Benjamin Olney Papers

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Benjamin Olney papers
Creator: Olney, Benjamin, 1887-1963
Call Number: D.169
Dates: Bulk, 1935-1963 [bulk]; 1888-1963
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Abstract: The Benjamin Olney Papers document Olney's career as an acoustical engineer in the Rochester, New York area. Included in this collection are correspondence, design sketches, as well as industry periodicals and meeting programs.
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Personal papers, bulk, 1942-1963 1888-1963
Series II: Career materials, 1935-1963
Series III: Acoustical Society of America, 1929-1963
Collection Overview
Title: Benjamin Olney papers
Creator: Olney, Benjamin, 1887-1963
Call Number: D.169
Dates: Bulk, 1935-1963 [bulk]; 1888-1963
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Abstract: The Benjamin Olney Papers document Olney's career as an acoustical engineer in the Rochester, New York area. Included in this collection are correspondence, design sketches, as well as industry periodicals and meeting programs.
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Benjamin Olney was born in Wayland, New York December 30, 1887. After graduating from Wayland High School in 1904, Olney worked for the Century Telephone Construction Company in Buffalo, New York until 1907, when he changed jobs to work forthe Ingersoll Telephone Company. After leaving that position in 1920, Olney took the position of Engineer-in-charge for the Stromberg- Carlson Company's electrical laboratory. He work for Carlson- Stromberg until 1950. During that thirty year period, Olney founded an acoustical laboratory for the company, and became the Director of Research.

Upon retirement, Olney formed a partnership with Roy Anderson. Their company, Olney and Anderson offered acoustical consulting services.

During his career, Olney secured eight patents for inventions he made to as contributions to the acoustical engineering industry. These included the Acoustical Labyrith, a radio receiver. Olney was a member of the Institute of Radio Engineers, Acoustical Society of America, and represented Stromberg- Carlson at the Industrial Research Institute.

Olney was married to Mabel Gleason and died on May 16, 1963.

Arrangement
The Benjamin Olney Papers consist of three series: Personal Papers, Career Materials, and Acoustical Society of America. The first series includes biographical material, correspondence dating from 1942- 1950, Olney's war record and related materials, as well as several newspaper obituaries and a copy of his autopsy report. Career Materials includes design sketches, correspondence, business records related to Stromberg- Carlson, as well as Olney and Anderson. The third series includes correspondence from the Acoustical Society of America from 1935- 1962, publications from the Society, as well as their programs for their semi-annual conferences dating from 1929- 1963.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Acoustical engineering
Correspondence
Olney, Benjamin, 1887-1963
Acoustical Society of America
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Lori Birrell in 2011. Finding aid written by Lori Birrell in 2011.Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Benjamin Olney Papers were made a gift by Mabel Harkness on , November 7, 1980.Access
The Benjamin Olney papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Benjamin Olney papers, D.169, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Lori Birrell
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Finding aid publication date: November 21, 2011
Content List
Series I: Personal papers, bulk, 1942-1963 1888-1963
Box 1, Folder 1Benjamin Olney: biographical material, 1888-1963
Box 1, Folder 2Benjamin Olney: war records, 1941-1945
Box 1, Folder 3Benjamin Olney: obituaries, May 16-23, 1963
Box 1, Folder 4Benjamin Olney: autopsy report, 1963
Box 1, Folder 5Personal correspondence, March 25-July 14, 1942, 1950
Box 1, Folder 6Phyllis
Series II: Career materials, 1935-1963
Box 1, Folder 7"Acoustics of the Rochester (New York) War Memorial Auditorium", January 1957
Box 1, Folder 8Bell Laboratories record index, 1957
Box 1, Folder 9Heatilator, correspondence, May 1-6, 1952
Box 1, Folder 10Heatilator, design sketches, circa 1952
Box 1, Folder 11Heatilator, printed materials, circa 1950
Box 1, Folder 12-13Fall out shelter materials, circa 1962
Box 1, Folder 14Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, August 1963
Box 1, Folder 15Printed materials, 1950-1964
Box 1, Folder 16Proceedings of the Second ICA Congress: Sound and Man, 1956
Box 2, Folder 1Benjamin Olney: general career materials, 1935-1961, undated
Box 2, Folder 2Patents, December 6, 1927-October 18, 1949
Box 2, Folder 3Business correspondence, September 1940-December 1952
Box 2, Folder 4Stromberg-Carlson business records
Box 2, Folder 5Stromberg-Carlson designs
Box 2, Folder 6Stromberg-Carlson printed material, March 1948, undated
Box 2, Folder 7Photograph, circa 1940
Box 2, Folder 8Olney and Anderson business records, 1939, 1950-1953
Box 2, Folder 9Retirement correspondence, August 15-September 7, 1950
Series III: Acoustical Society of America, 1929-1963
Box 2, Folder 10-14Acoustical Society of America correspondence, October 1935-1962
Box 2, Folder 15Acoustical Society of America meeting minutes, 1941, 1942
Box 3Acoustical Society of America meeting programs, 1929-1963


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