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Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company Records

Source:
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Creator:
Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company.  Search this
Names:
Imperial Gas Engine Company.  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:
3.2 Cubic feet (8 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Leaflets
Blueprints
Correspondence
Pamphlets
Specifications
Photographs
Proposals
Advertisements
Instructional materials
Trade catalogs
Date:
1917-1968
bulk 1925-1954
Summary:
The Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company started in 1903 by John F. Lorimer. The company produced diesel engines for a variety of machines, including marine vessels, locomotives, and farm equipment. The collection includes background and historical information on the company, instruction manuals, marketing literature, corporate records, and drawings and photographs.
Scope and Contents note:
These records include information on Atlas's products, and include trade literature, blueprints, advertising, bulletins, specifications, catalogs, operators manuals, proposals, correspondence, photographs, and historical articles on the company and on engines.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into five series.

Series 1: History of Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine, 1917-1966

Series 2: User Instructions and Manuals, circa 1920-19522

Series 3: Marketing Literature, circa 1918-1954

Series 4: Corporate Records, circa 1921-1968

Series 5: Drawings and Photographs, circa 1920-1959
Biographical/Historical note:
The Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company was an Oakland, California, manufacturer of marine propulsion machinery. The company was founded in 1903 by John Lorimer in San Francisco, California. In 1916 it merged with Imperial Gas Engine Company. The company produced various diesel engines for a variety of uses, including marine vessels, tractors, and locomotives. In 1950, Atlas Imperial was acquired by National Supply Company, however, Atlas Diesels were manufactured up to 1957 at which point the National Supply Company sold their diesel engine division to White Motor Company and was renamed as White Diesel Engine Division.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Ralph S. Lorimer.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Diesel engines  Search this
Engines  Search this
Mechanical engineering  Search this
Heavy machinery  Search this
Marine engines  Search this
Propulsion systems  Search this
Steam-engines  Search this
Genre/Form:
Leaflets
Blueprints
Correspondence -- 20th century
Pamphlets
Specifications
Photographs -- 20th century
Proposals
Advertisements
Instructional materials
Trade catalogs
Citation:
Atlas Imperial Diesel Engine Company Records, circa 1917-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0996
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0996

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