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Beaumert H. Whitton diary and photographs of Thorne-Loomis Trip through Industrial America

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC-0111

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Beaumert H. Whitton collections consists of photographs and a diary by Whitton of a trip taken with other Massachusetts Institute of Technology students from Boston to Minneapolis, Birmingham, Ala., and back to Boston during which they visited manufacturing plants and military facilities. This trip occured from June 13, 1932 to July 24, 1932, covered 5,500 miles, 23 states in the United States, and visits to 30 plants. Site visits are described in the diary, and photographs complement the written description.

Their trip is called the "Thorne-Loomis trip" in the diary, which refers to trips sponsored by the Thorne-Loomis Foundation, Inc., funded in part by Alfred L. Loomis, a member of the Institute Corporation. Summer trips were sponsored by the foundation and organized through the department of Business and Engineering Administration. A specialized bus equipped with a kitchen and sleeping accomodations for 10 was provided by the foundation for the trip. The first Thorne-Loomis trip at MIT was held in 1931, and included site visits in the United States and Canada. The 1932 trip was the second and final tour of the United States. Subsequent Thorne-Loomis trips toured sites in Europe.


  • Creation: 1932, 1959


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Beaumert Harrison Whitton, 1910- 1990, S.B. 1933 in building engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), went to work for his family's business, the Southeastern Construction Company, in Charlotte, N.C., and ultimately became president of the company. In 1932, as an MIT student, he took part in what was known as the "Thorne-Loomis" industrial trip, which in that year covered part of the industrial United States, covering 5,500 miles in 42 days.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Related Materials

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Business and Engineering Administration records
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Irving Lohman Films of Thorne-Loomis Tour of Europe

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Guide to the Travel Log of Beaumert Harrison Whitton
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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