Cooper Bridge Plan collection, 1887-1889 (bulk)

Collection Number: 4709

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Cooper bridge collection, 1887-1889 (bulk)
Collection Number:
4709
Creator:
Theodore, Cooper 1839-1919
Quantity:
.9 cubic ft. plus 278 items.
Forms of Material:
Technical drawings, bluprints, correspondence
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Consists mainly of letters (194 items) and drawings (ca. 150) sent to Theodore Cooper, giving him information for the important paper on American railroad bridges which he published in Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1889. Also contains notes, sketches, and a few photographs.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

American civil engineer (1839-1919). Author of the first authoritative specifications on bridge construction, published in 1884.

Theodore Cooper: A Biographical Outline

1839 Born January 13th in Cooper's Plain, NY, the son of John Cooper, Jr., a physician, and Elizabeth M. Evans.
1858 graduated as civil engineer from the Resselaer Institute (now Rensselaer Polytechnic) at the age of nineteen
1861 Becomes Assistant Engineer on the Troy and Greenfield Railroad and Hoosac Tunnel. The same year enlists in the Navy and becomes Assistant Engineer for the construction of the gunboatChocura, on which he will serve for the last three years of the Civil War.
1865 Detached from the Chocura, he is ordered to the United States Naval Academy at Newport, RI, then to Annapolis, Md., as Instructor in the new department of Steam Engineering.
1868 Ordered to the Nyack in the South Pacific, where he will serve for two years.
1870 Returns to the Naval Academy.
1872 Resignes from the Navy. In May Capt. James B. Eads, Engineer of the Bridge and Tunnel Company, appoints Cooper the inspector of steel manufacturing for the St. Louis Bridge. He also appoints him superintendent of Andrew Carnegie's giant Keystone Bridge Company in Pittsburgh. At a later point Eads puts Cooper in charge of the construction of the St. Louis Bridge, a successful project that will launch Cooper's career as a bridge engineer.
1879 Sets up as independent consulting engineer in New York. Among his most prestigious projects will be the Seekonk Bridge in Providence, the Sixth Bridge in Pittsburgh, the Second Avenue Bridge in New York City, the Newburyport Bridge over the Merrimac River, and the Junction Bridges over the Allegheny River.
His paper "The Use of Steel for Bridges" is published in the Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Cooper will receive a Normal Medal for this work.
1884 Contributes the important work "General Specifications for Iron Railroad Bridges and Viaducts," the first authoritative specifications on bridge construction ever published and circulated.
1885/1885 Serves as director of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
1889 His paper "American Railroad Bridges" is published in the Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Cooper will receive a Normal Medal for this work.
1894 Appointed by the late President Cleveland as a member of a board of five engineers to determine the span of the Hudson River Bridge. Other consulting work will include the New York Public Library, the Suburban Rapid Transit Company, the New York Rapid Transit Commission, the Boston Rapid Transit Commission, and the harlem River Commission.
1897 Accepts to serve as consulting engineer for the construction of the Quebec Bridge by the Quebec Bridge Company.
1907 The Quebec Bridge collapses, effectively ending Cooper's career as a bridge engineer.
1919 Dies on August 24th in New York City.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Consists mainly of letters (194 items) and drawings (ca. 150) sent to Theodore Cooper, giving him information for the important paper on American railroad bridges which he published in Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1889. Also contains notes, sketches, and a few photographs. Drawings are mainly prints and blueprints of railroad bridges, including ones designed by Theodore Burr, Timothy Palmer, Lewis Wernwag, and Albert H. Fink. Correspondents include the American Society of Civil Engineers; D.M. Stauffer, editor of Engineering News magazine; H. Bissell, chief engineer, Boston and Maine Rail Road; A.J. Swift, chief engineer, Delaware & Hudson Canal Company; Palmer C. Ricketts, director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and T.R. Lawson, his assistant; Henry McCormick Jr., president of Harrisburg Bridge Company; and the Lehigh Valley Rail Road Company. The collection includes several items about the work of Theodore Burr and Timothy Palmer, earlier civil engineers who had each designed a number of railroad bridges.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Cooper, Theodore,1839-1919
Bissell, H.
Burr, Theodore.
Fink, Albert, 1827-1897.
Lawson, T. R.
McCormick, Henry,
Palmer, Timothy.
Ricketts, Palmer C.
Stauffer, D. M.
Swift, A. J.
Wernwag, Lewis.
American Society of Civil Engineers.
Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Subjects:
Bridges--United States.
Railroad bridges--United States.
Railroads--United States.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Cooper bridge collection, 1887-1889 (bulk) #4709. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Digital Reproductions for Series I. Correspondence, Incoming. Box 1 Folder 1 are available online at: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/cooper/docviewer?did=cooper0101

RELATED MATERIALS

Collecting program: History of Science Collection.
ARRANGEMENT DESCRIPTION

For Series III, entries appear in alphabetical order by working title. Original titles, whether or not they are the same as the working title, appear in quotation marks, following the working title. Original titles include both those that actually appear on the piece itself, and those that, at some point in the collection's history, had been noted on the verso of some untitled pieces. Working titles were determined according to the following criteria:
1. Proper name of bridge, if that is either the same as, or appears in, the original title of the item, e.g., Blue River Bridge for "General Plan of Blue River Bridge"; also, if the proper name is known, even if it is not explicit on the item
2. Proper name of bridge *type* (or of eponymous individual) if that is either the same as, or appears in, the original title, or is known, e.g., Pratt truss bridge for "Plan of draw, Newburyport ..."; Fink triangular truss bridges … for "Bridges on the B. & O. ... by Albert Fink"
3. Name of town or of waterway; e.g., Easton bridge for "Highway bridge...at Easton, Pa."; Jones' Falls bridge for "N. C. Ry. Bridge over Jones' Falls"
4. Name of railroad, if that is the most prominent or the only proper name in the original, e.g., New York Central & Hudson River RR...Bridge for "N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R. ... Bridge #307"
5. Bridge type or bridge part, in absence of any proper names
Entries that are part of composite items (more than one bridge per plan) are indicated as such. Dimensions of each item are in approximate inches.
Note: Graphics that appear in Theodore Cooper's paper, *American Railroad Bridges* (Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1889) are indicated by: [ARB Pl. number]
SERIES LIST

Series I. Correspondence Box 1
Series II. Additional papers Box 1
Series III. Drawings, Prints, Blueprints Boxes 2-4, mapcase

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Incoming Correspondence:
Box 1 Folder 1
Digital files of items from Box 1 Folder 1
Digital Reproductions for Series I. Correspondence, Incoming. Box 1 Folder 1 are available online at: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/cooper/docviewer?did=cooper0101
Box 1 Folder 1
[unidentified]
Box 1 Folder 1
American Society of Civil Engineers (J. Becker, John Bogart);
Box 1 Folder 1
Boston & Maine RR (H. Bissell, Chief Engineer);
Box 1 Folder 1
Bouscaren, G., Consulting Engineer;
Box 1 Folder 1
Buffalo, NY, City Engineer Office (Edward B. Guthrie);
Box 1 Folder 1
Central Railroad & Banking Co. of Ga., Savannah, GA (D. W. Bowman);
Box 1 Folder 1
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co. (D.J. Whittemore, Chief Engineer; Onward Bates);
Box 1 Folder 1
Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway Co. (Ward Baldwin, Assistant Engineer);
Box 1 Folder 1
Delaware & Hudson Canal Company (A.J. Swift, Chief Engineer);
Box 1 Folder 1
Engineering News (D. McN. Stouffer, Editor);
Box 1 Folder 1
Florence iron River Company (Manfred A. Hauschild, Chief Engineer);
Box 1 Folder 1
Hutton, William R.;
Box 1 Folder 1
Iron city Bridge Works (Albert Schultz);
Box 1 Folder 1
Keefer, Theod.? C.;
Box 1 Folder 1
Kellogg, Chas.;
Box 1 Folder 1
Lafayette College, Department of Civil Engineering (J.G. Fox?)
Box 1 Folder 1
Lehigh Valley Rail Road Co. (Rob H. Sayer, vice President);
Box 1 Folder 1
Linville, J.H.;
Box 1 Folder 1
Louisville Bridge and Iron Company (J.M. Johnson, Engineer);
Box 1 Folder 1
Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company (Hantfort?, Chief Engineer);
Box 1 Folder 1
McCormick, Henry;
Box 1 Folder 1
Michaelis?, O.E.;
Box 1 Folder 1
Michigan Central Railway Co. (J.D. Hawks, Chief Engineer);
Box 1 Folder 2
Missouri Pacific Railway Co. (R.M. Peck, Supt.)
Box 1 Folder 2
New Jersey Steel & Iron Co. (C.E. Hewitt)
Box 1 Folder 2
New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad Co. (C.W. Buckley?, Engineer)
Box 1 Folder 2
New York, State of. Office of State Engineer and Surveyor (Arthur S.C. Wurtele?, Deputy State Eng. & Sur. John Bogart, State Engineer and Surveyor)
Box 1 Folder 2
Pencoyd Iron Works (Percival Roberts)
Box 1 Folder 2
Pennsylvania Railroad Company (W.H. Bron, Chief Engineer)
Box 1 Folder 2
Pennsylvania, University of. Course of Civil Engineering (L.M. Haupt Philadelphia Department of Public Works (Samuel L. Smedley, Chief Engineer and Surveyor)
Box 1 Folder 2
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Palmer C. Ricketts); includes five photos of wooden models of Waterford & Lansingburgh Bridge
Box 1 Folder 2
Rochester Bridge & Iron Works (Alfred M. Moss, Asst. Engineer)
Box 1 Folder 2
Schenectady, City of. (part of letter with description of bridge)
Box 1 Folder 2
Shunk, William Findlay
Box 1 Folder 2
Stephen Tilton & Co. (George Tilton)
Box 1 Folder 2
St. Louis & San Francisco Railway Company (James Dun, Chf. Eng.)
Box 1 Folder 2
Thaner School of civil Engineer (Robert Fletcher)
Box 1 Folder 2
Thomson, G.H.
Box 1 Folder 2
Trowbridge, W.P.
Box 1 Folder 2
Union Bridge Company (Thos. J. Long)
Box 1 Folder 2
Union Pacific Railway Company (V.G. Bogue, Chief engineer)
Box 1 Folder 2
United States Military Academy at West Point. Library (Edward S. Holden, Librarian)
Box 1 Folder 2
Vose, Geo.
Box 1 Folder 2
Wabash Western Railroad Company (W.C. Lincoln?, Cheif Engineer)
Box 1 Folder 2
Watson, Robert M.
Box 1 Folder 2
Worthen, Wm. E.
Outgoing Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 3
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co. (Onward Bates, Office of Engr. and Supt't, Bridges and Buildings)
Correspondence among others
Box 1 Folder 4
H. Bissell to Albert Cumier
Box 1 Folder 5-6
Notes
Box 1 Folder 7
Reports
Mapcase Folder 12
Barren River bridge, Louisville & Nashville RR
Undated
See: Fink triangular truss bridges
Mapcase Folder 17
Blue River Bridge
1858
17.5 x 11.5
Photolithograph on thin paper
General Plan of Blue River Bridge. J.M. & I.R.R Jeffersonville, Madison, & Indianapolis R.R. [ARB Pl. XIX]
Mapcase Folder 14
Bollman Patent Iron Suspension Truss Bridge
1871-03-17
19.5 x 13.5
4 copies
Lithograph on thin paper
Bollman Patent Iron Suspension Truss Bridge Built by Wendell Bollman, Patapsco Bridge & Iron Works Established 1858 at Canton Office: No. 8 South Gay St. Baltimore [ARB Pl. XII]
Mapcase Folder 62
Bollman Patent Iron Suspension Truss Bridge
Undated
39 x 24
Print
Elevation of truss; cross-section; plan of floor bracing; plan of top bracing; intermediate post; pedestal
Mapcase Folder 60
Brandywine Creek Bridge, New York & Erie RR, 1848 (Whipple)
1848
37.5 x 30.5
Print
Brandywine Creek Bridge, N.Y. & E.R.R., Susquehanna Div. Sec. 199. Designed and built by Squire Whipple C E 1848. Scale one inch to three feet.
Mapcase Folder 37
Bridge parts: channels and ends of posts
Undated
37.5 x 17.5
Untitled drawing in red and black, labelled: " 10" channels, 93 lbs. pr. yd."
Mapcase Folder 46
Bridge parts: counter rod
Undated
38 x 25
Print on vellum
Intermediate post, pedestal, suspension bars (2), upper chord panel
Mapcase Folder 1
Bridge parts: joints
Undated
13 x 10
Untitled drawing of metal (?) joints
Mapcase Folder 18
Bridge parts: shoes, washers, posts
Undated
24.5 x 18
Untitled diagrams of shoes, washers, and posts (side and top views)
Mapcase Folder 3
Bridge parts: trusses
1861-04-13
17.5 x 14
18 untitled diagrams of trusses, including details of joints, etc.
Mapcase Folder 47
Bridge specifications, force diagram
1887-12-06
37.5 x 24
Alternative of Class B, Cooper's specifications.
Mapcase Folder 44
Bridge specifications: truss
Undated
22.5 x 31
Untitled table of measurements for parts of truss (T.C., M.B., C.B., Post, and B.C.; i.e., chords, bars, and posts?) with 16 joints, with corresponding diagram of truss
Mapcase Folder 4
Bridge type: drawbridge
Undated
23 x 12
Blueprint
Untitled blueprint diagram of a drawbridge, side elevation
Mapcase Folder 25
Bridge type: suspension
Undated
27 x 18
Untitled color drawing of tubular (?) suspension (?) bridge
Mapcase Folder 59 a,b
Cascade Glen Arch, New York & Erie RR
1848
31.5 x 30.5; 23 x 30.5
Print in two consecutive pieces
Cascade-Glen Arch. 275 ft. Span. Delaware Division N.Y. & E.R.R., 1848. Designed by Julius W. Adams Resident Engineer (1893 Past President & Honorary Member Am. Soc. C.E.)
Mapcase Folder 30
Chemung River bridge
1872-04-02
40 x 23
2 copies
Print
Wrought iron railroad bridge over the Chemung River at Elmira, N.Y. Erie Railway.
Mapcase Folder 61
Columbia Bridge over Schuylkill River, Salmon River Bridge
1832
36 x 31
Columbia Bridge across the Schuylkill River near Peters' Island. Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad.
Mapcase Folder 19
Cumberland River Bridge, Louisville & Nashville RR
Undated
22.5 x 17.5
Lithograph on tracing (?) paper
Cumberland River Bridge L. & N. R. R. Nashville Tenn.
Mapcase Folder 64 a,b
David Lyman Viaduct--details, etc.
1869
24 x 31
David Lyman Viaduct, New Haven, Middletown and Willimantic RR 1869" [from verso]: "Details of Connections for Combination Viaduct. Built November 1869 By Clarke, Reeves & Co., Now: The Phoenix Bridge Co. Phoenixville, Pa.
Mapcase Folder 63 a,b,c
David Lyman Viaduct--general plan
1869
40.5 x 31; 24 x 25.5; 24 x 31
Print in three consecutive pieces
General Plan David Lyman Viaduct, New Haven, Middletown & Willimantic RR Built by The Phoenix Bridge Co. Phoenixville Pa. 1869. General elevation, Horizontal section at AB. . Middle piece also includes "Top view.
Mapcase Folder 66 a,b
Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley & Pittsburgh R.R. Bridge
1892-03-21
30.5 x 29; 17.5 x 28.5
Print in two pieces
Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley & Pittsburgh R.R. Bridge at Youngsville, Pa.
Mapcase Folder 28
Easton Bridge and Schuylkill Permanent Bridge
Undated
27.5 x 12.5
Drawing
Highway bridge over the river Delaware at Easton, Pa. [ARB Pl. V]
Mapcase Folder 35
Easton Bridge elevation and side view
Undated
40.5 x 13.5
Drawing
Highway bridge over the river Delaware at Easton, Pa.
Mapcase Folder 9
Economy bridge, Wernwag's Bridges
Undated
With four other bridges on lithograph
Bridge ‘Economy,’ The Principle of which is across Neshaminy, on the Post Road from Philada. to N. York & over Frankfort Creek
Mapcase Folder 10
Elizabeth River bridge, Fink bridges on the Norfolk & Petersburg RR
1860
25.5 x 19.5
Print
Bridges on the Norfolk and Petersburg Rail Road. Bridge over South Branch of Elizabeth River (Fig. 14). Bridge at Petersburg, Va. (Fig. 16). Bridge at Norfolk, Va. (Fig. 18.)
Mapcase Folder 48
Fink combination bridge [composite]
Undated
40 x 27
4 copies
Print
5 individual plans (plus details) on single sheet, Whipple Trapezoidal Truss; Plan of Green River Bridge; 400 feet span of Ohio River Br. at Louisville; General Plan of Blue River Bridge [ARB Pl. XIV]
Mapcase Folder 13
Fink triangular truss bridges, Baltimore & Ohio
1860
25.5 x 19.5
Print
Bridges on the Baltimore and Ohio, and North Western Virginia Rail Road; on the Plan Patented by Albert Fink.
Mapcase Folder 12
Fink triangular truss bridges, N. W. Virginia
1860
25 x 19.5
Print
Bridges on the North Western Va. and Louisville and Nashville R.R. on the plan patented by Albert Fink
Mapcase Folder 29
Fink triangular truss: details
Undated
38 x 25.5
Print
Details of Fink Triangular truss
Mapcase Folder 20
Goelzsch-Thal Viaduct, Saxony, Kinzua Viaduct; Pecos River Viaduct
1900
22 x 20
Blueprint
Over the Valley of the Goelzsch Creek, Saxony. Saxo-Bavarian R.R.. Time of construction: 6 years; extreme height: 260 feet length over all: 1900 feet; cost: 7,000,000 Marks [$1,680,000]
Mapcase Folder 10
Green River Bridge, Fink bridges on the Norfolk & Petersburg Rail Road
Undated
Plan of Green River Bridge Louisville & Nashville Rail Road, full side view [part of ARB Pl. XV]
Mapcase Folder 31 a
Gwynn's Falls Bridge: chord details
Undated
38 x 24.5
Chord Details of Gwynn's Falls Bridge on Washn Line B. & P. R. R. Long Span
Mapcase Folder 31 b
Gwynn's Falls Bridge: compression members A-C
Undated
38.5 x 24
Details of Compression Memb'rs Gwynn's Falls Bridge on Washn Line B. & P. R. R
Mapcase Folder 31 c
Gwynn's Falls Bridge: compression members D-G
Undated
37 x 24.5
Details of Compression Memb'rs Gwynn's Falls Bridge on Washn Line B. & P. R. R
Mapcase Folder 31 d
Gwynn's Falls Bridge: floorsystem
Undated
37.5 x 25.5
Details of Floorsystem Gwynn's Falls Bridge on Washn Line B. & P. R. R
Mapcase Folder 31 e
Gwynn's Falls Bridge: intersections
Undated
38.5 x 25
Details of Intersections Gwynn's Falls Bridge on Washn Line B. & P. R. R. Long Span
Mapcase Folder 31 f
Gwynn's Fall Bridge: struts
Undated
38 x 24.5
Diagram and Details of Struts. Gwynn's Falls Bridge on Washn Line B. & P. R. R
Mapcase Folder 82
Harpers Ferry Bridge (timber)
1836
24 x26; 41.5 x 30.5
Harper's Ferry Bridge B. & O. R.R.. Designed by B. H. Latrobe. Built by Lewis Wernwag, General plan [crosses both Potomac R. and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal]; elevation of truss; cross-sections; plans; other details
Mapcase Folder 65
Harpers Ferry Bridge (iron)
1852
17 x 26
Winchester Span. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Designed by Wendel Bollman
Mapcase Folder 33
Howe truss bridge
1840
26 x 13.5
Drawing on vellum
[ARB Pl. XI]
Mapcase Folder 72
Howe truss bridge, iron
1849
37.5 x 30
Print
Iron Howe Truss Bridge. Boston & Providence R.R.. Built by Stone & Harris, Springfield, Mass.
Mapcase Folder 73
Howe truss bridge, modern type
1890
40.5 x 30.5
Print
Modern Type Arched Howe Truss. Wilson Brothers & Co. Engineers, Philadelphia
Mapcase Folder 74
Howe truss bridge, 2d form, Salisbury, Ct.
1870
37 x 30.5
Print
Howe Truss Bridge at Salisbury, Conn. Built in 1870. By R.F. Hawkins. 130 ft. span. Presented by R.F. Hawkins' Iron Works. Springfield, Mass. Successors to Wm. Howe, Stone & Harris and Harris & Hawkins
Mapcase Folder 71
Howe truss bridge (first Howe railroad bridge), Springfield, Mass.
1838
38.5 x 30.5
Print
Howe Truss Bridge over the Connecticut River, Springfield, Mass. Built about 1838 by Wm. Howe. Presented by R.F. Hawkins' Iron Works Springfield, Mass. Successors to Wm. Howe, Stone & Harris and Harris & Hawkins
Mapcase Folder 70
Howe truss bridge (first Howe railroad bridge), Springfield, Mass.
1838
34 x 30.5
Blueprint
7 views: elevation; cross-section; details of bottom chord; longitudinal section; plan showing bottom chord; details of top chord; top plan. Lower rt.: "Pontrichet's improved sunprint"
Mapcase Folder 21
Hudson River Tunnel
1881
17.5 x 19
Print
Longitudinal and cross section, showing new method of employing a caisson and completing the walls; also, method of driving pilot tunnel and removing the silt.
Mapcase Folder 51
Jones' Falls bridge
Undated
41 x 24.5
Print
Northern Central RR "N. C. Ry. Bridge over Jones' Falls, Details of Diagram
Mapcase Folder 102 a,b,c,d
Jordan Creek Viaduct (cast iron)
1856
20.5 x 31.5; 39.5 x 31.5; 22 x 31; 15.5 x 31; 29 x 31.5
Print in five pieces
General Plan of the Jordan Creek Viaduct, for the Catasauqua & Fogelsville R.R. Designed constructed & erected by F.C. Lowthorp. Built 1856 Rebuilt 1889
Mapcase Folder 101 a,b,c
Jordan Creek Viaduct, 1889 (Chapman)
1889
40.5 x 28; 37 x 31
Print In two consecutive pieces; entire longitudinal view
C. W. Chapman, spt. Engr. Designed, constructed & erected by Edge Moor Bridge Works, Edge Moor, Del.
Box 3
Jordan Creek Viaduct, duplicate
1889
Includes cross-section and additional details; very long, rolled
Mapcase Folder 100
Jordan Creek Viaduct
1893
40.5 x 28
Print
Two longitudinal views: top: "built 1856;" bottom: "built 1889;" noted at lower right corner: Wm. C. Bolgiano 1893;" stamped: "Pontrichet's improved sunprint
Mapcase Folder 80 a,b
Kentucky River Bridge
1877
24.5 x 30.5; 25.5 x 30.5
Print in two pieces
Kentucky River Bridge. Cincinnati & Southern Railway. Designed and built by C. Shaler Smith
Mapcase Folder 54
Keystone Bridge Company (bridge details only)
1868
42 x 28
Print
The Keystone Bridge Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., manufacturers of Linville and Piper patent wrought iron bridges. Patented Jan. 14th 1862 and Oct. 31st 1865. Especially adapted to Rail Road Traffic for spans of 100 to 400 feet
Mapcase Folder 20
Kinzua Viaduct
Undated
22 x 20
Blueprint
Kinzua Viaduct, Penn'a. N.Y.L.E. & West. Coal & R.R. Co.
Mapcase Folder 93
Kinzua Viaduct: details of connections
1893
31 x 40
Print
Kinzua Viaduct Details of Connections. Design. and built by the Phenix [sic] Bridge Comp. Phoenixville, Pa.
Mapcase Folder 94 a,b
Kinzua Viaduct: general elevation
1882
31 x 41; 31 x 40
Print in two consecutive pieces
General Plan Kinzua Viaduct N.Y.L.E. & W.RR. designed & built by the Phoenix Bridge Co. Phoenixville, Pa.
Box 4
Kinzua Viaduct: general elevation, duplicate
1882
Blueprint
Mapcase Folder 5
Lancaster-Schuylkill Bridge
Undated
Lancaster-Schuylkill Bridge Over the River at Philadelphia. Single arch. Invented by Lewis Wernwag - Executed by him & Joseph Johnson. General Finish by R. Mills Esq
Mapcase Folder 43
Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company
1883-10-29
36 x 20
Print
Lehigh Coal and Navigation Cos. Rail Road Bridge at Turn hole. Broken April 1868
Mapcase Folder 32
Lilandsosen bridge, Norway
Undated
28 x 8.5
Blueprint
Bro over Lilandsosen vel Bulken
Mapcase Folder 83
Little Juniata, cast iron arch bridge
1864
39.5 x 30.5
Print
Little Juniata Bridge, No. 8, Pensylvania [sic] Railroad. Designed by J.H. Linville
Mapcase Folder 67
Long's Truss bridge, 1st form
1833
36.5 x 30.5
Print
Long's Truss Bridge, 1833 double track; 6 separate views: side view of truss; plan (?) of truss; x-sect.; post; main brace; counter brace
Mapcase Folder 39
Long's Truss bridge, 2nd form
1837
37.5 x 30.5
Pen & ink drawing on vellum
Single track, “2d form”; untitled, but 6 views correspond to those of "1833" above
Mapcase Folder 39
Long's Truss bridge, 2nd form
1837
35.5 x 24
Print
Single track, “2d form”; untitled, but 6 views correspond to those of "1833" above
Mapcase Folder 75
Long's Truss bridge, 2nd form
1837
35.5 x 24
Print
Duplicate of Other Long's Truss bridge, 2nd form
Mapcase Folder 68
Lowthorp Truss bridge, Lanesboro, Pa.
1860
40.5 x 30.5
Print
Lowthorp Truss Bridge. Designed and patented by F.C. Lowthorp Trenton, N.J [ARB Pl. XXV]
Mapcase Folder 76
McCallum Truss Bridge. Lanesboro, Pa.
1851
37.5 x 30.5
Print
McCallum Truss Bridge. Lanesboro. N.Y. & E.R.R. Clear span 190 ft. Length of trusses 200 ft. out to out. Built 1851
Mapcase Folder 12
Middle Island Creek Bridge
Undated
North Western Virginia Railroad
Mapcase Folder 24
Milholland's boiler plate girder bridge
1882
28 x 22
Blueprint
Earliest Boiler Plate Girder Bridge as originally erected on the Baltimore & Susquehanna Railroad now the Northern Central Railway, 1846-47 By its designer James Milholland of Baltimore MD
Mapcase Folder 24
Milholland's boiler plate girder bridge
1882
30.5 x 26
Print
Earliest Boiler Plate Girder Bridge as originally erected on the Baltimore & Susquehanna Railroad now the Northern Central Railway, 1846-47 By its designer James Milholland of Baltimore MD
Mapcase Folder 34
Mohawk Bridge
1804
36 x 10
2 copies
Rough pen-and-ink sketch on vellum
Plan for the Mohawk Bridge at Schenectady" [with notations: Theodore Burr and James Murdoch [ARB Pl. VIII]
Mapcase Folder 6
Monongahela River bridge
1852
24 x 19
Print
Iron Bridge Over the Monongahela River on the Baltimore & Ohio R.Rd [ARB Pl. XIII]
Mapcase Folder 9
New Hope bridge
Undated
Bridge over the Delaware at New Hope
Mapcase Folder 86 a,b
New York Central & Hudson R. RR ... bridge ... Bronx R.
Undated
16 x 29; 40 x 29.5
Print in two pieces
N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R. Harlem Div. Bridge No. 48 over Bronx River
Mapcase Folder 40
New York Central & Hudson R. RR ... bridge ... Castleton Station
1892-08-04
35.5 x 19.5
Print
N.Y.C. and H.R.R.R. Bridge No. 341 near Castleton Station
Mapcase Folder 40
New York Central & Hudson R. RR ... bridge ...Erie Canal, Canastota
1865
36 x 30; 40 x 30
Print in two pieces
N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R. Double Track, Riveted Lattice Bridge over the Erie Canal at Canastota, N.Y.
Mapcase Folder 90 a,b
New York Central & Hudson R. RR ... bridge ... Genesee River, Rush Junction
1892-09-13
28 x 27; 27 x 27
Print in two consecutive pieces
New York Central & Hudson River R.R. , Can. & N. Falls Branch, Bridge #P30 over Genesee River near Rush Junction
Mapcase Folder 95 a,b
New York Central & Hudson R. RR ... bridge ... Kinderhook Creek at Stockport
Undated
27 x28; 24.5 x 28
Print in two consecutive pieces
N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R. Hudson River Division Bridge #307 over Kinderhook Creek at Stockport, N.Y.
Mapcase Folder 77 a,b
New York, Lake Erie & Western RR ... bridge over Susquehanna
1891
19.5 x 30.5; 37 x 20.5
Print in two pieces
N.Y.L.E. & W.R.R.. Bridge No. 73 Susquehanna Div.
Mapcase Folder 36
New York, Lake Erie & Western RR ... miles of track
1888-09-30
29 x 17.5
Blueprint
Miles of track owned, leased, and operated by the N.Y.L.E. & W.R.R.Co
Mapcase Folder 10
Norfolk, Va. Fink bridges on the Norfolk & Petersburg RR
Undated
Box 2
Ohio River Bridge, Henderson, Kentucky
Undated
44 x 7
Blueprint
General design. Ohio River bridge. Henderson Ky
Mapcase Folder 8
Ohio River Bridge, Louisville, Kentucky
1868
22 x 17
Lithograph on thin paper
400 Feet Span of the Ohio River Bridge at Louisville, Ky. [ARB Pl.XVIII]
Mapcase Folder 2
Patent bridge “Colossus”
Undated
18 x 17
Print on vellum
Mapcase Folder 49
Patent bridge "Colossus” [composite]
Undated
40 x 27.2
2 copies
Print
11 individual plans, 8 of which also appear as separate pieces elsewhere in the collection; the 2 others are: "Schuylkill Permanent Bridge, built by Timothy Palmer" and "Patent Bridge 'Colossus' across the River Schuylkill at Philadelphia, built by Lewis Wernwag." [part of ARB Pl. IX]
Mapcase Folder 20
Pecos River Viaduct, Goelzsch-Thal Viaduct; Kinzua Viaduct
1888-04-26
22 x 20
Blueprint
Pecos River Viaduct (Texas - Galveston, Harrisburg, & San Antonio Rail Road)
Mapcase Folder 20
Pecos River Viaduct
1893
14 x 25; 36 x 25; 39 x 25
3 copies each
Print in three consecutive pieces
Untitled diagram identical to the other set of Pecos River Viaduct
Mapcase Folder 96 a,b
Pecos River Viaduct, details
1891
27 x 24
Pecos River Viaduct. Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio RR
Mapcase Folder 7
Penn Bridge and Machine Works
Undated
24 x 16.5
Lithograph
Penn Bridge and Machine Works. New Brighton, Pa. T. B. White and Sons. Proprietors
Mapcase Folder 10
Petersburg, Virginia, Fink bridges on the Norfolk & Petersburg RR
Undated
Mapcase Folder 38
Pittsburg, Cincinnati & St. Louis RR bridge, chord bars
1888-12
19 x 5
Blueprint
Channel Span: Bridge No. 30- P.C. & St. L. Ry. - Plan of Chord Bars
Mapcase Folder 38
Pittsburg, Cincinnati & St. Louis RR bridge, truss diagram
1888-12-04
38 x 17.5
Blueprint
Channel Span of Bridge 30: P.C. & St. L. Ry. Chief Engineers Office
Mapcase Folder 69 a,b
Portage Viaduct (timber)
1852
33 x 30.5; 23 x 30.5
Viaduct across the Genesee River at Portage, N.Y. Buffalo and New York City Railroad
Mapcase Folder 52
Post’s patent diagonal truss combination bridge
Undated
40 x 26.5
Print
Post's patent diagonal truss combination bridge
Mapcase Folder 53
Post’s patent diagonal truss iron bridge
1860
40 x 26.5
Lithograph on thick paper
Post's patent diagonal truss iron bridge
Mapcase Folder 78
Post's truss bridge, New York and Erie RR
1865
37.5 x 30.5
Print
First Example Post's Truss Bridge. South Washingtonville, N.Y. Newburgh Branch, N.Y. & E.R.R.
Mapcase Folder 55
Pratt truss bridge, over Merrimac River, Eastern RR
1877-04
45 x 28
Drawing
Plan of Draw, Newburyport Bridge, Eastern Railroad
Mapcase Folder 79
Pratt truss bridge, over Merrimac River, Eastern RR
1877
37 x 30
Print
Pratt Truss Bridge over the Merrimac River at Newburyport, Mass. on the Eastern Railroad
Mapcase Folder 85 a,b
Rockville Bridge (wooden arch), Pennsylvania RR
1849
37.5 x 30.5; 24.5 x 30.5
Print in two consecutive pieces
Pensylvania [sic] Railroad Bridge over the Susquehanna River at Rockville
Mapcase Folder 61
Salmon River bridge, Columbia Bridge
1849
36 x 31
Print
Bridge across Salmon River Malone N.Y. Northern Railroad
Mapcase Folder 28
Schuylkill Permanent Bridge, Easton Bridge; Patent Bridge “Colossus,” and Wernwag’s bridges
Undated
25 x 13
Color drawing
Schuylkill Permanent Bridge [ARB Pl. IV]
Mapcase Folder 12
Simpsons Creek Bridge
Undated
Fink triangular truss bridges, North Western Virginia RR
Mapcase Folder 81
Steubenville Bridge, channel span
1963
40.45 x 30.5
Print
Channel Span Steubenville Bridge. Built 1863-64. Designed by J. H. Linville C.E.
Mapcase Folder 45
Steubenville Bridge, details of end posts
1863
16.5 x 18.5
Blueprint
Details of end posts Spans 1-2-3 & 5 to 8 - Steubenville bridge
Mapcase Folder 45
Steubenville Bridge, details of front posts
1853-06-13
35 x 25.5
Blueprint
Steubenville Bridge Span No. 4 Details of front posts
Mapcase Folder 12
Sulphur Fork Bridge
Undated
Fink triangular truss bridges, Louisville & Nashville RR
Mapcase Folder 27
Suspension truss bridge, Troy & Greenfield RR
Undated
27 x 18
Suspension truss bridge as designed for the Troy & Greenfield R. R. by H. Haupt C. E.
Box 2
Susquehanna River bridge, Baltimore & Ohio RR
1894-01-17
67 x 9
Blueprint
General Design for Susquehanna River Bridge Philadelphia Branch B. & O. R.Rd.
Mapcase Folder 89
Susquehanna River bridge, New York & Erie RR
1849
Print
Bridge over East Branch of Susquehanna River. Section 179. Susquehanna Division. N. Y. & E. R. R
Mapcase Folder 15
Tennessee River bridge, (Fink)
1866
22.5 x 17.5
3 copies
Lithograph on thin paper
Bridge over Tennessee River on the Memphis and Charleston R.R. at Decatur, Ala.
Mapcase Folder 12
Tigarts Valley Bridge
Undated
Fink triangular truss bridges, North Western Virginia RR
Mapcase Folder 22
Town lattice truss
Undated
20 x 21
2 copies
Print
3 views: cross-section; side elevation; plan [ARB Pl. X]
Mapcase Folder 26
Town lattice truss
1861
26 x 18
Color print
Railroad bridge over the Hudson at Troy, N.Y.
Mapcase Folder 87
Town lattice truss (wooden)
1851
37.5 x 30.5
Print
Town's Lattice Bridge over the Hudson River at Troy, N.Y.
Mapcase Folder 92 a,b
Tray Run Viaduct
1853
32 x 30.5; 38 x 30.5
Print in two consecutive pieces
Tray Run Viaduct. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Mapcase Folder 50
Trenton (arch) Bridge
1869
36 x 24
2 copies
Print on gray pape
Built 1804; reconstructed 1848 and 1869; Theodore Burr, engineer. [ARB Pl. VII]
Mapcase Folder 88
Trenton Falls Bridge, full view
1891-08
40 x 30.5
Print
Trenton Falls Bridge 200' Span, A. & St. L.R.R.
Mapcase Folder 84 a,b
Trenton Falls Bridge, truss details
1891-08
33 x 30.5; 27. x 30.5
Print in two continuous pieces
Trenton Falls Bridge 200'-0" Span
Mapcase Folder 57 a
Turkey Creek bridge, Louisville & Nashville RR
1888-01-28
37.5 x 34.5
Blueprint
Detailed diagrams of posts, joints, cross ties, stringers, chords, etc.
Mapcase Folder 57 b
Turkey Creek bridge
1888-02-02
42.5 x 34
Blueprint
Other Details
Mapcase Folder 43
Turnhole bridge
Undated
Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company
Mapcase Folder 56
Waterford Bridge
1804
42 x 11.5
Drawing
Highway Bridge Over the Hudson River Between Waterford and Lansingburgh, Built of hewn yellow pine in 1804. Finished Nov 30, 1804; covered in 1814
Mapcase Folder 42
Waterford Bridge, spans
1814
ca. 32 x 18
3 copies
Blueprints
Mapcase Folder 16
Waterford Bridge (presumptive)
1895-08
ca. 18 x 16
Blueprints
Cross Sections
Mapcase Folder 9
Wernwag's bridges
1814
24.5 x 19
Lithograph
Five bridges, including plans of three: "Bridge over the Delaware at New Hope" [blt. 1814]; "Patent Bridge Colossus, across the Schuylkill at Philadelphia" [blt. 1812]; and "Bridge Economy, the Principle of which is across Neshaminy, on the Post Road from Philadelphia to N. York & over Frankfort Creek" [blt. 1810]; plus complete elevations of two covered bridges: "Upper Ferry or Lancaster Schuylkill Bridge" and "Schuylkill Permanent Bridge"; "Lewis Wernwag" and "Drawn & Engraved by E. G. Gridley" [cf. ARB Pl. IX]
Mapcase Folder 23
Wheeling Creek bridge
1860
25.5 x 19.5
Print
Bridge over Wheeling Creek on Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road
Mapcase Folder 99 a,b,c,d
Whipple-Murphy Iron Bridge, Illinois Central RR
1859
26 x 30.5; 23 x 30.5; 20.5 x 30.5; 27.5 x 30.5
Print in four pieces
Whipple Iron Bridge built for the Illinois Central R. R. by A. & P. Roberts
Mapcase Folder 41
Whipple trapezoidal truss, Rensselaer & Saratoga RR
1853
35 x 22.5; 38.5 x 24.5; 39 x 25
3 copies
Print
The Whipple trapezoidal truss. Built 1852-53 on the Rensselaer & Saratoga R. R., 7 miles north of Troy, N.Y. [ARB Pl. XVI]
Mapcase Folder 11
Willimansett bridge
1883-01-29
25 x 20
Drawing on blueprint paper
Connecticut River Railroad Co., Willimansett bridge. Ties and guards
Mapcase Folder 91 a,b
Yakima River bridge
1886
33 x 31; 30 x 31
Print in two consecutive pieces
300 Feet Span. Combination Bridge over Yakima River. Cascade Div'n, North'n Pacific R.R.. Washington. Buck & McNulty, Engineers.