MsC 271

Collection Dates: [1920s]
.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information


Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Though he spent his professional life in the factory fire insurance business, according to Walter Spear (see below) John Ripley Freeman's (1855 -- 1932) "recreation" was hydraulics. He wrote and spoke extensively on many related topics, and served as a consulting engineer on projects across the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Topics of interest to Freeman included water power, dams, power plants, river control and management, hydraulics laboratories, and water supply.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two reports, sketeches and photographs, a memoir, and photocopies of letters from three presidents. Some of the reports are thought to be research for his contribution to the book Die Wasserbaulaboratorien Europas.

Photographs: Throughout

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were purchased by the University of Iowa Libraries in January 2006.

Guide posted to Internet: April 2006


Hydraulics: Hydraulics Schools and Labs. European Labs. Contents of a large envelope. 27 photographs. Some have captions; most do not. Some have Th. Rehbock's name on them.

Instruments/Hydraulic Structures Laboratory/Royal Technical University/Stockholm. 42 pages, with photographs and bulding plans with annotations. Some longer descriptions. Photostatic copy.

Letters to Freeman from Presidents T. Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson. Photocopies

Lundquist, Eric. Water Works Laboratories and Hydraulic Equipment Works, Also Similar Equipments: Condensed account of observations made duing a study tour in the summer of 1920, through Germany, Switzerland, German-Austria, Techecko-Slovakia, and the free city of Dantzic. Lundquist was a civli Engineer, First Assistant at the Royal Technical University's Water Works Laboratories. Approximately 75 pages. Swedish text with typewritten English translation. Descriptions and photographs of lab buildings and equipment at technical universities, water works laboratories, and shipbuilding departments in Dresden, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Darmstadt, Braunschweig, Wien, Dantzic, Brunn, Graz, Munchen, and Bern. Photostatic copy.

Sketches and photographs of hydraulics lab equipment and buildings, including the villa of Stras[bourg?]. The bookseller's note listed these as "graphics to illustrate a book or article about the Istituto Idrotechnico di Stra -- Publication in Italy [1920s?]"

Spear, Walter E. "John Ripley Freeman." "Memoirs of Deceased Members." Unknown publication

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