Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Not many museums collect houses. The National Museum of American History has four, as well as two outbuildings, 11 rooms, an elevator, many building components, and some architectural elements from the White House. Drafting manuals are supplemented by many prints of buildings and other architectural subjects. The breadth of the museum's collections adds some surprising objects to these holdings, such as fans, purses, handkerchiefs, T-shirts, and other objects bearing images of buildings.
The engineering artifacts document the history of civil and mechanical engineering in the United States. So far, the Museum has declined to collect dams, skyscrapers, and bridges, but these and other important engineering achievements are preserved through blueprints, drawings, models, photographs, sketches, paintings, technical reports, and field notes.
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- Hallett was an engineer for the Alamo Manufacturing Company, and designed the first Alamo Engine. While employed with the Hall Gas Engine Company he developed a heavy-duty gas engine. His last position was divisional chief engineer for the Hayes Wheel Company in Albion Michigan
- The collection relates to Hallett's career as an engineer and his work with engines. The collection includes correspondence, engineering notebooks, writings, photographs, patent materials, clippings, and publications,
- Cite as
- William E. Hallett Papers, 1900-1925, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
- Hallett, William E. 1864-1932
- Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
- Alamo Engine Company
- Hall Gas Engine Company Bucyrus, Ohio
- Hayes Wheel Company Albion, Michigan
- Local number
- 2007.3168 (NMAH Acc.)
- Data Source
- Archives Center - NMAH
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- Company Name
- Hope Engineering & Supply Co.
- Related companies
- Hope Forge & Machine Co.
- Record ID
- Data source
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries