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Lombard Governor Company Records, 1898-1970s

Creator:
Lombard Governor Company
American Lincoln Corporation
Donor:
Sorensen, William
Collector:
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Physical description:
6.75 cu. ft. : 7 boxes
Type:
Blueprints
Collection descriptions
Bulletins
Catalogs
Glass negatives
Patents
Photographs
Price lists
Reports
Date:
1898
1898-1970
1898-1970s
20th century
Notes:
In 1894, Nathaniel Lombard developed the first practical water wheel governor in Roxbury, Mass. Lombard's design incorporated hydraulics and a unique anti-racing device to move the gates of the largest turbines multiple times faster than any existing device. In 1904, the company moved to Ashland, Massachusetts. During the first World War, Lombard Governor produced hydraulic lathes for the manufacture of artillery shells, and special valves for the US government's Muscle Shoals nitrogen plant. At the conclusion of the war, Lombard expanded into the areas of chain saws and plastic molding injection machines. In 1962, the company changed its name to Lombard Industries. In 1964, Lombard Industries was acquired by American Lincoln Corporation and the operation was moved to Toledo, Ohio.
Summary:
The collection consists of records documenting the Lombard Governor Company: photographs (including glass plate negatives), blueprints, printed material, price lists, reports, catalogs and trade literature, bulletins, and a notebook of patents.
Cite as:
Lombard Governor Company Records, 1898-1970, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Hydraulic engineering
Turbines
Water-power
Water-wheels
Local number:
2007.3153 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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