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Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Album

Creator:
Franklin Machine Company Providence, Rhode Island  Search this
Corliss, George H. (George Henry), 1817-1888  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Albums
Scrapbooks
Date:
1930.
Summary:
Collection consists of an album illustrating the history of the Corliss Steam Engine.
Scope and Contents note:
Album (a carefully prepared, handmade book) illustrating the history of the Corliss Steam Engine. The book includes clipped-out illustrations of the factory, of steam engines and parts, accompanied by captions.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical/Historical note:
George Corliss received US Patent 6,162 for his valve gear on March 10, 1849, a more efficient type of steam engine which ran more efficiently on less fuel. The patent covered the use of a wrist-plate to convey the valve motion from a single eccentric to the four valves of the engine, as well as the use of trip valves with variable cutoff under governor control that were associated with Corliss Engines.
Provenance:
Franklin Machine Company.,ACNMAH 1016; Acc. No. 109722.
Donated by the Franklin Machine Company, 1930.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Steam-engines  Search this
Engines  Search this
Factories  Search this
Genre/Form:
Albums -- 1920-1930
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Citation:
Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Scrapbook, 1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1016
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Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Album
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1016

Corliss Steam-Engine Governor, Patent Model

Inventor:
Corliss, George H.  Search this
Physical Description:
brass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 10.795 cm x 16.51 cm
Object Name:
governor, engine, model
patent model, governor, steam engine
Place made:
United States: Rhode Island
Associated place:
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
Date made:
1882
Patent date:
1882-08-08
Related Publication:
Frank A. Taylor. Catalog of the Mechanical Collections of the Division of Engineering United States National Museum, Bulletin 173
ID Number:
MC.308715
Catalog number:
308715
Accession number:
89797
Patent number:
262,209
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Bulletin 173
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_847464

William Sawyer manuscript history of the Corliss steam-engine

Collector:
Vogel, Robert M.  Search this
Author:
Sawyer, William D.  Search this
Creator:
Corliss, George H. (George Henry), 1817-1888  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Photocopies
Drawings
Xerographic copies
Date:
1988
Summary:
This collection contains a manuscript history of the Corliss Engine written by William Sawyer. The documents include text with written edits and illustrations.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of a manuscript about George Corliss by William Sawyer, 1988, Corliss--Man and Engine with photocopies of drawings and illustrations.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.

Series 1: William Sawyer, History of the Corliss Engine Manuscript, 1988
Biographical / Historical:
William Sawyer, the author of Corliss, man and engine, is an independent scholar of the history of the stationary steam engine. Sawyer's research was supported by materials from Brown University, the Smithsonian Institution, and other libraries and archives with holdings related to the topic.

The text was considered for publication by Lindsay Publications, Inc., a well-known publisher in the history of technology field, but was not published for "various reasons." The first twenty-one pages of this manuscript are in the typeset format used by Brown, with the rest unformatted. This particular copy dates to 1988, after it was typeset by Brown and before its eventual publication in Stationary Power, the Journal of the International Stationary Steam Engine Society in 1999.

This manuscript was donated to the Archives Center by Robert M. Vogel, Curator Emeritus of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in 2014. He had been given a copy by the author for copy and content editing, but was unable to finish before his retirement. The hand-written edits on the manuscript belong to Vogel. Vogel also provided the illustrations credited to the Smithsonian Institution and the author.

According to Sawyer, a Corliss engine is a type of "stationary reciprocating steam engine, bolted down to a foundation, and used to provide power for factories and other users in which the machine(s) driven are fixed in one place" (Chapter 1, Corliss—Man and Engine). George Corliss received US Patent 6162 for his valve gear on March 10, 1849, a type of steam engine which ran more efficiently on less fuel. The patent covered the use of a wrist-plate to convey the valve motion from a single eccentric to the four valves of the engine, as well as the use of trip valves with variable cutoffs under governor control that were associated with Corliss Engines.

Sources

Donor Foreword, Corliss Steam Engine Reference Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Corliss—Man and Engine, Corliss Steam Engine Reface Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Chuse Engine and Manufacturing Company Records (AC1088)

Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Album (AC1016)
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center by Robert Vogel, former curator in the Division of Engineering and Industry (now the Division of Work and Industry) in 2014. William Sawyer had given the materials to Vogel in 1988.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Steam-engines  Search this
Corliss steam-engine  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts -- 20th century
Photocopies
Drawings -- 1980-1990
Xerographic copies
Citation:
Corliss Steam Engine Reference Collection, 1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1329
See more items in:
William Sawyer manuscript history of the Corliss steam-engine
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1329

Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Album

Collection Creator:
Franklin Machine Company Providence, Rhode Island  Search this
Corliss, George H. (George Henry), 1817-1888  Search this
Extent:
1 Album
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Albums
Date:
1930
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Scrapbook, 1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Album
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1016-ref522

[Trade catalogs from Corliss Steam Engine Co.]

Company Name:
Corliss Steam Engine Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Steam engines.
Includes:
Trade catalog and histories
Black and white images
Physical description:
3 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Engines and motors: steam; oil; gas; etc.  Search this
Topic:
Engines  Search this
Motors  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_11627
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_11627

Negative Log Book Number 13, (80-20261 to 82-531)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1980
1980-1982
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB13]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367110
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[Trade catalogs on Corliss steam engines]

Author:
Watts, Campbell Company  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<3> v
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1922
1922-
Topic:
Steam-engines  Search this
Corliss (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
48410
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_479754

NORDBERG CORLISS ENGINE

Author:
NORDBERG MFG CO  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1914
CA 1914
Topic:
Corliss steam-engine  Search this
Call number:
003159
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_174325

Allis-Chalmers corliss engines Bulletin 1534A

Author:
ALLIS-CHALMERS MFG. CO  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1916
Topic:
Corliss steam-engine  Search this
Call number:
35835
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_282205

Latest improved Corliss engines Catalogue no. 12 (2nd ed.)

Author:
FRASER & CHALMERS  Search this
Type:
Books
Trade catalogs
Date:
1893
Ca1893
Topic:
Corliss steam-engine  Search this
Call number:
37992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_288886

Agreement and report upon the pumping engine at Hope Station, erected by the Corliss Steam Engine Co

Author:
Corliss Steam Engine Company  Search this
Subject:
Corliss Steam Engine Company  Search this
Physical description:
p. 15-27 ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Rhode Island
Providence
Date:
1876
Topic:
Pumping machinery  Search this
Engines  Search this
Pumping stations  Search this
Call number:
TJ900 .C76 1876
TJ900.C76 1876
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_360908

Notes about the Corliss Steam Engine Album by curator Robert Vogel

Collection Creator:
Franklin Machine Company Providence, Rhode Island  Search this
Corliss, George H. (George Henry), 1817-1888  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2014
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Scrapbook, 1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Evolution of the Corliss Steam Engine Album
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1016-ref523

10-ton vertical open-type ammonia compressor with Corliss steam engine: "Hotel Savoy" model

Collection Source:
Engineering and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Frick Company, George (Waynesboro, Pa.)  Search this
Container:
Box 39, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1893
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Frick Company Collection, 1852-1961, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Frick Company Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0293-ref630

International Power Company, "Operating Rhode Island Locomotive Works and Corliss Steam Engine Works," 1901

Container:
Box 51, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Railroad Trade Literature Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Railroad Trade Literature Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1136-ref965

The Steam engine as it was, and as it is : the facts presented in the following pages, have been furnished by responsible parties, all of whom have had ample experience in the use of steam engines of the ordinary construction, and have witnesses the important advantages in the regulation of the power and economy of fuel, which have resulted from the substitution of an improved engine ... more than 200,000 dollars per annum, is now being saved in fuel, by use of Corliss' improvements ..

Author:
Corliss Steam Engine Company, Providence  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
39, [1] p., [2] leaf of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1857
[1857]
Topic:
Corliss steam-engine  Search this
Steam-engines  Search this
Call number:
TJ485.C5 S79 1857
TJ485.C5S79 1857
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_416400

Hand book of Corliss steam engines By F. W. Shillitto, jr

Author:
Shillitto, Frank William jr  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. incl. front. (port.) illus., diagrs. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1898
Topic:
Steam-engines  Search this
Corliss steam-engines  Search this
Call number:
TJ485.C5S4X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_246233

Hand book of Corliss steam engines, describing in a comprehensive manner the erection of engines, the adjustment of the Corliss valve gear, and the care and management of Corliss steam engines. By F. W. Shillitto, Jr

Author:
Shillitto, Frank William, jr  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. port., illus. 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1906
Topic:
Corliss steam-engines  Search this
Call number:
TJ485.C5S5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_183158

Chuse Engine and Manufacturing Company Records

Creator:
Chuse Engine and Manufacturing Company. (Mattoon, Illinois)  Search this
Source:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Former owner:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Advertisements
Contracts
Proposals
Specifications
Photographs
Date:
1915-1921.
Scope and Contents note:
The collection includes business correspondence, proposals, contracts, specifications, photographs of engines, and catalogs and advertising.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical/Historical note:
Founded in 1885, the Chuse Engine and Manufacturing Company manufactured Corliss and other engines.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisiton unknown.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.,Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Corliss steam-engine  Search this
Engines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 20th century
Advertisements
Contracts
Proposals
Specifications
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Chuse Engine and Manufacturing Company Records, 1915-1921, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1088
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1088

[Trade catalogs on Rice and Sargent Corliss engines, pumps, drilling machines, tractors, and Sargent governors, automatic engine stops and synchronizers]

Author:
Providence Engineering Works, Inc  Search this
Providence Engineering Corporation  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries American History Trade Literature Collection DSI  Search this
Physical description:
<16> v. : ill. (some col.)
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1902
[1902?]-
Topic:
Corliss steam-engine--Catalogs  Search this
Governors (Steam-engine)  Search this
Drilling and boring machinery  Search this
Centrifugal pumps  Search this
Tractors  Search this
Call number:
049690
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_525156

Correspondence, 1969-1977

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning  Search this
Subject:
Slocum, John J  Search this
English Speaking Union  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Administration  Search this
Smithsonian National Associate Regional Events Program  Search this
Physical description:
3.38 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 film box)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1969
1969-1977
Topic:
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976  Search this
Museums--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000341
See more items in:
Correspondence 1969-1977 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216909

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