Guide to the William E. Woodard Patents
NMAH.AC.0125

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 1985

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History note

Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Transportation, now known as the Division of Work and Industry, on November 8, 1984.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was donated by George H. Woodard, on July 21, 1984.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert S. Harding, 1985.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator - (author).
Woodard, William E., (inventor),, 1873-1942
Title
William E. Woodard Patents
ID
NMAH.AC.0125
Date [inclusive]
1909-1949
Extent
3 Cubic feet; 6 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of United States, Canadian, Mexican and other foreign patents issued to William E. Woodard from 1909 to 1949. The patents are for Woodard's developments in steam and electric locomotive design.

Preferred Citation note

William E. Woodard Patents, 1909-1949, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

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Biographical/Historical note

William E. Woodard (1873-1942) was directly responsible for many developments in steam locomotive design. As an inventor of locomotive equipment, he held patents on various mechanical features of steam locomotive and electric locomotive design. He worked for the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Cramp's Shipyard, the Dickson Locomotive Works, the Schenectady Locomotive Works, the American Locomotive Works (1900-1916), and, finally, the Lima Locomotive Works (1916-1942); during the same period he worked as a consultant to the Franklin Railway Supply Company. At the Lima Locomotive Works, he was vice president in charge of design until his death in 1942.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes United States, Canadian, Mexican, and other foreign patents issued to William E. Woodard for developments in steam and electric locomotive design.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized into four series.

Series 1, United States Patents, 1909-1945

Series 2, Canadian Patents, 1909-1946

Series 3, Mexican Patents, 1922-1925

Series 4, Patents From Other Foreign Countries, 1926-1941

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Subject(s)

  • Inventions--20th century
  • Inventors--1890-1960
  • Locomotives
  • Patents
  • Railroads
  • Transportation

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1: United States Patents

Box Folder

US Patent 918,807 to US Patent 1,141,294

1 1

US Patent 1,181,194 to US Patent 1,325,068

1 2

US Patent 1,341,961 to US Patent 1,452,862

1 3

US Patent 1,478,593 to US Patent 1,536,036

1 4

US Patent 1,556,739 to US Patent 1,620,423

1 5

US patent 1,628,095 to US Patent 1,741,670

1 6

Miscellaneous correspondence, licence agreement between W.E. Woodard and Mexico for improvements in locomotive; agreement between W.E. Woodard and the Economy Devices Corporation; locomotive engine designs by W.E. Woodard, January 5, 1925

1 7

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 Series 2: Canadian Patents

Box Folder

121,687 to 158,143

3 1

160,458 to 184,003

3 2

184,201 to 245,828

3 3

247,616 to 265,492

3 4

266,497 to 278,910

3 5

276,996 to 296,141

3 6

297,577 to 339,186

4 1

349,093 to 386,290

4 2

391,204 to 401,254

4 3

401,255 to 434,640

4 4

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 Series 3: Mexican Patents, 1922-1925

Box Folder

21,070 to 23,224

5

23,312 to 25,233

5 2

25,234 to 25,276

5 3

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 Series 4: Patents From Other Foreign Countries, 1926-1941

Box Folder

Belgium, 422,089

1 1

France, 815,997; 832,384

1 2

Great Britain, 251,625 to 534,569

1 3

India, 24,184

1 4

South Africa, 863/37

1 5

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