Guide to the Bollman Truss Bridge Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1064
Creators:
Vogel, Robert M.
Engineering and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI.
Bollman, Wendell, 1814-1884
Dates:
1852-1986
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3 Cubic feet
4 boxes and 1 map-folder
Repository:
Collection documents various aspects of the development, implementation and research value of the Bollman truss bridge design.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Papers documenting various aspects of the development, implementation and research value of the Bollman truss bridge design. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, articles and clippings, schematics, diagrams, maps, and other printed materials. Also includes records of government agencies associated with Bollman truss structures, such as meeting minutes, and surveys receipts.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Wendel Bollman (1814-1884) was a self-educated engineer who began working for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a carpenter and devised a bridge-trussing system that was a series of independently supported floor beams, each carried by a double pair of eye-bar ties. He patented the system in 1852 and it became known as the "Bollman Truss". The Bollman truss was used on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, its subsidiaries, and several roads. It was the first bridge trussing system which all princicpal elements were made of iron. Bollman trusses were built until about 1875 nd rtained in service until about 1890.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection is unprocessed.
Author
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Collection assembled by Robert M. Vogel, curator, for the National Museum of American History, Division of Civil Engineering reference files.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
Bollman Truss Bridge Collection, 1852-1986, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Robert Vogel assembled the collection from a number of sources, including historical societies, bridge enthusiasts, and descendants of Wendel Bollman. It was transferred from the Division of Engineering (now the Division of Work and Industry) to the Archives Center in 2007.

Keywords
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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