Biberstein, Bowles and Meacham Records 1944-1954, 1960

Summary
Contents
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Using these materials
Creator
Biberstein, Bowles & Meacham (Firm)
Size
14.7 linear feet (22 flat folders, and 20 tubes, 9 document cases)
Call number
MC 00222

This collection contains building plans, specifications, blueprints, contracts, and correspondence from the firm of Biberstein & Bowles, Inc. as well as Biberstein, Bowles & Meacham (later Biberstein, Bowles, Meacham & Reed) of Charlotte, North Carolina. TMost of the materials pertain to the construction of the Botany Zoology building (Gardner Hall) and the Print Shop on the campus of North Carolina State College, Raleigh, North Carolina. Documents include building schedules, working drawings, HVAC and plumbing diagrams, design notes, addenda, and superseded plans. Also included are machinery plans for the Caromount Division of the Sidney Blumenthal Co., in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and the Pacific Mills plant in Lexington, North Carolina. A related collection is located in the Special Collections Department of the library at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Herman "Dick" Von Biberstein (1893-1966) graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1914. He joined his father's business around this time and from 1915 to 1930 the firm was known as H.V. Biberstein. In 1930, H.V. Biberstein was joined by William A. Bowles and the firm was known as Biberstein and Bowles for the next 18 years. The two men were joined by Louis H. Meacham in 1948, at which point the firm became Biberstein, Bowles & Meacham. It was during this era that the firm designed the Botany Zoology building (later Gardner Hall) and the Print Shop for North Carolina State College, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Biographical/historical note

Herman "Dick" Von Biberstein (1893-1966) graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1914. He joined his father's business around this time and from 1915 to 1930 the firm was known as H.V. Biberstein. In 1930, H.V. Biberstein was joined by William A. Bowles and the firm was known as Biberstein and Bowles for the next 18 years. The two men were joined by Louis H. Meacham in 1948, at which point the firm became Biberstein, Bowles & Meacham. It was during this era that the firm designed the Botany Zoology building (later Gardner Hall) and the Print Shop for North Carolina State College, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Scope/content

This collection contains building plans, specifications, blueprints, contracts, and correspondence from the firm of Biberstein & Bowles, Inc. as well as Biberstein, Bowles & Meacham (later Biberstein, Bowles, Meacham & Reed) of Charlotte, North Carolina. TMost of the materials pertain to the construction of the Botany Zoology building (Gardner Hall) and the Print Shop on the campus of North Carolina State College, Raleigh, North Carolina. Documents include building schedules, working drawings, HVAC and plumbing diagrams, design notes, addenda, and superseded plans. Also included are machinery plans for the Caromount Division of the Sidney Blumenthal Co., in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and the Pacific Mills plant in Lexington, North Carolina. A related collection is located in the Special Collections Department of the library at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series:

  • Drawings
  • Project Files

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Biberstein, Bowles and Meacham Records, MC 00222, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

A related collection, Biberstein, Bowles, Meacham & Reed Records, is located in the Special Collections Department of the library at UNC-Charlotte. Only materials relating to North Carolina State University buildings were transferred.

Source of acquisition

Transfer from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1991-1993 (Accession no. 1991.0012, 1993.0006). Gift of John W. Brown, Jr., 2017 (Accession no. 2017.0296)

Processing information

Processed by: Danica Cullinan; machine-readable finding aid created by: Danica Cullinan, 2010 August; updated by Linda Sellars, 2018 March.

Sponsor

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.

The collection is organized into two principal series:

Drawings 1944-1954, 1960 (MC 00222 Series 1)

This series contains building plans, specifications, and blueprints for Gardner Hall and the Print Shop on the campus of North Carolina State University, and machinery plans for Sidney Blumenthal & Co.'s Caromount Division in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and the Pacific Mills plant in Lexington, North Carolina.

North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building (1 of 6)
Raleigh (N.C.)
Tube 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building (2 of 6)
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Tube 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building (3 of 6)
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North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building (4 of 6)
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Tube 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building (5 of 6)
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Tube 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building (6 of 6)
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Flat folder 23
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building 1949-1950
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Flat folder 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building 1950
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Tube 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Approved sketch plans 1949

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Flat folder 7
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Architectural plans 1949-1950
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Flat folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Blackboard and bulletin boards 1950

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Flat folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Budget bureau 1949-1950

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Flat folder 20
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Clark (Bryan) letters 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Flat folder 14
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Clark (Bryan) letters 1950-1952

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Tube 15
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Complaints 1950-1952

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Tube 16
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Design notes 1950

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Flat folder 9
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Electrical

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Flat folder 10
Electrical Plans 1949-1950
Flat folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Equipment layout and structural plans (1 of 2) 1949-1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Flat folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Equipment layout and structural plans (2 of 2) 1949-1950

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Flat folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Fixtures and painting
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Flat folder 22
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Fixtures and painting 1944-1952

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Tube 14
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Heating
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Tube 9
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Heating 1950

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Tube 12
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Heating and ventilating
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Tube 7
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Hanging stone soffit 1950
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Flat folder 8
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Job notes and preparation for final report

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Flat folder 13
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Limestone, mo-sai stone and granite 1951

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Tube 19
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Materials, test data 1949-1951

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Tube 10
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Mechanical and electrical plans (1 of 2) 1949-1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Flat folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Mechanical and electrical plans (2 of 2) 1949-1950

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Flat folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Metal doors and frames 1950-1952

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Tube 13
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Plan data 1949-1950

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Tube 18
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Plumbing 1949

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Flat folder 17
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Reinforcing 1950

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Flat folder 18
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Sculptured ornament 1949

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Tube 17
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Telephone system 1949

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Flat folder 19
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Toilet partitions 1952

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Flat folder 15
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Unistrut 1950

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Flat folder 16
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Ventilation and refrigeration 1946-1952

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Tube 11
North Carolina State College Print Shop: Design development

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Flat folder 12
North Carolina State College Print Shop: Design development 1949-1950

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Tube 8
North Carolina State College Print Shop: Design development 1950
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Flat folder 11
North Carolina State College Print Shop

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Flat folder 21
North Carolina State College Print Shop 1949-1950
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Flat folder 4
North Carolina State College Print Shop 1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Tube 6
Sidney Blumenthal & Co., Inc., Caromount Division: Present Machinery Plan 1954 November 2 (Accession no. 2017.0296)
Rocky Mount (N.C.)
Tube 20
Sidney Blumenthal & Co., Inc., Caromount Division: Proposed Machinery Plan 1954 November 20, revised to 1954 December 1 (Accession no. 2017.0296)
Rocky Mount (N.C.)
Tube 20
Pacific Mills, Lexington Plant: Machinery Plan 1960 March 17 (Accession no. 2017.0296)
Lexington (N.C.)
Tube 20
Project Files 1944-1954 (MC 00222 Series 2)

This series contains contracts, correspondence, and notes from the firm of Biberstein, Bowles & Meacham regarding the planning and construction of Gardner Hall and the Print Shop on the campus of North Carolina State University.

North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Acoustical insulation 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 11
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Air conditioning and refrigeration 1949
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 8, Folder 9
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Air conditioning and ventilation (1 of 2) 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 9, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Air conditioning and ventilation (2 of 2) 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 9, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Aluminum doors and sills 1950-1952
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Box 8, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Anderson (Dr.) 1949-1953
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 8, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Architect's final report 1950-1954
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Box 1, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Asphalt tile 1950-1951
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Box 2, Folder 8
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Bids and bidders 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Blackboards and bulletin boards 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Blackout shades 1950-1952
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Box 2, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Brickwork 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Clark (Bryan) letters 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 7, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Budget bureau 1949-1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 7, Folder 7
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Bulletins and addenda 1950-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 7
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: CMP materials
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Box 2, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: College engineer 1949-1953
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Complaints 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 11
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Concrete design mix 1950-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 1, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Contracts 1949-1951
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Box 1, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Correspondence, home office 1950-1952
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Box 7, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Correspondence with college and budget bureau 1949-1952
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Box 6, Folder 9
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Credits and extras 1950-1954
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Box 6, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Credits and extras pending 1950-1954
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Box 1, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Cubage 1949
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Box 7, Folder 8
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Design Notes 1950
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Box 1, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Door schedule 1951
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Box 2, Folder 12
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Electrical 1949-1951
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Box 2, Folder 9
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Extras, change orders, and credits from changes 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Final inspection all contracts 1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 1, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Finish schedule 1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 13
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Fixtures and painting 1944-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 7, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Flagstone 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 14
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Flashing, waterproofing, and roofing 1952-1953
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 16
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Foamglass insulation 1951-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 15
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Freight elevator 1949-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: General deductions 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 7, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: HVB correspondence 1952-1953
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Hardware 1950-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 17
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Heating
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 9, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Heating 1949-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 10
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Heating and ventilating
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 9, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Insurance, builder's risk 1950-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Insurance department 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 7
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Job notes and prep for final report 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 7, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Keys 1951-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 2, Folder 18
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Letters on several mechanical subjects 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 7
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Limestone, mo-Sai Stone, and granite 1950-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 9
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Louvres, metal 1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 8
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Materials, test data 1949-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 4, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Metal doors and frames 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 10
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Metal pans 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 4, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Millwork 1951-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 11
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Notes about photographs 1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 12
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Partitions, moveable 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 4, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Plan data 1949-1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 4, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Plumbing 1949-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 8
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Plumbing and heating 1950-1953
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Progress reports 1949-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 4, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Reinforcing 1950-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 4, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Reports (1 of 2) 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 4, Folder 7
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Reports (2 of 2) 1950-1952
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Box 4, Folder 8
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Reports, oversize copies 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 9, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Schedule of hardware 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Sculptured ornament 1949
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Box 5, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Specifications (1 of 3) 1950
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Box 2, Folder 10
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Specifications (2 of 3) 1950
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Box 5, Folder 7
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Specifications (3 of 3) 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 10
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Specifications, electrical work, contract architect's copy 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Specifications, elevator contract, contractor's copy 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Specifications, general contract architect's copy 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 3, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Steel list 1950-1951
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Box 8, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Steel, miscellaneous 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Steel sash 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 8
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Southeastern Construction Company, general correspondence 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 11
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Sunshades 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 9
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Telephone system 1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 1
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Tile and terrazzo 1950-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 2
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Toilet partitions 1951-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Unistrut 1950-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Ventilation and refrigeration 1946-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 7, Folder 3
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Window stools 1950-1951
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 6, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Window screens 1949-1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 5, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Botany Zoology building: Work on 27 months guarantee 1952-1954
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 1, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Print Shop: Architecture and plumbing specifications 1949-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 8, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Print Shop: Design development 1949-1950
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 8, Folder 4
North Carolina State College Print Shop: Design development 1949-1952
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 8, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Print Shop: Financial 1951-1954
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 8, Folder 8
North Carolina State College Print Shop: Letters and correspondence 1950-1954
Raleigh (N.C.)
Box 8, Folder 7

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Biberstein, Bowles and Meacham Records, MC 00222, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.