Engineering Field Books 1893-1910
Scope and Contents
The collection is composed of five field books ranging in date from 1893 to 1910. Only two of the booklets have clear ownership identified: Alexander Forbes Smith, Sr. (1862-1939) a Philadelphia architect and engineer, whose son and grandson were Lehigh alumni and Harry Samuel Walker who graduated from Lehigh in 1905 in mechanical engineering and worked for Bethlehem Steel Co.; the other three booklets have Department of Civil Engineering as identification containing names of known civil engineering faculty and students of the turn of the twentieth century era.
The first entry in SC MS 0253.01
The last entry in SC MS 0253.05.
- Majority of material found within 1901-1902
- Lehigh University (Organization)
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Conditions Governing Use
Collection is open for research.
Biographical / Historical
The most distinctive person involved in all five field books is Mansfield Merriman (1848-1925), as head of the civil engineering department, Lehigh University 1881-1907. Merriman came to Lehigh in 1878 as a professor in civil and mechanical engineering and left in 1907. His son Thaddeus (1876-1939) was a student in Lehigh Class of 1897. The dates of the Merrimans at Lehigh encompass the dates of the five books. Three of the books entail civil engineering instruction during Mansfield Merriman’s tenure at Lehigh especially his work in hydraulics. The Merriman father and son collaborated on the famous work “Treatise on Hydraulics” (1912). The Merrimans also had involvement in consulting in New York City engineering projects. Although Mr. A. F. Smith came from a Philadelphia engineering office, his work in New York City possibly crossed paths with the Merrimans during their New York City work as subsequently Mr. Smith’s son and grandson attended Lehigh. Mr. Walker, who studied mechanical engineering at Lehigh, also was exposed to Prof. Merriman’s instruction as he was a member of Lehigh Class of 1905 in mechanical engineering.
0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
Interesting examples of engineering calculations and observations before the age of computers. Some books have calculations recording the Lehigh River flow and flood stages as well as New York City engineering works at the turn of the twentieth century.
The collection is arranged chronologically according to most prominent dates appearing in the field books.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Some of the field books were given to the Special Collections by the Civil Engineering Department, Lehigh University.
- Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
- Belmont Tunnel New York City
- Bethlehem Steel Company
- Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Bradford, William
- Civil engineers
- Dufour, Frank Oliver
- East River, New York
- Englewood, New Jersey
- Flatbush Avenue Terminal
- Hudson River, New York
- Hudson and Manhattan Railroad
- Jacobs & Davies
- Jersey City (N.J.)
- Lehigh River (Pa.)
- Lehigh University
- Long Island City
- Merriman, Mansfield, 1848-1925
- Merriman, Thaddeus, (1876-1939)
- Monocacy Creek, Bethlehem, PA.
- New York City
- Smith, Alexander Forbes, Sr, (1862-1939)
- South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Walker, Harry Samuel
- Walker, Richard Washington
- Engineering Field Books, 1893-1910
- Ilhan Citak and Eleanor Nothelfer
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