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Guide to the Keller Mechanical Engineering Corporation Collection RG.001

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Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology
NYU Libraries
5 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn 11201
646-997-3530
polyarchives@nyu.edu


Poly Archives at the Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology, NYU Libraries

Collection processed by Lindsay Anderberg

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 18, 2021
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 Finding aid revised and edited by Zoe Blecher-Cohen, Mandy Abokhair, and Aileen Thong in 2021 to update the institutional change from NYU-Poly to NYU and for compliance with DACS Required Elements for Archival Description.  , November 2021

Descriptive Summary

Title: Keller Mechanical Engineering Corporation Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1916-1962
Abstract: The Keller Mechanical Engineering Corporation (KME) was an integral part of the manufacturing industry in the United States in the early twentieth century. Keller machines created in the original factory on the Brooklyn waterfront were purchased by companies in Philadelphia, Upstate New York, Detroit, and England. By 1940, the company merged with Pratt & Whitney and moved to a new state-of-the-art complex in Connecticut. Although KME developed many products, the typical Keller machine was a tracer-controlled, horizontal milling machine, which duplicated molds and dies. The design of the tracer distinguished Keller from other milling machines because it allowed greater precision of patterns and therefore more accurate stamping and forging dies or casting molds. Eventually the automated tracer mechanism gave way to Keller machines with computer numerical control (CNC). Keller machines were essential to the early automotive and aeronautics industries and their design laid the groundwork for modern CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) machines.
Quantity: 11.5 Cubic Feet 27 boxes and 2 bound volumes
Quantity: Many of the items in the collection sustained water and mold damage. The affected items were cleaned and encapsulated in archival polyester L-sleeves. Although safe for general use, those with severe allergies or respiratory diseases should handle with caution.
Location: Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology 5 MetroTech Center Brooklyn, New York, 11201 (646) 997-3943 polyarchives@nyu.edu
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Call Phrase: RG.001
Call Phrase: 2
Sponsor: This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the State Education Department.