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Winder E. Goldsborough papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 22, Placement: 14
Identifier: MSF 146

Scope and Contents

Three folders containing articles by Winder Goldsborough, a professor of electrical engineering at Purdue University. The papers include correspondence between Goldsborough and Purdue President Stone as well as a letter to C. R. Dooley.


  • 1895 - 1907


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Mr. Goldsborough was born in Baltimore, Md., October 10, 1871. He was educated at Wrights' University School, Baltimore, and Cornell University, graduating from the latter in 1892 with the degree of M. E. In 1892 and 1893 he was employed as electrical engineer by the Colliery Engineer Company, Scranton, Pa.; and in 1893 and 1894 he occupied the chair of Electrical Engineering in the University of Arkansas; afterward he held the same position for eleven years at Purdue University. Resigning from teaching in 1904, he became Business Manager for J. G. White Company of New York and London, holding the position for three years. Next he became Vice President and General Manager of the Denver Reservoir Irrigation Company for two years, then General Manager of the Laramie Water Company, and finally President of the Goldsborough Company, civil, mechanical, electrical, mining, hydraulic, and irrigation engineers. He was Consulting Engineer to the Edison Electrical Illuminating Company, Baltimore, Md., in 1894 and 1895, and was Chief of the Department of Electricity at the St. Louis Exposition from 1902 to 1905. He held many positions requiring the greatest executive ability and the exercise of thorough technical training and knowledge. He read papers before prominent scientific and engineering societies, and contributed articles to the leading scientific and engineering journals. He was an inventor with four U. S. patents to his credit; and his research investigations included arc lamps, electrical machinery, and transformers. He was a member of a number of the leading technical and scientific societies of America and England, and was decorated with the Order of the Crown of Italy. He traveled extensively, including a trip to China. Mr. Goldsborough's definition of work as being "something agreeable to do" is a good one and should be remembered and appreciated.


0.075 Cubic Feet (Three folders)

Arrangement Note

Winder E. Goldsborough papers
In Progress
Mary A. Sego
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
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Edition statement
Second edition

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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