Harry A. Musham papers
MSMuch72

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Musham, Harry A. (Harry Albert), 1886-1973
Title
Harry A. Musham papers
ID
MSMuch72
Date [inclusive]
1901-1964
Extent
12.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Harry A. Musham (1886 - 1972) retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after ten years of service in 1922. A professional naval architect and engineer, Musham designed fire boats and other ships for use on the Great Lakes. Harry A. Musham was also an avid historian who studied and wrote about the maritime history of the Great Lakes and the history of Chicago, especially the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Preferred Citation

Harry A. Musham papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Harry A. Musham (1886 - 1972) retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after ten years of service in 1922. A professional naval architect and engineer, Musham designed fire boats and other ships for use on the Great Lakes. Some of Musham's many technical articles about naval architecture can be found in Marine Engineering and Shipping Review and similar publications. His long-term study of the water levels of Lake Michigan provided valuable information for weather forecasting in the Chicago area. He published The Chicago Diversion and the Levels of the Great Lakes in 1961.

Harry A. Musham was also an avid historian who published extensive articles about steamboats and other vessels used on the Great Lakes, ships not unlike those captained by his grandfather. W.H. Musham, Harry's father, had served as Fire Marshal of Chicago during the Great Fire of 1817. Harry A. Musham published an article about the fire, "The Great Chicago Fire, October 8-10, 1871," which appeared in Papers in Illinois History and Transactions in 1941 that included a detailed map of the fire's progress and the famous contention that Mrs. O'Leary's cow started the blaze. Skilled in cartography, Musham also produced The Technique of the Terrain: Maps and their Use in the Field in Peace and War published in 1944.

Musham was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Illinois Historical Society, and several other organizations that dealt with his maritime and historical interests. He unsuccessfully pursued the democratic party's nomination to run for U.S. Congress in 1932 and 1943. While serving as Chairman of the Fort Dearborn Memorial Commission in 1961, Musham contended that the historical evidence for categorizing the events of August 12, 1812 as a massacre were weak. The self-styled "sentry of the Great Lakes," Harry A. Musham, died in 1972.

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Scope and Contents

The Harry A. Musham Papers reflect his work as a military officer, naval architect, engineer, historian, and cartographer. These papers include notes, statistics, technical papers, diagrams, charts, sketches, naval architectural plans, maps, correspondence, photographs, clippings, bulletins, issues of professional journals, published articles, reports, U.S. Government documents, legal documents, pamphlets, brochures, and drafts of his published works. Brochures and related materials from companies such as the Cramp Shipbuilding Company and Busch Selzer Bros. Diesel Engine Co. also constitute part of this collection. Harry Musham's role as a Chicago landlord is also revealed in the legal documents and other materials related to the Cafe Oblique, a coffee shop operated on Rush Street by Robert W. Konecy. Some of these papers were originally stored in sequential binders. The contents of these binders were removed for preservation with the original order of materials maintained throughout except for oversize items. The Harry A. Musham Papers are organized into seven series: Series I: General, Series II: Notes on Naval Architecture, Series III: Notes on War, Series IV: Ship Construction News, Series V: "A & B," Series VI: Numbered Binders, and Series VII: The Maritime History of the Great Lakes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives March 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/16/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

Acquisition Information

Harry A. Musham's niece, Mrs. Robert Biggert, donated these papers to the University of Illinois at Chicago in September 1972.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Great Lakes (North America).

Personal Name(s)

  • Musham, Harry A. (Harry Albert), 1886-1973 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Historians -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
  • Marine engineering -- United States.
  • Naval architects -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
  • Naval architecture -- United States.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: General 

Scope and Content:

The General Series includes include notes, statistics, technical papers, diagrams, charts, sketches, naval architectural plans, maps, correspondence, photographs, clippings, bulletins, issues of professional journals, published articles, reports, U.S. Government documents, legal documents, pamphlets, brochures, and drafts of his published works.

Box Folder

Photograph album, 1912 

1 1

Charts, diagrams, notes, reports, photographs, 1912 - 1921 

1 2

Great Britain. Board of Trade. Instructions as to the Survey of Passenger Steamships. 2 vols. London: H.M. Stationary Office, 1928. 

1 3

Published articles, clippings, technical papers, correspondence, notes, 1930 - 1941 

1 4

Correspondence, clippings, engineering proposal, 1933 - 1944 

1 5

Fireboat plans - Correspondence, notes, diagrams, brochures, [Several items have been removed to oversize folders], 1933 - 1942 

2 6

Busch Selzer Bros. Diesel Engine Co. - Contents of binder including statistics, brochures, photographs, diagrams, correspondence, notes, [Several items have been removed to oversize folders], 1936 - 1939 

2 7

Chicago fire boats - Clippings, notes, diagrams, correspondence, photograph, 1936 - 1953 

2 8

Plane-wave lines design - Contents of binder including notes, diagrams, and clippings, 1937 - 1938 

2 9

Plane-wave lines design - Contents of binder including notes, diagrams, report, 1938 

2 10

Fire streams - Contents of binder including notes, diagrams, and Fire Engine Tests and Fire Stream Tables. New York: National Board of Fire Underwriters, 1938. [Several items have been removed to oversize folders], 1938 - 1941 

2 11

Fire streams - Contents of binder including notes, diagrams, clippings, brochure, 1939 - 1940 

2 12

Contents of binder - Notes, diagrams, charts, statistics, clippings, 1939 - 1944 

2 13

Photographs, diagrams, correspondence, 1939 - 1945 

3 14

Correspondence, program, notes, diagrams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers documents, 1939 - 1965 

3 15

Barges - Notes, diagrams, reports, professional papers, 1941 - 1942 

3 16

Clippings, published articles, brochures, 1941 - 1944 

3 17

Design for fireboat for Chicago - Contents of binder including notes, diagrams, clippings, published articles, brochures, 1942 

3 18

General Motors Corporation - Machinery proposal including technical papers, diagrams, 1942 - 1946 

3 19

General Motors Corporation - Machinery proposal including technical papers, diagrams, 1942 - 1946 

3 20

General Motors Corporation - Machinery proposal including technical papers, diagrams, 1942 - 1946 

3 21

Contents of binder - Notes, clippings, 1942 - 1948 

4 22

Water levels of the Great Lakes - Contents of binder including diagrams, reports, statistics, and bibliography, 1942 - 1953 

4 23

Contents of binder - Notes, clippings, diagrams, brochures, correspondence, 1942 - 1951 

4 24

Contents of binder - Notes, clippings, diagrams, correspondence, 1942 - 1953 

4 25

Contents of binder - Brochures, notes, technical papers, statistics, 1942 - 1958 

4 26

Excerpts from Machinery. Vol. 40. No. 3. (November 1943). 

4 27

Clippings, photographs, 1943 

5 28

Musham, H.A. "Fireboat Fuel Costs." Marine Engineering and Shipping Review, March 1944 

5 29

Correspondence, notes, reports, statistics, 1945 

5 30

Notes, clippings, 1945 

5 31

Published articles re. early Great Lakes steamboats, 1946 - 1960 

5 32

Published articles re. early Great Lakes steamboats, 1947 - 1948 

5 33

Technical papers, statistics, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine, Engineers bulletins, 1947 - 1948 

5 34

Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, Great Lakes Section - Professional papers, 1948 - 1952 

5 35

Lake Michigan ferry service - Reports, 1948 - 1957 

5 36

Photo reproductions, 1949 

5 37

Ore carriers - Notes, diagrams, clippings, published articles, 1950 - 1961 

6 38

Contents of binder - Great Lakes environmental statistics, notes, clippings, correspondence, 1953 - 1964 

6 39

Contents of binder - Clippings, published articles, notes, diagrams, maps, 1954 - 1959 

6 40

Diagrams, 1956 

6 41

Catalogue of the Great Lakes Vessel Negatives of Andrew Edward Young (1875 - 1942), 1959 

6 42

Cafe Oblique - Menu, programs, notes, 1959 

6 43

Oblique Coffee Shop - Lease, correspondence, clippings, notes, 1959 - 1960 

6 44

Notes, sketches, contracts, receipts, 1959 - 1960 

6 45

Annoyances - Notes, 1959 - 1960 

6 46

Notes, clippings, correspondence, signs, 1959 - 1960 

6 47

Clippings, correspondence, notes, 1959 - 1964 

7 48

Konecy/Cafe Oblique - Notes, correspondence, inspection reports, 1960 

7 49

Konecy-Carbo vs. Musham - Copy of release, legal correspondence (in pieces, 1960 

7 50

Correspondence, notes, 1960 

7 51

Clippings, 1960 

7 52

Correspondence, notes, clippings, 1960 

7 53

Notes, diagrams, maps, 1960? 

7 54

Contents of binder - Notes, diagrams, map, 1960 - 1962 

7 55

H.A. Musham. The Chicago Diversion and the Levels of the Great Lakes. Chicago: H.A. Musham, 1961. 

7 56

Contents of binder - Notes, diagrams, 1961 

7 57

H.A. Musham. The Chicago Diversion and the Levels of the Great Lakes. Chicago: H.A. Musham, 1961, clippings, 1961 

7 58

Correspondence, notes, reports, 1961? 

8 59

H.A. Musham. The Chicago Diversion and the Levels of the Great Lakes. Chicago: H.A. Musham, 1961, diagrams, 1961 

8 60

Notes, diagrams, 1962 

8 61

Clipping - Obituary, 1973? 

8 62

Van Cleve photo reproductions, undated 

8 63

"The Last Years of the Hard Times, 1842-1843," - Notes, draft for published article, undated 

8 64

Naval architectural plans - Notes, diagrams, undated 

8 65

General Motors Corporation, Cleveland Diesel Engine Division - Correspondence, technical papers, photographs, undated 

8 66

Contents of binder - Notes, diagrams, undated 

8 67

Notes, undated 

8 68

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Series II: Notes on Naval Architecture 

Scope and Content:

The Notes on Naval Architecture Series includes bulletins of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, clippings, notes, published articles, diagrams, and naval architectural plans. Some materials were moved to oversize folders.

Box Folder

Vol. 1 - Society of Naval Architects and Engineers bulletins, 1932 - 1951 

9 69

Vol. 4. - Clippings, published articles, 1923 - 1939 

9 70

Vol. 5, Part I - Notes, clippings, 1934 - 1952? 

9 71

Vol. 5, Part II - Notes, clippings, published articles, 1934 - 1952? 

9 72

Vol. 7 - Notes, clippings, diagrams, 1901 - 1947 

9 73

Vol. 7 - Notes, published articles, 1945 - 1951 

10 74

Vol. 12 - Clippings, published articles, 1937 - 1947 

10 75

Vol. 17 - Clippings, published articles, notes, 1938 - 1951 

10 76

Vol. 25, Part I - Clippings, notes, diagrams, published articles, photograph, 1931 - 1963 

10 77

Vol. 25, Part II - Clippings, notes, diagrams, naval architectural plans, 1908 - 1942 

10 78

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Series III: Notes on War 

Scope and Content:

The Notes on War Series includes notes and clippings about modern warfare.

Box Folder

Notes, clippings, 1935 - 1942 

11 79

Notes, clippings, 1935 - 1942 

11 80

Notes, clippings, 1935 - 1942 

11 81

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Series IV: Ship Construction News 

Scope and Content:

This series consists entirely of issues of The Marine News.

Box Folder

Issues of The Marine News, 1936 - 1937 

11 82

Issues of The Marine News, 1938 - 1939 

11 83

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Series V: "A & B" 

Scope and Content:

The "A & B" Series includes notes, clippings, and pamphlets regarding Great Lakes navigation and maritime history.

Box Folder

Contents of binder "A" - Clippings, notes, pamphlets, 1944 - 1946 

12 84

Contents of binder "B" - Notes, 1938 - 1946 

12 85

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Series VI: Numbered Binders 

Scope and Content:

This series includes the contents of binders that were originally labeled only with numbers in sequence as below. This series includes notes, clippings, published articles, diagrams, U.S. Government documents, correspondence, and library research materials such as paging slips.

Box Folder

Contents of binder "1" - Notes, clippings, published articles, diagrams, copy of U.S. Govt. documents and regulatlions, 1945 - 1957 

12 86

Contents of binder "4" - Notes, correspondence, 1953 - 1959 

12 87

Contents of binder "5" - Notes, correspondence, diagrams, clippings, 1945 - 1965 

12 88

Contents of binder "11" - Notes, 1953? 

12 89

Contents of binder "12" - Notes, clippings, undated 

13 90

Contents of binder "14" - Notes, clippings, 1946 

13 91

Contents of binder "15" - Notes, 1959 

13 92

Contents of binder "16" - Notes, correspondence, undated 

13 93

Contents of binder "17" - Notes, clippings, 1958 

13 94

Contents of binder "18" - Notes, library research materials, undated 

13 95

Contents of binder "19" - Notes, clippings, 1951 

13 96

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Series VII: The Maritime History of the Great Lakes 

Scope and Content:

Contents of one binder originally labeled "The Maritime History of the Great Lakes." This series includes notes, a bibliography, and drafts for Musham's published works on the subject.

Box Folder

Notes, drafts, bibliography, 1951 

14 97

Drafts, 1952 

14 98

Drafts, 1952 

14 99

Oversize Material 

Oversize

Naval architectural plans, 1908 - 1949 

Folder 100

Diagrams, maps, naval architectural plans, 1909 - 1939 

Folder 101

Diagrams, naval architectural plans, and statistics, 1919? - 1920 

Folder 102

Maps, naval architectural plans, diagrams, 1934? - 1961 

Folder 103

Naval architectural plans, 1938 

Folder 104

Naval architectural plans, diagrams, 1938 - 1946 

Folder 105

Photo reproductions, clippings, diagrams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, 1951 - 1965 

Folder 106

Reproductions of 19th Century maps and naval architectural plans, undated 

Folder 107

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