August 15th marked the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. Coincidentally, August also brought a visit from Dr. Peter H. Dana who had the distinct pleasure of conducting research about the canal in his grandfathersâ papers. Housed in the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections, The Allston Dana...
Posters From Our Fall Exhibit: "Around the World in 80 Books"
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:07:56 EST
The Scholarly Resources and Special Collections team collaborated on an exhibit this fall entitled "Around the World in 80 Books", a presentation of travel-related books and manuscripts in accord with the 2013 Octavofest Travel theme. Over the past year or so the team has experimented with selection and display of...
If asked, many people would define a library as a building that houses books. While this is an adequate description, many people donât realize the sheer amount of personnel, knowledge and work needed in order to keep a library running smoothly, efficiently, and into the future. Books donât magically...
Preserving Your Travel Journal/ Octavofest, 2013 at Kelvin Smith Library
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:00:35 EST
Following a short summary of this yearâs Octavofest events at Kelvin Smith Library, this blog provides tips from a conservator on how to preserve your paper-based travel journal(s). Kelvin Smith Library supports and actively participates in Octavofest, a multi-institutional yearly celebration of book and paper arts unique to Cleveland, Ohio....
"Nothing is worth printing that is not worth printing well, accurately, beautifully; yet with simplicity and at moderate cost, so as to be within the reach of everyone" was the belief expressed by the private publisher Thomas Bird Mosher of Portland, Maine. Active during the years of the private press...
Barclay Leathem and the National Theatre Conference
Fri, 17 May 2013 16:29:43 EST
Barclay S. Leathem began teaching in the English Department at Western Reserve University (WRU) in 1921 while a law student. (He received his law degree in 1924.) He moved to the Speech Department in 1927 to teach the first theatre classes at WRU. Barclay Leathem in the classroom, Western Reserve...
Frederic McConnell and the National Theatre Conference
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:53:23 EST
The post-World War I era saw a number of significant changes in the national professional theatre dynamic, most notably the end of road company empires, the rise of motion pictures, and the collapse of the big stock companies. At the same time came the rise of the non-commercial theatre in...
The rare book holdings include one of the most beautiful color seashell books ever published, Conchology, or, The natural history of shells, by George Perry, which appeared in 1811. In the opening paragraph of his Introduction he states: "The study of Shells or testaceous animals, is a branch of...
The Womenâs Committee of the Cleveland Play House was founded to further the interests of the Play House, initially serving as liaison between the theatre and the public. The first Womenâs Committee meeting was held in the Brooks Theatre in May 1932 at the request of the Board of Trustees....
Restoration of Charles W. Wason's "Letters of a Trip Around the World"
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:34:43 EST
Working in a Preservation Department of a university library is a challenging and rewarding job. One of the most enjoyable activities involved with this profession is the conservation of rare and historic bindings. I recently had the opportunity to restore the damaged binding for a unique book with ties...
Our postings on the great publishers and printers continues with the house of Elsevier. The Elseviers were a Dutch family of printers, publishers and booksellers who flourished in Holland for over one hundred years from about 1585 until 1712. They were one of many fine printing establishments that conducted...
Samples from The Kelvin Smith Library Bookplate Collection
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:57:52 EST
Special Collections is the repository of a collection of over 5,000 bookplates from a handful of collectors who pursued that fascinating hobby. Begun with a gift in memory of their daughter Lucia to Western Reserve University by Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lemperly in 1917 the collection continued to grow through...
Though the Cleveland Play House struggled early on to find itâs financial and managerial footing, there was never a lack of artistic talent available to produce first class promotional material for a wide variety of productions each season. By 1922, the number of hand-drawn programs and playbills had been augmented...
Our processing efforts received a boost this summer through the work of three students, Mike Muth, Michael Wilson, and Char'ta Cleggett. Michael and Char'ta were part of University Circle, Inc's Future Connections program, a summer internship program for rising high school seniors. Mike joined us as an intern in Kent...
Small scale disaster recovery, or: the KSL Disaster Plan Works Again!
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:35:43 EST
The Preservation Department of Kelvin Smith Libraryâs Scholarly Research and Special Collections team received the phone call on Wednesday, June 13th, a perfectly normal day. Workmen on the roof were performing maintenance on an air-conditioning unit when suddenly a water pipe burst, sending water cascading through the ceiling and onto...
Restrictions: The Special Collections Research Center is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CASE ID or other valid official identification card. The Center is open to other researchers by appointment only.
Acquisition: This collection was donated to the Case Archive of Contemporary Science and Technology by Mrs. Marjorie Huddle Buckingham in 1968.
Biography: William D. Buckingham (1902-1965)
Born in Toledo, Ohio, on April 23, 1902, William D. Buckingham completed high school there in June, 1921. He graduated from the Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland in May 1925 and went to work for the Western Union Telegraph Company in Toledo. Following a two year training program, Buckingham went to work for the company at their Water Mill Laboratory on Long Island where he spent his entire career. He earned a second degree in Electrical Engineering from Case in 1930.
During the Second World War, Buckingham was associated with the Office of Scientific Research and Development. It was during this period that he invented and developed a concentrated arc-lamp which employed molten zirconium. For this, his most important invention, he received the Wetherill Medal from the Franklin Institute in 1954.
Another of his important contributions was his development of the sensors used in a nuclear bomb alarm system which Western Union installed in major in the early 1960's. For this, Buckingham received the company's d'Humy Award in 1962.
Buckingham was a member of Sigma Xi (Science Research Honor Society), Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. On June 15, 1964, Buckingham retired as the Senior Research Engineer at the Water Mill Lab. He died on January 19, 1965 at the age of 62.
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of material relating to Buckingham's long career with Western Union. Of particular interest are technical data and articles on the concentrated arc-lamp. There is some business correspondence and speeches given by Buckingham, as well as patent applications. Some materials originally listed as part of the collection are now missing from the collection, and one photograph album of Buckingham's college (Case) fraternity life is at the Case Western Reserve University Archives.
The collection is loosely arranged by subject, as many of the materials are bound volumes, and within subject headings are arranged chronologically.
"Construction and Study of a Smooth Artificial Transmission Line" By William Buckingham and Frederic B. Schramm for the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Case, 1925; bound with “The Design of an Artificial Transmission Line by Thurston D. Owens.
Materials relating to Buckingham's apprenticeship with Western Union, 1925-1927; includes report entitled “A Study and Design of a Simplified High Speed Telegraph Printer” done for Western Union and submitted as thesis for Electrical Engineer. degree at Case in 1930).
"Concentrated Arc-Lamps" 2 copies, ca. 1945
Correspondence and drawings. November
Technical data, graphs, and photographs of concentrated arc-lamps
Technical reports, graphs, blueprints, and photographs of concentrated arc-lamps and their applications
Reprints of published articles, some by Buckingham on the concentrated arc-lamp
Miscellaneous reprints and copies of material relative to Buckingham's activities at Western Union
Patent file, including Mrs. Buckingham's account of Buckingham's patent for sealing pipes
Correspondence relative to the transfer of the Buckingham Collection to the Case Archive of Contemporary Science and Technology 1965-68
Materials relative to the Wetherill Medal and the d'Humy Medal and Buckingham's receipt of them
Sigma Xi Certificate of Election to Membership, May 19, 1925
Case School of Applied Science B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Diploma, May 28, 1925
Case School of Applied Science Degree of Electrical Engineering. Diploma, May 29, 1930
The University of the State of New York - Education Department
"License to Practice Professional Engineering in the State of New York,” January 11, 1941
The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of Mechanic Arts.
Certificate of Award of The John Price Wetherill Medal, October 20, 1954
Two views of the Wetherill Medal. Photographs
The Western Union Telegraph Company "The F.E. d'Humy Award,” September 26, 1962
Diploma from the Jesup M. Scott High School, Toledo, Ohio, June 17, 1921
Diploma certifying elevation to "Member in the Institute of Radio Engineers,” April 1, 1955
Scrapbook: Materials relating to the Zirconium Concentrated Arc-Lamp. Bound in white leather
Scrapbook. Materials relating to Other Inventions on which Buckingham worked. Bound in red leather.
Scrapbook. Materials relating to the display of Buckingham's work, letters, photographs, reports, from Sears Library. Bound in black scrapbook.
Material missing from the collection since production of the first finding aid in 1968:
A device for demonstrating the Arc-Lamp
One box of slides regarding photography with and without the Arc-Lamp