Fonds MSS 82 - John W. Dorsey fonds

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John W. Dorsey fonds

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0.5 m of textual records

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John W. Dorsey was born in Elliott City, Maryland. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1908 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1910 he joined the faculty of the University of Manitoba as a lecturer in electrical engineering. He retired in 1952. Dorsey performed pioneering work in the use of high voltage mercury tubes in dust precipitators, conducted high voltage commutation experiments, and designed the Dorsey Booster Charging System. Due to his pioneering efforts in the area of high voltage direct current studies, Manitoba Hydro named the converter station located near Rosser, Manitoba, in his honour.

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The Dorsey Collection was transferred to the Department of Archives and Special Collections by the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1987. The papers had been in its custody for several years.

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The collection consists primarily of John Dorsey's personal diaries and lecture books as a professor at the University of Manitoba from 1910-1920. It tells much about life at the Broadway campus of the University of Manitoba.

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This collection is organized into 5 series

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