|Collection||Homestead Works Male Chorus|
|Title||Homestead Steel Works Male Chorus|
|Scope & Content||
The Homestead Steel Works Male Chorus is an extensive collection consisting of several boxes of papers, sheet music for over four hundred songs, dozens of photographs, pieces of two or three uniforms worn by one of its members, and three large signs. It is arranged into three series: Records, Photographs, Sheet Music.
Much of the records were placed in binders and consequently they were left in these binders in order to preserve original order. However, there was a binder filled with photographs in which the photographs were removed and placed in sleeves for preservation purposes. Whenever possible they were kept in original order. The remainder of loose records were organized chronologically and then placed in file folders.
The sheet music was likewise kept in original order. It was all previously housed in filing cabinets and numbered for organizational purposes for the chorus. This original order was subsequently preserved.
|Physical characteristics||Papers and photographs|
|Admin/Biographical History||In 1935 few men had much work to do as a result of the Depression that hit the United States in 1929. With time on their hands a group of men at the Homestead Steel Works began singing together once a week. It wasn't long before U.S. Steel thought that this group would make good ambassadors to the local area. Thus, the Homestead Steel Works Male Chorus was formed. As membership soared, the group soon wrote their own constitution, elected officers, and formed committees. Under the direction of Walter Jones, Sr. the group prepared themselves for their first public performance on November 25, 1935 at the Homestead Carnegie Library for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Andrew Carnegie. Over its fifty year history the group performed hundreds, maybe thousands of times for nursing homes, schools, civic groups, competitions, holiday concerts, and the Pirates in which they sung the National Anthem. The extent of their travels ranged from the Carnegie Library to Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. to Ocean City, N.J., which became an annual event. U.S. Steel paid for all of the men's expenses from uniforms to travel. At one time they were outfitted in tuxedos. When the mills closed in 1986, the Homestead Steel Works Male Chorus was subsequently disbanded. For their 60th Anniversary in 1995 they reunited at the Carnegie Library for a reunion concert.|
|Dates of Creation||1935-1986; 1995|