Four volumes of the five planned Acme Steel newsletter collections are now available. Prepared by Carole Magnuson, this five volume SSGHS project includes images and indexes of the company newsletters for issues (with gaps) published from 1926 to 1998. The newsletters have been digitized along with three indexes – “Surnames,” “Company Name,” and “Selected Articles.”

Hard copy surname indexes have been prepared for two of the volumes and are available for reference at the SSGHS Library. Come into the library and check these indexes (searchable by surname) to see who and what are included. Then if interested these volumes can be purchased in digital format with the shipping and handling costs saved.

An index for the latest volume covering 1935-1944 is in the works.

Volume: Newsletters for April 1926 to Jan-Feb 1932” contains company newsletters entitled Good fellowship Tattler and Scrap newsletter. Between the two publications, there are approximately 6,600 names of employees and others who appear in this issue.
Format: DVD or USB.
Cost: $15.00

“Volume: 1935 – 1944″ contains company newsletters entitled Acme Steel News for approximately 39,000 surname entries. (Members onlyDownload surname list.)
Format: DVD or USB.
Cost: $15.00

Volume: 1959-1961” contains company newsletters with approximately 3,500 surnames.
Format: DVD or USB.
Cost: $10.00

** NEWLY AVAILABLE AS OF JUNE 2024:

“Miscellaneous Acme Steel Publications”
Format: USB
Cost: $10.00

Another set of Acme Steel Publications has been scanned and indexed. The files have been saved to a USB drive, which is for sale at the SSGHS library and on the SSGHS website for $10.00.  This new set includes the following publications:         

  • Acme Life – 1995-1998
  • Acme Metals, Inc. – 1994-1995
  • Acme Steel Reporter/Interlake Reporter – 1964-1965
  • Acme-Newport Notes – 1957-1961
  • The Coke and Iron Monthly – May 1919

Please note that some issues are missing within each of the first four publications. None have a full run of consecutive issues for the period of time shown, but each publication contains several issues.

Information and/or photos for employees, visitors, relatives of employees and others can be found in these issues. Retirements and service anniversaries are mentioned. Even employees who participate in sporting events sponsored by Acme Steel are named and photographed. It’s not all business-related.

This series was made possible thanks to Linda Mashek, Lisa Bronson and Patty Robinson who volunteered to index these publications. I am so grateful for their volunteerism and excellent workmanship.


Not yet available:
The remaining volume to be indexed covers Acme Steel Newsletters published from 1945-1958.

What’s in the newsletters?
Much information about individual employees is contained in the newsletters such as: births, marriages, deaths, military service, company service anniversaries, and retirements. Many photographs of employees and their families are contained in the newsletters including in some cases baby pictures or marriage announcement photos. Employees and their families have lived throughout the area, particularly in Chicago and the southern and western suburbs. Also included in the indexes are many names of people not employed by Acme Steel, but who interacted with the Acme Steel employees as relatives, employees of other local companies, and residents in the surrounding communities.

Where was Acme Steel?
The company’s main office was located at 2840 Archer Avenue, Chicago, while the steel mills were located in Riverdale, Illinois. Several satellite sales offices were established throughout this country and Canada.

Hard copy surname indexes have been prepared for two of the volumes and are available for reference at the SSGHS Library. Come into the library and check these indexes (searchable by surname) to see who and what are included. Then if interested these volumes can be purchased with the shipping and handling costs saved. An index for the latest volume covering 1935-1944 is in the works.

  • To view these and other publications, see our Publications page to download and print a Publications Order Form*.  
  • *Current SSGHS members receive a member discount on most publications. Members should use the order form found on the Members-Only page