Bertha Lamme was as an engineer with the Westinghouse Electric &
Manufacturing Company in the late 19th and early 20th century. In 1896,
the New York Herald called her the “only woman electrical engineer in
the country,” reporting on her attendance at a national convention.
The NHPRC is funding the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania for
a two-year project to undertake folder-level processing of 13
collections that document businesses and industries located in western
Pennsylvania. These collections cover the period 1844-2002 and total
approximately 1,130 linear feet.
The collections targeted for
this project include records of influential Pittsburgh-based companies
such as Westinghouse, Alcoa, and U.S. Steel, as well as several smaller
firms, which document the beginning and evolution of the nation’s
aluminum, glass, consumer electronics, steel, energy, food, and
financial services industries, reveal diverse aspects of these companies
and shed light on initiatives to recruit immigrants, women, and
minorities to the workforce; World War I and II production efforts;
labor union strife; national transportation systems and infrastructure;
the rise and fall of manufacturing; the evolution of advertising; and
the emergence of multinational corporations.
The image of Bertha Lamme, at work at Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, 1895, courtesy of Dorothy Boyer.