Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Howard A. Walsh Papers, 1919-1982

Finding aid created by
Amanda Moinz Lenter, August 2003, and Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Howard A. Walsh papers
Creator: Walsh, Howard A., b. 1901
Inclusive dates: 1919-1982
Bulk dates: 1927-1966
Extent: 0.75 linear feet
The Howard A. Walsh papers contain diaries, technical papers, and other material related to the life and work of Walsh throughout the first half of the 20th century.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1999. M-4065.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Howard A. Walsh Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Howard A. Walsh was born in 1901 and lived in Providence, Rhode Island, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, for much of his adult life. After leaving school early and spending a few years in the work force, an underage Walsh enlisted in the Rhode Island National Guard during World War I, and volunteered for duty in France in 1918. During the war, he served in the 6th Regiment, and upon his return worked in electrical engineering, eventually with the Doble Engineering Company. He married Lillian MacDonald of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, in 1928, and the couple moved to South Kingstown, Rhode Island, after his retirement.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Howard A. Walsh papers contain diaries, technical papers, and other material related to the life and work of Walsh throughout the first half of the 20th century. The collection's six diaries cover the years 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930, and 1931, and primarily consist of brief daily entries chronicling Walsh's work for the Doble Engineering Company. As a knowledgeable engineer, he toured the country and worked on a number of different systems, and though his diaries primarily record his professional exploits, they also contain some personal comments. Several entries throughout October 1929, for example, chart his mounting financial losses during the stock market crash, which eventually amounted to at least $2,000.

An engineering notebook contains photographs and colored illustrations of 1920s-era electric transformers and other related equipment, as well as notes about their operation and technical specifications. A series of technical papers and memos complete his professional papers, and provide a picture of the industry in the mid-20th century. Other material in the collection includes a series of photographs and ephemera related to cars, motorcycles, and boats owned by Walsh throughout his life, as well as a draft of his autobiography about his experiences during World War I.

Subject Terms

    • Doble Engineering Company.
    • Electrical engineering--United States.
    • Electricians.
    • World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Electric transformers.
    Genre Terms:
    • Autobiographies.
    • Diaries.
    • Memorandums.
    • Notes.
    • Technical reports.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Howard A. Walsh papers [series]
    Box   1  
    Diaries,  1925-1931 (6 items)
    Box   1  
    Engineering notebook,  1929
    Box   2  
    Autobiography and extracts from memoirs,  [1927-1929]
    Box   2  
    Transportation photographs and ephemera,  1919-1947
    Box   2  
    Memorandums,  1928-1944
    Box   2  
    Technical papers,  1925-1967
    Box   2