This site contains a collection of blog posts, finding aids, project information and processing documents from Lehigh University Special Collections’ “Bridge and Building Forensics: Civil Engineering Archives at Lehigh University.” The project processed and created finding aids for six civil engineering archival collections.  Papers from John W.Fisher, Willis A. Slater, and Blair Birdsall are among the collections.  The collection will allow you travel through time and around the world, spotlighting monumental structures.

In 2013, Lehigh University has been awarded a $93,700 grant by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program, funded by the Mellon Foundation to process and create finding aids for six civil engineering archival collections, including the papers of John Fisher; Blair Birdsall; Willis Slater; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; series of photographic prints and negatives of civil engineering testing, and collection of bridge postcards. The Project started in March 2014 and completed in March 2016.

  • Learn more about the grant and collection by reading these articles:

Bridge and Building Forensics: Civil Engineering Archives at Lehigh University 

Grant to Expose Civil Engineering “Hidden Collections”

Unearthing ‘Hidden’ Civil Engineering Collections

Bridge and Building Forensics: Civil Engineering Archives at Lehigh University

Lehigh Library Receives Grant for CTBUH Archives

Special Collections completes grant-funded processing of Civil Engineering collections

 

  • Project Sponsor Note:

The processing of these collections was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Created in 2008, the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program supports the identification and cataloging of special collections and archives of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate. It is administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, D.C.  Award recipients create descriptive information for their hidden collections that will eventually be linked to and interoperable with all other projects funded by this grant program.