Slide RulesManuals & Documentation
Keuffel & Esser, Pickett, Dietzgen, and other major slide rule companies often included an instruction manual in the purchase of the instrument. Some donors have provided these booklets and other paper items, such as advertising flyers, directions for cleaning slide rules, warranty certificates, and even cash register receipts. The Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago previously owned and displayed one of the Thacher cylindrical slide rules, and it arrived with its exhibit label. To see the instruction manuals alongside the objects they explained, please see the index by makers & retailers page.
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- This green hardcover instruction manual, lifetime guarantee certificate, and leaflet on "How to Take Care of Your Slide Rule" were received with MA*333923. The citation information for the manual is: Michael P. Smyth, Analon Engineering – Science Analysis Slide Rule Instruction Manual (New York: Keuffel & Esser, 1967). A scan is found at "Keuffel & Esser, Specialty Slide Rules," International Slide Rule Museum, http://sliderulemuseum.com/KE_Specialty.htm. Smyth taught electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. The manual describes the Analon slide rule; defines dimensions, units, and dimensional analysis; suggests applications; and provides practice problems.
- The certificate has model number S22-4. The model number for the leaflet about caring for a K&E slide rule is S14-5. The leaflet is small (4 X 3 inches) and was copyrighted in 1944, 1949, 1958, and 1962. Users were to clean the slide rule only with a moistened cloth. Instructions are provided for adjusting and aligning the slide rule.
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- Smyth, Michael P.
- Keuffel & Esser Co.
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center