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James M. Todd papers

Identifier: LaRC-418

Scope and Contents

James M. Todd  (1896-1970) was an engineer in Louisiana and was very active in both local and national engineering organizations. The collection includes correspondence, articles, clippings, biographical sketches, photographs, invitations, certificates, as well as a large amount of printed material related to the organizations and activities in which Todd was active. There are proceedings from the Louisiana Engineering Society, of which Todd was president and a scrapbook with clippings, correspondence, photographs, and certificates relating to his activities in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


  • 1908-1975


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

James M. Todd (1896-1970) was born in Franklin, Louisiana and educated in the public schools of New Orleans. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1918 and a master's degree in engineering from Tulane University (1930). He served in World War I. Most of his professional career was spent in private consulting engineering. Todd was active in the installation of air conditioning in the South; the development of the sulfur industry in Louisiana, Texas, and Mexico; the drafting of the New Orleans building code; and he designed the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical facilities of many buildings in New Orleans and the Gulf South. He was president of the Louisiana Engineering Society (1930), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1948), and vice-president of the Union of Pan-American Engineering Societies.


4.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic, then chronologically, as follows: correspondence, clippings, personal papers, photographs, certificates, printed materials, scrapbook, and a volume. The collection consists of four boxes and two volumes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Margaret T. Todd. Date acquired: 10/11/1977.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US