Listings of Tom's Books, Publications, Papers, Articles, Terms with Definitions, and
Diagrams with Citations
I think that I have the most complete steam library in the country. There are over 600 titles with many of the books having duplicates. Most of the books are engineering books from the turn of the century, the last one, to the mid-1930’s when steam was no longer taught in engineering school.
Libraries are throwing these books out and so most of them are available on the used book market.
The classic books are MacNaught-on “Elementary Steam Power Engineering and Barnard, Ellenwood, & Hirshfield “Heat Power Engineering and Allen & Bursley “Heat Engines” and Gebhart “Steam Power Plant Engineering”. The list goes on. They all have T/S diagrams and explain entropy. There are books on combustion, heat exchange, fluid flow, steam generation, condensation, and all manner of engines and valves. With steam we have a choice of 7 different valve types. There are books on trains, airplanes, boats, early 19th century steam buses, and the Stanley Brothers. I have the two best books: Stumpf and T. Allen, on uniflow engine design.
In periodicals, there are the publications of the Steam Automobile Club of America from 1958 to present, plus the Bolsover Brother’s periodical an then after this was sold to John Walton, all of his work, and then the split away California club publication, Steam Power Quarterly, Steam Calliope, and more currently the two British steam car club publications and a smattering of steamboat things.
There are books on pure thermodynamics and on the steam tables. There is Marcus C. Inman Hunter’s book on” Rotary Valve Engines” and Felix Wankel’s book on “Rotary Piston Machines”. There are biographies of Herreschoff and Yarrow. It is nearly a complete library and it is open to anyone interested in steam power.
August 22, 2012 Kimmel Steam Website Library
The books in my library are important. They have taken years to acquire, and mostly because I did not know the names of them. These days the engineering steam books are available on the used book internet market because libraries are throwing them out with abandon. What is more important because it is much more difficult to obtain are the many technical papers, essays, patents, and personal letters, all containing important steam information.
My collection started with Karl Petersen asking me to pick up some boxes of papers from Ed Gibbs, son of the late R.A. Gibbs, second president of the steam club. These were in Greensboro, North Carolina and I thought they were to be transported to Karl’s care, at that time in Peoria. Karl told me to keep them and he has expressed little desire to take custody of them since. These papers consisted mostly of the files kept by Bob Lyon, the first steam club president, who was in the banking business in Chicago and who knew how to file. Thus I have every personal letter; receipt of club dues, note of complaint when the club publication was late, and original photos from early steam meets. Besides historical information there is a great amount of technical knowledge preserved.
Bill Cartland of Jupiter, Florida had worked on steam most of his life and his widow shipped me his library. Richard French of Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania let me go through his many file cabinets in the basement sorting out all steam stuff. Richard started rebuilding Stanleys after the war and under the tutelage of Earle Eckel and Hyde Ballard. Later, his widow gave me his photo albums. Ken Kowal gave me most of the literature he had collected in Southern California including much of Wendell Mason’s correspondence. Richard Moore gave his collection of mostly steam publications and brochures to Jim Tangeman who passed several boxes of it on to me. David Norton, who had worked on both the Bill Lear and the SPS/Dutcher steam projects had saved a lot of photos and other information from those and gave them to me. Richard Moser had some things left from his time with Bill Lear including a set of knife and fork connecting rods from the Deltic engine and some prints.
Larry Rossett from Alberta, Canada gave his library to me through his children who were cleaning his house after his untimely death. Roy Anderson Jr. gave me his father’s book rough drafts and many very fine India ink on vellum draftings. A complete set of correspondence between Roland Giroux of Reno, Nevada and Mr. Reed of Michigan appeared in my collections. Also a thick stack of letters from Stanley Allred of Warren, Indiana to Mr. Reed appeared. Mr. Reed carried on a lengthy correspondence and he saved all of the letters written to him. As they were answers to questions they are valuable themselves and without the other half of the correspondence. Scott Haines brought me blueprints and papers from Al Reynolds’s house after his passing. Ralph Emery gave me Walter Cousino’s papers and the prints for his very nice three cylinder oscillating engine. Ed Blakeman’s son gave me his father’s steam collection when cleaning out the house. I also got Ed’s Doble Triple that was a lot of metal fabricating work and used solenoids to actuate poppet valves.
Blueprints include the 1954 Lee Gaeke, working under the name SuperSteam out of Inkster, Michigan, Detrick engine, a very good looking modern engine. I have the Chadwell O’Connor three cylinder boat engine blueprints that he made for Disney Land. These were miniature Skinner engines and very well designed and made. All of John Walton’s Light Steam Power blueprints were purchased when I visited him over on the Isle of Man. Roy Anderson’s blueprints, for both size V-2 steam engines are on hand as well as his single cylinder boat engine.
Along the way there are personal letters from Richard Smith, Bill Besler, Abner Doble, and many other luminaries in the steam field. Bill Cartland kept up steady correspondence the last few years of his life. There are designs drawn freehand on paper of ideas that are almost lost. It is all being slowly organized. The problem is that a person has to look at all of it first to be then able to recognize the names and the steam projects when they go through it the second time. It is all being stored in a dry heated steel building.---Tom Kimmel
Note: The files below are of listings of steam articles and books, their titles, dates, and source or papers in pdf format for you to just view and print or download and print.
Publications (pdf listings):
(pdfs of title pages-not searchable at this time, 9 title pictures to a page, listed in order of first author for the most part)
|A - 1.7M||B - 2.2M||C - 2.5M||D-F - 1.4M||G-I - 1.7M|
|J-L - 2.0M||M-O - 1.3M||P-R - 1.2M||S-U - 2.7M||V-Z - 1.3M|
Definitions with Diagrams and Citations
|Cylinder Condensation||Fin Configuration||Saturated Steam|
|Dry Pipe||Mean Effective Pressure||Steam|
|Engine Friction||Ruths - Steam Accumulator||Superheated Steam|
|Enthalpy||Total Heat of Saturated Steam|
|If you would like a high resolution scan of any of the diagrams please contact us so we can get one to you by email.|
Papers, Articles, Brochures, Diagrams:
|Ames Una-Flow Engine - Sales Bulletin 1937||5.1M||Ames|
|Boiling Petrol (Alcohol, Naptha) - Online - Museum of Retro Technology||online|
|Bryan Tractor Brochure - Original||1.3M||Bryan Tractor|
|Carnot Cycle- Online - Engineer's Edge||online|
|Carnot Efficiency - Online - Museum of Retro Technology||online|
|Clayton Steam Generator||1.15M||Clayton|
|Coats Steam Car Brochure||805k||Coats Steam Car|
|Coats Diagram of Operating Cycle||179k||Coats Steam Car|
|Compressed Air Power for Vehicles - Horseless Vehicles, 1900, pp.386-92||.99k||Hiscox|
|Corliss Engine - Steam-Engine Theory and Practice, 1908||2.5M||Ripper|
|Day-Land Steam Engines - 1974, pp.1-4||858k||C. William Moore|
|Development of the All Wheel Drive Prime Mover - Drawings||742k||Yuba Manufacturing|
|Economy of Steam Engines - Steam Plant Operation, 1935, pp 228-33||476k||Woodruff|
|Ether and Chloroform Engines - Online - Museum of Retro Technology||online|
|Gasification of Wood||37k||Websites|
|How steam produces mechanical action - The Steam Engine for the Use of Beginners||3.2M||Lardner|
|Ideal Impulse Turbine - Marine Steam Turbines, 1911, pp 49-51||253k||Bauer, Lasche|
|Joy Valve Gear - Locomotive Valves and Valve Gears, 1921, pp 194-6||540k||Yoder and Wharen|
|Keim, John R. Machine Advertisment||55k||Keim|
|Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight - Boilers,Separators-1887-97, pp.55-60||1.8M||Langley|
|Lentz Poppet Valve Engine - Steam Power, 1916, pp 205-8||586k||Hirshfeld, Ulbricht|
|Locomobile Type Engine - Steam Power 1916, pp 210-12||386k||Hirshfeld, Ulbricht|
|Losses, Other - Marine Steam Turbines, 1911, pp 59-60||303k||Bauer, Lasche|
|Michel Opposed Piston Diesel Engines with Rotary Engine List and Comments||305k||Pearce|
|Method and Apparatus for Achieving Higher Thermal Efficiency in a Steam Engine or Steam Expander - Patent pages and fig 6||132K||Peoples, Harmon|
|Minto's Unique Steamless Steam Car - Popular Science Oct 1977, pp. 51-3||1.5M||Lindsey|
|Regenerative Cycle - Thermodynamics||1.8M||Lichty, Lester C.|
|Reversing Gears - Valve Gears, 1915, pp120-135||2.1M||Fessenden|
|Reversing Gears - Valve Gears for Steam Engines, 1911, p73 with plates||251k||Peabody|
|Rudimentary Treatise on the Steam Engine - The Steam Engine, 1971, Chapters 1-7||3.2M||Lardner|
|Scott-Newcomb Auto Steam System - Brochure||572k||Scott-Newcomb|
|Skinner-Steam Cycle of Skinner Compound Unaflow Marine Steam Engines||1M||Skinner|
|Stanley Dealer Bulletin: To Clean the Boiler||528k||Stanley Steamers|
|Stanley Prssure Diaphragm Valve-Light-weight - Image1-Image 2-Image 3-Image 4||Midland Steam Ctr|
|Stanley Steam Car Instructions for the Care and Operation||2.9M||Stanley Steamers|
|Stanley Steam Water and Fuel System - Diagram||328k||Stanley Steamers|
|Steam Cars Past and Present - Paper||860k||Brown, Peter Scott|
|Steam Power Plants - Practical Heat, 1923, pp. 464-67||1.33M||Croft -Editor|
|Updraft Suction Producer - Practical Heat, 1923, pp509-511|
|Velox Steam Generator - Steam Power Stations, 1940, pp 228-9||530k||Gaffert|
|Water Tube Boiler - Drawings and Discriptions - Bolsover Brothers||1.3M||Bolsover Brothers|
|White Steam Cars Flash Steam Generation - Diagram||1.4M||White Steam Cars|
|White Steam Cars Model M and Model O - Catalog||2.5M||White Steam Cars|
|Yuba Steam Vehicle by Lothrop & West - Paper||1M||Yuba Manufacturing|
|Zero Emission Engine-Novel Steam Engine for Automotive Application-pp 473-8||1.9M||Mößbaurer|
|Zero Emission Engine An Economic and Environmental Benefit - 8 pages||online||Saskia Scherfling|