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History: Reinier Beeuwkes was one of the world's foremost electrical engineers. This collection of his records of many of his projects passed to his son and then to his grandson, who then generously donated it to the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library in order to make it more freely available to students and scholars.
Scope: This collection contains documents, blueprints, photographs, and professional publications offering a detailed record of many aspects of industrial electrical engineering and electrified railroad transportation in the first half of the twentieth century. The collection is divided into thirteen series. The first half is arranged in chronological order reflecting the dates of significance within Mr. Beeuwkes professional career. The last two series focus on domestic lines and foreign railroads. This collection has recently been expanded significantly by the Beeuwkes family and now contains significantly more resources relating to the railroad companies that Mr. Beeuwkes worked for throughout his career as well as containing more information on domestic and foreign railroads.
Holdings: 27 Archival Boxes
Access: *Important* Special Collection B-13 is stored in the Records Center and will require at least a week's notice to retrieve any part of it for research at the Mercantile Library, please contact the librarian. A 200-page published guide exists for this collection and is available at the reference desk.