Guide to the Timken Roller Bearing Company Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0380
Creators:
Timken Roller Bearing Company
Pauly, Frank G.
United States. Bureau of Mines
Dates:
1925-1957
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Primarily technical papers by Timken engineers, presented in journals and meetings of professional societies. The papers concern the use of Timken roller bearings and other products in locomotives and other rolling stock on U.S. railroads and rapid transit systems. Also articles from trade magazines and brochures advertising Timken products, and a 1925 U.S. Bureau of Mines study of friction in mine-car wheels.
Scope and Contents
The material in this collection primarily consists of technical papers written by Timken engineers which were presented in journals and meetings of professional societies. The papers all deal with the use of Timken roller bearings and other products in locomotives and other rolling stock on U.S. railroads and rapid transit systems. In addition to professional papers, there are also articles from trade magazines and brochures advertising Timken products. A 1925 U.S. Bureau of Mines study of friction in mine car wheels is also included.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Timken Roller Bearing Co., of Canton, Ohio, produced its first tapered roller bearings in the 1890s. The bearings were first used in horse drawn vehicles and later in automobiles. As automobiles improved in design, power, and endurance, Timken made improvements in its bearings to compensate. The company soon realized that the only way to ensure quality in its product was through the production of its own special alloy steel. It organized the Timken Steel & Tube Company to supply both itself and other manufacturers with high grade steel. In the late 1920s, the company entered the railroad equipment supply market with special tapered bearings for use in locomotives. Timken continued to supply components for use in the railroad rolling stock, automotive, and other manufacturing industries. It set high standards for such products, both in engineering and materials quality.
Biographical / Historical
The Timken Roller Bearing Co., Canton, Ohio, produced its first tapered roller bearings in the 1890s. The bearings were first used in horse-drawn vehicles and later in automobiles. As automobiles improved in design, power, and endurance, Timken made improvements in its bearings to compensate. The company soon realized that the only way to ensure quality in its product was through the production of its own special alloy steel. It organized the Timken Steel & Tube Company to supply itself and other manufacturers with high-grade steel. In the late 1920s, the company entered the railroad equipment supply market with special tapered bearings for locomotives.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Don Darroch, volunteer, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 1990.
Author
Don Darroch
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, on September 25, 1990, by Frank G. Pauly. Mr. Pauly had been employed as a Sales Engineer in Timken's Railroad Division, working out of the Chicago Sales Office, which was closed in 1966.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Timken Roller Bearing Company Collection, 1925-1927, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Technical reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Professional papers Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Canton (Ohio) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Transportation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Railroads -- Rolling-stock Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Locomotives Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roller bearings Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Steel alloys Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Railroads -- Cars -- Bearings Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bearings (Machinery) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Railroad equipment industry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Railroads -- Equipment and supplies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mining equipment Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mine railroads Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Locomotive industry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Friction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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