Finding Aid to the Abner Doble Papers, 1885-1963

Finding aid written by Juliet Demeter and Albert Park
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
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© 2003
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Abner Doble Papers, 1885-1963

Collection number: BANC MSS 77/183 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Finding aid written by Juliet Demeter and Albert Park
Finding Aid Encoded By:
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© 2016 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Abner Doble papers
Date (inclusive): 1885-1963
Collection Number: BANC MSS 77/183 c
Creator: Doble, Abner
Extent: Number of containers: 4 cartons, 8 oversize folders, 19 volumes Linear feet: 8.55 84 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The Abner Doble Papers consists of correspondence, drawings, reports, patents, photographs, and notebooks documenting Doble's role in the development of 20th century steam technology. Collection also includes papers relating to the Doble family, several of whom were also engineers and inventors, including Doble's grandfather and namesake Abner Doble, his father William Ashton Doble, and his brother Warren Doble.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Abner Doble papers, BANC MSS 77/183 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

Digital reproductions of selected items are available.

Separated Material

Photographs transferred to the Bancroft Pictorial Collections
Identifier/Call Number: (BANC PIC 1961.008-.009)

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Doble Steam Motors Corporation
Automobile industry and trade--California.
Automobiles, Steam--Design and construction.
Steam-engines--Design and construction.

Administrative Information

Aquisition Information

The Abner Doble Papers were given to the Bancroft Library by Mrs. Alene Doble, Warren Doble, and William A. Doble in 1961. Additions were made in 2005 by the Geisel Library.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Juliet Demeter in 2003.

Biography

Abner Doble was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1890. At the age of eight, he began an apprenticeship at the Abner Doble Company, the factory founded by his grandfather and namesake. His father, William Ashton Doble, was inventor of the Pelton-Doble Water Wheel and chief engineer for the Pelton Water Wheel Co., which eventually merged with his family's business. Abner Doble designed and built his first steam car while a student Lick High School in San Francisco. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1910-1912, but left college in order to focus his attention on the development of steam automobiles. In 1912 he developed the Doble Model "A" in Waltham, Massachusetts, soon followed by the Doble Model "B" roadster. In 1915 Doble drove the Model "B" to Detroit where the General Engineering Company offered to put it into production. Renamed the Doble-Detroit, his car was introduced at the New York auto show of 1917. Although over 10,000 orders came in for the model, wartime demand for steel put manufacturing on hold and only 30 Doble-Detroit cars were ever produced.
In 1920 Doble and his brothers organized the Doble Steam Motors Corporation in San Francisco with the intention of developing the finest steam car ever built. Doble modeled his factory, which later moved across the bay to Emeryville, on the Rolls-Royce plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. The cars manufactured by Doble were luxury vehicles guaranteed to run for 100,000 miles. Their reputation for fine performance spread and orders came in quickly. The production process was costly, as well as enormously time consuming, given the amount of attention paid to nearly every detail of the car's manufacture. As a result of Doble's high standards, the company manufactured only 42 cars between 1923 and 1931. Finally, unable to secure adequate financing, Doble Steam Motors went bankrupt in 1931. Despite the company's failure, steam enthusiasts still consider the Doble steam car of this era to be among the best ever produced.
After the collapse of his company, Doble became consultant to several firms engaged in the development of steam technology. In Germany he helped to develop steam powered trains, buses, trucks and boats for A. Borsig, Co. and Henschel & Sohn. He worked on steam trucks and railcars for Sentinel Waggon Works in England and steam buses for A & G Price, Ltd., New Zealand. In 1946 Doble was retained by Nordberg Manufacturing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin to develop a steam power plant for city buses. This engine, known as the Ultimax, was the culmination of Doble's nearly four decades of experience in steam technology. Another firm later attempted to employ the Ultimax for use in railway locomotives. Finally, in 1950, McCulloch Motors of Los Angeles hired Doble as consultant on the development of the Paxton Phoenix, a steam powered luxury car fitted with an Ultimax engine. Once again, lack of funding forced the company to abandon the project and the car was never completed.
Doble continued to work as a consultant throughout the 1950's. One of his last projects was for Charles F. Keen of Milwaukee on the development of the Keen steam car in 1956.
Abner Doble died in Santa Rosa, California on July 16, 1961.

Chronology

1890 Born March 26, San Francisco, CA
1898-1905 Apprenticeship at the Abner Doble Company, San Francisco, CA
1910-1912 Attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1912 Develops the Doble Model A, Waltham, MA
1914 Develops the Doble Model B Roadster, Waltham, MA
1916 Introduces Doble-Detroit Steam Car, Detroit, MI
1920 Doble Steam Motors factory opens in San Francisco, CA
1923 Factory moved to Emeryville, CA
1929-1931 Consultant to A & G Price, Ltd., New Zealand
1930-1936 Consultant to Sentinel Waggon Works, Shrewsbury, England
1931 Doble Steam Motors closes
  Consultant to A. Borsig Co., Berlin, Germany
1931-1934 Consultant to Henschel & Sohn, Kassel, Germany
1946-1948 Consultant to Nordberg Manufacturing Co., Milwaukee, WI
1950-1956 Consultant on development of Paxton Phoenix steam car for McCulloch Motors Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
1956 Consultant on Keen steam car, Milwaukee, WI
1957 Consultant on monotube boiler for Charles W. Tadlock, St. Louis, MO
1961 Died July 16 in Santa Rosa, CA

Scope and Content

The Abner Doble Papers, 1885-1963, consist of correspondence, drawings, reports, patents, and notebooks documenting his role in the development of twentieth century steam technology. The collection also includes papers relating to his family, several of whom were engineers and inventors, including his grandfather and namesake Abner Doble, his father William Ashton Doble, and his brother Warren Doble.
Materials include drawings and engineering notebooks for Doble's early automotive designs, as well as records of the Doble Steam Motors factory in Emeryville, California where Doble and his brothers manufactured what are still considered to be among the finest steam cars ever made. Also included are papers relating to Doble's career as consultant to several firms in the U.S., Europe, and New Zealand where he worked on the development of steam trucks, buses and locomotives. The collection also includes records of Doble's consulting work in the early 1950's for the Paxton Engineering Division of McCulloch Motors Corporation, Los Angeles, to develop the Paxton Phoenix, a steam car fitted with the Doble Ultimax engine. Family papers include materials relating to the Abner Doble Company, San Francisco, and Doble's father William Ashton Doble, inventor of the Doble-Pelton Water Wheel.
This collection includes the Doble Family Papers, 1912-1960, C-B 827, which were integrated with the Abner Doble Papers in 2002.

Container Listing

 

Series 1 Doble Steam Engines 1902-1963 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Cartons 1-4, Oversize folders 1-5, Volume 19.

Arrangement

Divided into 4 sub-series: Early Models, Doble Steam Motors, Ultimax Engine, and Miscellaneous Projects. Arranged chronologically then hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Early Models includes drawings and brochures for Doble models built in Waltham, Massachusetts and Detroit, Michigan between 1912 and 1916. Doble Steam Motors consists of drawings, brochures, test reports, stockholder materials, and articles relating to the Doble Steam Motors Corporation. Ultimax Engine includes records for Doble's work with the Nordberg Manufacturing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Paxton Engineering Division of McCulloch Motors, Los Angeles. These materials include correspondence, drawings, photographs, and engine test reports. Miscellaneous Projects includes reports, drawings, patents, and calculations for various steam engine development projects between the years 1917 and 1958. Calculations include tests performed on models built by Doble Steam Motors, as well as on locomotive and bus engines developed for consulting work with Henschel & Sohn, Germany and Sentinel Waggon Works, England.
 

Subseries 1.1 Early Models 1910-1916 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 1

Doble Steam Flyer drawing 1910 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 1A

Doble Steam Flyer drawing 1912 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 1A

Doble Steam Pullman drawing 1912 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 2

Doble Steam Car, Abner Doble Co., Waltham, Mass. Brochure ca. 1914 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 3

Doble (-Detroit) Steam Car brochure 1916 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 4

The Doble (-Detroit) Steam Car, General Engineering Company, Detroit, Mich. ca. 1916 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 1.2 Doble Steam Motors 1921-1963 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Office Records 1922-1963 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 5

Automobiles and Power-Plants Manufactured 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 6

Announcing the Doble Steam Car, Doble Steam Motors, California 1922 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 7

Doble Steam Motors brochure ca. 1922 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 8

"A California Built Steam Motor Car" (Western Machinery World, May, 1923) 1923 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 8

"Notable Steam Car of To-day" (The Model Engineer & Practical Electrician, Feb. 6, 1930) 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 8

"Steam Car Design" (The Autocar, Nov. 5, 1937) 1937 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 8

"The Steamer Story" (California Engineer, Dec. 1951) 1951 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 8

"The Best Isn't Good Enough" (Motor Trend, Dec. 1951) 1951 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 8

"Das Beste ist nicht gut genug!" (das Auto Motor und Sport, Feb. 1952) 1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

"Steam Power-the Swift and Silent Orphan" (True's Automobile Yearbook, 1951) 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

"Look to the Steam Car" (Auto Age, Oct. 1953) 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

"Why Don't We Have a Steam Car?" (Cavalier, Jan. 1956) 1956 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

"The Doble: Finest of the Steamers" (The Milwaukee (?), Dec. 7, 1958) 1958 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

page 56 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

page 57 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

page 58 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

page 59 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

page 60 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

page 61 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

"Doble: The First Modern Steam Cars" (Car and Driver, May, 1963 1962 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 9

"The Doble Steam Car--Story at UC" (San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 13, 1963) 1963 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 10

Prospectus of the Doble Steam Motors Corporation 1922 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 19

Doble Steam Motors Corporation Escrow Receipts BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 11

Doble Steam Motors Corporation Stock Certificate 1923 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 1A

The Doble Review, Stockholders Newsletter [oversize] 1924 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 12

Steam and Transportation, Detroit Motorbus Company 1927 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 13

"Results Attained by a Steam Bus in Actual Service" (Bus Transportation, Jan 1928) 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 14

Report on the Doble Steam Bus 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Drawings 1921-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 2C

Auxiliary Unit Assembly 1924-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 1

Boilers 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 2C

Blower Assembly 1924-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 16

Burners 1929-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 2C

Burner Assembly 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 2C

Burner Housing 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 16:1

Burner Fuel Tube Venturi 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 16:2

Burner Fuel Nozzle 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 2C

Compensator Assembly 1924 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 17

Control Box 1921-1924 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 18

Coupling 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 19

LP and HP Cylinder Heads 1923 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 3C

Doble Compound Engine 1924 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 3C

F-Motor Condenser Fan Turbine 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 3C

F-Motor Draft Booster 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 3C

F-Motor Steam Generator Assembly 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 20

Pistons, Rods, and Shafts 1923 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 21

Radiator Relief Valve 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 4B

Sirocco Fan 1924 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 22

Steam Pump 1926 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 23

Thermostat Assembly 1928-1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 24

Throttle 1929-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 25

Water Pumps 1926-1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 4B

Float Chamber Assembly 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 4B

Steam Regulator Assembly 1923 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 5C

Doble Locomotive 1927 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Reports 1923-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 26

Chemical Analysis Reports 1923-1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 27

Research Lab Tests 1-51 1924 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 28

Research Lab Tests 52-91 1924-1925 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 29

Research Lab Tests 92-121 1925 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 30

Research Lab Tests 122-156 1925-1926 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 31

Research Lab Tests 157-194 1926-1927 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 32

Research Lab Tests 195-235 1927-1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 33

Research Lab Tests 236-283 1930-1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 34

Research Lab Tests 284-288 1932-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 35

Research Lab Tests 289-313 1932-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 36

Research Lab Un-Numbered Tests 1924 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 37

Research Lab Index to Tests 1924-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Notes 1926-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 38

Notes on E-Models 1926-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 39

Notes on F-Models 1930-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 40

Miscellaneous Notes 1926-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 1.3 Ultimax Engine 1927-1958 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Office Records 1942-1958 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Correspondence 1950-1958 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 41

Electrical Engineering Construction Co. 1950-1951 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 42

Fergus Motors, Inc. 1950 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 43

Hudson Motor Car Company 1951 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 44

Leyland Motors Limited 1949-1950 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 45

Alexander Moulton 1950-1958 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 46

John M. Vanvleet 1950-1951 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 47

A-Z Miscellaneous 1951 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Contracts 1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Reports 1949-1956 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 49

Ultimax Steam Engine Report 1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 50

Ultimax Valve Gear Report 1956 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Drawings 1948-1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 51

Ultimax Steam Engine Drawings 1948-1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 52

Ultimax Locomotive Drawings 1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 53

120 HP Engine Based on Ultimax Drawings 1950-1951 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 54

Engine Performance Charts 1950-1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 55

Reference Materials BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 1, folder 56

Notes 1942-1955 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Nordberg Manufacturing Co. 1946-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Correspondence 1947-1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 1

Perfex Corporation 1947 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 2

Young Radiator Co. 1947-1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Drawings 1946-1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 3

Cylinder and Attached Parts 1947 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 4

Damper Control Assembly 1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 5

Pistons, Rods and Shafts 1946-1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 6

Engine Assembly 1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 7

Reheater 1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 8

Valves BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 9

Water Drain Assembly 1947 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 10

Notes 1941-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Paxton Phoenix Project 1927-1957 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Office Records 1951-1957 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 11

McCulloch Correspondence 1951-1956 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 12

Allan F. Bell Correspondence 1953-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 13

Contract 1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 14

Transfer of Patents 1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 15

Paxton Development Program 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 16

Paxton Engineering Division Report (1 of 3) 1950-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 17

Paxton Engineering Division Report (2 of 3) 1950-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 18

Paxton Engineering Division Report (3 of 3) 1950-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 19

Paxton Phoenix Specifications 1952-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 20

Notes 1951-1952 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 21

"Flywheel" (McCulloch Motors Corporation Newsletter) 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 22

Article: "The True Story of the Paxton Phoenix" (Reprinted with Permission from Road and Track Magazine. Copyright 1957 © Hachette Filipacchi Media, U.S., Inc.) 1957 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Drawings 1945-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 23

Boiler Assembly 1952 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 24

Camshaft 1952-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 25

Chassis 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 26

Control Box Assembly 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 27

Crankcase 1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 28

Crankshaft 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 29

Cylinders 1951-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 30

Damper Control Assembly 1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 31

Feed and Vacuum Pump BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 32

Float Chamber 1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 33

Power Plant 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 34

Transmission and Differential 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 35

Valves 1953-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 36

Miscellaneous Drawings 1945-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Engine Test Reports 1927-1954 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 37

Paxton Phoenix Test Report, Paxton #1 Boiler 1927-1953 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 38

Paxton Phoenix Test Reports, Paxton #2 Generator 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 39

Paxton Phoenix Engine Tests (1 of 2) 1953-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 40

Paxton Phoenix Engine Tests (2 of 2) 1953-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 41

Paxton Phoenix Steam Tests 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 1.4 Miscellaneous Projects 1902-1958 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Reports 1924-1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 42

Doble Aeronautical Power Plant 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 43

Boiler Design Notes 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 44

Doble Locomotive 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 45

Notes on the Conversion of an E-27 Type Locomotive to a Doble Type DE-27 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 46

Performance of the Doble Boiler 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 47

The Doble High Pressure Steam Generator 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 48

Automatic Steam Plants for Buses and Trucks 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 49

Experimental Work on Doble Steam Automobile 1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 50

Model "K" Doble Steam Car 1936-1937 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 51

Doble Multi-Purpose Steam-Engine 1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 52

6000 HP Doble Loco 1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 2, folder 53

Index to Engineering Reports 1924-1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Patents 1902-1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 1-4

Abner Doble 1912-1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 5-7

Miscellaneous Patents 1902-1940 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Drawings 1917-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 5C

Auxiliary Assembly 1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 8

Auxilary Drive-Clutch Blower 1942-1944 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 9

Auxilary Unit Assembly 1935-1947 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 10

Blower 1943 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 11

Boilers 1934-1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 12

Burners 1936-1954 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 13

Charging Valve 1931-1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 14

Chassis undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 15

Control Box 1943-1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 16

Crankshaft Assembly 1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 17

Damper Control Assembly 1943 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 18, oversize-folder 5C

Engine Arrangement and Assembly 1931-1943 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 19

Fire Box 1942-1943 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 20

Float Chamber 1943-1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 21

Four Cylinder V Engine 1917 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 22

Fuel Nozzle 1943 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 23

Ignition Breaker Assembly 1944 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 24

Multi-Purpose Engine (1 of 4) 1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 25

Multi-Purpose Engine (2 of 4) 1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 26

Multi-Purpose Engine (3 of 4) 1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 27

Multi-Purpose Engine (4 of 4) 1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 28

Piston 1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 29

Pumps 1935-1949 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 30

Pumps-Fuel Pump 1942-1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 31

Pumps-Fuel and Air Pumps 1944 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 32

Pumps-Pump Unit #1 1944-1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 33

Pumps-Pump Unit #2 1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 34

Reheater 1943 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 35

Relief Valve 1935-1943 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 36

Safety Valves 1948 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 37

Steam Power Unit 1935 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 38

Steam Power Unit in Ferguson Tractor 1950 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 38

Installation of Steam Power Unit in Ferguson Tractor. 1950 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: 1 mechanical drawing.

Scope and Content Note

1/8 scale drawing.
carton 3, folder 39

Superheater 1943 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 40

Thermostat Assembly (1 of 2) 1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 41

Thermostat Assembly (2 of 2) 1942-1944 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 42

Throttle 1950 1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 43

3WT Engine Assembly 1936-1941 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 5C

2VC Power Unit 1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Calculations 1926-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 44

Calculations 99-132 1926-1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 45

Calculations 133-151 1928-1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 46

Calculations 152 1928-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 47

Calculations 152A-190 1928-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 48

Calculations 191-209 1930-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 49

Calculations 209A-228 1930-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 50

Calculations 229-243 1931-1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 51

Calculations 244-265 1932-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 52

Calculations 266-288 1933-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 3, folder 53

Index to Calculations 1926-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Miscellaneous 1923-1958 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 1

Boilers 1932-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 2

Articles 1923-1951 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 3

Notes 1933-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 4

Materials 1935-1950 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 5

Materials 1951-1958 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Series 2 Consulting 1930-1960 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4, oversize folders 5-8

Arrangement

Divided into 2 sub-series: Office Files and Project Records. Arranged hierarchically then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Office Files include correspondence, a copy of Doble's resume, and his consulting business card. Project Records include correspondence, drawings, reports, and contracts related to consultant work for the development of steam buses, locomotives, and trucks at A & G Price, Ltd., New Zealand, Henschel & Sohn, Germany, Sentinel Waggon Works, England. Also included are records of experimental and developmental parts built for the Greyhound Corporation and Cleaver-Brooks Company in 1940's, as well as correspondence and drawings relating to one of Doble's final projects to develop a monotube boiler for Charles W. Tadlock of St. Louis, Missouri.
 

Subseries 2.1 Office Records ca. 1936-1960 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4
carton 4, folder 6

Correspondence 1945-1960 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 7

Resume ca. 1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 8

Business Card ca. 1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 2.2 A & G Price, Ltd. 1930-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4
carton 4, folder 9

Correspondence 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 10

Drawings 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 2.3 Henschel & Sohn 1930-1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4, Oversize folder 5C
carton 4, folder 11

Contract 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 12

Articles (1 of 2) 1932-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 13

Articles (2 of 2) 1935-1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 14

Catalog 1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 5C

Henschel Truck drawings 1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 15

Henschel Truck drawings 1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 16

Railcar Boiler 1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 17

Miscellaneous Drawings 1932-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 18

Notes on Condensing Locomotive 1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 2.4 Sentinel Waggon Works 1931-1937 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4, Oversize folders 6C, 7C, 8C
carton 4, folder 19

Contracts 1930-1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 20

Articles 1934-1937 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 21

Sentinel Doble Truck 1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 22

Boiler Charts 1933-1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 23

4VTL Charts undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 24

Auxiliary Unit drawings 1931-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 6C

Assembly of Auxiliary Unit 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 6C

Arrangement of Auxiliary Unit 1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 6C

Auxiliary Engine Governor 1935 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 6C

200 HP Boiler 1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 25

Blower Assembly 1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 26

Charging Valve 1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 27

Coke-Fired Boiler 1934-1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 28

E-24 Boiler 1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 29

Firegrate 1935 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 30

Locomotive drawings 1933-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 31

Oil-Fired Boiler 1935-1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 32

Reheater 1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 33

Truck drawings 1931-1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 6C

Truck Chassis 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 6C

Truck Engine 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 6C

Truck Boiler 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 34

Valves and Pump Bypass 1933-1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 35

3WT Engine Assembly 1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 7C

4VT Engine & Boiler drawing 1934-1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 36

Miscellaneous drawings 1932-1935 BANC MSS 77/183 c

oversize-folder 8C

Miscellaneous drawings 1933-1935 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 37

Test Records 1931-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 38

Test Records 1934-1935 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 39

Test Records 1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 40

Laboratory Tests 1932-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 41

Road Tests 1932-1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 2.5 Miscellaneous Projects 1943-1957 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4
carton 4, folder 42

Greyhound Corporation drawings 1943 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 43

Greyhound Corporation Bill of Materials: Experimental and Developmental Parts Drawings 1944-1946 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 44

Cleaver-Brooks Company Bill of Materials: Experimental and Developmental Parts Drawings 1944-1945 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 45

Charles W. Tadlock Correspondence 1957 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Series 3 Notebooks and Diaries 1910-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4, volumes 1-17

Arrangement

Divided into 2 sub-series: Notebooks and Diaries. Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Notebooks are primarily bound volumes that include notes, drawings, photographs, sketches, charts, and clippings documenting Doble's engineering career. The earliest volumes illustrate the development of the Doble Models "A" and "B" from 1910-1912. Later volumes contain notes on the Doble-Detroit Steam Car, general engine design notes, including the genesis of the Ultimax Engine, records of Doble Steam Motors, railway locomotives, consulting work, notes on power plants, boilers and burners, and information regarding the development of the Ultimax at Nordberg and McCulloch. Although Doble began entries in many of the notebooks as early as 1920, he continued to annotate and add data well into the 1950's. Diaries range in date from 1926 through 1932 and include his agenda, as well as financial records, notes on Doble Steam Motors models, and records of his consulting work for A & G Price, Henschel & Sohn, and Sentinel Waggon Works. Attached throughout the volumes are correspondence, photographs, and clippings.
 

Subseries 3.1 Notebooks 1910-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 1

Doble Flyer 1910 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 2

[Notes on Series B] 1912 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 3

Notes on Trucks, Pleasure and Racing Cars 1915 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 4

Notebook on Trucks, Tractors and All Commercial Vehicles 1916 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 5

Record and Data of the Doble Steam Car 1921 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 6

Notebook for Railway Locomotives 1926 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 7

Notes and Calculations 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 8

General Notes 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 9

Power Plant Auxiliaries 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 10

Engine Design 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 11

Chassis and Bodies 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 12

Boilers and Burners 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 46

[Ultimax Engine] 1948-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 47

[Ultimax Engine] 1951-1953 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 48

Index to Sketch and Notebooks 1910-1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 3.2 Diaries 1926-1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 49

1926-1927 1926-1927 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 13

1928 1928 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 14

1929 1929 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 15

1930 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 16

1931 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

volume 16

Diary entries with sketch of rear axle for lorry. August 16, 1931-August 17, 1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Additional Note

This material was selectively digitized from a larger resource or collection.
volume 17

1932 1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Series 4 Family Papers 1885-1958 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4, volume 18

Arrangement

Divided into 4 sub-series: Abner Doble Company, William Ashton Doble, Warren Doble, and Doble Family Patents. Arranged hierarchically then chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes brochures and drawings from the Abner Doble Co., San Francisco. William Ashton Doble's materials include correspondence, reports and photographs relating to the Pelton-Doble Water Wheel, patents and biographical information. Papers of Warren Doble are comprised of correspondence, patents, and materials relating to his consulting work for Henschel & Sohn, Germany in the 1930's. Doble Family Patents include a bound volume of patents assigned to William Ashton Doble, John Ashton Doble, Robert Mc Farland Doble, Abner Doble and other members of the Doble family.
carton 4, folder 50

Subseries 4.1 Abner Doble Company 1903-1911 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 4.2 William Ashton Doble 1885-1939 undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4
carton 4, folder 51

Doble Family History 1885 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 52

Pelton Water Wheel 1904-1939 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 53

Pelton Water Wheel, Photos 1915 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 54

Patents 1923 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 55

Biographical Sketch undated BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 4.3 Warren Doble 1923-1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4
carton 4, folder 56

Correspondence 1952 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 57

Henschel & Sohn, Kassel, Germany 1932-1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 58

Doxey vs. Doble Legal Papers 1933-1936 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 59

Patents 1923-1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 60

Patents 1923-1933 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 61

Patents 1934 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 62

Notes on Patents 1935 BANC MSS 77/183 c

 

Subseries 4.4 Doble Family Patents ca. 1890-1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

Physical Description: Carton 4, Volume 18
volume 18

Bound volume of Doble Family Patents ca. 1890-ca. 1930 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 63

John A. Doble, Patents 1922 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 64

Jesse Warren Doble, Patents 1923-1931 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 65

William A. Doble Jr., Patents 1925-1932 BANC MSS 77/183 c

carton 4, folder 66

Miscellaneous Family Papers 1956-1958 BANC MSS 77/183 c