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Harry and Anna Saxer Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2009.136

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Scope and Contents

In 1949 Harry Saxer, a Pennsylvania steel executive, and his wife Anna Saxer traveled to Germany to assist U. S. military officials with the restoration of Germany's steel industry after World War II.  The Saxers were in Germany for much of 1949.  Harry Saxer was a civilian employee of  the U. S. Army, and worked with the Combined Steel Group in Germany.

They assembled two scrapbooks (Acc. 2009.136) to document their stay in Germany. Some of the predominant formats included are photographs, postcards, calling cards, business and private correspondence, fliers, invitations, and maps.

Before returning to the U.S. in September, 1949, the Saxers visited Paris, France.  They assembled another scrapbook documenting their travels (Acc. 2009.162).  This third scrapbook contains photographs taken by Harry Saxer, postcards, maps, a tourist guide to Paris, and a restaurant menu.


  • Creation: 1949

Language of Materials

English, French and German

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Biographical / Historical

Harry Saxer was an executive with a Pennsylvania steel company, Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation. He had been a manager for that company, at their works in Pittsburgh and nearby Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.


0.80 Linear Feet

Custodial History

The seller purchased these items from an antiques dealer in Pennsylvania.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acc. 2009.136 was purchased on March 16, 2009. Acc. 2009.162 was purchased on April 20, 2009.

Processing Information

Accessioned and processed by SCRC staff in 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository