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Charles and Alta Nash Papers on Direct Steel Process Company
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Small collection of correspondence and corporate records related to Charles H. Nash and wife Alta (Louden) Nash's involvement with Herbert Lang and the Direct Steel Process Company between 1920 and 1925.
According to an article in the San Jose Evening News (August 20, 1897), Charles Nash was a director of an earlier mining venture, Rodman-Morrell Mining and Milling Company, incorporated in San Jose that month, in which he invested an initial $5100. Herbert Lang was the author of Metallurgy, Volume I (1911), and is described by references in an article, "Direct Steel Process Maneuvers Exposed" (Santa Cruz newspaper, April 12, 1921) as "a skillful metallurgist and an honorable man. I have had the pleasure of publishing many valuable technical articles written by him." (T. A. Rickard, president and editor of the Mining and Scientific Press of San Francisco). Another reference writes, "We consider Herbert Lang a metallurgist of the highest caliber." Lang and his wife were living in Oakland and Berkeley during the time of his involvement with the Nashes; they appear from letters to have originally stayed at the Nash home before moving to a hotel in Oakland, and then moving to a rental in Berkeley. It is not clear whether he is the same person as Herbert O. Lang or Herbert V. Lang. What became of him after the correspondence stops in 1922 is not known.
.25 linear feet
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