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American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Atlanta Section records

 Collection
Identifier: MS345

Abstract

This collection contains the office files of the Atlanta Section of ASME, including meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, bylaws and guidelines, officer and committee files, membership directories and news, and files on the history of the Section.

Dates

  • 1916-ca. 2000 (bulk 1956-1996)
  • Majority of material found within 1956 - 1996

Creator

General Physical Description note

(24 document cases)

Restrictions: Access

None.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Extent

9.6 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the office files of the Atlanta Section of ASME, including meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, bylaws and guidelines, officer and committee files, membership directories and news, and files on the history of the Section. The first series, which has been arranged alphabetically by file title, includes records on the organization's history, by-laws revisions, correspondence, and materials on awards and the Historical Mechanical Engineering Landmarks Program, particularly the drive in the mid 1980s to recognize the Stirling Boilers of the Elk Cotton Mills in Dalton as historical landmarks. The second series, which is in its original chronological arrangement, contains copies of some of the earliest documents of the Section, including by-laws and early meeting programs, as well as administrative files covering the period from the late 1950s to the early 1990s. Correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, information on Section officers and membership, and materials on the annual Christmas party are among the documents included in this series. Two folders contain correspondence and biographical information on John Saylor Coon, the first chairman of the Atlanta Section.

These records do not cover the period of the late 1920s through the early 1950s, and there is very little material on the late 1990s.

Administrative History of American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Atlanta Section

The first meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Atlanta Section, a local branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, took place on June 21, 1913. John Saylor Coon, the first Mechanical Engineering and Drawing professor at the Georgia School of Technology, was one of the fourteen founding members and the first chairman of the Section. A constitution and by-laws were approved in August 1916. Membership grew steadily during the decades following, reaching 600 members by 1977. The Section began holding monthly meetings early in its existence, with presentations on technical topics of interest to the mechanical engineering community. This practice continues in the early years of the twenty-first century.

The Atlanta Section, originally part of Region IV of the national American Society of Mechanical Engineers, became part of Region XI when it was formed in the spring of 1962.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series:
Missing Title
  1. SERIES 1. Office files (alphabetical)
  2. SERIES 2. Office files (chronological)

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

Custodial History

This collection was donated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Atlanta Section through the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Obtained by gift, 2002 (accession #2002.090).

Accruals

This collection may have additional donations in the future.

Related Materials

The Georgia Tech Archives also holds a collection on the history of Region XI of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Region XI encompasses Georgia and seven other southeastern states. This collection will be processed as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - History Region XI Notebook (MS347).

Separated Material

The photographs in this collection have been separated and will be processed separately as VAM345.

General Physical Description note

(24 document cases)

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro and Mallory Velten processed these records in September 2008.
Title
Inventory of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Atlanta Section Records, 1916-ca. 2000 (bulk 1956-1996)
Subtitle
MS345
Status
completed
Author
Christine de Catanzaro and Mallory Velten
Date
Copyright September 2008.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

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