Everett C. Shuman papers, 1891-1989

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Collection Overview

Title:
Everett C. Shuman papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1891-1989
Creator:
Shuman, E. C. (Everett C.)
Abstract:
Everett C. Shuman (1902-2002) was a Penn State faculty member and pioneer researcher in energy conservation. He was called the father of the 'R-value,' the indicator of heat resistance used for all types of insulation materials since 1970. He also invented the mineral core fire door. This collection includes correspondence, reprints of publications, newspaper clippings, reference articles and notes related to his research and discoveries.
Collection Number:
1338
Size:
3 linear ft.
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Everett Shuman was born November 3, 1902 in Milwaukee. He was a pioneer researcher in energy conservation and is considered to be the father of the R-value, an accurate indication of the insulation effectiveness of all types of insulation materials which has been universally used since 1970. In 1924, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with honors in civil engineering. While teaching mechanics, he earned a master's degree in civil engineering in 1926. He joined the research laboratory of the Portland Cement Association in Chicago as an engineer for developmental research on concrete mixers in 1926. Then in 1938, he was appointed head of the department of civil engineering at Lewis Institute. He was named associate professor engineering in the Institute for Building Research, college of Engineering, Penn State, in 1961 on the staff of the architectural engineering department and the graduate school until his retirement in 1968. He traveled extensively to professional meeting, achieving nearly two million miles of air travel. His first flight occurred in 1905 at the age of 3 when he as strapped to his father who was a wing passenger on an aircraft flown by Orville Wright. A historical marker honoring his contributions was placed at the intersection of West College Avenue and Burrowes Road in State College. He died at the age of 99 on May 31, 2002.

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Scope and Contents

This collection documents the career and accomplishments of the inventor and architectural engineer Everett Shuman. Materials include correspondence, reprints of publications by Shuman, newspaper clippings, reference articles and notes related to his research and discoveries, and framed honors and certificates of membership in professional organizations.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Everett C. Shuman papers, PSUA 1338, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Shuman, E. C. (Everett C.)

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