Engineering Manuscript Collections

Papers of engineers and records of engineering firms; plans, designs, blueprints, and drawings exclusive of building records; and records of professional associations.

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American Public Works Association Records, ca. 1895-2006, (K0651)
752 cubic feet, oversize
Organizational records of the association that provides technical and educational resources for the public works professional community. Includes a wide range of material relating to the various functions and programs of the association, including membership, awards, finance, administration, departments, chapters, Congresses, and events.

Army Corps of Engineers, Photographs, (P0098)
0.2 linear feet
Photographs of historic sites and construction sites, 1956 and 1978-1979. Includes images of bridges, dams, roadways, churches, businesses, and other buildings.


Bardsley, Clarence E., Road Surveys, 1928-1932, (R0859)
2 folders
These are survey reports, field notes, and plats regarding relocation of the Old St. Louis-Springfield Road near Arlington in Phelps County, Missouri. The surveys were performed by Clarence E. Bardsley, Special Highway Engineer and Deputy Surveyor of Phelps County.

Barnett Development Corporation Photograph Collection, (R1411)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder, 17 photographs)
The Barnett Development Corporation Photograph Collection contains photographs documenting the town of Barnett, Missouri and the surrounding area where the Lake of the Ozarks would be with the completion of the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River. Included are images of the early stages of construction on the river.

Benson Manufacturing Company Records, ca.1920-1970, (K0105)
27 cubic feet
Research notes and reference materials, color sketches and drawings and catalogs relating to lighting equipment and architectural details designed, manufactured and distributed by the Benson Manufacturing Company, a brass, metal, and plastics fabrication company in Kansas City.

Black and Veatch Engineers/Architects Records, ca. 1917-1954, (K0236)
1 cubic foot
Engineering project files, including reports, maps, technical drawings, and contracts pertaining to roads, bridges, waterworks, utilities and sewerage in various Missouri cities and counties, particularly Jackson County.

Blanchard, Richard Charles (1951-2013) Collection, ca. 1890-1940, (K0787)
35 cubic feet
Architectural and engineering drawings for various track and yard layouts for Kansas City area railroads.

Boulson, Charles E., Papers (R0404)
2.5 cubic feet (57 folders, 3 VHS)
The Charles E. Boulson Papers contain the personal and professional papers of an electrical engineer in Missouri. Boulson was the general manager of the Sho-Me Power Corporation from 1954 to 1974 and a member of the Board of Directors of Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks, professional and historical writings, speeches on rural electrification in Missouri and corporate manuals and annual reports of Sho-Me Power Corporation and Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Buskett, Evans W., Letters, 1937, (R1088)
1 folder
These are two letters, dated 5 April and 2 June 1937, from Evans W. Buskett, a chemist and metallurgist at Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri, to A. F. Wilson, president of Stillfilm, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. The letters deal with the selection of images for educational filmstrips.


Central Plank Road Company, Promissory Note, 1855, (R0991)
1 folder
This is a cancelled six-month promissory note due on 1 September 1855 and issued by the Central Plank Road Company of Saint Louis County, Missouri. The note was signed by Treasurer Charles L. Hunt and endorsed by George R. Harrington.

Chanute, Octave (1832-1910) Papers, 1860-1890, (K0292)
8 microfilm rolls
Selected microfilm of the Papers of Octave Chanute from the Library of Congress covering the periods when Chanute, renowned engineer and bridge builder, was active in Kansas City. Correspondence, family papers, articles, patents, photographs, sketches, kite diagrams, plans for Chanute's railroad bridge across the Missouri River (Kansas City Bridge), and clippings.

Combination Bridge Company Photographs, 1890-1896, (K0200)
4 folders
Photographs documenting construction progress of the Combination Bridge across the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa. Includes specific information about working conditions and special engineering techniques employed. The designer and chief engineer was the nationally recognized J.A.L. Waddell of Kansas City, MO.

Dan Rex Cornwell (1930- ) Papers, 1960-2002 (K0567)
17 cubic feet
Technical training materials of Trans World Airlines (TWA) mechanic and maintenance instructor. Includes technical training materials related to various aircraft and technical training guides, handbooks, service guides, base maintenance manuals, operations training, electrical/mechanical handbooks, refueling guides, customer training, and system schematics. Also includes materials relating to TWA history such as ephemera items, 1960-2002.

Cortelyou, Frank Morgan (1886-1976) Papers, 1855-1976, (K0042)
1 cubic foot
Personal, family, and business papers of civil engineer Frank M. Cortelyou, co-founded the firm of Harrington and Cortelyou, including financial notes and records, some correspondence, photographs, and field notes.


DeGood, Harold B. (1920-1995) Scrapbook, 1949-1964, (K0401)
1 volume
De Goode was one of the engineers who helped build WDAF-TV. Newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photos on all aspects of the opening and running of the television station in Kansas City, MO.


Gross, Henry Emmett, Papers, 1921-1981, (R0837)
18 folders
These are the professional papers of Henry Emmett Gross, an engineer, inventor, and mapmaker from Webster Groves, Missouri. Most of the collection concerns his patents for deep ocean oil drilling and marine salvage.

Gunn, Frederick C. Papers, (K0305)
2.5 cubic feet (55 folders, 19 photographic images)
The collection contains the papers of the Kansas City architect Frederick C. Gunn. These papers generally consist of personal papers and diaries, family papers relating to Gunn’s parents, Major Otis Gunn and Mary Gunn, and papers related to Gunn’s architectural business.


Haarstick, R., Photographs, (P0965)
6 photographs
Aerial photos of Bagnell Dam, 1930-1931, during construction

Harrington, John Lyle (1868-1942), Biographical Material, 1969, (C2731)
2 folders
The collection contains correspondence between Frank M. Cortelyou, Sr., and Edwin Layton, Case Western Reserve University, concerning John Lyle Harrington, a Kansas City civil engineer and member of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation during Hoover's administration.

Harrison, Charles Lewis (1857-1912), Papers, 1847-1921 (C0112)
0.3 linear feet
Papers of a New York City consulting engineer, horse breeder, and club member. Harrison assisted in the construction of the East River tunnels and the Cheesman Dam, Denver, CO.

Hazard Dressing Mill, Mine La Motte, Missouri, Description, 1896, (R0028)
23 pages, typescript
This typescript describes the mill and milling process for lead ores at Mine La Motte. Rowland G. Hazard, a South Kingston, Rhode Island, industrialist and financier who bought the Mine La Motte Company in 1870, established the mill in 1867. The company had been in financial difficulties before its sale, and Hazard brought needed capital to the enterprise.

Howard, Needles, Tammen, and Bergendoff (HNTB) Records, ca. 1931-ca. 1985, (K0268)
55 cubic feet
Architectural records, both original and microfilm for Kivett and Myers, the premier post World War II architectural firm in Kansas City which merged with HNTB in 1975, and later drawings done by HNTB architects.


Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Records, ca. 1958-1989, (K0988)
3 cubic feet
Planning materials for MAECON, the annual trade conference; section officers' files including correspondence, financial information, and minutes; membership materials; and other administrative information.

Instrument Society of America (ISA)-Kansas City Section Records, 1943-1954, (K0989)
2 cubic feet
Includes general correspondence, meeting notices, meeting minutes and regional and national conference materials. Also information about the Electric Association of Kansas City and the Kansas City Industrial Instrumentation Society.


Jeffery, T. B., "Descriptive Circular ... ," n.d., (R0042)
7 pages
This is a photocopy of a brochure advertising a manually powered railroad handcar, patented in August 1883.


Kansas City & Memphis Railway & Bridge Co., Ledgers, 1888-1894, (R0090)
2 volumes
These are financial records of the Kansas City and Memphis Railway and Bridge Company. Organized in 1887 to bridge the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tennessee, this company was controlled by the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad system.

Kiersted, Wynkoop, Papers (K0102)
2.79 cubic feet (35 folders, 5 photographs, 19 architectural drawings)
Personal and professional papers of Wynkoop Kiersted, noted water works engineer who designed water and sewer system throughout the United States. Included is personal correspondence, news clippings, patents and legal documents, contracts, specifications, notes, and drawings pertaining to a number of Kiersted’s projects.


Levee District No. 3, Mississippi County, Missouri, History, ca. 1923, (R0326)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a history of the levee district based in Mississippi County, Missouri, including a summary of levee construction prior to the flood of 1913 and improvements made after that date, with recommendations for future construction. The report was submitted to Little, Vardaman & Ditting of St. Louis, purchasers of the district's construction bonds.


Mann, Clair V. (1884-1974), Collection, 1821-1973, (C3556)
12.4 linear feet, 5 volumes
Papers pertaining to the Meramec Iron Works, James family, Frisco Railroad, School of Mines and Metallurgy at Rolla, engineering education, testing of students, and other subjects of interest to Mann as an historian and engineer.

Marlam Construction Company Records, ca. 1908, (K0384)
1 cubic foot
Engineers' field books and documents relating to the surveying and construction of the Kansas City & Kansas Southwestern Railway, and electric interurban between Independence, KS, Topeka, KS and Kansas City, MO.

McAuliffe, Eugene, Papers (R0409)
0.25 cubic foot (4 folders, 217 photographs)
The Eugene McAuliffe Papers contain the personal correspondence, and photograph album of mining and railway engineer Eugene McAuliffe. The album contains views of the construction of the Panama Canal and a tour of the canal by a group from the American Institute of Mining Engineers in 1910.

McGuire, Walter, Photographs, (P0588)
7 photographs
Photos of construction employees from construction of the Panama Canal, 1906-1908. Walter McGuire (1883-1974), a resident of Carrollton, MO, was employed in the building of the Panama Canal March 1, 1906 to May 1908 and these seven photographs pertaining to this event were found in his personal belongings.

Missouri, St. Charles County, Survey Notes, 1825, (C1691)
1 folder
Field notes of T.P. Robbins' survey of the prison bounds for St. Charles County, May 1825.

Missouri State Highway Commission, Division of Information, Booklet, 1962, (R1053)
1 folder, photocopy
This is "Crossing at Crowley's Ridge," a booklet published by the Missouri State Highway Commission on 24 June 1962 for the dedication of improved U.S. Highway 60 and Missouri Highway 25 at Dexter in Stoddard County. Commission Chairman Fred L. Henley, Governor John M. Dalton, and U.S. Senator Edward V. Long attended the dedication ceremony.


National Good Roads Association, Papers, 1903-1904, (R0990)
1 folder
These are a printed broadside "invitation" to B. A. McAllaster of the Union Pacific Railroad to attend the National and International Good Roads Convention to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, on 27 April-2 May 1903, and a letter from A.S. Mann to Charles H. Scott, dated 11 April 1904, concerning the financing of a ship canal.


Ozarks Steam Engine Association, Souvenir Programs, 1964-1974, (R0795)
9 booklets
These are souvenir program booklets from the Ozarks Steam Engine Association's "annual reunions" near Billings, Missouri. These events featured working "live steam" tractors and other agricultural steam engines.


Patrick, Bennett J., Papers, n.d., (C3746)
1 folder
The papers contain oversize mechanical drawings and literature for the Patrick Four-Wheel-Drive Roadster, the Auto Farm Wagon, and the Patrick Truck, as well as architectural drawings for church, domestic, and other architecture.

Peltier, Eugene Joseph (1910-2004) Papers, 1934-1991, (K0417)
19 cubic feet
Rear Admiral Peltier Chief of Civil Engineers of the U.S. Navy and prominent Public Works civil engineer. Includes scrapbooks, photographs, personal and professional correspondence and related papers.

Proctor, R.L. (Lewis), Papers (K0570)
0.3 cubic foot (9 folders, 1 photograph)
The R.L. (Lewis) Proctor Papers outline the career of the Trans World Airlines (TWA) flight engineer. The papers include biographical information as well as training manuals for flight engineers. Additionally, the collection includes materials related to TWA operations and international flights during the 1950s and 1960s.


Reynolds, Frank, Photograph Collection, ca. 1925-1942, (R0796)
3 folders
These are postcards and photographs collected by Frank Reynolds when he worked on construction projects including Bagnell Dam in Missouri, Lock and Dam No. 14 on the Mississippi River at LeClaire, Iowa, and Camp Crowder, Missouri.

Rocketdyne Photographs, (P0981)
5 photographs
Photos of Rocketdyne, a division of North American Aviation, Inc., plant in Neosho where engines are made, 1962


Saint Francis Levee District, Records, 1893-1980, (R0076)
8 volumes, 1 folder
These are ledgers, minute books, and financial records of the Saint Francis Levee District. The District was organized in 1893, and reorganized in 1913. It includes parts of Dunklin, New Madrid, and Pemiscot counties in Missouri.

Schaberg Family, Papers, 1894-1974, (C3665)
3 linear feet
The personal and professional papers of Benjamin F. Schaberg, Sr., who worked as an engineer on the Panama Canal, St. Louis sewer projects, World War II army post construction, and Missouri Public Service Commission studies, includes family correspondence between Schaberg and his wife, sisters, and sons. Ben Jr. and John George Schaberg were in China during and after the 1937 Japanese invasion.

Short, David W. Collection, (K0690)
0.98 cubic foot (20 folders, 20 glass plate negatives, 3 oversize folders, 4 rolled items)
The David W. Short Collection includes correspondence, memorial cards, family and military photographs, scrapbooks, two magazine issues, glass plate negatives, a marriage certificate for Moses Wood and Rossie Bellis, election poster of Moses Wood for County Court Judge, a photograph depicting the Grand Chapter of Missouri, Order of the Eastern Star, and architectural drawings of streetcar plans, railway terminals, and rail lines.

State Historical Society of Missouri, Typescript Collection, (C0995)
774 items on 14 rolls of microfilm
The State Historical Society of Missouri Typescript Collection consists of typescripts of articles and manuscripts donated over the years to the Historical Society.

Stubbins, John Russell, Autobiography, 1973, (R0436)
1 folder
This is "A Brief Resume of the Venezuelan Career of John R. Stubbins," an autobiographical sketch by a native of Paris, Missouri, and civil engineer who spent fifty-eight years in Venezuela. He was involved in oil exploration, mining, construction, and public works projects, and headed OTESCO, an engineering firm, 1930-1970.


Uri Seiden and Associates Records, 1950-1988, (K1228)
38 cubic feet
Drawings of an engineering/architecture firm in Kansas City, MO.


Western Chapter Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) Auxiliary, 1957-2009, (K0580)
4 cubic feet
Organizational records of a professional engineering auxiliary. Includes by-laws, annual reports, president's papers and reports, officer's reports, financial reports, rosters, publicity and photographs.

Wiyninger, Melbern E. (1915-2006) Papers, 1950s-1980s, (K0464)
4 cubic feet
Wiyninger was a mechanic with Trans World Airlines (TWA). Includes photographs, training and maintenance manuals and catalogs relating to aircraft engines

Women's Auxiliary, American Society of Mechanical Engineers-Kansas City Section Records, 1949-1991, (K0429)
1 cubic foot
Minutes of meetings, by-laws, membership records and scrapbooks related to the activities of the Club.

Woods, Robert Patterson (1870-1958) Papers, 1870s-1963, (K0788)
11 cubic feet
Personal and professional life of Woods, civil engineer, and former Kansas City Street Railway Commissioner. Includes correspondence, project notebooks, newspaper clippings, residential inventories, genealogical files, and photographs. Also files pertaining to the history and growth of Research Hospital.

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