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Henry Sylvester Jacoby Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SC MS 0063
This collection includes diplomas and certificates he received, drawings and illustrations for some of his books, scrapbooks about Lehigh (1872-1877), typescripts of some of his publications, and much correspondence to and from the American Railway Engineering Association.

Dates

  • 1872 - 1944

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Extent

5 boxes ; 5 linear feet

Overview

Henry S. Jacoby Papers contains diplomas and certificates he received, drawings and illustrations for some of his books, scrapbooks about Lehigh (1872-1877), typescripts of some of his publications, and correspondence to and from the American Railway Engineering Association. The correspondence is of special to any engineer interested in the work involved in formulating a textbook or the forensics of old bridges.

Biographical / Historical

Henry S. Jacoby was born in Springtown, Bucks County, in April 1857, entered Lehigh University at the age of 15 in the preparatory department and graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1877. He received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree from Lehigh in October 1941. He worked on the Mississippi River Survey for six years, became an instructor at Lehigh University for 4 years, then spent 32 years as a professor at Cornell University. His most famous book was Roofs and Bridges, in four volumes, written with Mansfield Merriman but he authored quite a number of civil engineering practical design books. He died August 1, 1955 and was buried in Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Arrangement

Materials in the collection are arranged by format.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Henry S. Jacoby in 1944

Separated Materials

See SC-A Flat Case Drawer 6.1 for other, larger drawings, and Special Collections photograph file for several pictures of bridges.
Status
completed
Author
Special Collections Staff
Date
Finding aid created February 3, 1992

Revision Statements

  • March 21, 2012: Finding aid information revised March 21, 2012- revised by Arielle Willett, further revisions made May 2014 by Eleanor Nothelfer.

Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Lehigh University
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Bethlehem PA 18045 USA
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