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Williams-Miles History of Chemistry Collection
Society: ACSMain Category: ChemicalSub Category: Cradles of ChemistryEra: 1890-1899Brackett LibrarySearcyState: ARZip: 72143Country: USAWebsite:, Miles, Wyndham , National Institutes of Health

The Williams-Miles History of Chemistry Collection, established in 1992, is one of the leading historical collections of chemistry books in the southern United States. It represents a combined 70 years of scholarly collecting by Wyndham D. Miles, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, and William D. Williams, Professor of Chemistry at Harding University. More than 2,000 volumes published between 1600 and 1900 are preserved here; the collection is particularly strong in 19th-century works.

Image Credit: Courtesy ACSImage Caption: Williams-Miles History of Chemistry Collection at Harding University
Cooper Steam Traction Engine Collection
Society: ASMEMain Category: CivilSub Category: AgricultureEra: 1860-1869DateCreated: 1860sKnox County Historical SocietyMount VernonState: OHZip: 43050Country: USAWebsite:, Cooper & Co.

These engines, built by Cooper & Co., of Mount Vernon are among the oldest surviving agricultural steam engines to show the evolution from the portable, skid-mounted engine (ca. 1860) to the horse-drawn engine (1875), through the self-propelled but horse-guided engine (1875) and finally to the self-propelled, self-steered traction engine (1883). Such engines powered the conversion to mechanized farming, which was a great hallmark of the Industrial Revolution.

Image Credit: Courtesy ASMEImage Caption: Cooper Self-Propelled, Self-Steering Traction EngineEra_date_from: 1860s
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: ManufacturingEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 1878John M. Browning Firearms MuseumOgdenState: UTZip: 84401Country: USAWebsite: Browning, John Moses
This collection recognizes the inventive talents of John Moses Browning (1855-1926), a prolific and significant designer of sporting and military firearms, whose designs were known for simplicity, accuracy, and reliability. He held more than 128 patents covering 80 distinct firearms produced by Winchester, Remington, Colt, Fabrique Nationale, Savage, and General Motors (during wartime), among others.
Image Credit: Public Domain; Produced prior to 1/1/1923Image Caption: Browning Firearms CollectionEra_date_from: 1878
Reuleaux Collection of Kinematic Mechanisms
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalEra: 1800-1829DateCreated: 1882Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringIthicaState: NYZip: 14853Country: USAWebsite:, Reuleaux, Franz

Kinematics is the study of geometry of motion. Reuleaux designed the models in the Cornell collection as teaching aids for invention, showing the kinematic design of machines. The mechanisms in the collection represent the fundamental components of complex machines and were conceived as elements of a basic “language of invention.” Today the models are still used in the teaching of machine design and synthesis, robotics, dynamics, architectural drawing and mathematics.

Image Credit: Courtesy ASMEImage Caption: A page taken from Gustav Voigt's catalog of Reuleaux's Mechanisms,Era_date_from: 1882
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