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H.M. McIntosh Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: mss-978

Scope and Content

The H.M. McIntosh Papers contain correspondence, field notes, land surveys and job descriptions, notes and reports on Vermont and New England engineering, day books, ledgers and other financial records of the company, and some personal material including newspaper clippings, correspondence and memorabilia relating to fraternity and society memberships. There is also some correspondence relating to a legal suit between McIntosh and the town of Woodstock regarding the renovation of a McIntosh owned building which housed the Woodstock post office.

Field notes, transit books, and level books usually contain the following information: client name, location, date, job number, small drawings, measurements, and calculations made in the field in preparation for creating oversize maps. The card index will usually point to one of these three resources, so it is a good starting point when researching a known client and/or street location.

All the materials related to the University of Vermont and the Lambda Iota Fraternity have been transferred to the Archives. A brief description of these University papers has been appended to the inventory.

Dates

  • 1869-1972

Creator

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Frank Hiram Crandall (1862-1927) attended Burlington High School, graduated from the University of Vermont in 1886 with a degree in civil engineering, and became superintendent of the Burlington City Water Works (1888-1905). In 1890, he married Emma Mary Porter Eady (1866-1944) and they had two children, Clio Nora and Herbert Daniel (1905-1934).

Herbert Miller McIntosh (1861-1942) was born in Bethel, Vermont. He received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont in 1890. He served as City Engineer and Surveyor for Burlington (1892-1903 and 1907-1914). He was appointed Vermont's first State Engineer (1917-1922). In 1917, he was elected to the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. He was also active in the Vermont Society of Engineers and Vermont Good Roads Commission.

In 1897, McIntosh married Helen "Nellie" Talman (1868-1943). She had studied nursing at the Mary Fletcher Hospital School of Nursing. They had one daughter, Jane Patterson McIntosh (1899-1987). She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1922 and was the first female graduate from the Civil Engineering program.

The McIntosh and Crandall engineering company was formed in 1905 with the opening of an office in the Haywood Building at 196 Main Street. Through the 1920's when Crandall was alive, the company received federal, state and local contracts for dams, water supply systems, and other major construction projects. However, the bulk of the work was in local surveying, especially after 1930, when the company changed its name to H.M. McIntosh.

After Mr. McIntosh's death, his daughter Jane ran the business. In 1971 H.M. McIntosh was absorbed by the Jennison Engineering Company.

Extent

37.54 Linear Feet (49 oversize folders, 13 Cartons, 10 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The H.M. McIntosh Papers contain correspondence, land surveys and job descriptions, notes and reports on Vermont and New England engineering, day books, ledgers and other financial records of the company, and some personal material including newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia relating to fraternity and society memberships.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact uvmsc@uvm.edu for access.

Acquisition Information

Jennison Engineering Co., Burlington, Vt., March 2, 1973.

Related Materials

The Nellie Talman Papers, also at University of Vermont Special Collections, include several letters from H. M. McIntosh to Nellie Talman, dated in the years before they were married.

Transferred Material

To Wilbur Stacks:

  1. One Course Cement Concrete Pavement, Pamphlet #E3, Item #23 of Vermont StandardRoad and Bridge Specifications, 13 pp. no date
  2. Proceedings of the first Annual Meeting of the Vermont Good Roads Association,Montpelier, VT, 66 pp. May 5, 1904
  3. State Aid Laws and General Directions for Building Improved Highways, VT HighwayDept. Bulletin #1, St. Albans. Mar. 1907
  4. Highway Improvements and Finance in the New England States with Special Reference toVermont by Henry R. Trumbower. Jan. 1926

To Picture File:

  1. Two photos of Main Street in St. Albans. Loc.: St. Albans

To Oversize Picture File:

  1. Group portrait which includes H. M. McIntosh and F. H Crandall no date
  2. Group portrait of Society of Free Masons no date
  3. Two photos of [downtown Burlington?] no date

Creator

Title
Guide to the H.M. McIntosh Company Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processor: C.Gallagher.
Date
1998
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)