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Bureau of Standards fire test of steel furniture album

Accession 1993.265

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Bureau of Standards fire test of steel furniture album
Dates: 1926-1927
Accession Number: 1993.265
Creator: United States. National Bureau of Standards.
Extent: 1.0 volume
Physical Description: 1 album ( 28 photographic prints) : b&w ; 7 x 10.5 in.
Location: GL Box 1.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
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."
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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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.

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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.

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Access Points

Fire prevention--Research.
Fire risk assessment.
Fire testing.
Furniture--Fire testing
National Association of Steel Furniture Manufacturers..
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