Guide to the Papers of Frank E. Austin, circa 1895 - 1940Manuscript MS-186

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Frank E. Austin, circa 1895 - 1940

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-186

Collection Dates:

circa 1895 - 1940

Size of Collection:

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Contains papers relating to Austin's inventions and business, including his ant farm.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of Frank E. Austin contain photographs, negatives, business correspondence, bills of sales and receipts related to "The Austin Workshop." Also contains patent applications, sketches, drawings, clippings, magazines, photographs and pamphlets related to Austin's various inventions, including the ant farm and the x-ray. Additionally, the papers contains several of Austin's short writings titled: "The Autobiography of Sir Lancelot by Himself," "Honey Bee," "Bumble Bees," "The Ants of King Solomon," "The Lazy Males of Antville," and other ant related pieces.

Biography

Frank Eugene Austin was born June 12, 1873 in Amesbury, Ma. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1895. In 1896, he, Prof. Edwin Frost and Dr. Gilman Frost took the first x-ray photograph of the human body when they x-rayed the hand of a boy who had fallen while ice skating. In 1901 Austin was hired as a Professor of Electrical Engineering by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, from which he retired in 1921. In the years following retirement he established "The Austin Workshop" where children worked with tools and where he developed a variety of gadgets and toys. Out of his work with children came the idea for an ant farm which was developed in 1931 and became a commercial success. Prof. Austin was also the author of several books on engineering and was an inventor. He died in Florida at the age of 91 in 1964.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1930's

Manuscript pages for "Honey Bee," "Bumble Bees," "The Ants of King Solomon," "The Lazy Males of Antville," and other ant related pieces.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1895-1940's

Photographs, negatives, and business correspondence related to "The Austin Workshop" as well as patent applications, sketches, drawings clippings, magazines and pamphlets related to his various inventions including the ant farm.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1895-1940

Photographs, bills of sales, receipts, manuscript of "The Autobiography of Sir Lancelot by Himself" as well as business correspondence related to "The Austin Workshop."

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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