Story Bibliography
A Diversity of Industries Bibliography
Further Reading

Alberts, Robert C. The Good Provider: H. J. Heinz and His 57 Varieties. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1973.

Life story of John Henry Heinz, 1844-1919, including numerous illustrations and a four page bibliography.

Bomberger, Bruce and William Sisson. Made in Pennsylvania: An Overview of the Major Historical Industries of the Commonwealth. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical Commission, 1991.

A brief overview of the factors that shaped Pennsylvania industry and discussion of specific industries.

D’Antonio, Michael. Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006.

This first full biography of the town and its founder includes extensive insights into the labor life of this company town.

Ershkowitz, Herbert. John Wanamaker: Philadelphia Merchant. Conshohocken, PA: Combined Publishers, 1999.

Recent biography of Wanamaker.

Fitch, William K. Dravo, An Engineering Enterprise Through Teamwork. New York: Newcomen Society of America, 1954.

Story of Dravo Engineering firm.

Foner, Philip S. The Fur and Leather Workers Union: A Story of Dramatic Struggles and Achievements . Newark: Nordan Press, 1950.

History of labor in the tanning industry.

Friedel, Robert. American Heritage of Invention and Technology 1:3 (Spring 1986): 51-57.

A concise account of Charles Martin Hall and the development of aluminum.

Gibbons, Herbert Adams. John Wanamaker. New York: Harper Brothers, 1926.

Biography of the department store mogul.

Green, James N. The Rittenhouse Mill and the Beginnings of Papermaking in America. Philadelphia: Library Co. and Friends of Rittenhouse Town, 1990.

History of pioneer papermaking establishment

Heinrich, Thomas R. Ships for the Seven Seas: Philadelphia Shipbuilding in the Age of Industrial Capitalism. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

A history of shipbuilding in Philadelphia

Hunter, Louis C. Steamboats on Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1949.

Discusses development of steamboats in Western Pennsylvania

Hunter, Louis C. Waterpower: A History of Industrial Power in the United States, 1780-1930. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1979.

History of waterpowered mills

Innes, Lowell. Pittsburgh Glass, 1797-1891. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976.

Story of how Pittsburgh became the center of American glassmaking.

Jonnes, Jill. Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World. New York: Random House, 2003.

A recent account of the battle of the currents.

Kauffman, Henry J. The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle. New York: Bonanza Books, 1960.

Story of the legendary firearm of the American frontier

Lockman, Brian and Don Sarvey. Pioneers of Cable Television: The Pennsylvania Founders of an Industry. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2005.

Story of John Walson and Service Electric Cable Television.

Miller, E. Willard. Pennsylvania: Keystone to Progress. Northridge, CA: Windsor Publications Inc., 1986.

Illustrated history of Pennsylvania business including industry.

Noon, Mark A. Yuengling: A History of America's Oldest Brewery. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2005.

History of a pioneer Pennsylvania lager beer manufacturer.

Plunkett-Powell, Karen. Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five-and Dime. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Puig, Francis J. and Micheal Conforti. The American Craftsman and the European Tradition, 1620-1820. Minneapolis: Minnesota Institute of the Arts, 1989.

Includes material on Henry Stiegel glass.

Scranton, Philip. The Philadelphia System of Textile Manufacture, 1884-1984. Philadelphia: Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, 1984.

Decline of the Philadelphia textile industry.

Scranton, Philip. Proprietary Capitalism: The Textile Manufacture at Philadelphia, 1800-1885. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.

An important study of women and men in the textile factories in and around Philadelphia in the first years after the American Revolution. This book provides valuable insights into the transformation of shop workers into factory workers, women’s entry into factory production, and the growing scale of manufacturing.

Smith, George David. From Monopoly to Competition: The Transformation of Alcoa, 1888-1926. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Business history of Aluminum Company of America.

Stepenoff, Bonnie. Their Fathers' Daughters: Silk Mill Workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1880-1960. Selingsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 1999.

A history of the silk industry and its women workers in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Stevens, Sylvester. "When Timber was King in Pennsylvania" in Pennsylvania History ., 397-412.October 1952.

Article on lumber industry in Pennsylvania.

Stevens, Sylvester K. Pennsylvania: Titan of Industry, three volumes. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1948.

An encyclopedic history of Pennsylvania industries and companies.

Theiss, Lewis. "Lumbering in Penn’s Woods." Pennsylvania History 19 (October 1952): 397-412.

Article on lumber industry in Pennsylvania.

Wolensky, Kenneth C., Nicole H. Wolensky, and Robert P. Wolensky. Fighting for the Union Label: The Women's Garment Industry and the ILGWU in Pennsylvania. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.

History of women's garment industry union.

Yates, W. Ross. Joseph Wharton: Quaker Industrial Pioneer. Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press, 1987.

Includes two chapters on the zinc industry.

Web Guide

"Henry J. Heinz is Victim of Pneumonia," (1919), Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Inventors: Biography on Oliver Evans

American Viscose Corporation in Old Chester in Delaware County

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania: History of Cable Television

Broadband Cable Association of America page including Walson as cable innovator, other details about early cable.

Conestoga Area Historical Society: The Conestoga Wagon

Conestoga Area Historical Society page with additional details.

Coplay Cement Company Kilns

National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary Company History of PPG Industries, Inc

Georgia Tech: Papermaking Moves to the United States

Hershey, Milton Snavely; 1857-1945

Historical Manheim Preservation Foundation, Inc.: Museum

History of Chocolate Workers Local 464-B.C.T.G.M Union

Chocolate workers site–has brief information on history of current union.

Master Brewers Association of the Americas, "Philadelphia History."

Includes a history of America's first lager, Schmidt's beer, and more.

Notes on Gristmills and Milling in Pennsylvania

PA Brewery Historians:"News: First Lager Beer in America"

Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association: About PREA

Pennsylvania: Historical Works - Geology of Lehigh and Northampton Counties

Digitized book that discusses Lehigh Valley cement industry on pages 374-91, zinc industry on pages 326-353 and the slate industry on pages 401-15.

The Burpee Company, "The Legacy of Atlee Burpee"

The Conestoga Area Historical Society: The Conestoga Wagon

This site offers an early history of the Conestoga Wagon, black and white photograph of the wagon, and good description of materials used for building and driving the wagon.

The Manheim Historical Society: Historical Manheim

Woolworths Museum, "Fred Morgan Kirby: Philanthropist and Five and Ten Pioneer."

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