Fonds UBCA-ARC-1309 - Department of Mechanical Engineering fonds

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Department of Mechanical Engineering fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Photographic material

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  • 1969-2004 (Creation)
    University of British Columbia. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

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2.62 m of textual records
ca. 9500 photographs

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The University of British Columbia's Department of Mechanical Engineering traces its origins back to 1908 and the applied science courses offered by the institution's predecessor, McGill University College of B.C. When the University of British Columbia opened its doors in 1915, it included a Department of Mechanical Engineering as part of the College of Applied Science. However, the department consisted of only Lawrence Killam and several shop demonstrators. However, it lacked any full professors or a department head. From these humble beginnings, the department has become a leading teaching and researching unit within the university. Its engineering graduates have made significant contributions to the development of British Columbia and beyond.

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Fonds consists primarily of photographic material (including: black and white and colour photographs and negatives, and colour slides) as well as, pen and ink sketches and textual material. The textual material which spans intermittently between 1976 and 1994, includes reports, work orders, memoranda, drawings and blueprints. The bulk of this material primarily concerns itself with two areas of Departmental activity: teaching and machining; however, other areas to offer representation include the Engineering Undergraduate Society, the Department's photographic unit and faculty research.

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Transferred from the Department of Mechanical Engineering July 4, 2000.


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Fonds consists of institutional records – access requests must be reviewed by the University's FOIPOP Coordinator.

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For additional information on the history of the Department, see Eric Damer, Discovery by Design: The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of British Columbia - Origins and History: 1907-2001 (2002).

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Photographs include prints, negatives, and slides.

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