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Louis A. Cavalli Mechanical Engineering Photograph Collection

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Title: Louis A. Cavalli Mechanical Engineering Photograph Collection
Identification: VAM010
Date: 1899-1909
Size/Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (9 photographs)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Cavalli, Louis A., 1921-2006
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains nine black and white photographs including an image of the wood shop and several early years of Mechanical Engineering graduates.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis A. Cavalli (1921-2006), a Georgia Tech mechanical technician, collected photographs of the Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering department and building specifications by J. S. Coon. During World War II, Cavalli worked in the US Navy shipyards; in 1948 he moved his family to Georgia. A welder by trade, Cavalli retired from the Mechanical Engineering department of Georgia Tech in 1983.

The study of mechanical engineering was relatively new at the end of the 19th century. It was necessitated by the rapidly expanding need for manufacturing all types of products in the early wake of the industrial revolution. So when Georgia Tech opened its doors in 1888, the sole degree offered was Mechanical Engineering, with a curriculum modeled after the hands-on trade school of Worcester Free Institute as opposed to the engineering analyses of Boston Tech (now Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

The first chair of the mechanical engineering department was John Saylor Coon, a charter member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He worked in the mining and minerals industry before becoming a professor at the University of Tennessee in 1888 and at Georgia Tech in 1889. Coon also eventually became superintendent of the commercial Tech shops.

Scope and Content Note

The Louis A. Cavalli Mechanical Engineering Photograph Collection contains nine black and white photographs. The items in this collection illustrate early years of Georgia Tech and most relate specifically to the Mechanical Engineering department, including an image of the wood shop and several early years of Mechanical Engineering graduates. Box 2 houses oversized materials; several of these items are fragile.

Index Terms

Cavalli, Louis A., 1921-2006
Coon, John Saylor, 1854-1938
Georgia Institute of Technology. Faculty.
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Mechanical Engineering.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Louis A. Cavalli Mechanical Engineering Photograph Collection VAM010, Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Louis A. Cavalli, a Georgia Tech mechanical technician, kept photographs and building specifications written by J. S. Coon in his home until he donated them to the School of Mechanical Engineering in April 1985. The School then donated this collection to the Archives in September 1985 (Accession 1986.0113).

Processing Information

Mandi D. Johnson processed these photographs in March 2009.

Revisions to Finding Aid

April 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access


    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

    Separated Material

    Manuscript materials were separated and catalogued as the John Saylor Coon Building Specifications MS010.

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    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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    11Wood Shop, 1900
    VAM010-01: Wood Shop, main mechanical engineering building (machine shop in 1984), 1900
    12People, undated
    VAM010-02: James Stanley Moore, Class of 1891, first graduate to have a son and a grandson follow him through Georgia Tech, undated
    VAM010-03: Nathaniel E. Harris, first chairman of the Georgia Tech Board of Trustees, served until his death Septmeber 21 1929, undated
    VAM010-04: Man with four fish, possibly John Saylor Coon, undated



    21Class of 1906, November 1905
    VAM010-05: Class of 1906, taken in November 1905 when they were seniors, November 1905
    22Uncle Heinie, undated
    VAM010-06: "Uncle Heinie" (John Henry Henika), undated
    23Campus View, 1909
    VAM010-07: Partial View of the Campus and Buildings of the Georgia School of Technology, Alanta, GA [appeared in 1909-1910 Announcements] [fragile item], 1909
    24Class of 1905, 1905
    VAM010-08: Class of 1905 (composite photo) [fragile item]: Prof. J.S. Coon, H.E. Eagan, W.B. Hodgson, J.D. Collins, H.J. Scales, J.C. Loyd, P.W. Thompson, Robert Gregg, E. Fowler, J.H. Howard, E.P. McGhee, L.S. Collier, 1905
    25Class of 1899, 1899
    VAM010-09: Class of 1899 (composite photo) [fragile item]: Prof. J.S. Coon, W. Leigh, C.D. Terrell, P. Moses, P. Jackson, J.H. Lowe, L.R. Camp, F.C. Turner, C.M. Binford, T.M. Gibbes, J.M. Harby, C.L. Ruse (photo missing), 1899