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Lecture notes taken by Albert Beardsley Jessup in Mansfield Merriman Civil Engineering class

Identifier: SC MS 0318

Scope and Contents

The book contains a student's notes from a total of 21 lectures for a class on construction taught by Prof. Merriman.


  • Creation: 1895-06


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Biographical / Historical

Albert Beardsley Jessup originally intended to pursue a degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh, yet got involved with mining engineering. He graduated second in his class in 1895 with a B.S. degree in mining. After graduating, he went on to work for the Lehigh Valley Coal Co. and was later promoted to assistant mechanical engineer and oversaw an entire array of engineering projects affiliated with the company, based in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Mansfield Merriman was a prominent civil engineer, as well as a civil engineering professor at Lehigh University. He is especially well known for his studies in hydraulics having established the first hydraulics laboratory at an academic institution (Lehigh University) in the United States. He and his students studied water flow especially the hydraulic jump. The water source was a stream that came down the north face of the Lehigh Mountain in the vicinity of Williams Hall. The actual laboratory building was located in the vicinity of what is now occupied by Chandler-Ullmann building and Fritz Laboratory. Professor Merriman also consulted on the Manhattan Bridge as well as authored many engineering books and many engineering projects.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 book, .25 linear feet) : Front cover is of black pebbly surfaced leather with brown smooth leather corners and spine trimmed in gold. Inside the cover is a Lehigh University Library bookplate that indicates the book is a donation in memory of Albert Beardsley Jessup. On the title page in pencil it reads: “Lectures. Construction by Prof. Merriman” and it is stamped in red ink with the property mark of Lehigh University Library June 17 1942.


The notes pertain to a Construction class taught by Professor Merriman. The topics covered throughout of the lectures give insight into how construction was viewed in the late 1800s, including accepted building materials and construction methods. The meticulousness of the notes testify to Albert Beardsley Jessup’s diligence as a student. The material is also covered in great detail, which emphasizes Professor Merriman’s expertise in the field of civil engineering.

Acquisition Information

This transferred from the Lehigh University Dept. of Civil Engineering to the Lehigh University Library on June 17, 1942 (accession number: 217919). The volume was originally donated in memory of Albert Beardsley Jessup as noted on the bookplate.

Professor Mansfield Merriman Civil Engineering Lecture Notes Taken by Albert Beardsley Jessup
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