OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Title: J. Parker Snow Collection
Collection Date(s): 1882-1933 (bulk 1930-1933)
Extent and Forms of Material: 0.5 cubic foot (1 box)
Creator: J. Parker Snow
Abstract: The J. P. Snow Papers document Snow’s history of wooden bridges and his work as a civil engineer. The history was written in the 1930s with Robert Fletcher, Director Emeritus of the Thayer School of Civil Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Collection Number: AC1000
Processing Note: Processed by Elizabeth Garber (intern), July, 2009; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.
INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION
Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, J. Parker Snow Collection, 1882-1933, (bulk 1930-1933) Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX.
IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Biographical History: J. Parker Snow was an American civil engineer with an interest in wooden bridges. He partnered with Robert Fletcher, the Director Emeritus of the Thayer School of Civil Engineering at Dartmouth College, to write a manuscript on the history of wooden bridges in the United States. This manuscript was not published. Both were members of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Scope and Content: Correspondence, drafts of manuscript, notes, and an engineering notebook comprise the J. Parker Snow Collection.
Series 1, History of wooden bridges, 1930-1933, undated, contains material relating to Snow and Fletcher’s unpublished manuscript. Snow corresponded with Fletcher regarding topics addressed in the book and the status of their writing. He also corresponded with John W. Storr, another civil engineer with an extensive knowledge of wooden bridges, and Sydney Wilmot, the editor planning to publish the history.
Series 2, Engineering projects, 1882, 1930-1931, consists of material related to various civil engineering projects, primarily bridges, with which Snow was associated. The engineering notebook contains detailed drawings of kilns and arches and information on various types of bridges, including railroad bridges.
System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1, History of Wooden Bridges, 1930-1933, undated
Custodial History: Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work and Industry, formerly the Division of Engineering and Industry, in 2007. The 1882 engineering notebook was transferred from the Engineering Notebook Collection, AC0225.
Related Archival Materials: The Llewellyn N. Edwards Collection (AC0959) contains extensive correspondence with J. Parker Snow regarding the history of wooden bridges.