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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:708 1862-1916 A298

Wilfrid Airy business papers


Wilfrid Airy was a Civil Engineer in London. The Wilfrid Airy business papers span the years 1862 to 1925, and primarily document the various civil engineering projects on which Airy consulted.


  • 1862-1916 and undated

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.5 linear feet (1 box)

The materials in the collection primarily document the various projects on which Airy consulted. These projects include the Alexandria Reclamation (draft proposal concession for reclaiming from the sea, a portion of the Eastern Harbor of Alexandria), Archimedean Screw (1880) from the Easton & Anderson and Erith Iron Works, Inspection of Barrow Bridge, Bow Church ("Report of the condition of the Coast of Dunwich and on the steps to be taken for preventing or diminishing the encroachment of the sea"), Orwell Park Observatory, River Wyre Bridge, and Train Vibrations for the Cambridge Observatory. Many of the reports for the projects include original drawings. Also included in the collection are specifications, schedules and pricing for various railway projects, Geodesy (mathematical) problems presumably used for the election of Associate Members into The Institution of Civil Engineers, lists of pamphlets compiled by Airy, various journals and notes on topics including cylinders and locks, and miscellaneous investigations. Materials include reports, architectural drawings and specifications, correspondence, articles of agreement, journals, and blueprints.

Biographical / Historical

Wilfrid Airy was born in 1836 and was the son of Sir George Biddell Airy. He earned a B.A. from the University of Cambridge and eventually became a Civil Engineer of London. He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Board of Electors to the Chair of Mechanism and Applied Mathematics in the University of Cambridge, and author of "Treatises on the Spiral Pump, the Scoop-Wheel, Iron Arches, and many short papers on Engineering subjects. Airy died in 1925.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gordon McKay Library, Harvard University, 1975.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2017 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

Airy, Wilfrid, 1836-1925. Wilfrid Airy Business Papers, 1862-1916 and undated: A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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