Guide to the Joshua Eyre Hannum Papers, RG 151
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: October 2003
2.0 cubic feet; 500 items.
Number of Boxes:
2 record center boxes.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Joshua Eyre Hannum was born on May 5, 1890 in Concord Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania to Howard and Margaretta (Bishop) Hannum. He attended Pennsylvania State College, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1915 and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 1920. He was employed by Skinner Engine Company in Erie, Pennsylvania from 1915 to 1926 in various positions. From 1927 to 1936, he was the editor of Engineering Index and was later office manager of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1931 to 1936. He was a research engineer for the Association of American Railroads in 1936 and 1937 and for the Crane Company in 1938. Hannum was hired at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (presently Auburn University) in the fall of 1938 as Dean of the School of Engineering, a position he held until 1943. From 1943 until his death in 1960, he was a professor of mechanical engineering and Director of Pre-engineering at Auburn. He was the author of numerous professional papers, research articles and family histories.
Scope and Content:
Consists of biographical data of Joshua E. Hannum; historical information about the Alabama Polytechnic Institute School of Engineering; research and papers by L. P. Alford and J. E. Hannum, relating to Kilo-Man-Hours Method of Economic analysis; correspondence by Hannum and Alford primarily relating to the method, manuscript of book about the method, nine reports and papers by J. E. Hannum and two reports on the School of Engineering from 1943 to 1948.
II. History of the School of Engineering, 1872-1948: Historical notes on faculty, curriculum, departments, degrees, 1872-1914; final paper; chronological record of faculty, 1972-1945; early graduates, 1872-1885; "Departments, Faculty., and Curricula, School of Engineering, A.P.I., 1915 to 1948; list of heads of departments, 1872-1927.
III. College Lecture notes taken while student at Pennsylvaina State College. Railroad Transportation, 1914 and notes on labor problems, 1915.
IV. Diamond Chain and Manufacturing Company - Investigations and Surveys, 1918-19.
P. Alford and J. E. Hannum developed the Kilo-Man-Hour Method (KMH) of Economic analysis and the following items of the collection relate to this topic.
V. American Society of Mechanical Engineers Papers of 1928, "A Basis for Evaluating Manufacturing Operations" by L. P. Alford and J. E. Hannum. Original work sheets and 2 copies of the paper.
VI. A.S.M.E. Paper of 1932, "Application of the KMH Method on Analyzing Manufacturing Operation" by Alford and Hannum. Original work sheets four copies of paper.
VII. Collection of KMH papers by Alford and Hannum. In addition to copies of two A.S.M.E. papers are "The Manhour Method of Economic Analysis" (July, 1932), "Measuring Operating Performance by the Kilo-Man-Hour" (Dec., 1932), "Possible Increases in the Output of Four Major Industries" (June, 1933), "What Is the Most Favorable Size of Manufacturing Plant?" (October, 1933). "The KMH Analysis of Industrial Production" (December, 1933), "Industrial Productivity Analyzed by the KNH Method" (January, 1934), "Planning Productive Work" (January, 1934).
VIII. One folder of general KMH correspondence (1928-1936) and one folder of correspondence (1934-41) primarily by Hannum and Alford relating to their report before the Senate Committee on Unemployment and Relief (1938), to recommendations by Alford for Hannum and to a textbook Alford was writing, Administration and Management in Industry.
IX. KMH Publicity including newspaper and magazine articles about the 1928 A.S.M.E. paper and 1933-34 papers.
X. Further research by Hannum. "KMH Analysis of Special Industries" (1928-33); "KMH Analysis of Steam Railroads of United States" (1922-36); "KMH Analvsis of American Agriculture" (1926-43).
XI. Manuscript compiled by Alford and Hannum for a book, Manhour Planning by the KMH Method, and collection of material not actually used.
XII. Other reports and papers by Hannum:
"A Classified Bibliography on Industrial Management," 1919.
"Standard Cost System for Basket and Crate Manufacturers," 1925
"Bibliographies on Eyesight Conservation and Lighting," 1925-29
"Reports and Correspondence of the Committee on Manhour Information of the American Engineering Council; 1927-31
"Manhour Study of Four Industries.," (Census of Manufacturers)pl929
"Groups of Divisions of Engineering Index Services " 1930
"Outline of Census of Engineers," 1931
"Procedure for Preparing the Combined Index to the First 38 Volumes of the Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers," 1931
"Employment, Wages and Hours of Work in the Wholesale Optical Industry in 1933"
XIII. Man-Hour Studies of U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1933-41.
XIV. Two reports, School of Engineering, A.P.I.
"Analysis of Scholastic Records of Students Enrolled, Summer Quarter, 1943"
"A Six Year Program of Aims and Objectives, 1943-48"
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