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>As such, they are of some passing interest, but very little from a practical
The University of Minnesota has a collection of ASCE Transactions going 
back almost 100 years. There is a lot of very useful information on 
structural dynamics and applied mechanics written between 
design-by-rule-of-thumb and computer-as-magical-black-box periods. 
There's some excellent material on bolted and welded moment connections, 
dynamics and behavior of structural details like bracing that not only 
present results but sound physical explanations and (imagine!) numerical 
examples. The same holds true for ASME Transactions. I use a lot of the 
work as a starting point in conjunction with FEA solutions. Anyone who 
has a spare afternoon should park in a technical library somewhere and 
start paging through a couple of volumes of the Journal of the Structural 
Division dating from the 50's and '60's--they're gold mines. 

That said, the literary quality of much of what currently passes for 
engineering publications really is as dead as draftsmanship. Current 
emphasis seems to be on presenting just enough of a smattering of 
research work so publication can be spread out over several journals and 
conferences. The paper I'm looking at by John Archer on formulation of 
mass matrices (published in 1964) is an absolute jewel and a must read 
for anyone doing dynamics problems with FEA. 

Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant from
chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)