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Special Collections: Guide to the Matthew McNeary Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves

Collection title: Matthew McNeary Papers
Collection number: MS 1492
Dates of collection: 1924-1951
Size of collection: 1 box


Matthew McNeary was born on September 8, 1910, in Philadelphia, the son of Matthew and Mary Stewart McNeary. He received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1932 from Pennsylvania State College and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maine in 1941. He began teaching as an instructor at the University of Maine in 1937 and taught there for 35 years, attaining the rank of head of the Engineering Graphics Department in the College of Technology. From 1944-1946 he was an assistant chief engineer at the Eastern Corporation in Brewer, Maine. During his tenure at the university he was the freshman engineering advisor and also served on many administrative committees, including the Freshman Week Committee, the Open House Committee, and the Committee on Humanistic Studies. He was also a member of a core committee to develop new materials for engineering graphics curricula. McNeary was the author of several books including Applied Descriptive Geometry, Creative Problems for Basic Engineering Drawing, and Problems in Applied Descriptive Geometry.

Matthew McNeary died on April 2, 1990.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains papers reflecting Matthew McNeary’s teaching career and committee service while a professor at the University of Maine.

It includes correspondence from 1946 to 1951, registration information and course outlines for his classes from 1949 to 1951, papers regarding the university attendance policy and its changes, and samples of exams and drawings. Also included is correspondence, meeting minutes, etc., reflecting his work on the Committee on Humanistic Studies and its efforts to integrate the humanities into the College of Technology’s curriculum, the Open House Committee and the Freshman Week Committee among others.

Contents of Box


1-4     Correspondence, 1946-1951

5          Registration Spring 1949

6          Registration Fall 1949

7          Registration Fall 1950

8          Registration Spring 1951

9          Course Outlines

10        MD1- Fundamentals of Drafting, 1949

11        MD2- Drafting, 1949

12        MD3- Descriptive Geometry, 1949

13        MD4- Advanced Machine Drafting, 1949

14        MD 8- Charts and Graphs, 1949

15        Pulp and Paper Mill Equipment Course, 1949

16        PA 72- Pulp and Paper Mill Equipment, 1951

17        Tests: Drawing

18        Important Tracings

19        National Drawing Competition, 1938-1939

20        Excused Absences

21        Common Curriculum Proposal

22        Committee on Humanistic Studies: Draft Recommendations

23        Committee on Humanistic Studies: Correspondence, 1947-1949

24        Committee on Humanistic Studies: General

25        Final Examination Committee, 1949     

26        Open House Committee: Plans and Speeches, 1950

27        Open House Committee: Publicity, 1950

28        Open House Committee:  Correspondence, 1950

29        Freshman Week Committee: 1924-1931

30        Freshman Week Committee: 1948

31        Freshman Week Committee: 1950

32        Freshman Week Committee: Budget, 1942-1951

33        Maine Day, 1947

34        Department of Industrial Cooperation

35        Bennoch School PTA

36        Alumni Club Trip, March 1949

37        Lubec Athletic Field

38-39   Miscellaneous publications, etc.


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