Civil Engineering, Underground Infrastructure, Skyscrapers, Railroad construction, Road Building, Hoover Dam, Sanitation engineering, Erie Canal.
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Bailey, William Francis, comp.
Bailey 1906 Dewey Dec. 385
(title continued) ” …Its Projectors, Construction and History”
The story of the Union Pacific Railroad. Chapter headings are: 1. The Project and its Projectors, 2. The Proposition in Congress, 3. Mostly Financial, 4. Commencement of the Work, 5. Progress Made, 6. Indian Troubles during Construction, 7. The Builders, 8. Completion of the Line, 9. The Kansas Division (Kansas Pacific Ry), 10. The Denver-Cheyenne Line (Denver Pacific R.R.), 11. History of the Line since its Completion, 12. The Central Pacific Railroad, Appendix
Bain, David Haward
Viking 1999 Dewey Dec. 385
“Bain knits together excellent storytelling and exhaustive research in a rich contextual tale of vision, ambition, and, ultimately, political and personal corruption.” -Libr J
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Baker, M. N.
Macmillan 1902 Dewey Dec. 628
Practical, authoritative discussion of problems of transportation, communication, water, lighting, slaughter houses, sewage, street cleaning, smoke, noise, etc. public policy and finance.
Author’s wide practical experience furnishes many tangible examples.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904
Bernstein, Peter L.
Norton 2005 Dewey Dec. 386
The author discusses the building of the Erie Canal and how, in his opinion, it changed the course of American history. This “is an important window into a vital and too often neglected period in the American past.” -Foreign Affairs
Billington, David P.
Princeton University 1985 Dewey Dec. 624
Four Winds 1980 Dewey Dec. 624
An ironworker describes his experiences erecting steel frames of large structures such as skyscrapers and industrial plants in New York City and a California desert.
Crandall, Charles Lee and Barnes, Fred Asa
NY: McGraw-Hill 1913 Dewey Dec. 625.1
Dodge, Grenville M. (Major General)
Washington: GPO 1910 Dewey Dec. 385
The author was Chief Engineer, Union Pacific Railway, 1866-1870.
Dunar, Andrew J. and McBride, Dennis
University of Nevada 2001 Dewey Dec. 627
Topics: Dams, Construction workers, Oral history
Ehlers, Victor Marcus
McGraw Hill 1950 Dewey Dec. 628
Topics: Public Health, Sanitary Engineering, Sanitation, Sanitation, Sanitary engineering, Public health, Rural health
McGraw-Hill 1910 Dewey Dec. 625.7
Subtitle: “Treating of the various problems and operations in the construction and maintenance of roads, streets, and pavements written in non-technical language, suitable for the general reader; with an extensive bibliography and a descriptive list of reliable current books and pamphlets on these subjects”.
“Compilation from authoritative sources, treating the problems of roadmaking and road maintenance in language as untechnical as the nature of the subject permits.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911
Motorbooks International 1995 Dewey Dec. 625.7
Harcourt, Leveson Francis V.
Clarendon 1885 Dewey Dec. 627
Subtitle: “their physical features, history, construction equipment, and maintenance, with statistics as to their commercial development”.
Volume 1 – Text
Volume 2 – Plates (list of contents, but no illustrations) – A.L.A. Catalog 1904
A Treatise on Rivers and Canals relating to the Control and Improvement of Rivers and the Design, Construction, and Development of Canals
Harcourt, Leveson Francis V.
Clarendon 1882 Dewey Dec. 627
The flow, control and improvement of rivers and the design, construction and development of canals both for navigation and irrigation, with statistics of the traffic on inland waterways. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904
Volume 1 – Text
Volume 2 – Plates
International Correspondence Schools
International Textbook 1913 Dewey Dec. 624
Subtitle: “A convenient reference book for chainmen, rodmen, transitmen, levelers, surveyors, as well as draftsmen, computers, and railroad, municipal, and hydraulic engineers”
Knopf 2003 Dewey Dec. 386
Karabell “has written a thorough and entertaining work. . . . The author is quite comfortable discussing any issue, period, or personality in the canal’s history, and many of the references in his 150-title bibliography are from primary sources. This is simply an excellent book.” -Libr J
Kelly, James E. and Park, William R.
Addison-Wesley 1977 Dewey Dec. 627
Traces each step in the design and construction of earthfill and masonry dams and describes the equipment and machinery used.
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Viking 1997 Dewey Dec. 625.7
Topics: Roads, Transportation, Automotive
Houghton Mifflin 1976 Dewey Dec. 624
Text and drawings describe the subways, sewers, building foundations, telephone and power systems, columns, cables, pipes, tunnels, and other underground elements of a large modern city.
Clark 1908 Dewey Dec. 628
Practical advice on pavements, drainage, water supply, buildings, contracts, records, office systems, etc., for city officials without technical training and engineers inexperienced in municipal works.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911
Merriman, Mansfield, ed.
Wiley 1911 Dewey Dec. 624
Of composite authorship, the different sections being furnished by leading American authorities in their respective subjects.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904-1911
Knopf 1995 Dewey Dec. 624
“The great era of American bridge building – which from the 1870s through the 1930s gave us such landmarks as the Eads Bridge across the Mississippi, the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River, the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson, and the Golden Gate Bridge at the mouth of San Francisco Bay – called for a special breed of engineer: equal parts dreamer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Since the building of any bridge is necessarily a collaborative effort, engineers of dissimilar philosophies and all-too-similar egos were thrown together on project after project, making for an ongoing, interwoven human and technological drama.”–Book Jacket
Vintage 2005 Dewey Dec. 624
Topics: Technology & Industrial Arts, Science/Mathematics, Engineering (General), Technology, Architecture, Applied Sciences, Engineering – General, Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings, Architecture / Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings, History – General, Engineering
Shaler, Nathaniel S.
Century 1896 Dewey Dec. 625.7
Subtitle: “A popular account of their conditions and of the means by which they may be bettered”.
List of Important works on highway construction, p. 292-93.
“Road materials, methods of construction and administration, machinery, cost, effects of climate and topography, importance of specific training and education in highway engineering, etc.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1904
Skelton, Oscar D.
Toronto: Glasgow, Brook 1920 Dewey Dec. 385
Chapter headings: 1. The Coming of the Railway, 2. Early Travel in Canada, 3. The call for the Railway, 4. The Canadian Beginnings, 5. The Grand Trunk Era, 6. The Intercolonial, 7. The Canadian Pacific – Beginnings, 8. Building the Canadian Pacific , 9. The Era of Amalgamation, 10. The Canadian Northern, 11. The Expansion of the Grand Trunk, 12. Sundry Developments, 13. Some General Questions, Bibliographical Note
Stevens, Joseph E.
University of Oklahoma 1988 Dewey Dec. 627
Lucent 2000 Dewey Dec. 385
Discusses the history of the transcontinental railroad, including the construction of the Central Pacific, Union Pacific, and other related railroads which joined the east and west coasts by meeting at Promontory Point, Utah
Swain, George Fillmore
Macmillan 1922 Dewey Dec. 624
“For the young college man who may be considering civil engineering as his lifework. Discusses the branches of civil engineering, the qualifications necessary or desirable, education, civil engineering as a profession, the outlook for the engineer, etc. Author is  professor of civil engineering, Harvard University.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)
Tillson, George W.
Wiley 1900 Dewey Dec. 625.7
Subtitle: “A manual of city pavements: the methods and materials of their construction. For the use of students, engineers, and city officials”.
Comprehensive, authoritative review of best current practice. Illustrations.
– – A.L.A. Catalog 1904
Wiley 1899 Dewey Dec. 627
Subtitle: “including masonry, earth, rock-fill, and timber structures, also the principal types of movable dams.”
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