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Mechanical Engineering Department Records, 1894-1971

Collection Overview

Title: Mechanical Engineering Department Records, 1894-1971

Predominant Dates: 1920-1950

ID: RG 213

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Mechanical Engineering Department

Extent: 7.35 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Mechanical Engineering Department Records consist of lab notes, teaching materials, technical drawings and administrative files.

Scope and Content Notes

The collection includes Materials Lab records (1927-1950); Graf Hall construction records (1919); student lab projects (1933-1940); EWEB project records (1971); professional organizations records (1927-1935); and machinery, equipment and project plans and drawings (1914-1940). Also included are teaching materials and research reports created and/or assembled by Louis Slegel, Mechanical Engineering professor. Within this collection are also 30 hand rendered drawings for mechanical drawing classes taught between 1894 and 1908. Drawn and signed by three different students (Charles G. Porter, Jesse S. Gilkey, and Vernon W. Gilkey), these renderings depict a variety of geometric shapes and designs as well as pistons, bolts, gears, a wood turning lathe, a grindstone, and an automatic air brake for a train engine.

Charles G. Porter received a degree in mechanical engineering in 1896. Jesse S. Gilkey graduated in 1909 with a degree in electrical engineering. Vernon Gilkey attended between 1904 and 1908, but took no degree.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 23x31 oversize box and 8 cubic foot boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Mechanical Engineering Department Records (RG 213), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.


Oregon State University. Mechanical Engineering Department

People, Places, and Topics

History of Science
Oregon State University. Mechanical Engineering Department
University History

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