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James D. Hoffman papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 179

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of seven folders which contain publications by James Hoffman. Most of the material appears to be the original copy, so publication information is not available for many of the articles.


  • 1907 - 1922


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights are held by Purdue University or original. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

James Hoffman graduated from Purdue University in 1890 with a BME, receiving the ME in 1893. He entered the graduate school at Cornell in 1894 and remained one year. Returning to Purdue, he taught practical mechanics and machine design until 1911, when he went to the University of Nebraska as head of the mechanical engineering department.

In 1917 he returned to Purdue, serving as head of the Practical Mechanics Department. James D. Hoffman succeeded Michael Golden as head of Practical Mechanics. He was characterized by Dean A.A. Potter as "the salt of the earth." Hoffman was faced during much of his tenure with a shortage of funds for equipment and insufficient space for instruction to be carried on as it should be. One change he was able to make during his leadership was to decrease elementary exercises and prepare advanced courses that led in the direction of industrial engineering.

He retired in 1938 and passed away August 14, 1938.


0.363 Cubic Feet (One letter-size full-width manuscript box)


The material is in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

The material is housed in acid-free folders and an acid-free box.
James D. Hoffman papers
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Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection Description first completed 2011-06-09.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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