Guide to the Joshua Eyre Hannum Papers, RG 151

Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: October 2003

Date Span:

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.

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