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3 centimetres of textual records 6 architectural drawings 23 technical drawings 4 photographs
J. A. Jamieson (1859-1940) was a mechanical engineer, inventor and contractor, practising in Montreal, who designed and built grain elevators around the Great Lakes. James Alexander Jamieson was born in Midland, Ontario on 17 December 1858 or in 1859. At 29 years of age he moved to Montreal. He worked for the Department of Engineering, Canadian Pacific Railway, before going into business for himself as a design and consulting engineer. His office was in the Board of Trade building and he was a veteran member of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He also worked under contract for the Northern Canadian Railway, London, England. J. A. Jamieson was associated with important building projects, such as the Quebec Bridge (1916), the Port Colborne, Ont. grain elevator and the design of similar elevators throughout Ontario and Canada. He was an inventor of various grain-loading devices and equipment related to grain elevators. With Henry Holgate, another Montreal engineer, Jamieson was retained by the Montreal Board of Trade in December 1929 to do a comprehensive report on the St. Lawrence Waterway System. As well, Mr. Jamieson was awarded the prestigious Gzowski Medal for his paper on "The Pressure of Grain in Deep Bins", presented to the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers in 1903. J. A. Jamieson died in Montreal in 1940 at age 82. Fonds consists of architectural and technical drawings by J. A. Jamieson, as well as correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, patents specifications and photographs pertaining to J.A. Jamieson's work and his family. Two of the drawings are of a grain elevator for the Northern Canadian Railway, located in Ontario (linen; 30 x 27 in.). The other four drawings show grain elevators to be built for the same company in Collingwood, Ont. (linen; 26 x 37 in., 19 x 44 in., 9 x 15 in.). The drawings were made before 1914. The technical drawings show wheat processing and elevator devices designed by Jamieson, They are appended to test and calculation reports and to requests for and specifications of patents submitted by Jamieson. The other records that comprise this fonds include correspondence, contracts and agreements between Jamieson and clients, photographs of grain elevators and equipment, and newspaper clippings pertaining to Jamieson's work and his son. Fonds also includes Jamieson's Grain Pressure in Deep Bins: A Paper Presented before the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, December 10th, 1903 (Montreal: Witness Print Shop, 1906) and a Report on the St. Lawrence Waterway Project, submitted by Jamieson and his associate Henry Holgate to the Montreal Board of Trade (1929).