Collection of C.F. Braun & Co. Photographs and Ephemera: Finding Aid mssBraun

Finding aid prepared by Gina C Giang.
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191


Finding aid last updated on December 15, 2021, by Maggie Hughes.

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Collection of C.F. Braun & Co. photographs and ephemera
Creator: C.F. Braun & Co.
Identifier/Call Number: mssBraun
Physical Description: 22.9 Linear Feet (7 boxes, 1 folder, and 10 exhibition display boards)
Date (inclusive): 1923-2013
Abstract: The Collection of C.F. Braun & Co. photographs and ephemera primarily consist of photographs related to the company.
Language of Material: The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Collection of C.F. Braun & Co. photographs and ephemera, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert Cowan, May 2014.

Biographical / Historical

C.F. Braun & Co. was started by engineer Carl F. Braun. The firm designed oil refineries and petrochemical plants around the world. The headquarters of C.F. Braun & Co. was located in Alhambra, California. C.F. Braun & Co. was sold to Santa Fe International in 1980.
Carl Franklin Braun was an engineer, professor, and author. He was born in Oakland, California in 1884. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1907. In 1909, Braun started C.F. Braun & Co. with a few associates and $500 in capital.
Braun was married to Winifred Hughes Gilbert. The couple had three sons. He passed away in 1954.

Scope and Contents

The Collection of C.F. Braun & Co. photographs and ephemera primarily consist of photographs related to the company. Many of the photographs were used in printed publications issued by the company. There are photographs of the interior and exterior of the Braun facilities, personnel, models, and equipment. The collections also includes hardbound publications; newsletters; negatives; and some material related to Alhambra Brown & Root facility. It appears that some of the material belonged to Daniel B. Banks, a chemical engineer, at C.F. Braun & Co.
There are ten exhibition boards with printouts and photographs related to different aspects of the company.

Processing Information

Processed by Gina C Giang in 2018. Some of the original photograph numbers assigned by the company have been included in this finding aid for reference. In 2021, the title of the collection was changed from C.F. Braun & Co. records to Collection of C.F. Braun & Co. photographs and ephemera to more accurately reflect the contents of the collection and align with standards.


Arranged by genre.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Engineering firms
Manufacturing industries
Alhambra (Calif.)
Murray Hill (N.J.)
Negatives (photographs)
Braun, Carl Franklin
C.F. Braun & Co.

Box 1

Builders' guide - Hardbound publications

Box 1, Folder 1

Builders' guide -- The Piping Guide Part II, (1973)

Box 1, Folder 2

Hardbound publications -- Braun Consulting and Research Services, (1950)

Box 1, Folder 3

Hardbound publications -- Chemical Plants Engineering and Construction, (1954)

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clipping laid in
Box 1, Folder 4

Hardbound publications -- Delaware City Power Station, (1956)

Box 1, Folder 5

Hardbound publications -- The Development of the English Bible, (1948)

Box 1, Folder 6

Hardbound publications -- Fair Thought and Speech by Carl F. Braun, (1948)

Box 1, Folder 7

Hardbound publications -- The Fluid Catalytic-Cracker at Avon, (1945)

Box 2

Hardbound publications

Box 2, Folder 1

Hardbound publications -- General Index to Companion Books by Carl F. Braun, (1948)

Box 2, Folder 2

Hardbound publications -- Murray Hill Engineering Office, (1961)

Box 2, Folder 3

Hardbound publications -- Organization for Engineering, (1969)

Box 2, Folder 4

Hardbound publications -- The Restaurant of the Braun Plant, (1945)

Box 2, Folder 5

Hardbound publications -- The Story of a Modern Engineering Establishment, (1953)

Box 2, Folder 6

Hardbound publications -- The Story of a Modern Engineering Establishment, (1953)

Box 3

Hardbound publications - Photograph albums

Box 3, Folder 1

Hardbound publications -- Two Hundred Good Books by Carl F. Braun, (1949)

Box 3, Folder 2

Invitations -- Nick Nassir's 100th Birthday "It's a Wonderful Life!", (2011)

Box 3, Folder 3

Job descriptions -- The Role of a Secretary, (1970, Apr. 6)

Box 3, Folder 4

Lists (document genres) -- C.F. Braun & Co., (1957-2001)

Scope and Contents

Included: Action List Moore Binders and 2001 Braun Reunion Guest List
Box 3, Folder 5

Magazines (periodicals) -- Business Week, (1949, May 28)

Box 3, Folder 6

Maps -- Map of Saint Georges Quadrangle Delaware - New Castle Co., (1951)

Box 3, Folder 7

Memorandums -- C.F. Braun & Co., (1945-1952)

Scope and Contents

Appears to be a staff handbook
Box 3, Folder 8

Memorandums -- Banks, Daniel B., (1974-2013)

Scope and Contents

Included: Two e-mails
Box 3, Folder 9

Memorandums -- Dodson, Graham to All Alhambra Employees, (1988, Oct. 8)

Scope and Contents

Notice of Facility Closing
Box 3, Folder 10

Negatives (photographs) -- [Unidentified], (1957-1959)

Box 3, Folder 11

Newsletters -- Braun Newsletter, (1970-1979)

Box 3, Folder 12

Newsletters -- Braun Review [photocopies], (1954, May)

Box 3, Folder 13

Photocopies -- Miscellaneous, (1998-2002)

Scope and Contents

Included: Three-Star Chef Opens Restaurant in Alhambra, 2002; Braun's move end of an era, 1998; and photographs of "A Design Engineers Office", "Designers Office - One of Some 150", "Blueprint Room", and "File-Vault, Drawings and Records"; Life in Corporate America Is Bleak
Box 3, Folder 14

Photograph albums -- Murray Hill Landscaping, [undated]

Box 4


Box 4, Folder 1

Photographs -- Allan Braun, (1970)

Scope and Contents

Included: Negatives
Box 4, Folder 2

Photographs -- Blood Bank, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 3

Photographs -- Braun Family, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Winifred Hughes Gilbert Braun and unidentified woman
Box 1, Folder 4

Photographs -- Braun Heater and Boiler, (1948-1955)

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 5

Photographs -- Braun Miscellaneous (Interior), [undated]

Box 4, Folder 6

Photographs -- Braun Plant Gate, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 7

Photographs -- Braun Publicity, Program on Television Richfield Success Story, (1952)

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 8

Photographs -- Building (Yard) Construction Work Planet -Betterments, Boyd Lumber Company, (1957)

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 9

Photographs -- Building (Yard) Construction Work Planet -Betterments, Landscaping, (1957)

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 10

Photographs -- Building (Yard) Construction Work Planet -Betterments, Research Laboratory Construction, (1949-1956)

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 11

Photographs -- Building (Yard) Construction Work Plant - Betterments, [Miscellaneous], (1949-1955)

Scope and Contents

B2-8, B2-16
Box 4, Folder 12

Photographs -- Charles Smith, (1957)

Scope and Contents

Included: Negatives
Box 4, Folder 13

Photographs -- Engineering, Candid Views, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 14

Photographs -- Engineering, Designers Office, (1951)

Scope and Contents

Included: Negatives and photocopies
Box 4, Folder 15

Photographs -- Engineering, Engineers Office, (1955)

Scope and Contents

Box 4, Folder 16

Photographs -- Engineering, Conference Room, (1954-1955)

Scope and Contents

Box 5


Box 5, Folder 1

Photographs -- [Exterior], [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 2

Photographs -- [Exterior Models], [undated]

Scope and Contents

Included: Negatives
Box 5, Folder 3

Photographs -- Factory, Installation of Seal, (1958)

Scope and Contents

Included: Negative
Box 5, Folder 4

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Cable Management, (1954)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 5

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Case for Radio-Active Material, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 6

Photographs -- Field Equipment, [Cranes], (1943-1950)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 7

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Edison Hyster Crane-Rig Handling Facility and Tugger Hoist Portable

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 8

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Electric-Winch, [undated]

Scope and Contents

B5-7 and B5-9
Box 5, Folder 9

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Field Crane, (1956)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 10

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Gar-Bro Power-Cart, (1949)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 11

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Guy Derricks, (1943)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 12

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Loading Three-Drum Steam Hoist, (1943)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 13

Photographs -- Field Equipment, [Miscellaneous], (1944-1952)

Scope and Contents

B5-5, B5-17
Included: Field Batch Plant; Mobile Tar Melter; Tugger Hoist Portable; Concrete Hopper and Buckets; Small Mobile Concrete Mixer
Box 5, Folder 14

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Storage & Loading Area, (1951-1953)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 15

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Portable Pentagraph Torch-Cutter, (1949)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 16

Photographs -- Field Equipment, Welding Positioner, (1949)

Box 5, Folder 17

Photographs -- Forming Hemispheres, (1958)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 18

Photographs -- Henry Braun - Plaque, [undated

Scope and Contents

Included: Negative and Braun plate presented by the People's Republic of China
Box 5, Folder 19

Photographs -- H.W. Cunningham, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 20

Photographs -- Installation of Fired-Heater Stack, (1952)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 21

Photographs -- Lyman G. Horton, (1960)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 22

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, [Cranes], (1943-1956)

Scope and Contents

Included: Maintenance Crane; Loading Section of Fired-Heater; Goose-Neck Yard; Field-Crane
Box 5, Folder 23

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, Fork-Lift, (1943-1954)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 24

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, Garden Tools, (1944-1945)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 25

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, Ladder, (1948)

Scope and Contents

Box 5, Folder 26

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, Locomotive, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 6


Box 6, Folder 1

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, [Miscellaneous], [undated]

Scope and Contents

B6-16, B6-17
Included: Maintenance Hi-Ranger Boom in Use
Box 6, Folder 2

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, Skip-Loader, (1944)

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 3

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, Skiploader and Wheelbarrow, (1944-1949)

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 4

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, Sweeper, (1948)

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 5

Photographs -- Maintenance Equipment, Trucks, (1943-1948)

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 6

Photographs -- Maintenance Tunnel, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 7

Photographs -- Miscellaneous Candid Views, (1954-1968)

Scope and Contents

Included: Made From Photo in Mechanical Engineering Mag; John Parker & Insurance Men
Box 6, Folder 8

Photographs -- [Miscellaneous Exterior], [undated]

Scope and Contents

Included: Pipeways; Light Standards West Parking Lot, 6505; refineries; equipment
Box 6, Folder 9

Photographs -- [Miscellaneous Interior], [undated]

Scope and Contents

6309 and 6709
Box 6, Folder 10

Photographs -- [Miscellaneous Personnel], (1960-1967)

Scope and Contents

Included: Four Braun Men to Europe; Don Nafius; Distinguished Award Presented President Cliff Burton, 7410-64; Braun Officers, etc., 7507-1; Phil MCGrath, Carl Unruh, Wayne Glausser, and Bernie Grotz, 1967; Kilpatrick Shop, 6511-10; Arnold A---? McElroy, 54175-3; Drafting School; Dan Banks and Jack Miller; Ralph Carley; ----- Draper; ----- Chow; unidentified employees; negatives
Box 6, Folder 11

Photographs -- Murray Hill, (1982)

Box 6, Folder 12

Photographs -- Murray Hill Division and Engineering Office, (1960)

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 13

Photographs -- Murray Hill Office Model, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 14

Photographs -- Murray Hill Personnel, [undated]

Box 6, Folder 15

Photographs -- [Office Construction], (1952)

Scope and Contents

Included: Cabinet work in Lower Level of Building A-8; Cabinet Shop; Hoisting Panels; Paneling for A-6 Offices
Box 6, Folder 16

Photographs -- Personnel, (1952-1961)

Scope and Contents

B11-1, B11-4, 6901
Caldwell's Retirement Luncheon; Last of the Shop Personnel; VIP Retirement Party Program, Torgersen; PC McGath Retirement Luncheon
Box 6, Folder 17

Photographs -- [Personnel Activities?], Braun Baseball, (1923-1972)

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 18

Photographs -- [Personnel Activities?], [Miscellaneous], (1950-1958)

Scope and Contents

B9-1, B9-2
Included: Archery Shoot; Annual Dance
Box 6, Folder 19

Photographs -- Plant using Giammarco-Vertrocoke process, [undated]

Scope and Contents

Included: Negatives
Box 6, Folder 20

Photographs -- Powerhouse, (1949-1950)

Scope and Contents

Box 6, Folder 21

Photographs -- Tidewater Delaware Refinery, [undated]

Box 7

Printed ephemera - Transparencies

Box 7, Folder 1

Printed ephemera -- Banks, Daniel B., (1958)

Scope and Contents

School-related work belonging to Banks at University of California, Los Angeles
Box 7, Folder 2

Printed ephemera -- Banks, Daniel B., (1986-1998)

Scope and Contents

Work-related material belonging to Banks at C.F. Braun & Co. and Brown & Root
Box 7, Folder 3

Printed ephemera -- C.F. Braun & Co., (1957-1983)

Scope and Contents

Primarily booklets
Box 7, Folder 4

Printed ephemera -- Miscellaneous, (1984-1999)

Scope and Contents

"The Alhambra" by Alhambra Preservation Group; The World of Santa Fe, April 1984; C.F. Braun & Co. pioneer process plants; Mark Seal, Contributing Editor biography; Gerhartsreider, Christian Karl - alias Christopher Chichester material; Coldwell, Banker & Company
Box 7, Folder 5

Reports -- DBRAUN/PROJ.RP1/CLIENT_NAME, (1994)

Scope and Contents

Included: Client, Project Name, CFB No. and Date
Box 7, Folder 6

Summaries -- Experience Summary, (1984)

Box 7, Folder 7

Telephone directories -- Braun Alhambra Directory, (1990)

Box 7, Folder 8

Transparencies -- Graph of Vapor Rate, Actual FT3 per Minute, [undated]

Folder Oversize 1


Scope and Contents

Carl F. Braun; Murray Hill; and Tidewater Delaware Refinery

Exhibition display boards

Item 1

Project 1200 Tidewater Oil Company

Item 2

Profiles of a Leader

Item 3

The Founder Carl Franklin Braun

Item 4

Braun Faces Are You Here?

Item 5

The Braun Plant

Item 6

C.F. Braun & Co. A Modern Engineering Establishment

Item 7

Auxiliary Buildings, Manufacturing Plant, The Restaurant

Item 8

[Miscellaneous photographs]

Item 9

[Miscellaneous photographs]

Item 10

[Miscellaneous photographs]