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James D. Hoffman papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description


Publications and Lectures

Publications and Lectures





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James D. Hoffman papers, 1907-1922 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Mary A. Sego

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Hoffman, James D. (James David), ǂd 1868- (1868-)

Extent: 0.4 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Chronological

Subjects: Purdue University--Faculty

Forms of Material: Articles

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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, 1940.

Subject/Index Terms

Purdue University--Faculty

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 7 folders

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: MSF 179, James D. Hoffman papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Folder:

[Folder 1: Publications, 1904],
[Folder 2: Publications and Lectures, 1906-1913],
[Folder 3: Publications and Lectures, 1907-1913],
[Folder 4: Publications, 1914-1915],
[Folder 5: Publications, 1915],
[Folder 6: Publications, 1915-1922],
[Folder 7: Publications, 1916-1918],