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Fonds F0523 - Alexander Graham Christie fonds

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Alexander Graham Christie fonds


  • 1901-1964, predominant 1907-1910, 1964 (Creation)

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148 photographs. -- 3 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Alexander Graham Christie, 1880-1964, was born in Manchester, Ontario, and received a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the University of Toronto. In 1901 he emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and in 1918 became a naturalized citizen. He worked for the Westinghouse Machine Co., taught for a year at Cornell University, and in 1905 moved to Wisconsin to work for Allis-Chalmers Co. While in this company's employ he helped build the Western Canadian Cement and Coal Co. cement plant at Exshaw, Alberta. In 1909 he became associate professor of engineering at the University of Wisconsin, and in 1914 joined the School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He became director of the School in 1917 and retired in 1948. He wrote a number of engineering handbooks and was a member of numerous societies. He married Flora Brown of Ohio in 1919 and they had two children, Peter and Catherine.


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Gift of Catherine Christie, 1976.

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The fonds consists of photographs of Western Canada Cement and Coal Co., the Exshaw area, and Christie (1907-1910); and autobiographical manuscript, "Exshaw's Early Days" (1964).

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.

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NA 3357 are copies of PD 135.


Link added to Archives Photographs on March 27, 2018.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018




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