The Abner Doble Papers consists of correspondence, drawings, reports, patents, photographs, and notebooks documenting Doble's
role in the development of 20th century steam technology. Collection also includes papers relating to the Doble family, several
of whom were also engineers and inventors, including Doble's grandfather and namesake Abner Doble, his father William Ashton
Doble, and his brother Warren Doble.
Abner Doble was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1890. At the age of eight, he began an apprenticeship at the
Abner Doble Company, the factory founded by his grandfather and namesake. His father, William Ashton Doble, was inventor of
the Pelton-Doble Water Wheel and chief engineer for the Pelton Water Wheel Co., which eventually merged with his family's
business. Abner Doble designed and built his first steam car while a student Lick High School in San Francisco. He attended
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1910-1912, but left college in order to focus his attention on the development
of steam automobiles. In 1912 he developed the Doble Model "A" in Waltham, Massachusetts, soon followed by the Doble Model
"B" roadster. In 1915 Doble drove the Model "B" to Detroit where the General Engineering Company offered to put it into production.
Renamed the Doble-Detroit, his car was introduced at the New York auto show of 1917. Although over 10,000 orders came in for
the model, wartime demand for steel put manufacturing on hold and only 30 Doble-Detroit cars were ever produced.
Number of containers: 4 cartons, 8 oversize folders, 19 volumes
Linear feet: 8.55
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