Call Number: Mss 82
Title: John W. Dorsey fonds.
Extent: 0.5 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: 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.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University
of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the University
of Manitoba Faculty of Engineering in 1987.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of 24 volumes
of Dorsey's lecture notes and diaries from 1910 to 1924. The diaries
contain historical information on Winnipeg, life at the Broadway
campus of the University of Manitoba, electrical engineering concepts
and ideas, inventions, and descriptions of places and events.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available
at the link below: