Guide to the Burgess H. Jennings (1903-1996) Papers

Collection Title: Burgess H. Jennings (1903-1996) Papers
Dates: 1932-1981
Identification: 22/4/7
Creator: Jennings, Burgess Hill, 1903-
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Burgess H. Jennings Papers fill two boxes. They are comprised of biographical materials, correspondence, published writings and related materials, research projects and reports, and a few miscellaneous items. The research material consists mainly of his work in using triethylene glycol vapor in air circulation systems to control the spread of airborne disease. Most of this research took place in the 1940s at Northwestern University. Many of his journal articles pertain to this topic of research.
Acquisition Information: The University Archives acquired the Burgess H. Jennings Papers in two accessions, #86-151 from Burgess Jennings, August 19, 1986 and #88-212 from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, September 7, 1988. Material from the University Archives biographical file was added to the collection at the time of processing.
Processing Information: Tyler O. Walters and Jason Slimon, December 16, 1988.
Separated Materials: 1.5 cubic feet of duplicate journal articles, mock tables and graphs for Jennings' books, and .5 cubic foot of manuscript pageproofs were all disposed of. Nineteen books by Jennings were transferred to the University Archives NU authors bookshelves in room 110.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Burgess Hill Jennings was born on September 12, 1903, in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B. E. in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, 1925. During the following year, Jennings joined the faculty of Lehigh University as an instructor and graduate student. He received his M. S. in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University in 1928. The same year, Jennings became an assistant professor. In 1934, he was promoted to associate professor and served in that capacity until 1940. He also received an M. A. in Mathematics from Lehigh University in 1935.

In 1940, Jennings joined the faculty of Northwestern University as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He served as Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1943 to 1957. Jennings took a three year leave from the University to serve as Director of Research Laboratories of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Airconditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He returned to Northwestern in 1960. He served as Associate Dean of the Northwestern University Technological Institute, Department Chairman, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Astronautical Sciences until retiring in 1972.

Burgess Jennings received many honors and made many scholarly contributions over the course of his career. He is the author or co-author of over eighty research papers and articles and eight books. He was the National President of ASHRAE. In 1977, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions conferred on engineers in the U. S.

Scope and Content

The Burgess H. Jennings Papers fill two boxes. They are comprised of biographical materials, correspondence, published writings and related materials, research projects and reports, and a few miscellaneous items.

The published writings are predominately journal articles published from 1932-1981. There are also paperback manuals that are written as accompanying workbooks for several of his books.

The research material consists mainly of his work in using triethylene glycol vapor in air circulation systems to control the spread of airborne disease. Most of this research took place in the 1940s at Northwestern University. Many of his journal articles pertain to this topic of research.

Subjects

Personal Name

Jennings, Burgess Hill, 1903- --Archives

Subjects

Air conditioning

Environmental engineering


Container List / Contents

  • Published Writings & Related Materials
    • Articles, 1932-1945Box 1, Folder 3
    • Articles, 1946-1965Box 1, Folder 4
    • Articles, 1967-1981Box 1, Folder 5
    • Solutions, Laboratory, and Teaching Manuals to Accompany Books, 1948-1959Box 1, Folder 6
  • Research Projects & Reports
    • Unpublished Research Papers, 1950-1965Box 1, Folder 7
    • Glycol Vapor for Air Sterilization, 1943-1944Box 2, Folder 1
    • Glycol Vapor for Air Sterilization, 1944-1945Box 2, Folder 2
    • Controlling Airborne Infections with Triethylene Glycol, 1945-1946Box 2, Folder 3
    • Controlling Airborne Infections with Triethylene Glycol, 1945-1946Box 2, Folder 4
    • Ammonia Water, n.dBox 2, Folder 5
    • Professional Associations, Conferences, 1935-1952Box 2, Folder 6
    • King-Seeley Thermos Co. v. Reynolds Products, Inc., 1949Box 2, Folder 7
    • Articles by Northwestern Colleagues, 1941-1956Box 2, Folder 8
    • Miscellaneous, 1935-1969Box 2, Folder 9
  • Biographical Materials, 1944-1981Box 1, Folder 1
  • Correspondence, 1954-1978Box 1, Folder 2