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Hogan Steel Archive: Father Hogan's Files

The “Hogan Steel Archive,” representing a three-year collaborative effort of the Walsh Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections and Fordham’s Industrial Economics Research Institute, commemorates and preserves the remarkable steel legacy


The Father Hogan files contain the personal papers of William T. Hogan, S.J., his correspondence, class lecture notes on industrial economics, published articles, manuscripts, speeches, interviews, congressional and other testimony, press releases, clippings, awards and honors, photographs, and memorabilia from his distinguished career as a Jesuit educator and acclaimed world steel authority. The files also contain the published articles, papers, and correspondence of his Fordham colleague, Frank T. Koelble, as well as items relating to Father’s friends and associates on the Fordham faculty, including Dr. Joseph R. Cammarosano, Dr. Eugene A. Diulio, Dr, William R. Frasca, William Partlan, Dr. Dominic Salvatore, and Dr. Charles J. Walsh. The founding by Father of Fordham’s Industrial Economics Program in 1950 and the program’s growth and adoption by other universities are detailed, and so too Father’s participation in a variety of other activities of benefit to Fordham and the New York City community at large. Regarding his many accomplishments as a steel authority, the files provide an extensive collection of his written and spoken word about the industry and also catalog his many visits to steel plants and industry gatherings around the world.

Hogan Files

The 515 document files in this section of the Archive contain some 240 of Father Hogan’s published articles and speeches, mostly on a wide range of economic and technical subjects of importance to the steel industry, but also examining such diverse non-steel topics as the vow of poverty, the living wage, the Judeo-Christian ethic and the American economy, and management’s relationship to society. The files also contain some 25 magazine and newspaper articles about Father, and the texts of his interviews, radio and television appearances, and testimony on tax and steel matters before various committees of the U.S. House and Senate and other government bodies. Of special note, the files provide the letter that started Father Hogan on the road to becoming the “Steel Priest”. Dated April 20, 1948, the letter was written by Charles J. Walsh of Fordham’s Department of Economics to Rev. John J. McMahon, S.J., seeking permission for Mr. William Hogan, S.J. to move to Pittsburgh and research his Ph.D. thesis at United States Steel Corporation. The Jesuit scholastic’s 1948 Ph.D. proposal, Productivity in Blast Furnaces and Open Hearth Furnaces is also in the files.

There are 67 files containing photographs of Father Hogan at Fordham, at civic and other functions, and at steel gatherings and facilities in many countries. Most of the Fordham photos were taken on the Rose Hill campus from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. One of them shows Father with his newly ordained class of Jesuits in 1954 and another shows him receiving his honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Fordham President, Rev. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. in 1996. Other photos at Fordham are of Father with Dr. Ryotaro Azuma, Governor of the Metropolis of Tokyo; with Dr. Arthur R. Burns, Chairman of the Federal Reserve; with Dr. William Frasca during their study of the New York’s building trades; with Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines; with David M. Roderick, Chairman of United States Steel; and with Dr. Raymond J. Saulnier, Chairman of President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Also among other archived photos are those of Father with Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo at meetings of the Bronx Small Business Development and Opportunities Corporation, at meetings of the Clergy Economic Education Foundation, and at the Xavier Institute of Labor Relations in Jamshedpur , India . Last but not least, there are photos, photo albums, and scrapbooks depicting his many steel-industry activities, including his attendance at AISI and IISI meetings and his visits to steel plants in China , Europe , Korea , Latin America , India , Mexico , the Philippines , the United States and many other countries. One photo series shows Father and his Fordham industrial-economics class visiting Lone Star Steel Company in Texas , and other photos show him receiving such awards as the Gary Memorial Medal from AISI and the Gold Tower of the Order of Industrial Merit from Roh Tae-woo, President of Korea. The steel photos also show Father with such industry leaders as Klaus Czempirek, President of Voest-Alpine; Lenhard Holschuh, Secretary General of IISI; General Tae-joon Park, Chairman of POSCO; Marshall I. Wais, President and CEO of Marwais Steel; and Ruiyu Yin, President of China’s Central Iron and Steel Research Institute.

The Hogan files also contain information about the Moorehouse I.X. Millar Lecture Series at Fordham, which Father Hogan established and funded in the 1960’s, leading to the publication by Fordham University Press of a number of highly successful books on economic policy. Finally, there is information about Father’s participation in Fordham’s Institute for Urban Studies, which, under the direction of Dr. Cammarosano, produced such major studies as Profile of the Bronx Economy and Redevelopment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, both of which are included in the Archive.