Scope and Contents note
This subject category- engineering consists of documents related to the field of engineering, both as a scientific discipline and as a business. Most of the material in the collection was produced by engineers, engineering firms, or firms using engineers in the course of other activities. The span dates for the collection are 1848-1963; the bulk dates are circa 1870-circa 1930. Most of the firms and individuals represented in the collection were located in eastern states like New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, though there are some items from other states and foreign countries.
Engineers & Engineering Firms material is comprised of materials from firms engaged in various activities in the engineering field, including machine and structural design; drafting; surveying; tool and machine repair and maintenance; consulting and inspection; and the manufacture of machine parts and factory equipment. The series consists of business cards; brochures, catalogs, and pamphlets; invoices and business correspondence; and handbills and other types of advertising matter. Bulk dates for this series are 1870-1930. Most firms in this series were based in the cities of the industrial North, especially Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Chicago. A few items are from companies headquartered in other states and foreign countries. The material is arranged alphabetically by firm name.
General materials consists of items related to engineering, covering topics such as professional associations, building plans, caricatures of famous engineers, and a sample engineer’s celluloid protractor. Under associations, there is a list of membership candidates for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1897. There is also a preliminary list and a final ballot list of applications to be considered for the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1894. The material is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Publications contain published matter related to engineering, including articles, directories, pamphlets and periodicals. Articles include “On the Loss of Head Resulting from the Passage of Water Through a 24-inch Stop Valve” from the American Society of Civil Engineering (1892) and an 1890 sheet from Engineering News. There are three editions of “The Engineer” directory, 1908, 1914, and n.d. as well as an n.d. directory of the latest engineering books supplied by The Engineering News Publishing Company Pamphlets include “Power and the Engineer” (no date), “Engineers’ License Law” (circa 1891), “Earthwork and its Cost” (1903), “Tables of Circles and Other Specimen Pages from Trautwine’s Civil Engineers’ Pocket-Book” (1893), “The Mechanical Engineer: His Preparation and His Work” (1875), “The Investigation of Engineering Education and Related Activities (1934), “Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers” (1893), and “Engineers of America: an Encyclopedia” (1913). Under periodicals, there is a 1962 and 1963 magazine “Reproduction Engineer”, “Third Meeting of the Michigan Association of Surveyors and Civil Engineers” (1882), and the “Journal of the Western Society of Engineers” (1910). The bulk of the materials are from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.