From the Archives Room

Phew! It took nearly six months, but the Strakosch Collection is now complete with more than 230 items. There are university papers written in the 1950s, Otis memorabilia, blueprints for the Eiffel Tower and so much more! George Strakosch, author of the Vertical Transportation Handbook, contributed his papers to us over the last 10 years, and they span a career of more than 60 years. We are so proud of our collection and hope future generations will find it useful and interesting.

The next step is the Starmer Collection, sent to us in 2002 by Charlie Starmer before his death. We are just beginning to dig into this, but it looks equally impressive. We will keep you posted!

Sweet Tea and Elevator History

Library BooksThe Elevator World Library has everything that an elevator enthusiast could possibly ever want. We have all the code books going back to 1921, as well as books on litigation, architecture, fire/earthquake/natural disasters, and ropeways, as well as hundreds of historical books. Some of our hidden treasures include a copy of Skyscraper Garages from 1929, Mechanics’ Pocket Memoranda from 1897, an Illustrated Catalogue of the J.W. Reedy Elevator Manufacturing Company from 1900, a pamphlet from Kimball Elevators from 1921 and a catalogue of Otis parts that is so old that the date can not be determined.

Skyscraper Garages












All elevator enthusiasts are always welcome for a visit. So, if you ever find yourself in the Deep South with some time to spare, head on over for a glass of sweet tea while you go through our library. Anyone interested can contact Monica Tapper at