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Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology Records

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.3936

Scope and Contents

Records of the Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology (IHTIA), an organization affiliated with West Virginia University, including reports and research papers regarding the history of industrial technology and preservation of historical sites, particularly within West Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. This collection also includes photographs, negatives, and photo mechanical transfers of historical sites in these regions. For a more complete list of IHTIA projects represented in this collection, please see the "Project Descriptions" note.

Dates

  • 1875-1930s, ca. 1980-2005
  • Majority of material found within ca. 1980-2005

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Biographical / Historical

The Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology (IHTIA), founded in 1989, was part of West Virginia University's Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. IHTIA worked in conjunction with the National Park Service's Historic American Engineering Records (HAER) to document, analyze, and preserve America's industrial heritage while providing unique educational opportunities.

Extent

76.7 Linear Feet (Summary: 76 ft. 10 in. (doc cases and other containers, 39 ft., 5 in.); (13 record cartons, 15 in. each); (map cabinets, 4 ft.); (11 cartons of rolled items, 16 in. each))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

General

A large portion of bridge related content was created by Emory Kemp, Director of the Institute, as part of research he conducted outside the scope of IHTIA activities.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) material in this collection was collected and compiled by Larry Sypolt, an employee of the Institute.

Project Descriptions

IHTIA Project Descriptions

The following list includes project descriptions for material in this collection, A&M 3936. For example, records for the Bridge Patent Survey can be found in boxes 15-18.)

Bridge Patent Survey (see boxes 15-18): This project was begun under the 1991 IHTIA work plan. During the summer of 1991, IHTIA staff amassed copies of approximately 500 American bridge patent drawings and specification spanning the years 1790-1890. As originally conceived the patent drawings and specifications would be scanned and published in a searchable CD-ROM format. This format eventually proved obsolete. Ultimately, the West Virginia University Press published the results of this survey in a 2005 monograph entitled American Bridge Patents: The First Century (1790-1890).

Trump Lilly Farm Historic Structures and Cultural Landscape Report (see boxes 24, 26-28, 56, 65/folder 1, 66/folder 26, and map cabinet drawer 23): This project was sponsored research undertaken by a cooperative agreement between IHTIA and the National Park Service. The project deliverable was the Trump Lilly Farm Historic Structures and Cultural Landscape. The report, completed to NPS standards, included the following sections: administrative data, physical history and analysis, architectural and landscape data, recommendations and appendices. The report also included ink-on-mylar measured drawings of the farm structures existing conditions and photographs, both contemporary and historic. This work was undertaken in 1993-94.

Thurmond Depot Historic Structure Report (see boxes 29-34, 51, 62/folders 9a-9c, 66/folder 25, and map cabinet drawer 10): This project was sponsored research undertaken by a cooperative agreement between IHTIA and the National Park Service. The project deliverable was the Thurmond Depot historic structures report. This report, completed to NPS Standards, included narrative history of the depot, ink-on-mylar measured drawings documenting existing conditions, recommendations for adaptive reuse, and archival photographs. The final report was printed and distributed to New River Gorge National River and government repositories. Work was undertaken in 1990-91.

Allegheny National Forest (see box 32 and map cabinet drawer 4): A two year project. In the first phase IHTIA surveyed Allegheny National Forest (ANF) powerhouses and extant oil heritage sites as part of IHTIA project development (also in this first phase, IHTIA and the Society for Industrial Archeology Three Rivers Chapter conducted a site recording workshop on ANF). This work was undertaken during the spring of 1996. The second phase was sponsored research under a tripartite cooperative agreement between IHTIA, HAER and ANF. A combined team comprised of IHTIA, HAER and ANF staff and summer employees documented central power systems on Allegheny National Forest. IHTIA produced a narrative history, large-format photographs and ink-on-mylar measured drawings. This work was undertaken in the summer of 1997. After completion, this package was transmitted to HAER, and is included in the Library of Congress HAER Collection (HAER PA-436).

Magnolia Plantation (see boxes 38 and 64/folder 21): This project was undertaken in cooperation with HAER under the 1996 IHTIA work plan. IHTIA photographer served as project photographer on the HAER documentation of the Magnolia Plantation Cotton Gins and Presses, Natchitoches Vicinity, Louisiana. IHTIA produced large-format photographs of the structure, gins and presses. This work was undertaken in the summer of 1996. These photographs were transmitted to HAER and are included in the Library of Congress HAER Collection (HAER No. LA-11).

Shenandoah Pulp Mill (see boxes 39 and 66/folder 23): This project was undertaken in cooperation with HAER under the 1994 IHTIA work plan. IHTIA delineators and photographer recorded the ruins of the Shenandoah Pulp Mill, near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. IHTIA produced, to HAER Standards, ink-on-mylar measured drawings and large-format photographs. HAER staff completed the narrative history. This work was undertaken in the summer of 1994.The photographs and drawings were transmitted to HAER and are included in the Library of Congress HAER Collection (HAER WV-59).

Vance Farmhouse National Register Nomination (see box 65/folder 10 and map cabinet drawer 1): This nomination was prepared under the 1990 IHTIA work plan. The Bicentennial House (aka Vance Farmhouse) was the headquarters of IHTIA. The nomination was prepared in the fall of 1990 and the Bicentennial House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in November 1991.

Skyline Drive Historic District National Register Nomination (see boxes 54, 65/folder 8, and map cabinet drawer 21): Project was undertaken under a cooperative agreement between IHTIA and the National Park Service. IHTIA prepared a National Register Nomination for the105 mile long Skyline Drive, located in Shenandoah National Park. In addition to the National Register nomination, IHTIA delineators produced the Skyline Drive Landscape Report documenting the Skyline Drive overlooks and viewsheds. This work was undertaken in summer 1992. The Skyline Drive Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in April 1997.

Nuttallburg Mine Complex (see boxes 64/folder 22, 66/folder 21, and map cabinet drawer 16): This project was under the 1991 IHTIA work. The Nuttallburg Mine Complex, located within the boundaries of the New River Gorge National River, was the first HAER level documentation undertaken by IHTIA. The HAER package consisted of a narrative history, large-format photographs, and ink-on-mylar drawings. The project was transmitted to HAER and is included in the Library of Congress HAER Collection (HAER WV-51). Work was undertaken in 1991-92.

1992 Industrial Archaeology Field School (see boxes 62/folder 7, 62/folder 10, and 63/folder 1): The first of three field schools conducted by IHTIA and taught techniques of site recording. The 1992 Field School was funded under the 1992 IHTIA work plan. The students recorded the Boteler Cement Mill ruins, near Shepherdstown, WV and Virginius Island ruins at Harpers Ferry, WV with measured drawings and large-format photographs. Additionally, the students prepared a draft National Register Nomination for the Boteler Cement Mill. Ink-on-mylar drawings (completed by IHTIA staff) and photographs were transmitted to HAER and are included in the Library of Congress HAER Collection (HAER WV-82 & HAER WV-83).

La Belle Iron Works (see box 66/folder 18): This HAER project was funded under the 1990 IHTIA work plan. The La Belle Nail Works was one of two surviving American cut nail factories (now defunct). The HAER team documented the manufacturing process with a narrative history, large-format photographs and ink-on-mylar measured drawings. This package is included in the Library of Congress HAER Collection (HAER WV-47).

Warwood Tool Company (see boxes 63/folder 2, 65/folder 10, and 66/folder 28): This HAER project was funded under the 1990 IHTIA work plan. The Warwood Tool Company manufactures high quality railroad and industrial tools. The HAER team documented the manufacturing process with a narrative history, large-format photographs and ink-on-mylar measured drawings. This package is included in the Library of Congress HAER Collection (HAER WV-48).

Waverly Street Bridge (see boxes 63/folder 3, 66/folder 29, and map cabinet drawer 24): The project was sponsored research undertaken under an agreement between IHTIA and the Allegany County [Maryland] Department of Public Works. The Waverly Street Bridge, recorded to HAER Standards, a narrative history, large-format photographs and ink-on-mylar measured drawings. The package was transmitted to HAER and is included in the Library of Congress HAER Collection (HAER MD-83).

Blair Mountain Reconnaissance Survey (see boxes 63/folders 9a-9b, 66/folder 5, and map cabinet drawer 7): The West Virginia Humanities Council commissioned IHTIA, as an unbiased organization, to undertake a reconnaissance survey of the Blair Mountain Battlefield site. IHTIA staff spent a week in early February 1991 surveying the battlefield and interviewing local informants. IHTIA staff conducted additional research in Morgantown and produced the Blair Mountain Cultural Reconnaissance Survey Report. The final draft report was sent to the WV Humanities Council.

Advisory Committee Meetings (see box 47): The IHTIA Advisory Committee was an advisory board created to oversee how the IHTIA expended its federal funding. The committee met annually to discuss and approve the IHTIA work plan. The Committee consisted of representatives from the West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio State Historic Preservation Offices, the WVU Research Corporation, the Historic American Engineering Record and WVU History Department. Staff presented their work plan projects to the committee for discussion and approval.

Society for Industrial Archeology (see boxes 35-36 and map cabinet drawer 30): Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) is the professional organization for the discipline of industrial archeology. Emory Kemp was one of the founding members of SIA (founded in 1971). IHTIA was involved in SIA activities from its start. IHTIA initiated the formation of the SIA Pittsburgh Three Rivers Chapter in 1991 and hosted the 1993 Pittsburgh SIA Conference (including paper proposals, organizing tours, printing and mailing brochure, etc.). IHTIA hosted several Three Rivers Chapter symposia and staff attended and presented at numerous SIA conferences.

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IHTIA Projects Not In The Contents List

The following list includes projects undertaken by the IHTIA for which there are no descriptions of material in this collection, A&M 3936.

Anthracite/Bituminous Coal Study
Barrackville Covered Bridge Stabilization Plan
Bollman Truss National Landmark Nomination
Chestnut Ridge Iron Industry
Cononcocheague Creek Aqueduct (HAER MD-123)
Covered Bridge Video
Cut Nail Context
Fairbank Oil Field
Fairmont Industrial Survey
Field School 1994 (Clarysville, Maryland)
Field School 2001 (Canada)
Harvey Lock National Register Evaluation
High Level Bridge National Register Nomination
IHTIA Monographs
IHTIA Technical Reports
Industrial Site Evaluation
Iron and Steel Context
Ironmaking in the Virginias
Ironmasters Conferences 1999 and 2002
Joanna Furnace Recordation
Kanawha Valley Chemical Heritage Symposium May 2003
Kanawha Valley Chemical Industry Survey
Kaymoor Mine Site Stabilization
Lock and Dam No. 7 Video
Midland Trail Scenic Byways
Mississippi Basin Model
Monessen Open Hearth Study (HAER PA-253)
National Road Documentation
New River Gorge Historic Context Update
North Bend Rail Trails Guide
Northern West Virginia Coalfields Context
Oxford Furnace
Principio Furnace Management Plan
St. Nicholas Breaker
Staunton to Parkersburg Turnpike
Thurmond Depot Historic Furnishing Report
Title
Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology Records, 1875-1930s, ca. 1980-2005
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Date
2013/06/04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536