Dec 1961

Box 1: Folder 5: Emoployee Lists Lynchburg Foundry Company Radford Plant 1969, 1985, 1986

Box 1: Folder 6: Programs- 25 Year Service Awards Dinner Aug 13, 1977; 3rd Annual Lynchburg Foundry Iron Masters Dinner Mar 31, 1979

Box 1: Folder 7: The Whistle (Lynchburg Foundry newsletter) April 1979

Box 1: Folder 8: Miscellaneous Correspondence

Box 1: Folder 9: Lab and Field Reports 1952, 1965, 1971

Box 1: Folder 10: Employee Appreciation

Box 1: Folder 11: Various Scientific Articles Concerning Casting Iron

Box 1: Folder 12: Booklet- Since 1896 The Story of Lynchburg Foundry Company in Virginia

Box 1: Folder 13: Newsletters- Spectrographer's Newsletter Vol 29, No. 3-4 1966; Methods of Measurement Vol 15, No.3; Methods of Measurement Vol 16, No.1

Box 1: Folder 14: The Iron Worker- Vol 1, No. 3 July 1920; Vol 1, No.4 Oct 1920; Vol 2, No. 1 Dec 1920; Vol 2, No. 2 Apr 1921; Vol 2, No. 4 Oct 1921; Vol 3, No.1 Dec 1921

Box 1: Folder 15: The Iron Worker- Vol 21, No.1 Winter 1956-7; Vol 21, No. 2 Spring 1957; Vol 21, No. 3 Summer 1957; Vol 21, No. 4 Autumn 1957; Vol 22, No. 1 Winter 1957-8; Vol 22 No. 2 Spring 1958; Vol 22, No.3 Summer 1958; Vol 22, No. 4 Autumn 1958; Vol 23, No. 1 Winter 1958-9Vol 23, No. 2 Spring 1959; Vol 23, No. 3 Summer 1959; Vol 23, No. 4 Autumn 1959; Vol 24, No. 1 Winter 1959-60Vol 42, No.1 Winter 1979

Series 2: BOX 2. McConnell Family Information and Various Correspondence

Box 2: Folder 1: Photographs and Microfiche cards associated with the Lynchburg Foundry Radford Plant

Box 2: Folder 2: Identification pin for employee of the Hercules Powder Company; Employee Badge from the Lynchburg Foundry Company; Small pin from Radford Ordinance Works; 2 Commemorative Plates marking the opening of the Radford Plant, April 1978

Box 2: Folder 3:  Photograph of a train loaded with pipe made at the Radford Pipeworks bound for the Panama Canal.

Box 2: Folder 4: Photographs labeled "Silver Pig Photos"

Box 2: Folder 5: Letters and photographs concerning an unusual phosphide structure.

Box 2: Folder 6: Newspaper page including article about J. Lewis Graham, Sr. retiring from Lynchburg Foundry. The News Journal, May 24, 1983.

Box 1: Folder 7: Photocopy of a page from the Radford Plant Newsletter mentioning the death of J. Lewis Graham, Sr. March 3, 1992.

Box 1: Folder 8: Effective Speaking International Letter