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Frank M. Mason (1897-1976) Papers

Identifier: 55/26

Scope and Contents

The Frank M. Mason papers fill one box and include biographical materials, correspondence, speech drafts and related materials.

The biographical materials include a few clippings, mainly relating to Mason's retirement: Mason's registration to practice before the U.S. Patent Office; a certificate marking his election as a civil member of the American Society of Naval Engineers; his registration as a professional engineer in Illinois; and obituaries.

The general correspondence (the bulk of the collection) deals mostly with personal and family matters and is arranged in chronological order. Subject correspondence relates to Mason's involvement with several organizations, two Mason family farms, and various business related projects including patents and the preparation of job descriptions for positions at Fairbanks, Morse. Mason's European trip in 1950 to study diesel engine manufacturing is documented here. Material in the folder labeled National Academy of Sciences pertains to the establishment of criteria for diesel-powered emergency electric generating sets.

The speech drafts and related material pertain to Mason's work on behalf of Fairbanks. Morse.


  • 1924-1976


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


1.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The papers of Frank M. Mason (design engineer for the firm Fairbanks, Morse; patent attorney) include biographical materials, correspondence, speech drafts and related materials.


The general correspondence is arranged alphabetically by topic.

Method of Acquisition

Claudine V. Mason donated the Frank M. Mason papers to the Northwestern University Archives on May 3, 1988 as Accession #88-97.

Separated Materials

Eight photographs were transferred to the Archives photographic collection. Approximately ten linear inches of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty: January, 1989.

Guide to the Frank M. Mason (1897-1976) Papers
William K. Beatty
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US