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Philip Walter Henry papers

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Biographical Note

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Personal Papers

Business Papers

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Philip Walter Henry papers, 1881-1947

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Primary Creator: Henry, Philip Walter (b. 1864)

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The papers are divided into three series.

Series I. Personal Papers has five subseries: A. Genealogical Information, B. Groups and Organizations, C. Translations, D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and E. Miscellaneous.

Series II. Business Papers has seven subseries: A. WWI Professional Organizations, B. Engineering Organizations, C. Economics/Business Organizations, D. Professional Work, E. Central and South American Professional Affiliations, and F. Miscellaneous Professional.

Series III. Correspondence (2 volumes, bound and indexed).

Subjects: American Geographical Society, American International Corporation, Asphalt Industry, Asphalt Industry - United States, Civil engineers, Engineering, Engineering - South America, Engineering - South America - History, Henry, Philip Walter, 1864-1947, New York City (N.Y.), Railroad engineering, Railroads, Railroads - Mexico, Railroads - Mexico - History, Railroads - United States, Railroads - United States - History, Railroads - United States - History - 19th century, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Alumni and alumnae, Spanish poetry, Spanish poetry - Classical period, 1500-1700, Spanish poetry - Classical period, 1500-1700 - Translations

Forms of Material: Genealogies, Letter (s) (correspondence), Play (s), Program (s), Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Collection processed by: Jenifer J. Kuba

Abstract

This collection consists of personal and business papers and memorabilia beginning with a scrapbook created by Philip Walter Henry during his days as a student at R.P.I. through his career as a civil engineer.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Philip Walter Henry papers (MC 75) consist of personal and business papers and memorabilia of Philip Walter Henry’s personal and business associations dating from 1881-1947. Papers reveal Henry’s life as a Civil Engineer throughout World War I, business affiliations in South and Central America, personal activities and interests, and political views expressed in letters to editors of various newspapers. This collection was once a scrapbook but dismantled, re-organized and then filed alphabetically according to the organizations and various themes (translations, articles, speeches) represented within the scrapbook.

Biographical Note

Philip Walter Henry was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on March 24, 1864, son of Eugene Thomas and Emma Elizabeth (Walter) Henry. He descended from Robert Henry, a native of Scotland who settled in Chester County, Pa. in 1722. Philip W. Henry was educated in the public schools of Oxford, New Jersey. After spending 3 years in railway surveying, in 1883 he entered the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York and graduated in 1887. After graduation Henry was employed by the Barber Asphalt Paving Company for fifteen years, first as foreman, then became assistant superintendent for the company at St. Joseph, Montana and Omaha, Nebraska. Then in New York City, he eventually became vice-president of the company. Beginning in 1902 Henry was a consulting civil engineer and actively involved in various companies and corporations. From 1904-1909 Henry was Vice-President of the Pan-American Company of Delaware. From 1906-1909 he was president of the South American Construction Company, which in 1907-08 built 125 miles of railroad in Bolivia. From 1909-1917 he was president of the Central Railroad of Haiti. In 1910 Henry made a reconnaissance of 700 miles of proposed railways in Spain. From 1916-1923 Henry was vice-president of the Siems-Carey Railway & Canal Co. as the civil engineer in charge of selecting the engineering organization for making canal and railroad surveys in China. From 1916-1923 Henry was Vice-President of the American International Corporation in charge of engineering investigations all over the world that were brought to the organization for financing. Henry was secretary of the American Institute of Consulting Engineers from 1924-1943 and was President in 1940. Henry served both the Pan-American Society and American Geographical Society as councilor, vice-president and chairman. Henry was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. In 1898 Henry studied Spanish to assist in his business and enjoyed the language so much he translated several plays of Calderon de la Barca, a noted dramatist of the 17th century. The most notable of de la Barca’s plays translated by Henry is “La Vida es Sueno” (Life is a Dream) translated in 1921 and staged by the RPI players in March, 1939. Mr. Henry conducted the majority of his business in New York City at 75, West and lived in Scarborough, New York.

Subject/Index Terms

American Geographical Society
American International Corporation
Asphalt Industry
Asphalt Industry - United States
Civil engineers
Engineering
Engineering - South America
Engineering - South America - History
Henry, Philip Walter, 1864-1947
New York City (N.Y.)
Railroad engineering
Railroads
Railroads - Mexico
Railroads - Mexico - History
Railroads - United States
Railroads - United States - History
Railroads - United States - History - 19th century
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Alumni and alumnae
Spanish poetry
Spanish poetry - Classical period, 1500-1700
Spanish poetry - Classical period, 1500-1700 - Translations

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: Philip Walter Henry papers, MC 75. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Finding Aid Revision History: This collection was reprocessed in 2010.


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Series I: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Subseries A: Genealogical InformationAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical and Genealogical Information, 1900-1917, 1933-1940Add to your cart.
(See also folder “Mining and Metallurgy”)
Folder 2: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1919Add to your cart.
Subseries B: Groups and OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American Geographical Society, 1917-1918, 1926-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Red Cross, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Beechwood Playhouse, 1917-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Century Association, 1917-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1918-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 8: New York City Mission Society, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sleepy Hollow Country Club, 1917-1918Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Union League Club, 1917-1921, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 11: University Club, 1917, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Young Men's Christian Association, 1917-1921Add to your cart.
Subseries C: TranslationsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Translations, 1921-1922, 1938Add to your cart.
Subseries D: Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 14: R.P.I. Alumni Activities, 1917-1920, 1927, 1933-1943Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: R.P.I. Scrapbook (copy)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: R.P.I. Scrapbook (original), 1883-1889Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Table of Contents to R.P.I. Scrapbook, 2010Add to your cart.
Subseries E.: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Frank Vanderlip, 1918-1919, 1927, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Miscellaneous, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series II: Business PapersAdd to your cart.
Subseries A: WWI Professional OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Allied Machinery Company of America, 1918-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 2: American International Corporation, 1916-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American International Shipbuilding Corporation, 1918-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Mid-European Association, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 5: British and French War Commission, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Mayors Committee on National Defense, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Navy Consulting Board, 1916-1917Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Submarine Boat Corporation, 1918Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: War Convention of American Business, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 10: War Emergency Services, 1917Add to your cart.
Subseries B: Engineering OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 11: American Institute of Consulting Engineers, 1917, 1931-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 12: American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, 1917-1921, 1931-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 13: American Society of Civil Engineers, 1931-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 14: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Engineers Club, 1917, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 16: United Engineering Society, 1917Add to your cart.
Subseries C: Economic/Business OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, 1919-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Chamber of Commerce of the U.S., 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Economic Club of New York, 1917-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 4: United States Savings Bank, 1917Add to your cart.
Subseries D: Professional WorkAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Published Essays, 1907-1908, 1927, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Professional Speeches, 1901, 1933, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 7: St. Lawrence Waterway, 1927-1932Add to your cart.
Item 4: Spain – The Belgian Syndicate – Tajuna Railway La Carolina Puertollano Railway (bound), 1918Add to your cart.
Subseries E: Central and South American Professional AffiliationsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 8: General Ismael Montes, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Haitian (Haytian) American Corporation, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Pan-American Society of the U.S., 1917-1920, 1927-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Puerto (Porto) Rican American Tobacco Company, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Second Pan-American Financial Conference, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Statue of Simon Bolivar, 1921Add to your cart.
Subseries F: Miscellaneous ProfessionalAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Philip Henry - Letters to the Editor, 1923-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous, 1908, 1917-1918Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous, 1920-1921, 1928-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous, 1931-1943Add to your cart.
Oversized Folder 1: DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Plan of Southern Part of the Grand Canal, China, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: NW bound survey 49th Parallel, Camp Simiahmoo, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series III.: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Carbon copies of outgoing correspondence, 1933Add to your cart.
(Bound and indexed)
Folder 7: Carbon copies of outgoing correspondence, 1934Add to your cart.
(Bound and indexed)

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