Samuel A. Musgrave Photographs

What’s online?

The Samuel A. Musgrave Photographs online collection contains images from 1946 through 1985 that document products, manufacturing processes, employees, buildings, and promotional activities of western Pennsylvania businesses and organizations. The collection includes images Musgrave took for the Duquesne Light Company, the Pennsylvania Rubber Company, the Western Pennsylvania Electric League, Ketchum, MacLeod & Grove, and Alcoa.

What’s in the entire collection?

The Samuel A. Musgrave Photographs is comprised of approximately 50,000 5x7 and 8x10 negatives, 35mm negatives, transparencies, prints, and slides. These images document Musgrave’s work as a freelance commercial and industrial photographer in Pittsburgh from 1946 until 1990. Musgrave’s clients included Westinghouse, Alcoa, the Pittsburgh Board of Education, Gulf Oil, Koppers, Carnegie-Illinois Steel Co., and B.B.D.&O.

About Samuel A. Musgrave

Samuel A. Musgrave was born on October 24, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1935, Musgrave began working for the industrial photographer Carl Truman Johnson. Sent to photograph diesel and electric plants in the South, Musgrave continued to work for Johnson until 1943. During World War II, he began doing freelance work for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and other companies. This work continued for the rest of Musgrave’s career. In addition to Westinghouse, Musgrave worked for other prominent companies including Alcoa, Gulf Oil, Koppers, and U.S. Steel until his retirement in 1990. Musgrave married Alice Wilhemina McAffee in 1939 and had two children, Rebecca and Susan.

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