Papers, 1835-1991 [bulk, 1961-1991].


Papers, 1835-1991 [bulk, 1961-1991].

The papers are a series of fragments representing Dr. Beer's research and administrative duties at the university. Minutes of the Hagley Fellowship Program Committee (1979-1991) describe the major changes that occurred during the 1980s. Another file details the abortive effort to have "Technology and Culture," the journal of the Society for the History of Technology, edited at the Hagley Museum and Library. The bulk of the papers consists of correspondence, notes, research materials, and drafts for a projected book or article on "Russia iron", a highly finished, wear resistant iron produced in Russia in the 19th century. Some of the materials are copies from Hagley Museum and Library Accession 340, describing how Charles L. Gilpin travelled to Russia in 1880 in an attempt to discover the secret of "Russia iron" for American ironmaster W. Dewees Wood. Wood later succeeded in manufacturing a "planished" iron supposedly equal or superior to "Russia iron." Beer's notes include material on both Wood and Gilpin. Beer also attempted modern chemical analysis on surviving samples of "Russia iron" in an attempt to discover the supposed secret process of its manufacture. There are also a small quantity of notes on an earlier research project on theories of dyeing, and a series of posters on technological landmarks and technological progress.

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