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Russell Collection of engineering ephemera

Identifier: IAL-2019-016

Scope and Contents

The Russell collection includes brochures, pamphlets, and manuals related to various industrial companies that produced valves, bearings, fittings, and more in the mid- to late-twentieth century. Additional materials include information about steam turbines and heat exchangers. Materials were collected by Fred Russell, an industrial worker, through his career.


  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1989

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials within the collection may be protected by copyright. Please contact IAL at for use of collection beyond Fair Use purposes.


0.75 Cubic Feet (1 oversized legal box and 1 standard height legal box)

Language of Materials



Donor created an inventory sheet with materials in alphabetical order by company. Materials are arranged in line with donor's inventory.

Materials were arranged into two series. Series 1 are consumer products including catalogs, pamphlets, and brochures. Series 2 includes trade products, including articles from conferences and publication, manuals, and research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Mary Russell, wife of Fred Russell, who collected the materials throughout his career working as a mechanical engineer in various industries including pulp and paper, power plant, steam generation, cogeneration plant, and oil and gas. Materials were donated in two batches, both arriving in September 2019.

Processing Information

Processing was completed in October 2019 by Melissa Nerino. Finding aid was created in October 2019 by Melissa Nerino.

Melissa Nerino
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Industrial Archives & Library Repository

18 West 4th Street
Bethlehem Pennsylvania 18015 USA