Mechanical Engineering Department Records 1910-1976
Archives 31

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Mechanical Engineering Department Records
ID
Archives 31
Date [inclusive]
1910-1976
General Physical Description note
approximate 6650 items  6 linear feet  6 containers
Abstract
General correspondence, curriculum and research, and engineering, science and manpower war training.

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Organizational Sketch:

Mechanical engineering courses have been a part of the curriculum since the founding of Washington State University in 1892. Growing steadily, the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering was incorporated into the College of Mechanic Arts and Engineering in 1917. After the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department separated, Howard H. Langdon chaired the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1933 through 1944. A native of Sumner, Washington, Professor Langdon received his B.S. from Washington State University in 1919 and his M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1933. He was a member of Washington State University's engineering faculty from 1923 until his resignation in 1944.

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Arrangement note

The records of the Department of Mechanical Engineering are arranged in three series. A large part of the collection is correspondence and papers generated or received by Howard H. Langdon during his tenure as head of the department. Throughout the collection, the processor has attempted to maintain the original order of the materials within each folder.

Series one consists of general departmental correspondence, 1920-1944, divided into two subseries. The first subseries includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence from 1929 through 1943 relating to departmental activities, and is arranged alphabetically. Included in this subseries are inquiries pertaining to product analysis, research, and development of techniques and materials. This subseries also contains correspondence about departmental purchases, as well as communications from the public, manufacturers, and other educational institutions concerning published materials. Some of the correspondence in this subseries concerns prospective students, graduate placement, and departmental employment. The second subseries is correspondence from 1920 through 1944 arranged alphabetically by topic. Major topics include faculty hiring, industrial and professional associations minutes and materials, departmental financial data, departmental and university memoranda, and student information and letters. Also included in the second subseries are substantial portions of the professional correspondence of Howard H. Langdon as well as correspondence with manufacturers, such as General Electric.

The second series, curriculum and research, 1910-1976, is arranged alphabetically by topic. In addition to research and class materials, this series contains data derived from analyses of patented auto lubricants and records of concrete research and development.

The third series, Engineering, Science, and Manpower War Training, 1940-1944, reflects the University's participation in a federal engineer-training program for women, and is also arranged alphabetically by topic. Correspondence from prospective students, government publications, directives, memoranda, and minutes comprise the bulk of this series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The Collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records of the Mechanical Engineering Department were transferred to the University Archives, Washington State University in March (UA 77-14) and July (UA 77-29) of 1977 by the Department.

Processing Information note

The collection was processed by Pat Graham Pidcock.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Washington State University. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering--Archives
  • Washington State University. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering--Records and correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Langdon, Howard H.--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Business, Industry, and Labor
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Mechanical engineering--Study and teaching--Archival resources
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 1 General Correspondence 

Box Folder

A-M 1929-1943   1240.0 items

1 1-34

N-Y 1929-1943   300.0 items

2 35-45

Alumni 1939-1942   25.0 items

2 46

American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1926-1941   135.0 items

2 47-50

American Society for Testing Materials 1929-1936   40.0 items

2 51-52

Applications for Faculty Positions 1932-1937   110.0 items

2 53-57

Army-Navy 1942   4.0 items

2 58

Bacharach Industrial Company n.d.   1.0 item

2 59

Beta Theta Pi 1936-1939   15.0 items

2 60

Bills 1939-1941   25.0 items

2 61

Books 1939-1941   65.0 items

2 62-63

Budget 1932-1941   100.0 items

2 64-65

Bulletins 1933-1939   15.0 items

2 66

Bursar 1941-1942   10.0 items

2 67

Carl F. Miller and Company 1938-1939   5.0 items

2 68

Catalog Changes 1939-1942   15.0 items

2 69-70

Department Head 1939-1941   80.0 items

2 71-72

Department Staff Recommendations 1931-1934   35.0 items

2 73

Departmental Communications 1935-1939   5.0 items

2 74

Dynamometer 1929-1939   45.0 items

2 75

Fitchburg Steam Company 1920-1921   4.0 items

2 76

Friend, Dr. Bernard 1933   2.0 items

2 77

General Department and Student Files 1924-1941   370.0 items

3 78-89

General Electric Company 1934-1942   40.0 items

3 90-92

Goverment Bulletins 1934-1940   18.0 items

3 93

Goverment Materials Loans 1936-1942   40.0 items

3 94

Graduate Placement 1939   5.0 items

3 95

Holland, Pres. E.O. 1940-1942   20.0 items

3 96

Industry 1930-1932   7.0 items

3 97

Labor 1940   2.0 items

3 98

Langdon, Howard 1925-1942   320.0 items

3 99-107

Larrabee Furnace Company 1938-1939   35.0 items

3 108-109

Leaves of Absence 1939-1942   65.0 items

3 110-111

Library 1939-1941   55.0 items

3 112-113

Liquid Air Machine 1941   5.0 items

3 114

Machine Shop and Welding 1938-1942   45.0 items

3 115

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1933-1936   25.0 items

3 116

Moore Stem Turbine Company 1921   1.0 item

3 117

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics 1940-1942   40.0 items

3 118

National Electric Light Association 1924-1929   4.0 items

3 119

National Youth Administration 1939-1942   25.0 items

3 120-121

Phi Kappa Phi 1937-1939   25.0 items

3 122

Photo Equipment 1938-1944   10.0 items

3 123-124

Precinct Division 1938   10.0 items

3 125

Prospective Students 1939-1942   150.0 items

3 126-129

Purchase Orders 1939-1942   90.0 items

3 130-131

Purchasing 1939-1941   10.0 items

4 132

Radio Talks 1937-1941   35.0 items

4 133-134

Rice and Sargent Company 1920   3.0 items

4 135

Scholarships 1941   10.0 items

4 136

Society of Automotive Engineers 1939-1942   15.0 items

4 137

Staff Applications and Recommendations 1939-1941   30.0 items

4 138

Staff Letters 1938-1942   25.0 items

4 139

State License Examination Directory 1931-1937   10.0 items

4 140

Student Activities Committee 1939-1940   75.0 items

4 141

Student Applications and Recommendations 1939-1941   15.0 items

4 142

Student Inspection Trip 1936-1941   25.0 items

4 143

Student Lists 1939-1941   25.0 items

4 144-145

Summer Session 1941-1942   10.0 items

4 146

Terry Steam Turbine Company 1921   1.0 item

4 147

Valves 1929   4.0 items

4 148

Vilter Manufacturing Company 1921   1.0 item

4 149

War Department Survey 1927-1939   15.0 items

4 150

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 2 Curriculum And Research 

Box Folder

Audit Information Exchange 1976   1.0 item

4 151

Coal Testing 1910-1912   25.0 items

4 152

Concrete n.d.   15.0 items

4 153

Concrete 1929-1936   55.0 items

4 154-155

Concrete and Aggregate 1936-1937   10.0 items

4 156

Concrete Research 1928-1936   50.0 items

4 157

Department Schedules 1931-1932   10.0 items

4 158

Departmental Functioning 1974-1976   13.0 items

4 159

Dynometer 1933-1940   30.0 items

4 160

Examinations 1964-1972   12.0 items

4 161

Experimental Stoker 1938-1939   10.0 items

4 162

Lubrication 1929-1941   75.0 items

4 163-165

Lubrication- Chevrolet Road Tests 1926-1930   95.0 items

4 166-170

Materials Testing Laboratory 1939-1941   10.0 items

4 171

Mechanical Engineering 1921-1942   250.0 items

4 172-184

Orifice Thin Plate 1930-1934   10.0 items

4 185

Research Materials 1937-1941   25.0 items

5 186

Schedules 1937-1941   15.0 items

5 187

Senior Thesis 1932   1.0 item

5 188

Student Finances 1972-1976   7.0 items

5 189

Tau Beta Pi 1970-1974   2.0 items

5 190

Turbine Blueprints 1921   15.0 items

5 191

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 3 Engineering, Science, And Manpower War Training 

Box Folder

Books- Engineer Defense Training 1941   10.0 items

5 192

Correspondence 1942-1944   270.0 items

5 193-202

Course Development 1940-1941   10.0 items

5 203

Defense Publications 1942-1943   2.0 items

5 204

Department Labor Standards 1941   75.0 items

5 205-206

Directives, Memoranda, and Minutes 1940-1943   55.0 items

5 207-212

Financial Data 1941-1943   25.0 items

5 213

Forms 1943-1944   2.0 items

5 214

Inactive File 1942   3.0 items

5 215

Industrial Training 1941-1942   10.0 items

5 216

Literature 1943-1944   10.0 items

5 217

Material for Speeches 1940-1941   15.0 items

5 218

Original and Supplementary Materials 1940   10.0 items

5 219

Personal Notes- H.H. Langdon 1940-1944   65.0 items

5 220-222

Preliminary Proposals 1943-1944   75.0 items

5 223-228

Publications and Bulletins 1940-1943   120.0 items

5 229-232

Publicity 1942-1943   65.0 items

5 233-235

Reports 1940   10.0 items

5 236

Regional Advisors Meeting 1940-1944   50.0 items

5 237-247

Speeches 1942   25.0 items

5 248

Supervising Training Outlines n.d.   10.0 items

5 249

Training of Women 1941-1942   50.0 items

5 250

War Manpower Commission 1943-1944   3.0 items

5 251

Washington Copies 1941-1944   125.0 items

5 252

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