Guide to The Foundation Company Records
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0974
Creators:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Foundation Company (The).
Dates:
1887-1969
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
9 Cubic feet
17 boxes, 28 map-folders
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
These records include sketches, drawings, blueprints, contracts, and reports relating to highway and railroad bridges, tunnels, subways, mine shafts, canals and waterways, dams, concrete buildings, concrete construction, derricks and derrick barges, cranes, caissons and caisson construction, air locks, pumps, jacks, engines, and turbines; also photographs, photograph albums, and newspaper clippings concerning projects for office building and power plant foundations, docks, dry docks, and piers, and work for the Ohio Edison Company, Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Boston Common Underground Garage.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: Drawings

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Foundation Company was a New York subaqueous concrete construction firm founded in 1902. It was created to pool the knowledge of engineers who specialized in the construction of bridge piers and building foundations. The compnay was a leader in the development of the pneumatic caisson method for the construction of foundations. This method made possible the skyscrapers of New York City. Additonally, the company also worked on power houses/stations, shipyards, and docks.

Administration
Processing Information
This collection is unprocessed.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History) in 1966.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
The Foundation Company Records, circa 1887-1962, 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.

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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Pumping machinery Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photograph albums -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mine shafts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lifting-jacks Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hydraulic engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Air locks (Chambers) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blueprints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Subways Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketches Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roads -- Design and construction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Railroads Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Railroad bridges Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Concrete construction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contracts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Derricks Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bridges -- Design and construction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Caissons Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Canals Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Concrete Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Turbines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Underwater tunnels Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Waterways Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tunnels Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ohio Edison Company. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chase Manhattan Bank 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