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Channing Whitaker letterbooks

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC-0464

Scope and Contents

Channing Whitaker's two letterbooks contain copies of student papers, addresses, descriptions of examinations and notes on thermodynamics collected during Whitaker's time as a professor of mechancial engineering at the Massachusetts Instittue of Technology. Also included is a report to the president of the Institute on mechanical engineering at MIT, 1875.


  • Creation: 1844-circa 1875


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Biographical / Historical

Channing Whitaker, 1843 1913, S.B. in mechanical engineering, 1869, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served in the Civil War with the 39th Massachusetts Volunteers before attending the Institute. After graduation he worked as a mill engineer, planning the construction of mills in Lowell and Pepperell (Mass.). He was assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, 1873 1875; and professor and head of the mechanical engineering courses, 1875 1883. After leaving MIT he was associated with the Lowell Machine Shop.


0.2 Cubic Feet (2 letterbooks in 1 half manuscript box)

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