Guide to the J. Parker Snow Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1000
Creators:
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Snow, J. Parker
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Dates:
1882-1933
bulk 1930-1933
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
The J. P. Snow Papers document Snow's history of wooden bridges and his work as a civil engineer. The history was written in the 1930s with Robert Fletcher, Director Emeritus of the Thayer School of Civil Engineering at Dartmouth College.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Snow's engineering notebook, 1882; notes relating to his writings on the history of wooden bridges; drafts and manuscripts for articles he wrote on the development of wooden bridges; and correspondence, especially with engineering journals relating to efforts to get his manuscripts published.
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, drafts of manuscript, notes, and an engineering notebook comprise the J. Parker Snow Collection.
Series 1, History of wooden bridges, 1930-1933, undated, contains material relating to Snow and Fletcher's unpublished manuscript. Snow corresponded with Fletcher regarding topics addressed in the book and the status of their writing. He also corresponded with John W. Storr, another civil engineer with an extensive knowledge of wooden bridges, and Sydney Wilmot, the editor planning to publish the history.
Series 2, Engineering projects, 1882, 1930-1931, consists of material related to various civil engineering projects, primarily bridges, with which Snow was associated. The engineering notebook contains detailed drawings of kilns and arches and information on various types of bridges, including railroad bridges.

Arrangement
Arrangement
System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1, History of Wooden Bridges, 1930-1933, undated
Subseries 1, Correspondence, 1930-1933, undated
Subseries 2, Drafts of manuscript, 1932-1933, undated
Series 2, Engineering projects, 1882, 1930-1931

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
J. Parker Snow was an American civil engineer with an interest in wooden bridges. He partnered with Robert Fletcher, the Director Emeritus of the Thayer School of Civil Engineering at Dartmouth College, to write a manuscript on the history of wooden bridges in the United States. This manuscript was not published. Both were members of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Elizabeth Garber (intern), July, 2009; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.
Author
Elizabeth Garber
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition unknown.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Preferred Citation
J. Parker Snow Collection, 1882-1933, (bulk 1930-1933) Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
The Llewellyn N. Edwards Collection (AC0959) contains extensive correspondence with J. Parker Snow regarding the history of wooden bridges.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work and Industry, formerly the Division of Engineering and Industry, in 2007. The 1882 engineering notebook was transferred from the Engineering Notebook Collection, AC0225.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Wooden bridges Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bridges Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Notebooks -- 1850-1900 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Writings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 1930-1940 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
History of Technology, 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
Work and Industry, Division of, 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