Engineering Materials Digitized and Online

Civil Engineering PhotographsSince December 2012, the University Archives has acquired over 50 new accessions of materials which have augmented the Archives’ holdings that document the College of Engineering’s rich institutional memory. These acquisitions have revealed new sources and insights into the establishment and development of Engineering’s curriculum from the University’s founding in 1867, as well as faculty research and the creation of new research programs and laboratories and their affect on scientific and technological innovations. In addition to being arranged and described, Engineering administrative records and faculty papers have received advanced conservation and preservation treatment, and many records series have been digitized by the Library’s Digital Content Creation Unit. These newly-digitized materials facilitate greater access to the history of science and technology at the University of Illinois. Recently digitized administrative materials include Faculty Minutes, 1897-1902, 1918-2008 and Annual Reports, 1903-1959, 1970-1971, 1987-1988 .These records capture the work of committees, administrators, departments, and laboratories, including Engineering’s unique documentation of its own history through its Historical File, 1908-1996.

Ceramic EngineeringIn addition, the University Archives has digitized photographs that capture Engineering faculty and laboratory research as well as a report on the Farm Mechanics Extension program (1923-1924). The latter includes photographs, survey data, and circulars concerning the introduction of new technologies and equipment to agricultural communities in Illinois through exhibits and various research projects on preventing soil erosion, storing and cultivating corn, and incorporating horses, tractors, and gas engines into agricultural practices.

Currently being digitized are recently-accessioned scrapbooks (1894-1969), which contain photographs and newspaper clippings chronicling Engineering’s social and intellectual history, especially its railway engineering program, the activities of women students and faculty members, and the accomplishments of such faculty as Joseph T. Tykociner, Nathan M. Newmark, and Donald Kerst.

Stay tuned to the University Archives’ website for more news about Engineering’s history and newly-digitized materials!


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  • It is wonderful to see the old mechanical engineering equipment of yesteryear available online. Images like these are rare to see. They were the start of what was to come as we see in engineering today.

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    nice post very useful information.such a great post related to old mechanical equipments,

  • What a brilliant article. The past can tell us so much about the future.

    Peter Goudge

  • Digitization is the most popular trends of the century and this blog
    describes one great example of it. Keeping data safe is very necessary and
    digital archives have helped us a lot in this.

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