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William B. Shoe papers


Held at: Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections [Contact Us]W. W. Hagerty Library, 3300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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William B. Shoe was an alumnus of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, who enrolled in 1893 and graduated with the Mechanical Arts class of 1896. He went on to work with the United States Navy as an assistant engineer. Mr. Shoe served briefly in the Spanish American War, then as an industrial inspector, a safety engineer, and in aspects of workers compensation insurance in government agencies. He also worked in the commercial and insurance industries, most notably the RCA Victor Company (known as the Victor Talking Machine Company in his time) in Camden, NJ, and the Maryland Casualty Company.

This collection contains items relating to the career and life of Drexel alumnus William B. Shoe. The bulk of the collection deals with his business life, with business licenses, blueprints and professional correspondence. There are also a number of photographs related to the launch and construction of his projects. The personal life of Mr. Shoe is primarily represented in his personal narrative, and with the inclusion of some photographs of students taken at the Drexel Institute, though he is not identified in any of these photographs.

Collection donated by William L. Willis on behalf of Lucy T. Shoe Merritt, daughter of William B. Shoe.

Two copies of the Eccentric-- from school years 1895 and 1896-- were removed. The collection of matted Drexel Institute photographs are kept in an oversized box.

Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections
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Finding aid prepared by Katelyn Wolfrom
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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Collection Inventory

Drexel Co-operative System- book cover, undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
Personal narrative, 1942.
Box 1 Folder 2
Copies of correspondence for research use, 1907-1942.
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence- original copies, 1907-1942.
Box 1 Folder 4
Business and professional licenses, 1902-1909.
Box 1 Folder 5

20090840001, March 31, 1899.
20090840002_01, April 27, 1898.
20090840002_02, April 27, 1898.
Photographs relating to the construction of the boat launch in Kingston, New York, 1920.
Box 1 Folder 7
Matted group photographs taken at boat launch, no date.
Box 1 Folder 8
Blueprints: timber sectional floating dock, 1919-1920.
Box 1 Folder 9
Letter to the Honorable G.N. Holton, March 31, 1927.
Box 1 Folder 10
Telegraph to Dr. Thomas Dunning, undated.
Box 1 Folder 11
Reports on oil fields, 1928.
Box 1 Folder 12
Photographs of Drexel Institute Students, undated.

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