Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Engineers and Architects Club of Louisville, collector
Title: Mechanical and architectural bridge drawings, 1890-1919
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.
Size of Collection: 106 items, 7 ovsz. folders
Location Number: Mss. AR E57
Scope and Content Note
Donated by the Engineers and Architects Club of Louisville in August of 1953, this collection is comprised of 106 mechanical and architectural drawings. The majority of these drawings are of bridge projects throughout Kentucky in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Other non-bridge projects are included, such as: plans of the Jefferson County Armory, 1912 and shop drawings of manhole covers, 1910. Projects of note are ten drawings of the “New Ohio River Bridge” or the Kentucky and Indiana (K&I) Bridge as it is known today, 1910-1911 (folder 1) as well as drawings for Pier 1 and 2 for the Louisville and Jeffersonville (Big Four) Bridge, 1890 (2). Click here to see the project index for a complete listing of projects.
The drawings were originally folded within six, manuscript boxes but are now unfolded within 7 oversized folders (due to size, some extra-large drawings are still folded). Many of the drawings are in a brittle state and should be handled with care when viewing.
Drawings were transferred from the manuscript collection (053×39).
Paper wrappers with descriptive text have been maintained and are foldered. Creator of these wrappers is unknown but likely a member of the Engineers and Architects Club or a 1953 Filson staff member.
Engineers and Architects Club of Louisville. Records, 1891-1985 (Mss. BF E57)
Engineers and Architects Club of Louisville. Additional records, 1961-2012 (Mss. BF E57a)
The Engineers and Architects Club of Louisville was founded in 1891 as an organization to unite professional engineers and architects within the city. The club held monthly meetings, invited guest speakers to lecture on relevant topics, took educational group fieldtrips, and encouraged a high level of professionalism among its members. In order to provide its members with a quality service, the Club formed professional associations with numerous other scientific societies and organizations, including the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School, the Louisville Engineering and Scientific Societies’ Council, the Kentucky State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, and various state scientific societies.
Folder 1: New Ohio River Bridge, 1910-1911, 10 items
Folder 2: Twelve drawings (see project index), various dates
Folder 3: Fifteen bridge designs (see project index) and one abutment, various dates
Folder 4: Carrollton & Prestonville Bridge, 1899 and 1912, 20 items
Folder 5: Seven bridge designs (see project index) and one concrete arch, various dates
Folder 6: Twelve non-bridge projects (see project index), various dates
Folder 7: Six large-scale Southern Water Works illustrations, n.d.
Architecture – Designs and plans
Armories – Kentucky – Louisville
Bridges – Abutments
Bridges – Design and construction.
Cobb, R. L.
Davis, Brinton B.
Engineers – Kentucky
Hospital architecture – Kentucky