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Fonds F0523 - Alexander Graham Christie fonds
ACU GBA F0523
Alexander Graham Christie fonds
- 1901-1964, predominant 1907-1910, 1964 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
148 photographs. -- 3 cm of textual records
Name of creator
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.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Catherine Christie, 1976.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
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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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
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Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.
NA 3357 are copies of PD 135.
Link added to Archives Photographs on March 27, 2018.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Tuesday, March 27, 2018