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Record Group: 9 C
Record Sub-Group: 8
Records Title: UMC; College of Engineering; Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Administrative, Instructional, and Other Records
Dates: 1930-2003
Volume: 13 and 2/3 cubic feet, 17.08 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

This Sub-Group contains records generated by the administration and faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Engineering's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Included in this Sub-Group are correspondence files, committee files, manuscripts of faculty publications, faculty service records, annual departmental reports, consulting reports, curriculum information, accreditation record, course materials, photographs, blueprints, and various printed and duplicated material.

Series Descriptions:

Series 1. - C:9/11/1
This Series contains seven engineering graphics textbooks and workbooks by Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Alfred S. Gaskell, (1963-1976). These materials were developed by Professor Gaskell for his courses in engineering graphics and drawing, conceptual design, and interior design.
(1/3 c.f., UMLD1)

Series 2. - C:9/11/4 (A84-25)
This Series contains Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty service records, annual departmental reports, departmental committee files, consulting reports, curriculum information, accreditation records, and information concerning University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate and undergraduate engineering course offerings, (1938-1978).
(4 c.f., 017020, 017021, 017022, 017023; 1/6 c.f., 703, MC)

Series 3. - C:9/11/5 (A84-99)
This Series contains course materials generated by Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering John Love Jr., (ca. 1960-1980). Included in the Series are course schedules, quizzes, lecture notes, special problem assignments (and solutions), home work handouts, and exams.
(2 c.f., UMLD1)

Series 4. - C:9/11/6 (A84-49)
This Series contains records of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering gathered by James J. Smith, Professor of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, (1968-1984) (some documents pre-date Professor Smith's tenure at UMC). Included in the Series are items of correspondence concerning development of the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory and related matters, (ca. 1938), printed reports entitled The Arkansas Story: A Demonstration in Energy Conserving Home Construction, and Mathematical Games: The Persistence and Futility of Efforts to Trisect the Triangle. Also included in the Series are sixty-two black-and-white photographs of subjects such as machinery used by the department and construction of the Engineering Laboratory as well as two blueprints of the Laboratory.
(1/6 c.f., UMLD1)
Note to Researcher: For Staff Vitae of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, 1927-1969, see
Record Group 9 C, Sub-Group 3, Series 1.

Series 5. - C:9/11/3 (A02-27)
This Series contains records of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (1991-1999). Included in the Series are terminated faculty files, including promotion and tenure dossiers, teaching/faculty evaluations, and other documentation, (1991-1999) [RESTRICTED] and grant proposals, (1994-1997).
(3 c.f., 066023, 066056, 066766)
Note to Researcher: This Series is currently unprocessed. Until thoroughly processed and inventoried, portions may not be fully available to researchers. This Series contains records which are confidential and restricted and can not be provided for public use. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid.

Series 6. - C:9/11/8 (A03-108)
This Series contains records of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (1996-2003). Included in the Series are Faculty Activity Information Reports (FAIR; 1996-1998) and inactive and terminated faculty files, (2001-2003) [RESTRICTED] that include correspondence, evaluations, and promotion and tenure records.
(2 c.f., 113796, 113795)
Note to Researcher: This Series contains records which are confidential and restricted and are not available for public use. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid. For additional faculty and personnel files for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department as well as staff curricula vitae, see
Record Group 9 C, Sub-Group 3, Series 1 and 4.

Series 7. - C:9/11/9 (A03-116)
This Series contains administrative records created and received by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (1968-1981). The records consist of general correspondence and memoranda, (1980-1981), scholarship files, (1978-1981), curriculum submissions, (1980-1981), and corporate grant materials, (1968-1980).
(1 c.f., 033818)

Series 8. - C:9/11/10 (A04-21)
This Series contains administrative records created and received by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (1980-1997), including course scheduling records, assessment and accreditation records, and NASA/Missouri Space Grant Consortium records.
(1 c.f., 066024)

Series 9. - C:9/11/11
This Series contains miscellaneous printed and duplicated materials produced by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Among the formats, topics, and titles in this Series are the following: academic program brochures and broadsides; conference brochures; and newsletters, including an alumni newsletter, Views from the Columns, and newsletters from the Design Optimization Laboratory/Design Productivity Center (1985-1987).The series also includes a report, dated 6/1/1901, by Mechanical Engineering Professor C.W. Marx and Agricultural Chemistry Professor Paul Schweitzer, titled "The Heating Values and Proximate Analyses of Missouri Coal".
(1/6 c.f., 725, 1, 4)

Series 10. - C:9/11/12 (A09-12)
This Series contains professional papers from Professor of Mechanical Engineering Eastman Smith, (1953-1991). The records consist of research data, correspondence, and patent documents concerning Smith's eyesight-refraction testing instrument, the Xactometer. The Series also includes the prototype and additional parts for the Xactometer. There are also a few records related to Professor Smith's teaching in the College of Engineering, including a Mechanical Engineering Seminar handout (1953).
(3 c.f.; 2 c.f., B23, 1, top; 1 c.f., B23, 2, top)
Note to Researcher: Professor Eastman Smith was Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1945 until his retirement in 1964. Eastman worked with MU faculty member Milton D. Overholser (Department of Anatomy) on research into eye-muscle tension and the curvature of the cornea and this research is documented in records in this Series.
Note to Archivist: The box lists for this Series are available online. They can be accessed by
following this link.

Restrictions Note: The Archives of the University of Missouri-Columbia is required by law and Board of Curator's policy to restrict access to some files and information. Student records are held as confidential under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and by University policy. Faculty promotion and tenure records and Academic Personnel files are restricted for 75 years, or the lifetime of the individual. All grievance, disciplinary, and medical records are treated as confidential files. Consultations with legal counsel, both in-house and external, are protected by the attorney/client privilege and will not be released.

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