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Title:College of Engineering records
Dates:n.d., 1911–2008
Call Number:A15

Scope and Content Note

The records of the College of Engineering span 1911–2008 and document the activities of the college's administration, departments, faculty, students, and researchers.  The collection comprises reports, correspondence, memoranda, proposals, publications, photographs, and film footage.  These materials are organized into five series: Office of the Dean, Departments, Research, Publications, and Memorabilia.     

Series I. Records of the Office of the Dean, include accreditation and review materials, annual reports, and records regarding curriculum, personnel, and programs.  The accreditation and review materials document the College's original submission of data for accreditation as well as ongoing surveys and questionnaires for review by accrediting organizations.  The original accreditation materials, created between 1929 and 1941, are of special interest.   These records contain detailed information concerning faculty, administrative organization, facilities, and curriculum.  The annual reports span the years 1969–1980, excluding 1974–1975.  Some reports in this series include the departmental annual reports. Departmental reports not included with the college's annual report may be found with the records of the specific department.

Series II. Departments, is arranged by department: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, graphic science, industrial, mechanical, and graduate school of engineering.  The content of records from these departments varies.  Each department's records include annual reports, and most include correspondence and memoranda.  Records of the departments' curriculum and graduate programs are available in the departments of chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering.  Annual reports of student chapters of professional organizations exist in the civil and industrial engineering programs.  In addition, faculty writings, presentations, and reports are included in the departments of civil engineering, electrical engineering, and graphic science.

     Series III. Research, contains records that document research activities and the  building and expansion of research facilities and programs.  A small amount of administrative correspondence is included with these materials, but most of the records are proposals and reports.  The proposals are for grants to build research facilities and expand aspects of the engineering program.  The research reports are organized by the project's principal investigator: Sze–Hou Chang, Basil L. Cochran, Francis Di Bella, Ladislov O. Dolansky, Kenneth I. Golden, Robert D. Klein, Louis J. Nardone, or Roland G. Porter. These investigators often overlapped interests, or gained funding for similar research from different sources.  For example,  Dolansky and  Chang worked under Porter and performed individual research. When known, contract number, report number or type, and research title are included in the folder title.  Researchers should note that though only the principal investigator is named on the folder title, the files also include reports and papers authored by other members of the engineering research teams.

Series IV. Publications, spans the years 1922–2006, with some undated materials.  Most are publications of Northeastern University.  The only exceptions are those published by professional engineering organizations documenting activities that have a relationship to the university.  The publications concern the history of the College of Engineering, the courses and curriculum, special programs, student activities, and conferences and lectures.    

Series V. Memorabilia, includes 50th anniversary materials, photographs, a play bill, flags, and a film.  The photographs, which date from 1911–1926, document the laboratory and cooperative work of students in the College of Engineering.  The two flags, an American flag and a service flag, were displayed by the College of Engineering during the first World War. The collection also includes a silent black and white film, recorded in 1946.  The two skits depicted in the film, a classroom scene and a restaurant scene, feature College of Engineering students.  Both 16mm and VHS copies are in the collection.