Guide to the Pelton Water Wheel Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1093
Creators:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Pelton Water Wheel Company
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Brayton, A.P.
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Dates:
1880-1975
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
5 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers relating to the Pelton Water Wheel Company of San Francisco, California. Materials include correspondence; business records; photographs, including cyanotypes; negatives, images of turbines; advertisements; journals; blueprints; articles; and trade literature, including catalogs.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into six series.
Series 1: Background Materials, undated
Series 2: Glass Negatives, 1906-1908
Series 3: Correspondence, 1880-1975
Series 4: Trade Literature, 1956
Series 5: Photographs, 1880-1939
Series 6: Miscellaneous, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lester A. Pelton invented a new type of water wheel, which he patented in 1880. A.P. Brayton bought his business, but the name Pelton became a generic term for this type of wheel. The successor firm was Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Kendra Ciccone (intern) April, 2010; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist; revised by Alexandra Henry, intern, 2017.
Author
Kendra Ciccone (intern)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection' specific provenance is unknown, but it may have been donated to the Museum's Division of Work and Industry (formerly the Division of Engineering and Industry) by a successor firm of Pelton. The Division transferred the collection to the Archives Center in 2007.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Pelton Water Wheel Collection, 1891-1987, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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 the Division of Engineering and Industry to the Archives Center in 2007.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available; contact the Archives Center for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Cyanotypes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Turbines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pumps Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hydraulic engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blueprints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertisements Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business records Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass negatives Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water-wheels Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Co. 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