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Llewellyn N. Edwards Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0160

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains primarily drafts of articles and other writing by Dr. Edwards on the subjects of concrete and bridges. Also included are graphs and blueprints presumably gathered and used by him during his career.

Of particular interest are the correspondence and photographs concerning Sewalls Bridge in York, Maine, and the Bowdoinham Bridge in Bowdoinham, Maine, as well as various other photographs of Maine bridges in the 1920s and 1930s, at least some of which were built under the supervision of Dr. Edwards.


  • Creation: 1915-1933
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1928


Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Selected digital access is available in the Selected Digital Content series [and/or] directly through Digital Commons (

Restrictions on Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. No known restrictions on publication. For information about the process and fees for obtaining higher resolution scans or another file format, contact Special Collections.

Biographical Note

The collection contains the papers of Llewellyn Nathaniel Edwards, a graduate of the University of Maine and an expert on bridges and on concrete.

Llewellyn Nathaniel Edwards was born in Otisfield, Maine in 1873. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1898, his C.E. in 1901, and Doctor of Engineering degree in 1927, all from the University of Maine. After graduation he began work as a draftsman for the Boston Bridge Works Company. Between 1905 and 1912, he worked as a bridge designer for various railroad companies, including the Boston and Maine, the Chicago and Northwestern, and the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada. While with the Grand Trunk he was in charge of the reconstruction of five bridges for the city of Toronto, where he began his research in the study of concrete. He was then briefly employed by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads assigned to the district which included Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, before becoming bridge engineer for the Maine State Highway Commission in 1921. In 1928, he again was employed by the Bureau of Public Roads as a structural engineer, retiring in 1943

Dr. Edwards served as a captain in the Corps of Engineers in World War I. He became an authority on concrete and was author of A Record of History and Evolution of Early American Bridges as well as numerous articles in professional and scientific journals. Dr. Edwards died in 1952.

Dr. Edwards is represented on the campus of the University of Maine in several ways. In 1932 he donated two sets of cannons to the University; one set had been used for display on the U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Ironsides"), the other had been used in the Civil War. Both sets are now located on the lawns of the campus. In addition, the Dr. L.N. Edwards Wing of Boardman Hall, a building which houses the civil and mechanical engineering departments of the University, is named in honor of Dr. Edwards


0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Papers of Llewellyn Nathaniel Edwards, a graduate of the University of Maine and an expert on bridges and on concrete.

Conservation Note

The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and an acid-free box. Photographs have been housed in polypropylene sleeves and remain with the relevant documents.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Edwards papers were a gift to the Special Collections Department, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine from Carolyn Hodgdon Edwards in 1964.

Guide to the Llewellyn N. Edwards Papers
Digital Objects Available
October 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States