Guide to the Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation, Engineering Records

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0947
Creators:
Aronson, David, 1923-
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Dates:
1955-1970
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
3.3 Cubic feet
10 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection documents the correspondence and technical documents related to David Aronson's work as an engineer with the Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation.
The correspondence files relate to acceptance or rejection of products and procedures used in the development and production of the company's products, responses to submissions to the company of inventions and products inventors hoped to license or sell to the company, responses to requests for donations and other funding by Worthington, and general company memos and reports.
The technical files represent the research, design and development processes that Aronson was involved in as a mechanical engineer. Topics include heat pumps, steam generation, geothermal power, gas turbine engines, and nuclear power. Types of material include articles, pamphlets, journal reprints, conference papers, schematics, blueprints and diagrams.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into three series.
Series 1: Correspondence of David Aronson, 1955-1970
Series 2: Technical Materials of David Aronson (numerical), circa 1960s-1970s
Series 3: Technical Files of David Aronson (alphabetical), circa 1960s-1970s

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
David Aronson earned a degree in chemical engineering from Cooper Union and the Polytechnic Institute in New York. He joined the Engineering Department of the Worthington Corporation in 1951 as an engineer. While with Worthington, Aronson worked as a manager in development engineering for the Worthington Air Conditioning Company, a division of Worthington Corporation and was instrumental in the advancement of low temperature energy utilization equipment and the development of various energy recovery systems. Aronson served as the chief contact within the Worthington Corporation for individuals and companies interested in engaging in contract work or presenting their invention ideas for development.
Aronson was awarded thirty United States patents which included an oil burner for gas turbine application, large tonnage water chillers for air conditioning, a nuclear powered system using liquid metal coolant, and a heat pump using a fuel-fired engine or turbine. In 1964, Worthington recognized Aronson's achievements with the company's Worldwide Engineering Award.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Alison Oswald, 2016. Additional biographical data about David Aronson contributed by Christopher Barfield, 2006.
Processing Information
Collection is unprocessed.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering by David Aronson over the period 1986-1989.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation, Engineering Records, 1955-1970, 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.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center from the Divisoon of Work and Industry in 2007.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Heat engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nuclear energy Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Geothermal resources Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blueprints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Steam Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diagrams Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Geothermal engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gas-turbine industry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reprints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI. Corporate Name 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