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Albert Francis Hall papers

Identifier: MC-0151

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of correspondence, including a letter from Ellen Swallow Richards; Hall's notes and compositions he wrote while a student at MIT; his drawings of pumps, including work done for the George F. Blake Manufacturing Company; writings on pumps; pump patents; a diary, scrapbook, cashbook, and memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1863 - 1906


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This collection is open.

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Biographical Note

Albert Francis Hall, 1845-1907, SB in mechanical engineering, 1868, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a member of the first graduating class at MIT and is credited with being the first to receive an SB degree in mechanical engineering from the school. He was an instructor in drawing at the Institute, 1867-1871, and lettered the MIT diplomas for a number of years. A mechanical engineer and inventor, Hall designed pumps for waterworks, including the New York City Waterworks.


1.2 Cubic Feet (1 record carton, 1 oversize folder)

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Albert Francis Hall was the a member of the first graduating class of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1868, receiving an SB in mechanical engineering. Notes and compositions in the collection document his years as a student at MIT. Hall’s work as a mechanical engineer and inventor is documented in drawings of pumps, writings on pumps, and patents. Also included in the collection are correspondence, a diary, and memorabilia.


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Guide to the Papers of Albert Francis Hall
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Joan Haas
(Copyright 1982)
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