A Guide to the J. A. Burke, Jr. Collection, 1936-1938, 1942-1947 Burke, J. A., Jr., Collection Ms2010-076

A Guide to the J. A. Burke, Jr. Collection, 1936-1938, 1942-1947

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2010-076


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Processed by: Julia Viets, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2010-076
Title
J. A. Burke, Jr. Collection, 1936-1938, 1942-1947
Physical Characteristics
0.6 cu. ft. 1 box; 1 oversized folder
Creator
Burke, J. A., Jr., (Jerry Allen)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains materials dated from 1936-1938 and 1942-1947 relating to Jerry Allen Burke, Jr.: class notes and reports from his time spent as a student at Virginia Tech as well as papers, correspondence, and technical drawings from his work in private business and in the U.S. Navy.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the J.A. Burke, Jr. Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: J. A. Burke, Jr. Collection, Ms2010-076, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

This collection was obtained by Special Collections in 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the J.A. Burke, Jr. Collection was completed in October 2010.


Biographical Information

Jerry Allen Burke, Jr. grew up in Appomattox, Virginia. His parents were Jerry Allen Burke Sr. and Ethel Abbitt; he had two siblings. In 1938, Burke earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering with a focus in aeronautical engineering from Virginia Tech. In 1942, Burke worked for the U.S. Navy at the Aeronautical Engine Laboratory of the Naval Air Experimental Station in the Naval Air Materials Center in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to this Navy work, he was an engineering expert for the Royal Insurance Company in New York. After WWII, Burke continued to work in engineering as an engineering expert for various insurance companies. In 1946, he invented a modification to a flight calculating device originally invented by George N. Butterfield. Burke patented another invention in 1976 with John Gordon Davoud: a condensing vapor heat engine with a two-phase compression and constant volume superheating. Burke lived in Richmond, Virginia, in his later years.

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials dated from 1936-1938 and 1942-1947 relating to Jerry Allen Burke, Jr. Materials include photographs, technical drawings, reports, notes, and other papers pertaining to Burke's time as an engineering undergraduate student at Virginia Tech as well as his work for the U.S. Navy during WWII and other private business ventures.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type into two series: Series I: VPI Papers and Series II: Navy & Private Business Papers.

Series I: VPI Papers, 1936-1938, contains three folders arranged by subject matter; within each topic, materials are arranged chronologically whenever possible. Materials in this series include lab reports, an exam booklet, and class notes (written on graph paper and notebooks) for various labs and lectures: hydraulics and mechanics of material lecture, machine design lab, technical English lecture, English speech lecture, machine design lecture, materials of engines lecture, and heat power lecture.

Series II: Navy & Private Business Papers, 1942-1947, contains five folders and an oversized material folder arranged by subject matter; within each topic, materials are arranged chronologically whenever possible. Materials within this series consist of Burke’s papers (such as correspondence, technical drawings, and reports) and photographs created after his college graduation that concern his personal affairs, work in the U.S. Navy engineering department during WWII, and civilian business operations. Notable items include a naval base coupon book, which contains hand-written names of a few U.S. soldiers who have died or been captured; a British insurance card for U.S. armed members overseas; correspondence concerning patenting a modification to a flight calculating device; U.S. Navy Aeronautical Engine Laboratory internal memos; a list of officer personnel; flight test reports; and a handwritten story about taking care of a young orphaned fox.

An oversized folder contains materials pertaining to Series II: Navy & Private Business Papers. Items include a blueprint of a compression sleeve drawn by Burke for Richmond Oil Equipment Co in 1947 and several documents relating to his work in the U.S. Navy: an engineering drawing of an engine; a 1943 list of Naval officers abroad; a 1942 Naval supplies contract; and an American Agency Bulletin article entitled, "Aviation will Spur Postwar Trade." Items in this folder are arranged by material type.

Related Material

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Directory of Living Alumni 1970 (LD 5655 A751 V57a 1970 VPI Spec)


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute
  • Local Subjects:

  • Science and Technology
  • University Archives

Contents List

Series I: VPI Papers, 1936-1938.
  • Box-folder 1-1 to 1-2 (2 folders)
    VPI Notes & Drawings, 1936-1938.
  • Box-folder 1-3
    VPI Class Reports & Exam, 1936-1938.
Series II: Navy and Private Business Papers, 1942-1947.
  • Box-folder 1-4
    General U.S. Navy Papers, 1943-1944.
  • Box-folder 1-5
    U.S. Navy Engineering Papers & Drawings, 1943-1945.
  • Box-folder 1-6
    U.S. Navy Engineering Photographs, 1944-1946.
  • Box-folder 1-7
    Flight Calculating Device Patent, 1946.
  • Box-folder 1-8
    Personal & Civilian Business Papers, 1942-1947.
  • Oversize Folder 1
    Oversized Materials, 1942-1947.