Jacocks, Henry Morgan Papers

A Guide to the Henry Morgan Jacocks Papers, 1898-1919 Ms.1992.008


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1992.008
Title
Henry Morgan Jacocks Papers1898-1919
Quantity
2 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes; 2 oversize
Creator
Jacocks, Henry Morgan, 1878-1950
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection contains the papers of Henry Morgan Jacocks, graduate of Virginia Tech (class of 1900), assistant superintendent at Mathieson Alkali Works (Saltville, Virginia), independent businessman, and Virginia State Highway Department employee. Correspondence, trade catalogs, instructional booklets, blueprints, and drawings from Jacocks' years at Mathieson Alkali Works. Also includes a set of drafting standards for the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company and several photographs.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Henry Morgan Jacocks Papers, Ms1992-008, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Henry Morgan Jacocks Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1992.

Four photographs were donated in July 2014. Note: Donation of the photographs was made by Matthew Kyle Jacocks, great-grandson of Henry Morgan Jacocks B.S. Civil Engineering, 2007, M.S. Civil Engineering, emphasis in Construction, 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Henry Morgan Jacocks Papers commenced and was completed in December 2007. Earlier processing of the collection had been done in 1992. Additional description was completed in July 2017.


Biographical Note

Henry Morgan Jacocks, son of Jonathan Henry and Mary Katherine Harrell Jacocks, was born in Durant's Neck, North Carolina on December 31, 1878. He graduated from Berkeley Military Institute in 1895 before attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. A general science student at Virginia Tech, Jacocks was president of the Thespian and German clubs, vice-president of the Maury Society and served as literary editor of the Grey Jacket and editor-in-chief of The Bugle. (A younger brother, Jonathan Wilbur Jacocks, also graduated from Virginia Tech in 1900.)

Together with his younger brother Jonathan Wilbur, Jacocks graduated from Virginia Tech in 1900. He was hired by the Mathieson Alkali Works in Saltville, Virginia as an assistant draftsman. During his 17-year career at Mathieson, Jacocks would eventually rise to the position of assistant superintendent.

Around 1919, Jacocks moved to Craddock, Virginia, where he worked briefly for the Portsmouth Cotton Oil Refining Company before establishing H. M. Jacocks and Company. Selling fuel, feed and fertilizer, the business closed in 1933, a victim of the Depression and a warehouse fire. Following the closure of his business, Jacocks worked for the Virginia State Highway Department before retiring in 1950. He died in an automobile accident on August 20 of that same year and is buried in Norfolk's Magnolia Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Henry Morgan Jacocks (1878-1950), graduate of Virginia Tech (class of 1900) and assistant superintendent of the Mathieson Alkali Works in Saltville, Virginia. The collection includes correspondence, operation notes, printed materials, blueprintsm, and photographs.

While Jacocks' papers contain a small selection of correspondence and records pertaining to Mathieson's operation, they largely consist of trade publications (both promotional and instructional). The catalogs promote steel products as well as various pieces of machinery and other products. The instructional materials consist of manuals for specific pieces of machinery as well as general technical publications. Within the collection is also a set of undated drafting standards for the Virginia Iron and Bridge Company (Roanoke, Virginia).

The papers also include a set of approximately two dozen blueprints and drawings, mostly for parts and machinery to be used at Mathieson. Except where otherwise noted, the drawings seem to have been completed in-house (a few were drawn by Jacocks himself). Among the drawings is a 1914 aerial view of Mathieson Alkali Works.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically, with the exception of the printed materials. These are divided by function, with promotional materials arranged by corporation name and instructional materials arranged in bibliographical order.

Separated Material

The following works were transferred to the Rare Book Collection in 1992:

The following works were tranferred to the Rare Book Collection in 2007:


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Science and Technology
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Henry Morgan Jacocks Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Correspondence
box-folder 1 folder: 11906-1919
Equipment maintenance ledger
box-folder 1 folder: 21918-1919
Operational notes
box-folder 1 folder: 31917-1919, n.d.
"Virginia Bridge and Iron Company (Roanoke, Va.) - General rules and standards for draftsmen"
box-folder 1 folder: 4n.d.
box-folder 2 folder: 13
Photographs
c.1898
Printed material: trade catalogs and promotional material
1896-1918, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 5
    A-B
    • Barber and Kluttz, Architects
      n.d.
    • Basic Mineral Company
      n.d.
    • Beaumont Manufacturing Company
      1918
    • Boston Gear Works
      1918
    • Brown Engineering Company
      n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 6
    Ca-Ch
    • Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company
      1916-1918
  • box-folder 1 folder: 7
    Ci-Cz
    • Cleveland Twist Drill Company
      1918
    • Crucible Steel Company of America
      1910-1916
  • box-folder 1 folder: 8
    D-H
    • The Fairbanks Company
      n.d.
    • Flextallic Gasket Company
      n.d.
    • H. Boker & Company
      1913-1914, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 9
    I-J
    • I. H. Dexter Company
      1915
    • Industrial Press
      1907
    • J. J. McCabe
      n.d.
    • Joseph Dixon Crucible Company
      1915-1916
  • box-folder 1 folder: 10
    K-L
    • Lagonda Manufacturing Company
      n.d.
    • Laidlaw-Dunn-Gordon Company
      1905
    • Lawrence Machine Company
      1913
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1
    M-N
    • Mason Regulator Company
      1913
    • Midvale Steel Company
      1912
    • National Lead Company
      n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 2
    O-R
    • Peter A. Frasse & Company
      1917
    • Risdon-Alcott Turbine Company
      1896, n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3
    S
    • S. Morgan Smith Company
      1911
  • box-folder 2 folder: 4
    T
    • Terry Steam Turbine Company
      1914, n.d.
    • Trumpbour-Whitehead Brass & Copper Company
      n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 5
    U-Z
    • Warren Webster & Company
      1904
    • Westinghouse Air Brake Company
      1904-1907
    • Wm W. Nugent & Company
      1905
Printed material: instructional booklets and technical bulletins
1896-1918
  • box-folder 2 folder: 6
    A
    • "American pipe manual for engineers, contractors, water and gas works superintendents and all other users of cast iron pipe"
      n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 7
    B
    • "The Blue book of rope transmission"
      1905
    • "Book of instructions for installing and operating Dean boiler tube cleaner"
      n.d.
  • box-folder 2 folder: 8
    C-H
    • "Clay products for building construction"
      [1916?]
    • "Directions for installing and operating Morse silent running power chains"
      [1917?]
    • "Dont's [sic] for machinists and draftsmen"
      1907
    • "Geodesy or measurement of the earth"
      [1904]
    • "Gravity"
      [1904]
    • "How to case-harden, color and anneal with granulated raw bone"
      n.d.
    • "How you may save money in operating your steam boilers"
      1916
  • box-folder 2 folder: 9
    I-L
    • "'Imperial' type ten duplex steam driven air compressors: instructions for installing and operating"
      1915
    • "Instructions for installing copes type "B-H" boiler feed regulator"
      [1917]
    • "Instructions for operating, erecting, inspecting and repairing Green's economizers"
      1899
    • "Instructions for the installation and operating of alternating current generators"
      1899
    • "Instructions for valve gear adjustment for Hamilton Corliss engines"
      1912
  • M-Z
    • box-folder 2 folder: 10
      Myers, David Moffat, "The Factory fuel problem"
      n.d.
    • "Power notes: a steam, mechanical and consulting engineer's paper"
      May 1919
    • "Reference guide for users of tank cars"
      1910
    • Scott, Charles F., "The Systems and apparatus used in power transmission"
      1898
    • "Welding and cutting with oxy-acetylene process"
      n.d.
General printed materials
1898-1918
  • box-folder 2 folder: 11
    Inorganic chemistry: instruction paper with examination questions
    1898
  • Lefax: ["a magazine of concentrated useful facts, self indexed and classified ready for filing"]
    1913-1918
Oversize Materials
1898-1919, n.d.
  • folder 1
    Blueprints and drawings
    1898-1913
    • 40-inch centrifugals (American Tool & Machine Company)
      1898
    • Carbonating tower - division plate and mushroom
      1902
    • Assembled elevation driving end
      1903
    • 9-inch loading conveyor bevel gears
      1903
    • Philadelphia vacuum engine - 4-inch poppet discharge valve
      1903
    • Rotary furnace - 6-foot 10 1/8-inch sprocket
      1903
    • Lime kiln - section and elevation
      1904
    • Morgan gas producer flues - valves between producers and main flue
      1905
    • Rotary furnace - miter gears for feed screw
      1907
    • Rotary furnace - gear and pinion for feed screw
      1907
    • Traps - automatic drain
      1908
    • Engine room traps, automatic diaphram discharge
      1908
    • Ammonia absorbing vat, assembled
      1909
    • Lime kiln - assembled
      1909
    • Bevel gear (Fawcus Machine Company)
      1910
    • Spiral jaw clutch and thrust collar for McTear cooler drive
      1910
    • Centrifugal pump, assembled
      1912
    • Centrifugal pump - details of impeller
      1912
    • Centrifugal pump - assembled 10 hp G. E. motor
      1913
    • Rotary furnace-feed end assembly
      1913
  • folder 2
    Blueprints and drawings
    1914-1919, n.d.
    • Mathieson Alkali Works (aerial view)
      1914
    • Crushing plants (Hardaway Contracting Company)
      1914
    • Distillers - detail of cast iron pedestal
      1915
    • Caustic plant - plan and elevations of evaporators and condensers
      1916
    • 6 x 6 Type A engine (American Blower Works)
      1916
    • Rotary furnace - gas inlet piping with valve rig and connections
      1917
    • Water supply - plan and elevation of piping and centrifugal pumps
      1917
    • Gas producer plant - details C. I. valve, exp. door, manhole and C.
      1917
    • Gas producer - plan and elevation Wickes boiler
      1917
    • Rotary furnace - drivers to coolers, elevators, and conveyors
      1917
    • N. P. C. 87
      1917
    • Victor vertical engine assembly (Erie Engine Works)
      1917
    • Mud distiller - assembled
      1918
    • Forged steel evener with renewal cap 10 producer gas machine
      1919
    • Plant lime slakers - details "log washer slaker"
      1919
    • Milk of lime de-sander
      1919
    • Milk of lime de-sander (revised)
      1919
    • Pinion for Dorr decanters
      n.d.