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A Guide to the Project Files of the University of Florida Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
January 2012


Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station.
Title: Project Files of the University of Florida Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station
Dates: 1943-1957
Abstract: Project files of early engineering projects undertaken under the auspices of the University of Florida Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station.
Extent: 7 Linear feet. 18 boxes.
Identification: Series 26
Language(s): English

Scope and Content

Series 26 contains files of early engineering projects undertaken under the auspices of the Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station. All of the projects selected for this series pertain to Florida's economic development. These include project files related to Florida's woodland, citrus, and phosphate industries, as well as research related to hurricanes and beach erosion. Also included in the series are files of local interest related to the University of Florida and the Gainesville, Florida area.

The series is divided into subseries; each subseries deals with a specific industry or subject. Within the subseries, the original Experiment Station project numbers and titles have been retained. The projects are listed numerically. (The first two digits in the project number denote the year in which a project was initiated). Most of the files originated in the office of the Experiment Station, but several are from the files of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The latter were retained to supplement the information contained in the Station's master file and to fill in a gap for missing Station files for 1948 and part of 1947. Station project files are denoted by EIES before the number and Chemical Engineering files by CE.

The content of the files varies, but each file may contain correspondence, progress reports, photographs, project statements, and publication manuscripts.

Subseries 26i and 26o do not exist.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Project Files of the University of Florida Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Subseries 26a: Projects related to Florida's phosphate industry 1944-1952 3 boxes.

Subseries 26a contains project files related to Florida's phosphate industry. Of special interest are files from the Station and the Department of Chemical Engineering related to pollution in the Peace and Alafia Rivers. (See 4619 and 5126)


Box
1 EIES4426. Phosphate fertilizer--Use of sulphate liquor for producing phosphate fertilizer. 1945
1 EIES4619. Phosphate Waste Disposal Project. 1946-1950
2 EIES4619. Continued - Phosphate Waste Disposal Project.
2 CE4619. Phosphate Waste Disposal Project.
2 EIES4918. Flourine containing minerals, recovery of flourine compounds. 1949-1950
2 CE5007. Consolidation of phosphate slimes.
3 EIES5007. Consolidation of phosphate slimes.
3 EIES5126. Biological survey of Peace River. 1951-1952


Subseries 26b: Projects associated with Florida's leather industries 1944-1948 4 boxes.

Subseries 26b consists primarily of records related to research on the production of tannin from Florida's scrub oak forests. This research was stimulated by wartime shortages of leather tanning agents and contains data on the availability of scrub oak, its distribution, stand density, diameter ranges, and tannin content. The project includes correspondence and plans related to bark removal machinery, correspondence with other experiment stations, correspondence with timber companies interested in the project, and manuscripts to several articles. (See also 4409 in Subseries 26c.) Also included in the subseries is a survey of hide brokers dealing with ways of improving and developing Florida's leather industry.


Box
1 EIES4404. Tannin from scrub oak and other sources. 1944-1948
2 EIES4404. Tannin from scrub oak and other sources. 1944-1948
3 CE4404. Tannin from scrub oak and other sources. 1944-1948
4 EIES4423. Leather Development. 1944-1946


Subseries 26c: Projects related to Florida's pulp and paper industries 1944-1957 2 boxes.

See also 4425 in Subseries 26D.


Box
1 EIES4409. Wood Utilization. 1944-1948
1 EIES4410. Industrial Waste Treatment Processes. 1944-1949
1 EIES4411. Industrial Waste Treatment Processes. 1944-1949
1 EIES4413. Stump removal project; Pulp for paper from fresh stumps. 1944-1949
1 CE4728. Pulp and Paper Research. 1947-1950
2 CE4728. Pulp and Paper Research. 1950-1957
2 CE4812. Refining and Utilization of Tall Oil.
2 EIES5023. Study of Kraft Mill Odors. 1950-1951


Subseries 26d: Projects related to Florida's limerock industries 1944-1947 1 box.

Subseries 26d contains records related to the extraction and utilization of Florida's limerock deposits in concrete mixtures, soil stabilizers, and other specialties.


Box
1 EIES4301. Limerock concrete. 1947-1951
1 EIES4302. Limerock Soil Stabilization. 1944-1949
1 Road stabilization with limerock. 1945-1946
1 EIES4303. Limerock acceleration.
1 EIES4407. Limerock test road. 1944-1948
1 EIES4425. Limerock specialty uses. 1945-1948
1 Use of limerock in sulphate pulp mills. 1944-1945
1 EIES4611. Limerock building material and specialty uses. 1945-1947


Subseries 26e: Projects related to hurricane tracking and protection 1944-1951 1 box.

Subseries 26e contains files related to weather tracking research and high wind protection. The weather tracking research was sponsored by the Department of Defense in the late 1940s. Of special interest in this subseries is a radar photograph of a hurricane that was successfully tracked across the Florida peninsula. Accompanying the photograph is correspondence related to this event, including a letter to Senator Claude Pepper explaining the implications of the research for Florida's protection against hurricanes and urging funds for several weather tracking stations.


Box
1 EIES4419. Protection of small buildings against high velocity winds. 1944-1950
1 EIES4511. Sferics (confidential project). 1945-1951
1 EIES4610. Radar project (confidential project). 1946-1950
1 EIES5012. High velocity winds and rain on building components. 1950-1953


Subseries 26f: Projects related to Florida's tung oil industry 1944-1951 1 box.

Box
1 EIES4420. Tung oil project: drying and harvesting. 1944-1950
1 EIES4509. Drying of Tung Nuts. 1945-1946
1 EIES4519. Tung meal studies. 1945-1947
1 CE4519. Tung meal studies. 1945-1947
1 EIES4607. Filtration of Tung Oil. 1946-1947
1 CE4607. Filtration of Tung Oil. 1946-1947
1 EIES4709. Expression of tung meal. 1947-1950
1 EIES4920. Modification of tung oil. 1949-1950
1 CE4920. Modification of tung oil. 1949-1950
1 EIES5010. Mechanical harvester for tung nuts. 1950


Subseries 26g: Records related to Florida's citrus industry 1945-1949 1 box.

Box
1 EIES4520. Frost damage devices. 1945-1947
1 EIES4605. Scale elimination and evaporation of citrus test water. 1946-1951
1 EIES4615. Citrus juice concentrator. 1946-1947
1 EIES4711. Production of carbonated beverage from orange concentrate (Canada Dry Bottling Company of Florida, Inc.). 1947-1948
1 CE4711. Production of carbonated beverage from orange concentrate (Canada Dry Bottling Company of Florida, Inc.). 1947-1948


Subseries 26h: Projects related to agricultural machinery 1944-1948 2 boxes.

Subseries 26h contains records related to the development of agricultural machinery by the Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station. Most notable are the files related to a celery harvester. These include the notebooks of its creator, Ford L. Prescott, which contain photographs of the harvester and several prototypes as well as photographs of celery pickers in the fields of Chase and Company of Sanford, Florida.


Box
1 EIES4412. Celery Harvester.
1 EIES4714. Development of Agricultural Machinery (Includes notebooks of Ford L. Prescott). 1948-1953
2 EIES4714. Development of Agricultural Machinery (Includes notebooks of Ford L. Prescott). 1948-1953


Subseries 26j: Projects related to the University of Florida's sewage treatment facilities 1947-1948 2 folders.

Folder
1 EIES4713. Sewage Disposal Plant and Methods. 1947-1951
2 ?. Lake Alice Drainage Project. Preliminary Report. Department of Civil Engineering. January 15, 1948. Includes maps and aerial photographs. (Could be part of 4713.). 1948


Subseries 26k: Projects related to Florida's natural sponge industry 1955-1956 2 folders.

Folder
1 EIES5514. Natural Sponges.
2 EIES5527. Natural Sponges, Grade standards.


Subseries 26l: Projects related to red tide 1948-1955 1 box.

Box
1 CE4819. Red Tide Studies. 1948-1949
1 EIES5307. Incidence and causes of marine blooms of the red tide type. 1952-1955


Subseries 26m: Riparian rights 1945 3 folders.

Subseries 26m contains a chapter entitled "Riparian Rights" from a larger work entitled "The Greater Rivers and Harbors of Florida." This work was undertaken as project 4501 by W. W. Fineren in 1945.



Subseries 26n: Projects related to Florida's crude oil deposits 1946-1948 3 folders.

Subseries 26n contains the files of project 4618 entitled "Evaluation of Florida Crude Oil" taken from the offices of the Experiment Station and the Department of Chemical Engineering. The latter includes the notebooks of Charles H. Edwards, who led the research.



Subseries 26p: Projects related to Florida's water resources 1946-1947 1 folder.

Subseries 26p contains the files of project 4616 entitled "Survey of the Water Supply System of Gainesville and the University of Florida."



Subseries 26q: Projects related to coastal engineering 1955 2 folders.

Subseries 26q contains the files of projects 5525 and 5535 dealing with the construction of a wave tank at the University of Florida.



Subseries 26r: Projects related to Florida clays 1947-1950 4 folders.

Subseries 26r contains files related to project CE4732 (Adsorptive properties of Florida clays) and EIES4916 (Lightweight aggregate concrete from Florida clays).



Subseries 26s: Projects related to Florida's peat resources 1944-1947 3 folders.

Subseries 26s contains files related to project 4424 from the office of the Experiment Station dealing with the extraction and possible utilization of peat deposits in the Florida Everglades.




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