Finding Aid for the

Emil Remscheid Papers,

1907-1909, 1932-1935, 1952, 1965


2 Linear Ft.


Finding Aid Compiled by

Joshua Hauck-Whealton

October 2010


Schenectady Museum Archives

15 Nott Terrace Heights

Schenectady, NY 12308

(518) 382-7890, ext. 241


Creation of this finding aid was supported by a grant from the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics




Biographical Note


Emil Remscheid, (1898-1979) worked as an assistant of Charles Steinmetz from 1912 until Steinmetz's death in 1923. Remscheid was born in Richmond, Virginia and moved to Schenectady when his father became a machinist in the Experimental Department at GE Schenectady. He worked with as an assistant to Steinmetz, first at Steinmetz's summer camp, and later as an after-school lab assistant at Steinemtz's home laboratory.


After completing his engineering degree from the Engineering College of Milwaukee, Remscheid returned to Schenectady and accepted a position with the General Engineering Laboratory. His achievements at GE included the development of a high-power mercury arc rectifier, serving as an engineering installation consultant in the Power Rectifier Department. During World War II he helped to develop mass spectrometers.


After his retirement from GE, Remscheid wrote a book, "Recollections of Steinmetz," which was published in 1977. He died in Bristol, Rhode Island, in 1979.

Scope and Content

The Remschild Papers consists of materials written by and about Dr. Charles Steinmetz, noted GE scientist and mathematician. Remscheid collected these materials through his close association as Steinmetz's lab assistant. Materials include Steinmetz's camp journal from 1921-3, two scrapbooks of clippings and photographs collected by newspaper clippings, publications about Steinmetz, and photographs.


Box and Folder List


Box #1



  1. Articles about Charles Steinmetz, 1930, 1934, 1952, 1965
  2. Articles by Charles Steinmetz, 1907, 1909, 1913, 1915, 1918-1919
  3. Camp Mohawk, Correspondence, Diagrams, Notes, Photographs, 1920, 1934, undated
  4. Camp Mohawk Journal, Photocopies and Original, 1921-1932
  5. GE Review Pictorial Section, April 1935
  6. Steinmetz Centennial 1965 Folder, Press Materials, 1965


Box #2



  1. Monograph: Theory and Calculation of Electrical Apparatus, 1917
  2. Radiation, Light and Illumination, 1918
  3. Electric Discharges, Waves, and Impulses, 1914
  4. Transient Electric Phenomena and Oscillations, 3rd edition, 1920
  5. General Lectures on Electrical Engineering, 1918 (Autographed by Steinmetz)
  6. Theory and Calculation of Electric Circuits, 1917
  7. Engineering Mathematics, 3rd edition, 1917
  8. Alternating Current phenomena, 5th edition, 1916
  9. Electrical Engineering, 4th edition, 1915

OV Box #1


Steinmetz scrapbooks compiled by Remscheid, undated