Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Ernest F. Fisher Papers

Summary

Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1537
Creators:
Fisher, Ernest Faraday, 1886-1974
Dates:
1913-1979, undated
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
3 boxes
Repository:
Collection documents Ernest Faraday Fisher's work with heating, cooling, ventilating, and dust control systems.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Collection consists primarily of correspondence, patents, black and white photographs, blueprints, handwritten notes, and drawings relating to Ernest Faraday Fisher's work. The correspondence include incoming and outgoing (copies) communications relating to his professional pursues with little or no information about his personal life. There is documentation for patents filed by Fisher including hydrodynamic balance (1915), fluid flow indicating meter (1918), heating apparatus (1930), air conditioning apparatus (1934), apparatus for cooling liquids (1934), sludge separators (1941), air and gas washer (1943), and water-cooled deflectors (1956). Most of the photographs are stamped Whiting Corporation on the reverse side but are undated and include images of hydro clone units. In addition, there are images of cooling units for the Gardner Advertising Company and electric heaters for Mr. Hooker's office. Blueprints for unit cooler (1933), fly ash collector (1938 January), ventilating tempering unit (1939), paint spray booth (1940), and Orchard heater for oil or liquid gas fuel (undated) are also found among these materials. Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Arrangement

Arrangement
Collection is arranged in one series.

Biographical

Biographical
Ernest Faraday Fisher (January 25, 1886-September 13, 1974) was born to George N. Fisher and Anna Barbara Claus in Leavenworth County, Kansas. In 1902, he graduated from Leavenworth High School at the age of sixteen and worked for one year in his father's foundry. Fisher moves to Pittsburgh in 1905, after attending the University of Kansas for one year, where he worked for Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. During this time, he attended Carnegie Tech, graduating in 1909. Employed by Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation throughout the 1910s Fisher leaves the states in 1913-1914 and moves to Europe to attend classes in the Berlin School of Technology (formerly SRH Hochschule Berlin). Upon his arrival back in the country, Fisher returned to the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company until 1920. On June 20, 1917, Fisher married Harriet M. Smith-Adair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and to the union two sons, Ernest Faraday Jr. (April 17, 1918-March 21, 2013) and James Arthur (1920-), were born. Fisher would continue to work for many other companies including the Whiting Corporation (1940s), Wright Aeronautical Corporation (1940s), Faraday Engineering Company (1950s), and the York Corporation(1950s). During his career he acquired patents for heating, cooling, ventilating, and dust control systems. Several of these were sent to large manufacturing companies. Fisher died in 1974 at the age of eighty-eight.
Source
Biographical note found in the collection.

Administration

Author
Vanessa Broussard-Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of acquisition unknown. Presumed to have been donated in 1970.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, archivist, 2023. Finding aid encoded by Audrey Willius, intern, 2023.
Custodial History
Collection transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work & Industry in February 2022.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
Ernest F. Fisher Papers, 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.

Related Materials
Materials at the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
For more materials relating to heating, see the following collections:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Heating Industry, NMAH.AC.0060
American Petroleum Institute Photograph and Film Collection, NMAH.AC.0711
T. B. Cryer Company Records, NMAH.AC.1085
Women's Auxiliary, National Association of Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Records, NMAH.AC.1304
Paul Steam-Heating System Company Records, NMAH.AC.1554
For more materials relating to cooling, see the following collections:
C. L. Strong Papers, NMAH.AC.0012
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Air-Conditioning, NMAH.AC.0060
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Refrigeration, NMAH.AC.0060
Frick Company Records, NMAH.AC.0293
Industry on Parade Film Collection, NMAH.AC.0507
American Petroleum Institute Photograph and Film Collection, NMAH.AC.0711
Cooper-Bessemer Corporation, NMAH.AC.0961
Nickerson and Collins Refrigeration Photographs, NMAH.AC.1044
For more materials relating to ventilating, see the following collections:
Parke, Davis Research Laboratory Records, NMAH.AC.0001
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Air-Conditioning, NMAH.AC.0060
Nicholas C. Mandragos Papers, NMAH.AC.0484
Alfred Maevis Collection, NMAH.AC.0954
Montgomery C. Meigs Papers, NMAH.AC.0984
James Forgie Papers, NMAH.AC.0986
Rudolph Hering Collection, NMAH.AC.0989
Coxe Brothers and Company, NMAH.AC.1002
Grand Central Terminal Collection, NMAH.AC.1071
T. B. Cryer Company Records, NMAH.AC.1085
For more materials relating to Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company Records, see the following collections:
George H. Clark Radioana Collection, NMAH.AC.0055
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Electricity, NMAH.AC.0060
Eisler Engineering Company Records, NMAH.AC.0734
Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company Records, NMAH.AC.0977

Keywords

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Blueprints Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dust Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Heating and ventilating Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patents Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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