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Bureau of Standards fire test of steel furniture album

1926-1927
 Collection
Accession: 1993-265

Abstract

This album documents a fire test conducted by the Bureau of Standards concerning the effect of fire on steel furniture, possibly among other things. The Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a non-regulatory federal agency under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its mission is "to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life."

Dates

  • 1926-1927

Creator

Extent

1 volume(s)

General Physical Description

1 album ( 28 photographic prints) : b&w ; 7 x 10.5 in.

Historical Note

In 1901, Congress founded the National Bureau of Standards, since 1988 known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It is a non-regulatory agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. It was created on the requests of from science and industry "to establish an authoritative domestic measurement and standards laboratory." (http://www.nist.gov/timeline.cfm). The current mission statement reads, "NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life."

In 1928, NIST’s Fire Resistance Division burned down two condemned brick buildings in Washington D.C., This action was likely the first full-scale fire test ever conducted. Researchers compared the conditions experienced in this fire with theoretical time-temperature curves that were used at the time. This data was eventually used to create uniform fire resistance standards for buildings.

Scope and Content

This photograph album with explanatory captions documents "a test made with steel office furniture to obtain information on the intensity and duration of fires in buildings." (from the introduction by the engineer-in-charge, Bureau of Standards). Images show the aftermath of a fire test in an office with furniture supplied by the National Association of Steel Furniture Manufacturers.

Includes a letter from the Secretary of the National Association of Steel Furniture Manufacturers to Mr. H. P. Weaver, National Fire Protection Association in Philadelphia.

Location

GL Box 1.

Existence and Location of Copies

View this collection online in the Hagley Digital Archives.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Bureau of Standards fire test of steel furniture album
Status:
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

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