Guide to the Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company Records

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0996
Creators:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company.
Dates:
1917-1968
bulk 1925-1954
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
3.2 cubic feet
8 boxes
Repository:
The Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company started in 1903 by John F. Lorimer. The company produced diesel engines for a variety of machines, including marine vessels, locomotives, and farm equipment. The collection includes background and historical information on the company, instruction manuals, marketing literature, corporate records, and drawings and photographs.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
These records include information on Atlas's products, and include trade literature, blueprints, advertising, bulletins, specifications, catalogs, operators manuals, proposals, correspondence, photographs, and historical articles on the company and on engines.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged into five series.
Series 1: History of Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine, 1917-1966
Series 2: User Instructions and Manuals, circa 1920-19522
Series 3: Marketing Literature, circa 1918-1954
Series 4: Corporate Records, circa 1921-1968
Series 5: Drawings and Photographs, circa 1920-1959

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company was an Oakland, California, manufacturer of marine propulsion machinery. The company was founded in 1903 by John Lorimer in San Francisco, California. In 1916 it merged with Imperial Gas Engine Company. The company produced various diesel engines for a variety of uses, including marine vessels, tractors, and locomotives. In 1950, Atlas Imperial was acquired by National Supply Company, however, Atlas Diesels were manufactured up to 1957 at which point the National Supply Company sold their diesel engine division to White Motor Company and was renamed as White Diesel Engine Division.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Sara Wheeler, intern, August 2017; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.
Author
Sara Wheeler
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Collection donated by Ralph S. Lorimer.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution.
Preferred Citation
Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company Records, circa 1917-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred from Division of Work and Industry, 2006.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives