Rails Investigation File, 1927-1939
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Brief Description: Rails investigation file including correspondence and reports of Prof. Herbert F. Moore with Committee IV of the American Railway Engineering Association, Association of American Railroads; steel rail manufacturers and railroad engineering departments about transverse fissures of railroad rails, fatigue tests of rail steel , mathematical analyses of stresses, field tests, shipment of rails, development and use of testing machines, measuring rail strains, descriptions of types of tests, broken rails received for testing, magnetic detection, specifications for rails, steel treating processes, publications, financial records, staffing, quarterly reports and related topics.  As a research professor of engineering materials, Moore began his investigations under a contract with the Northern Illinois Utilities Research Commission.  Prof. Howard R. Thomas assisted Moore and Prof. Arthur N. Talbot investigated stresses in railroad track.  The file includes minutes of the meetings of the sponsoring Committee IV of the American Railway Engineering Association.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 11/11/6
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Volume: 1.0 cubic feet
Acquired: September 1963
Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics :

The 1867 Report of the University Committee on Courses of Study and Faculty for the Illinois Industrial University listed a "Professorship of Analytical and Practical Mechanics" among the more important chairs of instruction and assigned courses in mechanics to the Polytechnic Department.1 Courses were first offered in 1870, with the appointment of Prof. Stillman W. Robinson.2 The history of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics as a department did not begin until 1895, when the Board of Trustees approved a new set of Faculty By-Laws, which reorganized colleges and departments. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics courses were considered service courses for the Engineering College and, although they had been offered separately since 1891, they were included within the Department of Municipal and Sanitary Engineering.3 Arthur N. Talbot was the first head of this Department, holding professorships in both Municipal and Sanitary Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and it was his prominence in both areas that led to their being combined in one department. Upon Talbot's retirement in 1926, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics was created as a separate department, with the Municipal and Sanitary Engineering courses becoming part of the Civil Engineering Department.4

1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 1st Report, 1867-68, pp. 50, 62.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 3rd Report, March 8, 1870, p. 47.

3. Catalogs and Registers, 1892-93, p. 45; Board of Trustees Transactions, 18th Report, February 13, 1895, p. 70.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 34th Report, July 7, 1926, p. 3.

Subject Index
Association of American Railroads
Railroad Rails
Railway Engineering
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]