Koppers Company records, 1893-1981

548

Collection Overview

Title:
Koppers Company records
Dates (Inclusive):
1893-1981
Creator:
Koppers Company
Abstract:
Koppers Company is a diversified manufacturing company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since 1914 specializing in carbon compounds and treated wood products. This collection includes primarily pre-WWII correspondence, booklets, and financial reports of the Koppers Company as well as select news publications, photographs, and reports of a later date.
Collection Number:
548
Size:
7 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Historical Note

Koppers is a global, diversified manufacturing company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The original Koppers Company was founded by Dr. Heinrich Koppers, a young German engineer who developed a new type of coke oven that could economically recover the byproduct chemicals of the coal-cooking process. Koppers came to the United States and built his first ovens in 1907 in Joliet, Illinois. The company was incorporated in Chicago in 1912 before establishing its headquarters in Pittsburgh in 1914. Koppers Industries, Inc. was created in December 1988 when it acquired some assets of the Koppers Company, Inc. in a management buyout. By 2009, Koppers Industries, Inc. operated in thirty-nine locations in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, employing more than 2,000 people worldwide. Koppers has become a leading integrated producer of chemicals, carbon, compounds, and treated wood products for the aluminum, steel, chemical, rubber, railroad and utility industries. The company is also a leading distiller of coal rat, a by-product of the transformation of coal into coke, which is used to produce carbon pitch, refined tar, roofing pitch, creosote, carbon black feedstock and chemical oils. Koppers is the largest provider of railroad crossties in North America and is a leading producer of wood poles for the electric and communications industries. Coke ovens and steelmaking plants are typical of the products traditionally associated with Koppers. One man responsible for Koppers' continued success was Penn State class of 1940 metallurgist Fletcher L. Byrom. Byrom rose to the presidency of Koppers in 1960 after only thirteen years within the organization, becoming one of the youngest corporate heads in the nation. He was responsible for establishing Koppers' growth planning unit to increase the markets available to Koppers' products. One of his biggest successes was the growth of the forest products division. Byrom changed Koppers' image of focusing on selling materials used to create end products to selling the end products themselves. Besides being the president of Koppers, Byrom continued to be active in civic and cultural groups as well as Penn State University. Byrom retired from Koppers in 1982.

Return to Table of Contents


Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of business records of the Koppers Company from the first half of the 20th century, plus select publications and reports from the second half of the 20th century. The collection contains correspondence with Baltimore Trust Co., Eastern Gas & amp; Fuel, Massachusetts Gas Co., United States Electric Power, United States Steel, United Light & amp; Power, Western Gas Construction Co., Wharton Coal, Harvard Law School, the United States Congress, H.B. Rust, U.S. Customs, and William de Kraft. The collection also includes Koppers Annual Financial Reports and financial plans. There are also records and reports about other companies in industries that Koppers had an interest, the history of the Koppers Company, dinners with key members of the corporation, and company newsletters. There are many types of publications, including newspapers, Fortune magazine, booklets about the history and organization of the company, and explanations of how the coke ovens function and are built. There are also photographs of officers and employees of the Koppers Company.

Return to Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Koppers Company records, PSUA 548, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Return to Table of Contents


Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Koppers Company

Return to Table of Contents


Collection Inventory

Click associated checkboxes to select items to request. When you have finished, click the Submit Request button.

Box

4

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

3

7

Return to Table of Contents


Box

4

6

6

6

6

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

7

7

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

7

7

7

7

7

6

7

7

7

Return to Table of Contents


Box

1

4

Return to Table of Contents


Box

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

4

4

7

7

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

3

6

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

4

Return to Table of Contents


Box

2

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

4

5

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

4

4

5

5

5

5

5

6

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

1

6

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Return to Table of Contents


Box

4

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

2

5

7

7

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

6

7

7

7

7

7

Return to Table of Contents


Box

5

5

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

2

3

3

3

3

3

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

3

3

3

3

7

4

5

5

6

Return to Table of Contents


Box

1

Return to Table of Contents


Box

5

Return to Table of Contents


Box

5

7

7

Return to Table of Contents


Box

7

7

7

7

7

Return to Table of Contents


Box

6

5

Return to Table of Contents


Box

1

Return to Table of Contents