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ASHRAE History

ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.

pdf_icon.png  American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers 

pdf_icon.png  American Society of Refrigerating Engineers

pdf_icon.png  The Merger of ASHVE/ASHAE and ASRE to Become ASHRAE

A Brief History of the ASHRAE Handbook >>

page-excel-icon.gifList of ASHVE/ASHAE, ASRE and ASHRAE Fellows

2012 ASHRAE Rebranding >>


Society Meeting Dates

These two lists include the dates and places of ASHRAE Society meetings beginning with the first one in 1895 through the 2013 Annual Conference. The lists include Annual, Semi-Annual, and Fall Meetings for ASHVE; Annual, Semi-Annual, Spring or Western Meetings for ASRE; Annual, Semi-Annual and Winter Meetings as well as Winter and Annual Conferences for ASHRAE.

  Society Meeting Dates, 1895-1995

  Society Meeting Dates, 1959-2013


ASHRAE Journal Article Archives

As an ASHRAE Member you can search and download any ASHRAE article back to 1997 in the ASHRAE Technology Portal. There are a number of articles detailing either industry or society history.

If you are not an ASHRAE Member, you can learn more about membership and join ASHRAE, using the link below.

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Abstract Archives

The Abstract Archives are a member benefit consisting of an online index of almost 7,000 abstracts of papers and publications from ASHRAE. It is a useful tool for identifying many papers and articles that are not available through the online bookstore.

Abstract Archives >>


Indexes to Earlier ASHRAE Publications

These indexes were scanned from paper indexes. They are arranged by broad subject categories and authors' last names. To access the page with the links to the indexes, you must be logged in as an ASHRAE member.

ASHRAE Indexes >>


ASHRAE Archives (Historical Archives) 

These archive indexes cover items held in the ASHRAE Library Archives at ASHRAE Headquarters.

pdf_icon.png Archives of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 

pdf_icon.png Archives of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE)

pdf_icon.png Archives of the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) 

pdf_icon.png  Archives of the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) 

pdf_icon.png Regional and Chapter Histories Sorted by Regions  

pdf_icon.png Industry Archives of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) (PDF)

Leadership Recall >>


DOLMERE, the first electric refrigerator

The DOMELRE was the first successful, mass marketed package automatic electric refrigeration unit >>


CIBSE Heritage Group

Heritage Group Website for the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers >>


Museums

Museums Dedicated Solely to HVAC&R >>


Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Patents and Chronology

Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Patents >>

pdf_icon.png Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Chronology (updated 5/10/2006)


Special Series Commemorating the First Century of Air Conditioning

This series of articles appeared in ASHRAE Journal beginning in December 1998 and running through November 1999.

pdf_icon.png Introduction to the First Century of Air Conditioning (PDF)
By Harry M. Will.

pdf_icon.png John Gorrie, The Visionary (PDF)
By John Gladstone.

pdf_icon.png Application of Electric Power in HVAC&R Systems (PDF)
By Bruce L. Flaniken, P.E.

pdf_icon.png A History of Comfort Cooling Using Ice (PDF)
By Bernard Nagengast

pdf_icon.png Early Twentieth Century Air-Conditioning Engineering (PDF)
By Bernard Nagengast

pdf_icon.png The Rise and Fall of Carbon Dioxide Systems (PDF)
By William S. Bodinus, P.E.

pdf_icon.png Sleeping Soundly on Summer Nights: A History of Air Conditioning in the Home (PDF)
By Mike Pauken, P.E.

pdf_icon.png The Evolution of Modern Office Buildings and Air-Conditioning (PDF)
By David Arnold, F.R.Eng.

pdf_icon.png Air-Conditioning in Office Buildings After World War II (PDF)
By David Arnold, F.R.Eng.

pdf_icon.png Evolution of Automotive Heating—Riding in Comfort: Part I (PDF) 
By Mohinder S. Bhatti, Ph.D.

pdf_icon.png Evolution of Automotive Heating—Riding in Comfort: Part II (PDF)
By Mohinder S. Bhatti, Ph.D.

pdf_icon.png The History of Ventilation and Temperature Control (PDF)
By John E. Janssen

pdf_icon.png A View of IAQ as the Century Closes (PDF)
By Arthur E. Wheeler, P.E.


A Look Back at HVAC&R

Miscellaneous articles of historical interest to the reader.

Air conditioning still cool after 100 years >>

pdf_icon.png The ASHRAE Centennial: 100 Years of Progress (PDF - 13.5 MB)

pdf_icon.png Report on Domestic Refrigerating Machines, 1923 - 1925
By Alexander Stevenson Jr. (1892-1946).

pdf_icon.png Documentation of 1920's Carbon Dioxide Air Conditioning System -- Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Documented by Bernard Nagengast et al.

pdf_icon.png History in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry: Breakthrough of Large Positive Displacement Rotary Compressors in the Second Half of the 20th Century
By Henri Soumerai.


Timeline of the History of Refrigeration

Images of the History of Refrigeration Timeline.

History of Refrigeration Timeline - 1939-1999 >>

History of Refrigeration Timeline - 1906-1939 >>

History of Refrigeration Timeline - 1748-1904 >>

pdf_icon.png History of Refrigeration Timeline - 1748-1999 (PDF)


ASHRAE Historical Committee

Historical Committee >>

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