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Enterprise Engine & Machinery Company records, circa 1940-1970.
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Enterprise Engine & Machinery Company records, circa 1940-1970
Enterprise Engine and Machinery Company records


Enterprise Engine & Machinery Company., creator


General Metals Corporation


Transamerica Corporation


Photographs, photographic negatives, product catalogs, publications (Enterprise News; Transamerica Times), mechanical drawings of machine parts, and telephone list of a large machinery and diesel engine manufacturing company that had its start in San Francisco, Calif. circa 1881. Some materials in ring binders with embossed cover. Photographs depict large engine machinery and workers.


1940 (issued)


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Enterprise Engine & Machinery Company -- Archives
Machinery industry -- United States
Machinery industry -- California -- San Francisco
Machinery -- Photographs
Machinery -- Drawings
Diesel motor
Marine diesel motors
Marine diesel motors -- Photographs


Enterprise Engine & Machinery Company records, BANC MSS 2009/155, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Enterprise Engine & Machinery Company was started in San Francisco (circa 1881) by a German immigrant, Henry Martens. At first, Martens and his two business partners, H.W. Heany and A. Anderson primarily supplied castings for gold mining machinery and other industrial equipment which included compression cylinder castings for large engines. Following the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, the company played a key role in the rebuilding of the city. It went on to supply hundreds of diesel engines to tugboats, harbor craft, and electric generators to the U.S. Navy during World War II. By the 1950's the company had grown quite large and has been sold and acquired several times since by different companies including Western Machinery Co., General Metals Corp., Delaval Turbine, Transamerica, and its current owner, Cameron International Corporation which supplies after market parts for Enterprise engines. Many Enterprise engines are still in use in tugboats around world.
In English.


Trade catalogs.
Mechanical drawings.
Engineering drawings.

Physical Description:

2 boxes (0.6 linear feet)