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John A. Roebling Collection

Creator:
Roebling, Charles Gustavus, 1849-1918  Search this
Roebling, Ferdinand W. (Ferdinand William), 1842-1917  Search this
John A. Roebling's Sons Company  Search this
Roebling, John Augustus, 1806-1869  Search this
Roebling, Washington Augustus, 1837-1926.  Search this
Collector:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
History of Technology, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.  Search this
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Extent:
18.5 Cubic feet (62 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photograph albums
Specifications
Reports
Price lists
Photographs
Newsletters
Letterpress books
Correspondence
Blueprints
Ledgers (account books)
Genealogies
Notebooks
Patents
Date:
1836-1975
bulk 1930-1950
Summary:
Collection documents the work of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company, builders of bridges. The materials consist primarily of photograph albums documenting some of the bridges, tramways, ski lifts and chair lifts that Roebling's Sons Company was involved with. The documentation also includes specifications, patents, and reference materials about the engineering process of building bridges and bridges in general.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the work of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company, builders of bridges. The materials consist primarily of photograph albums documenting a variety of bridges, mostly in the United States. The documentation also includes specifications, patents, and reference materials about the engineering process of building bridges and bridges in general.

Series 1, Historical background materials, 1895-1958, is divided into two subseries: Subseries 1, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949 and Subseries 2, Newsletters, 1929-1931.

Subseries 1, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949, contains a variety of items related to the company such as historical narratives, correspondence, price lists, testing data, and a ledger with cost estimates. The correspondence is partially bound (pages 1 to 104) from a letter press book (handwritten and typescript) belonging to John A. Roebling's and Sons Company. William Hildebrand and Charles G. Roebling are the chief correspondents. The correspondence documents daily activities related to the design and erection of bridges as well as finances and supplies. Charles G. Roebling's notebook, undated, contains calculations and notes about various bridge projects.

Subseries 2, Newsletters, 1929-1931, contain copies of Blue Center and Wire Engineering, which were John A. Roebling's and Sons Company publications intended for employees. The newsletters were apparently used as scrapbooks, with black-and-white photographs pasted into the pages. Found among the pages of Blue Center are photographs of the Hudson River Bridge and in Wire Engineering, there are photographs of the Maysville, Kentucky Bridge.

Series 2, Photographs, 1926-1975, comprises the largest series in the collection. The photographs are primarily black-and-white and document aerial tramways, tramways for logging or mining, chair lifts, ski lifts, floods, and bridge construction projects. The latter makes up the majority. Most photographs were assembled into albums with corresponding captions and dates, and almost all of the photographs document bridges in the United States. There is one exception, the Yauricocha Tramway in Peru. In some instances, the captions are recorded on the back of the photographs, and others were recorded on album pages. The series is arranged alphabetically by name of bridge and/or project.

Series 3, Specifications, 1855-1962, consists of printed textual documents (both bound and loose) that contain information for bidders, proposals, contracts, and bonds, and the detailed specifications. This series is arranged alphabetically by bridge name.

Series 4, Reports, 1928-1938, contains bound reports (both progress and final) detailing problems, requirements, research, manufacture, plant installation, cable equipment, strand adjustments, and Roebling Company developments. This series is arranged alphabetically by bridge/and/or project.

Series 5, Patent materials, 1849-1952, consists of issued patents (to a variety of individuals) for cable and cable appliances, cables, and cable apparatus, cableways and tramways, and grips. The patents are arranged by subject area, then by patent number.

Series 6, Reference materials, 1836-1964, contains a wide range of materials—articles, biographical files, drawings, photographs, newspaper clippings, advertising, correspondence, notes—documenting all aspects of bridges. This series is arranged alphabetically by topic.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1, Historical background materials, 1895-1958, undated

Subseries 1, Biographical, 1900-1958, undated

Subseries 2, John A. Roebling's and Sons Company materials, 1895-1949

Subseries 3, Newsletters, 1929-1931

Series 2, Photographs, 1926-1975

Series 3, Specifications, 1855-1962

Series 4, Reports, 1928-1938

Series 5, Patent materials, 1849-1952

Series 6, Reference materials, 1836-1964
Biographical / Historical:
John Augustus Roebling (1806-1869) was the founder and proprietor of John A. Roebling's Sons Company. Born in Mühlhausen, Germany, he was a civil engineer famous for his wire rope suspension bridge designs, in particular, the design of the Brooklyn Bridge. Roebling married Johana Herting in 1836 and they had nine children: Washington A. Roebling (1837-1926); Laura R. Methfessel (1840-1873); Ferdinand W. Roebling (1842-1917); Elvira R. Stewart (1844-1871); Josephine R. Jarvis (b. 1847); Charles Gustavus Roebling (1849-1918); Edmund Roebling (1854-1930); William Roebling (b. 1856, d. 1860); and Hannah Roebling (died in infancy). Roebling's three sons, Washington Augustus Roebling; Ferdinand William Roebling and Charles Gustavus Roebling, worked for the company.

Roebling's Sons Company was active in the design and manufacture of wire rope used in the erection of suspension bridges since the 1840s. Roebling devised a system of spinning the wires together where weights and swivels turned the wire coils in the opposite direction from the twisting, thereby removing kinks. Method of and Machine for Manufacturing Wire Rope (US Patent # 2,720) issued on July 16, 1842. Roebling would adapt this wire rope to his suspension bridge principle. In 1848, he established a company—John Roebling's Sons Company—in Trenton, New Jersey, to manufacture his wire rope. Roebling manufacturing plants were sold in 1952 to the Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) Company of Pueblo, Colorado. In 1968, the Crane Company purchased the CF& I.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

George S. Morison Collection (AC0978)

Modjeski and Masters Company Records (AC0976)

Materials at Other Organizations

The Rutgers University, Special Collections and University Archives

Papers of Mary G. Roebling and Roebling Family Papers, 1821-1960 (MC 654.1).
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Blair Birdsall, former chief engineer at John A. Roebling's Sons Company in 1981.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.

Researchers must handle unprotected photographs 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:
Bridges -- New York (N.Y.)  Search this
Bridge construction industry -- United States  Search this
Bridges -- Design and construction  Search this
Iron industry and trade -- United States  Search this
Iron industry and trade -- Colorado  Search this
Wire industry -- New Jersey  Search this
Suspension bridges -- Design and construction  Search this
Ski lifts  Search this
Wire-rope industry -- New Jersey  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photograph albums
Specifications
Reports
Price lists
Photographs -- 20th century
Newsletters -- 1920-1940
Letterpress books
Correspondence
Blueprints
Ledgers (account books)
Genealogies
Notebooks
Patents
Citation:
John A. Roebling Collection, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0981
See more items in:
John A. Roebling Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0981
Online Media:

[Trade catalogs from Swedish Crucible Steel Company]

Variant company name:
Windsor, Ontario, Canada  Search this
Company Name:
Swedish Crucible Steel Company  Search this
Notes content:
Plastic toilet seats. Electric steel and crucible steel castings ; pots and boxes for carbonizing, cyanide, annealing chloride, lead, zinc and special processes ... this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
2 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Topic:
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_24349
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_24349

[Trade catalogs from St. Paul Foundry & Mfg. Co.]

Variant company name:
Fairfield, IA  Search this
Company Name:
St. Paul Foundry & Mfg. Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Heston and Anderson ; St. Paul Foundry Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Dry ice saws, woodworking machinery, and woodworking tools. Structural steel and iron, woodworking machines...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
4 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Date range:
1800s-1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Woodworking machinery and wood crafts  Search this
Topic:
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Wood-carving  Search this
Woodworking industries  Search this
Woodworking machinery  Search this
Woodworking tools  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_16401
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_16401

[Trade catalogs from STANDARD PRESSED STEEL CO.]

Variant company name:
Chicago, IL ; Detroit, MI ; El Segundo, CA  Search this
Company Name:
STANDARD PRESSED STEEL CO.  Search this
Related companies:
Industrial Fastener Div. ; Unbrako Div.  Search this
Notes content:
Pressed steel products : shop equipment and furniture, industrial cabinets, tables, work benches, shelving, stools and chairs, packing plant equipment, socket screw products, transmitting appliances, threads, self-locking nuts, storage walls, trucks, fasteners, oiling machines, tool kits. Hallowell steel collars ; Flexloc self locking nuts ; Sel-lok spring pins ; Unbrako socket screws ; milled screws ; Hallowell packing plant equipment ; Hallowell steel bench legs ; metric fasteners...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
11 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Butchers’ supplies (including meat processing industry)  Search this
Hardware and hand tools  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Measuring; calculating and testing devices  Search this
Topic:
Butchers  Search this
Calculators  Search this
Hardware  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Measuring instruments  Search this
Meat industry and trade  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Tools  Search this
Weighing instruments  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_22136
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_22136

[Trade catalogs from Sandvik Steel Inc.]

Variant company name:
Sandviken, Sweden ; New York, NY ; Newark, NJ  Search this
Company Name:
Sandvik Steel Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
Sandvik Steel Works Co., Ltd. ; Sandvik Steel Belt Conveyors ; Sandvik Canadian Ltd. ; Sandvik Conveyor Manufacturing Co. ; Sandvik Iron Co., Ltd.  Search this
Notes content:
Carbide products : blanks, inserts, turning tools, square nose tools, threading tools, lead angle tools, pointed nose tools, offset tools, grooving and cutoff tools, grooving tools, roller turner tools, boring tools, tool holders, chip breakers, ejector drill and equipment. Steel belt conveyors ; material handling machinery ; all varieties of cold rolled steel ; wood band saw steel...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
24 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Fairlawn, New Jersey, United States
Date range:
1800s-1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Materials handling equipment (includes barrels; bottling and filling; casters; chains; etc.)  Search this
Topic:
Barrels  Search this
Bottling  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_16698
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_16698

[Trade catalogs from SKF Industries]

Variant company name:
New York, NY ; Hartford, CT  Search this
Company Name:
SKF Industries  Search this
Related companies:
SKF Industries, Inc. ; Hess-Bright Manufacturing Co. ; Skayef Ball Bearing Co. ; Schwedische Kugellagerfabrik AG (Gotenburg, Germany) ; Societe des Roulements a Billes S.K.F. (Levallois-Perret, France) ; Societe Suedoise Roulements a Billes S.K.F. (Paris, France)  Search this
Notes content:
Ball and roller bearings and housings, transmission appliances, pillow blocks, tension pulleys. Anti-friction ball bearings for paper industry, oil refineries, textile mills, mining industry, and aircraft ; narrow pedestal journal boxes ; locknuts ; lockwashers ; tolerance tables ; general catalog and engineering data...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog and manual
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
92 pieces; 4 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Aviation (aircraft; balloons; etc.)  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Mills and milling supplies  Search this
Mining machinery; equipment and supplies  Search this
Railroad; streetcar; subway and tramway equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Airships  Search this
Balloons  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Milling machinery  Search this
Mining machinery industry  Search this
Railroad equipment industry  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Street-railroads  Search this
Subways  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_16072
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_16072

[Trade catalogs from Rockwell Mfg. Co.]

Company Name:
Rockwell Mfg. Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Collins Radio Group (Dallas, TX) ; Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Co. ; Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Div. (Milwaukee, WI) ; Nordstrom Valve Div. (Oakland, CA) ; V & O Press Co., Inc. (Hudson, NY) ; Arcade Mfg. Div. (Freeport, IL) ; Rockwell Machine Co. (Hopewell, NJ) ; Rockwell Tools, Inc. (Columbus, OH) ; Monessen Foundry & Machine Co. (Monessen, PA) ; Rockwell Int'l (New York City, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and Dallas, TX) ; A. H. Ross Co., Inc. (Ludlow, KY) ; National Meter Div. (Brooklyn, NY) ; Crescent Machine Div. (Leetonia, OH) ; Edward Valves, Inc. (East Chicago, IN) ; Hopewell Div. (Hopewell, NJ) ; Hydraulics Div. (Pittsburgh, PA) ; Macnick Div. (Tulsa, OK) ; Ohmer Co. (Dayton, OH) ; Pittsburgh Dubois Div. (DuBois, PA) ; Regulator Div. (Norwalk, OH) ; Power Tool Div. (Pittsburgh, PA) ; Walker-Turner Div. (Pittsburgh, PA) ; Merco Nordstrom Valve Co. (Pittsburgh, PA) ; Merrill Co. ; Delta Mfg. Co. (Milwaukee, WI) ; Delta Power Tool Div. ; Delta Mfg. Div.  Search this
Notes content:
communication switching systems and telephone systems for underground mining ; power tools for metal and wood working ; lawn edger, hedge and shrub trimmers ; hardware ; refrigeration hardware ; woodworking tools and machines ; radial arm saws ; machine tools for industrial, commercial and hobby use ; high pressure and high temperature valves ; hydraulic propulsion units ; parking meters (manufactured for Magee-Hale Park-O-Meter Co.) ; chart clocks ; instruments ; water meters ; "The Rockwell Water Journal" ; lubricated plug valves ; cash and fare registers ; taximeters ; gas meters and regulators ; oil meters ; packaging machinery ; foundry equipment and hardware ; power presses ; dial feeds ; cast and forged steel valves ; 1949-1974 ; industrial machine tools, power tools and metalworking machines, rotary tools, shaft tools, sanders, saws and accessories, drill presses, drills and accessories, punch press feeder, jointers and replacement parts, shapers, lathes ; "Nordstrom" lubricated valves, lubricants, accessories ; 1953 Annual Report...this comprises the uncataloged portion of Rockwell Mfg. Co. ; also see cataloged portion of Rockwell International.
Includes:
Trade catalog, price lists and manual
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
295 pieces; 7 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Banking; investment; legal; financial and insurance services  Search this
Brass; bronze and specialty metals  Search this
Clocks and watches (including clock-making and watch-making equipment)  Search this
Engines and motors: steam; oil; gas; etc.  Search this
Foundries; supplies and equipment  Search this
Furnaces and boilers  Search this
Garden and lawn equipment and supplies  Search this
Hardware and hand tools  Search this
Heating; ventilation and air conditioning  Search this
Industrial equipment or mechanical machinery (including supplies and components)  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Measuring; calculating and testing devices  Search this
Mills and milling supplies  Search this
Mining machinery; equipment and supplies  Search this
Packaging materials and shipping  Search this
Pumping machinery and air compressors  Search this
Radios and radio equipment  Search this
Refrigeration and ice-making equipment  Search this
Scientific and optical instruments  Search this
Telephone; telegraph and telecommunications equipment and supplies  Search this
Waste Management (including water treatment; recycling; refuse collection; industrial waste; etc.)  Search this
Water wheels; water motors and waterpower equipment  Search this
Woodworking machinery and wood crafts  Search this
Topic:
"Recycling (Waste, etc.)"  Search this
Air conditioning  Search this
Air-compressors  Search this
Banks and banking  Search this
Boilers  Search this
Brass  Search this
Bronze  Search this
Calculators  Search this
Clocks and watches  Search this
Engines  Search this
Foundries  Search this
Furnaces  Search this
Garden ornaments and furniture  Search this
Garden tools  Search this
Hardware  Search this
Heating  Search this
Heating and ventilation industry  Search this
Hydraulic engineering  Search this
Hydraulic machinery  Search this
Ice -- Manufacture  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Insurance  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Legal services  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Machinery  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_13441
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_13441

[Trade catalogs from Russell T. Gilman, Inc.]

Company Name:
Russell T. Gilman, Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
Accessories for milling, drilling, boring, reaming, broaching, and tapping machines. Slide assemblies...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Grafton, Wisconsin, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Mills and milling supplies  Search this
Topic:
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Metal-working machinery  Search this
Milling machinery  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_43077
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_43077

[Trade catalogs from Pawtucket Mfg. Co.]

Variant company name:
Est. 1882  Search this
Company Name:
Pawtucket Mfg. Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Victor nut facing machines, Knowles keyseating and broaching machines, revolving forge furnaces, double revolving piling furnace, coal box, baskets, box truck, manufacturing lathes, bolt alterer, screw shaving machines and polishing heads, bolt forging machines, and bar iron upright, lever, cutting and slitting shears. Bolt threaders ; shears or shearing machines ; nuts ; bolts ; washers ; screws...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
9 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Business services (advertising; marketing; organizational management; etc.)  Search this
Foundries; supplies and equipment  Search this
Furnaces and boilers  Search this
Hardware and hand tools  Search this
Industrial equipment or mechanical machinery (including supplies and components)  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Topic:
Advertising  Search this
Boilers  Search this
Business  Search this
Commerce  Search this
Foundries  Search this
Furnaces  Search this
Hardware  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Machinery  Search this
Marketing  Search this
Metal-working machinery  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Tools  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_29346
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_29346

[Trade catalogs from Parkersburg-Aetna Corp.]

Company Name:
Parkersburg-Aetna Corp.  Search this
Related companies:
Aetna Ball & Roller Bearing Co., div. of Parkersburg-Aetna ; Aetna Ball Bearing Mfg. Co. ; Parkersburg Rig and Reel ; Parmac, Inc., subsidiary of Maloney Crawford Tank ; Parmac L.L.C (see http://www.parmacbrake.com/company1.html)  Search this
Notes content:
Ball and roller bearings, oil field equipment (rigs, processing units, derricks, pumps, braking units, winches, separators, emulsion treaters, loading racks, heaters, storage tanks, pressure vessels, dynamometers), prefabricated steel buildings. Aetna-Ball & Roller Bearing Co.: 1960 letter ; 1926 catalog for Aetna Ball Bearing Mfg. Co. ; circa 1952 catalog for Parkersburg Single-Tube Separators and Parkersburg No-Bleed Liquid Level Controller ; 1937-1959 catalogs for ball and roller bearings...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog, price lists and manual
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
9 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Automobiles and automotive equipment (including trucks and buses)  Search this
Engines and motors: steam; oil; gas; etc.  Search this
Fuel (includes oil; petroleum; gas; coal; etc.)  Search this
Industrial equipment or mechanical machinery (including supplies and components)  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Materials handling equipment (includes barrels; bottling and filling; casters; chains; etc.)  Search this
Measuring; calculating and testing devices  Search this
Refinery equipment  Search this
Well drilling equipment: water; oil; etc.  Search this
Topic:
Automobiles  Search this
Barrels  Search this
Bottling  Search this
Calculators  Search this
Coal  Search this
Engines  Search this
Fuel  Search this
Gas well drilling  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Machinery  Search this
Measuring instruments  Search this
Motor vehicles  Search this
Motors  Search this
Oil field equipment and supplies industry  Search this
Oil well drilling  Search this
Petroleum  Search this
Petroleum industry and trade  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Water well drilling  Search this
Weighing instruments  Search this
Well drillers  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_28822
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_28822

Geological survey of Ohio report of progress in 1870 by J.S. Newberry, chief geologist ; including reports by E.B. Andrews, Edward Orton, J.H. Klippart, assistant geologists ; T.G. Wormley, chemist ; G.K. Gilbert, M.C. Read, Henry Newton, W.B. Potter, local assistants

Title:
State of Ohio. Maps of grouped sections, second geological district, 1870
Geological survey 1870
Report of progress in 1870
Author:
Ohio Chief Geologist  Search this
Andrews, E. B (Ebenezer Baldwin) 1821-1880  Search this
Klippart, John H (John Hancock) 1823-1878  Search this
Newberry, J. S (John Strong) 1822-1892  Search this
Orton, Edward 1829-1899  Search this
Wormley, Theodore G (Theodore George) 1826-1897  Search this
Physical description:
568 pages, [6] leaves of plates (1 folded) illustrations, maps (some color) 25 cm. + atlas ([5] folded leaves of plates : map : 14 x 25 cm.)
Type:
Books
Place:
Ohio
Great Britain
Date:
1871
Topic:
Agriculture  Search this
Geology  Search this
Geology, Economic  Search this
Iron Industry and trade  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Call number:
QE151 .O37 1870
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1021525

Bernard and Phyllis Fischer papers, [ca.1915-1977]

Creator:
Fischer, Bernard, 1900-1986  Search this
Fischer, Phyllis Potter  Search this
Subject:
United States  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Topic:
Handicraft  Search this
Enamel and enameling -- United States  Search this
Enameled ware  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8148
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210319
AAA_collcode_fiscbern
Theme:
Diaries
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210319

[Trade catalogs from La Salle Steel Co.]

Company Name:
La Salle Steel Co.  Search this
Related companies:
Keystone Drawn Steel Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Alloy steel bars and automatic machining equipment. "Stressproof" steel bar ; Cold finished steel bars ; stress-proofing ; unique cover: dramatic depiction of Robert Cavalier de La Salle the explorer...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
10 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Industrial equipment or mechanical machinery (including supplies and components)  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Topic:
Industrial equipment  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Machinery  Search this
Metal-working machinery  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_25902
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_25902

[Trade catalogs from Lehmann Machine Co.]

Company Name:
Lehmann Machine Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Engine lathes, hollow spindle hydratrol lathes, electronic hydratrol lathe, and accessories; and gear lapping machine, piston ring grinder and milling machine. Lathe attachments...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
2 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Industrial equipment or mechanical machinery (including supplies and components)  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Topic:
Industrial equipment  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Machinery  Search this
Metal-working machinery  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_26356
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_26356

[Trade catalogs from Lockformer Co.]

Company Name:
Lockformer Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Sheet metal machinery, Lockformer snap lock machine, lock rolling machine, Pittsburgh lock machines, Cleatformer, power flangers, flanger power unit, flanging attachment, slitting attachment, Appton super hammer, and Bett Marr band saw. Machine tools for making "Pittsburgh locks", duct connections, and other connections with sheet metal ; band saws ; "Cleatformer" cleat machine ; "Snap Lock" machines ; "Speednotch" machine ; other machines and sheet metal tools...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Physical description:
1 piece; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Lisle, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Mills and milling supplies  Search this
Topic:
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Metal-working machinery  Search this
Milling machinery  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_27337
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_27337

[Trade catalogs from Lincoln Electric Co.]

Company Name:
Lincoln Electric Co.  Search this
Related companies:
F. J. Ryan & Co. ; Lincoln Electric Co. of Canada, Ltd. (Toronto-Montreal)  Search this
Notes content:
Electric arc welding, stable arc welders, shielded arc welders and accessories, electric motors, electrodes and electrode holders, welding supplies, hard surfacing, cast iron, non-ferrous metals and stainless steel. Arc welding equipment ; "Lincoln" welder ; "Fleet-Welding: A Method for Increasing the Speed of Welding of Mild Steel" ; "Ryan Industrial Heating Service" ; "Ryan" fuel oil pumping units ; heat treating furnaces ; other furnaces ; "Ryan" blast gates ; "Ryan" blacksmith forge ; core and mold ovens ; "The Shielded Arc" ; "Lincoln Super-Visibility" and "Lincoln High-Visibility" lenses, eye protection while welding ; safety eye protection ; lecture notes for "A Special Course of Instruction in Arc Welding Design and Practice" given by Mr. E. W. P. Smith, E. E. ; "Fleetweld" electrodes ; "Elements of Design", levers, crankshafts, wheels, etc. ; "Machinery Bases" ; "Machine Design" ; changing over machines to welded designs ; "Factors Affecting Increased Welding Production" ; "How to Begin the Application of Arc Welding in Production Manufacturing" ; shielded arc welding ; hard facing and overlaying existing equipment ; "Stable-Arc" automatic arc welder instruction manual ; "Linc-Weld" motors ; Lincoln motors...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog and manual
Black and white images
Physical description:
127 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Engines and motors: steam; oil; gas; etc.  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Machine tools and metalworking equipment  Search this
Topic:
Engines  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Machine-tools  Search this
Metal-working machinery  Search this
Motors  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_26905
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_26905

[Trade catalogs from Lyon Metal Products, Inc.]

Company Name:
Lyon Metal Products, Inc.  Search this
Related companies:
Safety First Supply Co. (PA)  Search this
Notes content:
Steel equipment, shop equipment, metal products, steel shelving, kitchen cabinets, lockers, folding chairs and furniture, steel bins and boxes, storage and wardrobe cabinets, filing cabinets, portable work bench, tool storage equipment, steel enclosure panels, telephone equipment, vocational school equipment, gravity roller conveyors, and Showerway stainless steel tank. Storage units ; cabinets with drawers ; trays, holders, and bins ; "MSS II" work stations and modular drawers ; shelving ; pallet racks and accessories ; "Mod-U-Deck" "Free-Span Modular Deckover System" ; racks ; "flammable liquid storage cabinets" ; other shop equipment ; tools chests and storage systems ; machinists' and mechanics' chests ; other storage equipment ; "Steelart" folding furniture ; folding tables and chairs ; "Lyon" steel folding chairs ; commercial shelving ; "Lyon's Parts Merchandiser" display ; "Duo-Plane Merchandising Table" ; counters ; racks and other display equipment ; produce display equipment ; steel boxes ; other containers ; "Craftsmen in War Production", a summary of products, production machinery, and facilities available at Lyon for war contracts ; World War II wartime publication ; steel lockers ; "Lyon" filing cabinets ; office furniture...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
22 pieces; 2 boxes
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Aurora, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Furniture and furnishings  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Materials handling equipment (includes barrels; bottling and filling; casters; chains; etc.)  Search this
Office equipment and supplies  Search this
Retailers equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
Barrels  Search this
Beverage industry  Search this
Bottling  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Furniture industry and trade  Search this
House furnishings  Search this
Industrial equipment  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Office equipment and supplies industry  Search this
Retail trade equipment industry  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_28280
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_28280

[Trade catalogs from Jas. H. Matthews & Co.]

Variant company name:
Multiple locations: Newark, NJ  Search this
Company Name:
Jas. H. Matthews & Co.  Search this
Related companies:
James H. Matthews & Co. [?] ; Matthews of Pittsburgh ; Matthews of New York  Search this
Notes content:
Rubber stamps, steel stamps, steel dies, bronze tablets, grave markers and vases, marking machines, stencil cutting machine and stencil paper, nameplate press, metal marking electric typewriter, offset printer, steel band printer, and bar and tube printer. Castings ; metal marking systems ; stencils ; signs ; stencil ink ; product marking ; nameplate marking products ; "Matthews" stencil paper ; "Matthews" marking machines ; bronze memorials and grave markers ; bus and trolley tokens ; other products...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog, price lists and samples
Black and white images
Color images
Types of samples:
Matthews stencil paper .
Physical description:
46 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Brass; bronze and specialty metals  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Metalwork products (architectural and ornamental)  Search this
Office equipment and supplies  Search this
Packaging materials and shipping  Search this
Topic:
Architectural metal-work  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Brass  Search this
Bronze  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Metals  Search this
Office equipment and supplies industry  Search this
Packaging machinery  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_30072
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_30072

[Trade catalogs from J. F. Helmold & Bro., Inc.]

Company Name:
J. F. Helmold & Bro., Inc.  Search this
Notes content:
1968 catalog and other product bulletins ; benders ; bridgers ; steel rule cutter ; cutting plates ; dies ; jackets ; jig saw blades ; mallets ; miter machines ; nickers ; notchers ; paper knives ; plates ; rule pullers ; punches ; rules ; bevels ; rotary rule ; steel rule joiners...this comprises the uncataloged portion.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Physical description:
8 pieces
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Hardware and hand tools  Search this
Iron and steel products (castings; sheet steel; steel wire; wire rope; pig iron and structural steel products )  Search this
Measuring; calculating and testing devices  Search this
Metalwork products (architectural and ornamental)  Search this
Topic:
Architectural metal-work  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Calculators  Search this
Hardware  Search this
Iron industry and trade  Search this
Measuring instruments  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Steel industry and trade  Search this
Tools  Search this
Weighing instruments  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_34964
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_34964

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Iron

Creator:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969  Search this
Extent:
4.82 Cubic feet (consisting of 10 boxes, 1 folder, 5 oversize folders, 2 map case folders, 1 flat box (partial).)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Printed ephemera
Mail order catalogs
Manufacturers' catalogs
Trade cards
Printed material
Letterheads
Advertising fliers
Technical manuals
Advertising cards
Advertising mail
Publications
Sales catalogs
Trade catalogs
Illustrations
Sales letters
Correspondence
Advertisements
Trade literature
Commercial catalogs
Advertising
Sales records
Catalogs
Catalogues
Technical reports
Business letters
Business records
Ephemera
Invoices
Annual reports
Reports
Print advertising
Receipts
Business cards
Business ephemera
Date:
1803-1967
bulk 1830-1915
Summary:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Iron forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Scope and Contents:
Iron and steel are companion industries so there is overlap in the products and goods manufactured and sold, which is evident in the documents. Iron was commonly used in construction as well as ornamental application in architecture and art, especially facades and sculptures, in addition to landscape and cemetery design, particularly in fencing. Some applications include bridges, concrete supports, joists, grating, casements, stairs, railings, trellises, doors, seats and other furniture, vases, vanes, shutters, posts, and fire escapes. Bar, plates, pig iron, cast iron, ore, and steel are commonly referred to in the collection materials. The emphasis is on products rather than production methods.

Materials represent a sampling of business records such as invoices, financial sheets, correspondence and a small number of advertising and promotional circulars. There are price sheets and a few product catalogs. Several company/foundry histories and prospectus documents are present. There is a large volume of import/export documents (European) present.

No extensive runs or complete records exist for any single company or brand, and no particular subtopic is represented in detail, although for any singular subtopic though some publications may provide general and historical overviews of a person, company, or facet of industry.
Arrangement:
The materials are arranged into three series.

Business Records and Marketing Materials

Genre

Subject
Forms Part Of:
Forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana.

Series 1: Business Ephemera

Series 2: Other Collection Divisions

Series 3: Isadore Warshaw Personal Papers

Series 4: Photographic Reference Material
Provenance:
Iron is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060, purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
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:
Mail-order business -- Catalogs  Search this
Benches, iron  Search this
Fences -- wrought iron  Search this
Iron and steel industry  Search this
Gates -- Iron  Search this
Iron and steel bridges  Search this
Public works  Search this
Wrought-iron  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Ironwork  Search this
Sales promotion  Search this
Iron industry and trade -- United States  Search this
Iron and steel workers -- 1920-1930 -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Public buildings  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Printed ephemera
Mail order catalogs
Manufacturers' catalogs
Trade cards
Printed material
Letterheads
Advertising fliers
Technical manuals -- 20th century
Advertising cards
Advertising mail
Publications
Sales catalogs
Trade catalogs
Illustrations
Sales letters
Correspondence
Advertisements
Trade literature
Commercial catalogs
Advertising
Sales records
Catalogs
Catalogues
Technical reports
Business letters
Business records
Publications -- Business
Ephemera
Invoices
Annual reports
Reports
Print advertising
Receipts
Business cards
Business ephemera
Citation:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Iron, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Iron
See more items in:
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Iron
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0060-s01-01-iron

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