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OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Title: Erie City Iron Works Collection

Collection Date(s): 1869-1960 (bulk 1875-1912)

Extent and Forms of Material: 1 cubic foot (3 boxes)

Creator: Erie City Iron Works

Abstract: the collection documents a company founded in the 1840s in Erie, Pennsylvania as Presque Isle Foundry. It changed its name to Erie City Iron Works in 1851. Erie City iron Works made engines (stationary, portable and agricultural), boilers, and circular saw mills. The documents include products through catalogs, trade literature, photographs, blueprints and drawings.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC1050

Processing Note: Processed by Kendra Ciccone (intern), April, 2010; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.

 

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

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, Erie City Iron Works Collection, dates, 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

Administrative/Biographical History: The Erie City Iron Works was founded in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1840 as Presque Isle Foundry. It changed its name to Erie City Iron Works in 1851. Over its history, it experienced several name changes: Zurn Industries' Energy Division, Aalborg Industries, and Erie Power Technologies, Inc. Today, the parent company, CMI Belgium, is a global supplier of steam-generating products and services to the power industry and general industrial steam market.

Scope and Content: The collection documents the Erie City Iron Works of Erie, Pennsylvania. It includes trade literature, catalogs, price lists and advertisements; drawings and blueprints; photographs of engines and boilers; and articles.

System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1, Catalogs/Pricelists, 1869-1953, undated
Series 2, Drawings 1884-1889; 1941-1953, undated
Series 3, Photographs, undated
Series 4, Miscellaneous, 1912, 1919, 1960

Acquisition Information: Source of acquisition unknown. Collected by the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, now known as the Division of Work and Industry.

Custodial History: Transferred to the Archives Center in 2007 from the Division of Work and Industry.

Access Points:

Subject/Topical:
Boilers
Engines
Steam-engines

Geographic:
Erie, (Pa.)

Form/Genre:
Articles
Proposals
Prices lists
Trade catalogs
Drawings
Blueprints
Photographs--20 th century
Photographs--19 th century

CONTAINER LISTING

Box

Folder

 

 

 

Series 1, Catalogs/Pricelists, 1869-1953, undated

3

1

Engines and Boilers, 1869-1885, undated

1

1

Lentz Engine, 1909-1922, undated

 

2

Steam Engines, 1876-1912, undated

 

3

Steam Engines, 1875-1909, undated

 

4

Boilers, 1873-1884, undated

 

5

Boilers, 1887-1905, undated

 

6

Boilers, 1910-1953, undated

 

7

Engines and Boilers, 1879-1894

 

8

Engines and Boilers, 1897-1916

 

 

Series 2, Drawings 1884-1889; 1941-1953, undated

3

2

Boilers, 1884-1889, undated

2

3

Engines, 1941-1953

2

2

Series 3, Photographs of engines and boilers, undated

 

 

Series 4, Miscellaneous, 1912, 1919, 1960

3

3

List of repairs, 1912

2

4

List of drawings, 1960 June

2

1

Specifications/Proposals for water tube boiler, 1919

 

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