"The Iron Worker" Collection
AC 027

 Official publication of the Lynchburg Foundry

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
"The Iron Worker" Collection - Official Publication of the Lynchburg Foundry
ID
AC 027
Date [inclusive]
1934-1977
Extent
3.0 Linear feet Contains 14 bound volumes.
Physical Description
This collection consists of 14 bound volumes, each containing two years' worth of "The Iron Worker" magazine.
Location
Locked in compact shelving, level 1, shelf 29D.
Language
English
Abstract
"The Iron Worker" was a company publication of The Lynchburg Foundry, which had plants in Radford and Lynchburg, Virginia. Lynchburg Foundry Company was founded in 1896 in Lynchburg, Virginia, and spent its first several years consolidating stock and building capital. 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. A typical issue of "The Iron Worker" included articles about plant processes, plant employees and managers, features on local history and personalities, and dozens of photographs. Relevant local history articles in the issues from 1934-1947 are noted in the container list, but the later issues (1948-1977) also contain articles on local history that are not documented in this finding aid.

Preferred CItation

[Article title, volume, issue, page number, date], "The Iron Worker" Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restrictions to Access

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

Custodial History

Copies of "The Iron Worker" were donated to the Appalachian Collection in 2013.

Processing Note

Processed by Wes Hess, Spring 2013, with finding aid additions by Gene Hyde.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: 1934-1956 

The Iron Worker - 1934-35 

Vol. 4 No. 1 April, 1934: Lynchburg’s Early Water Systems- p. 8 - Historical facts concerning the original water works and its sponsors 

Vol. 4 No. 3 October, 1934: 1898 – The First Lynchburg Chilled Plow is Made – McWane – p. 10, Entries from the Diaries of the Late H.E. McWane, Four Generations of the Trent Family – p. 19 

Vol. 4 No. 4 – January, 1935: The Early Days of the Radford Works – J.S. Wright – p. 20, The History of the Radford Plant and its Successive Owners - A New Deal for Hobbies – p. 24, A Few Points Regarding the Emancipation of the Whittler Ballagh Built – p. 25, The Inherited Hobby of a Radford Sailor 

Vol. 4 No. 1 – Spring Issue, 1935: Lynchburg and Its Water Works a Hundred Years Ago – p. 2 - A Description of the Town as it was in 1935, The Romance of Lynchburg’s Water System – Richard F. Wagner – p. 10 - The City’s Director of Public Works Sketches the History of the Department, One Hundred Thirty-Five Years of Water Works Progress – p. 13 - The Chronological Development of the Lynchburg Water System, Radford Then and Now – p. 22 - A Brief Discussion of Radford’s Beginning and Growth, A Radford Veteran Looks Back on Fifty Years – p. 24 - Recounting a Half Century of Foundry Methods 

Vol. 5 No. 2 – Summer Issue, 1935: Lynchburg’s First Century – 1786-1886 – p. 2 - Extracts from the Centennial Oration of Major John Warwick Daniel, The Casting of the Liberty bell – p. 6 - The historical facts connected with this famous foundry product, Radford in Indian Days – Daniel C. Cannaday – p. 10 - Indian Massacres and pioneer settlers of that section 

Vol. 5 No. 3 – Autumn Issue, 1935: Motoring Through History Via Lynchburg and Radford – p. 2 - Points of Interest on the Trip Between the Company’s Two Plants, Radford’s Safety School – Fred W. Hurt – p. 27 - The Newly Opened Class-Room for Safety Lessons 

The Iron Worker - 1942-44 

Vol. 6 No. 1 – December 1942: “We Have a Task to Perform” by Alwyn E. Fuller, Supervisor, Lynchburg Plant 

Vol. 6 No. 2 – Spring Issue, 1943: Training for War Production – C. W. McLennan – p. 11, Radford’s Man-of-the-Year – p. 18, Labor and the Defense of Freedom – p. 27 

Vol. 6 No. 3 – Summer, 1943: In the Service Now – p. 16, The Show is On – p. 27 

Vol. 6 No. 4 – Fall Issue, 1943: Articles on veteran employees, service salutes, former foundry men in the service, etc. 

Vol. 7 No. 1 – Winter Issue, 1943-1944: After War, What? – Marvin M. Giles Jr. – p. 18, More Ships for Victory – p. 23 Radford Institution – p. 29, With our Servicemen – p. 30 

Vol. 7 No. 2 – Spring Issue, 1944: Postwar Planning – p. 13, The Victory Fleet Gets Its Bearings – p. 16-17, Speeding War Production with the Speedslinger – Hugh K. McGavock – p. 18, Fighters on the Foundry Front – p. 20, Priorities for Victory – C.R. Snyder – p. 22, Foundry Skills on the War Fronts – p. 29 

Vol. 7 No. 3 – Summer Issue, 1944: Production for Reconstruction – p. 2, Radford’s Three-Generation Family – p. 27, Victory Gardens at the Radford Plant – p. 28, Wartime Safety Obligations – C.W. McLennan – p. 32 

Vol. 7 No. 4 – Fall Issue, 1944: More Men and Materiél for Victory – p. 16, Woman Power – p. 18, Foundrymen at Home and on the Battlefronts – p. 26, Airmen’s Return – p. 28, Radford’s Victory Garden Award – p. 29 

Vol. 8 No. 1 – Winter Issue, 1944-1945: Articles on Mechanized Molding Unit, Cylinder Liners for Diesel Engines, and Magazine Milestones 

The Iron Worker - 1945-47 

Vol. 8 No. 2 – Spring Issue, 1945: Remembering the Home Front – p. 7 

Vol. 8 No. 3 – Summer Issue – 1945: Victory in Europe – Germany’s Act of Military Surrender – p. 5, British-American Foundry Relations - By Sgt. Theodore G. Offterdinger – p. 28 

Vol. 8 No. 4 – Fall Issue – 1945: “Victory of Liberty Over Tyranny” – p. 1, U.S. Planes for Peace – p. 3, The James River - By Philip Lightfoot Scruggs – p. 4, For Control of Perennial Floods – p. 15, Map of the James River Valley – p. 16 

Vol. 9 No. 1 – Winter Issue – 1945-1946: “Is It Possible That After This It Should Founder?” (Editorial based on a postwar letter written by General Washington to Governor Trumbull.) – p. 1, For War or Peace? (The Manhattan Project that produced the atomic bomb discussed as announced in official releases, and LFC shipments tabulated.) – p. 6 

Vol. 9 No. 2 – Spring Issue – 1946: Home and Peace – p. 1, Immortal Song – p. 2 

Vol. 9 No. 3 – Summer Issue – 1946: Report at Mid-Century – From Horsedrawn Plow to Atomic Energy – p. 1, For National Defense – p. 35, World War II – p. 35, Production for Victory – p. 40 

Vol. 9 No. 4 – Fall Issue – 1946: Of Time and Change – p. 2, Postwar Poses – p. 3, Radford Recollections – p. 24 

Vol. 10 No. 1 – Winter – 1946-47: For Allied Veterans – p. 2, Radford Production for Worthington’s Buffalo N.Y. Division – p. 26 

Vol. 10 No. 2 – Spring – 1947: The New River-Kanawha Valley - By Daniel A. Cannaday – p. 1, Early Explorations and Settlements – p. 2, Map of the New River-Kanawha Valley – p. 16, Modern Development of the New River-Kanawha Valley – p. 18 

Vol. 10 No. 3 – Summer – 1947: When Hutter’s House was a Hunter’s House – p. 1, The Battle of Lynchburg – p. 3 

Vol. 10 No. 4 – Fall – 1947: Modernizing Mexican Water Methods - By W. Martin Johnson – p. 2 

Vol. 11 No. 1 – Winter – 1947-48: Open House at the Radford Plant - By H.H. Holland – p. 6, Display of Products of Radford Plant – p. 16 

The Iron Worker - 1948-50 

The Iron Worker - 1951-53 

The Iron Worker - 1951-53 (copy 2) 

The Iron Worker - 1954-56 

Box 2: 1960-1977 

The Iron Worker - 1960-62 

The Iron Worker - 1963-65 

The Iron Worker - 1963-65 (copy 2) 

The Iron Worker - 1966-68 

The Iron Worker - 1969-71 

The Iron Worker - 1972-74 

The Iron Worker - 1967-77 

Folder containing an unbound copy of "The Iron Worker," a photograph of the Radford Plant, and a program from the "Grand Opening" of the Radford Museum from June 14, 1981.