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Harrison L. Wirt papers

Identifier: SCA-0413

Content Description

Writings, correspondence, patents, schematics, publications, news clippings and other material from H. L. Wirt's engineering work on turbines at General Electric. Additional materials pertain to his invention of the Baby-Siv, a device for straining baby food. Some Wirt Family biographical materials are also in the collection and contain clippings, writings, and photographs. Includes some patents from his father, Herbert C. Wirt, also an employee of General Electric.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1960


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical Note

Harrison Loring Wirt (1895-1969) was an engineer and employee of General Electric in the Gas Turbine Engineering Department. He patented over 10 different inventions including a section liner structure for gas turbine combustors which increased the chamber's life span from 80 hours to 8000 hours. Outside of his work for GE, he also pursued an entrepreneurial endeavor creating a food-strainer called the Baby-Siv to make food for infants. He was a First Lieutenant in a technical unit of the U.S. Army ROTC during the First World War.


2 Boxes

0.61 Cubic Feet

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The Harrison L. Wirt papers date from 1898-1960, and measure .61 cubic feet. Found within the papers are patents, writings, correspondence, and other materials associated with Wirt's career as a gas turbine engineer at General Electric.


The collection is maintained in its original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sallie Hume, February-March 1992.

Processing Information

In 2018, collections 413 and 640 were combined to create SCA-0413.

Harrison L. Wirt papers
Matthew Golebiewski
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Union College
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