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There are a number of sources of manuals for slide rules, they were usually supplied with slide rules when purchased although over the years they have become detached from the slide rule and are now lost.

A number of these manuals are available for download.


Manuals



Here are some of the slide rule manuals I have collected:

ACU-MATH No. 150 Instructions for using Trig and Log Log Slide Rules

This manual came with a ACU-MATH No. 150 slide rule and has two crease lines from being stored for a long period.

  • Editor: Ross R. Middlemiss
  • Copyright Date: not listed
  • Pages: 16
  • Condition: Fair
ACU-MATH No. 500 Instructions for using Mannheim Slide Rules

This manual came with a ACU-MATH No. 500 slide rule although the cover refers to this as No. 44. This may have been the catalogue number for the instruction manual as the last page refers to No. 44P for 5" Pocket Mannheim Rules and No. 13 for Log Log Decimal Trig Rules.

  • Editor: Not stated
  • Copyright Date: not listed
  • Pages: 16
  • Condition: Fair
ACU-MATH No. 511 Instructions for using Mannheim Slide Rules

This manual came with a ACU-MATH No. 511 slide rule although the cover refers to this as No. 44. This may have been the catalogue number for the instruction manual as the last page refers to No. 44P for 5" Pocket Mannheim Rules and No. 13 for Log Log Decimal Trig Rules.

  • Editor: Not stated
  • Copyright Date: not listed
  • Pages: 16
  • Condition: Fair
Bruning 2398 Instruction Manual for Bruning 2398

This manual came with a Bruning 2398 slide rule and is in fairly good shape after being folded for 40+ years. The manual has instructions for a range of basic functions and is quite easy to read and follow.

  • Author: Not Stated
  • Copyright Date: 1958
  • Pages: 31
  • Condition: Good, fold marks.
Bruning 2401 Instruction Manual for BRUNING Slide Rule No. 2401

This manual came with a Bruning 2401 5 inch slide rule and has suffered somewhat from being stored for a long period.

  • Author: unknown
  • Copyright Date: 1944
  • Pages: 16
  • Condition: Poor
Concise 28N Concise Circular Slide Rules No 28N

Small circular slide rule manual. This particular manual came with a Concise 28N slide rule.

  • Author: Not Stated
  • Copyright Date: Not Stated
  • Pages: 17
  • Condition: Good, center fold mark
Hemmi 259D Instruction Manual for Hemmi 259D, 260 and 279D

This manual came with a Hemmi 259D slide rule and is in fairly good shape after being folded for 30+ years. The manual has instructions for the Hemmi models 259D, 260 and 279D.

  • Author: Not Stated
  • Copyright Date: Not Listed but circa 1971
  • Pages: 48
  • Condition: Good, slight edge and folding damage
K+E Polyphase Manual Keuffel & Esser - The Polyphase Slide Rule - A Self Teaching Manual

This manual came with a Keuffel & Esser 4054 Polyphase slide rule and though worn is in good shape.

  • Author: William E Breckinridge
  • Copyright Date: 1938, 1944
  • Pages: 83
  • Condition: Good
K+E Polyphase Duplex Trig Manual Keuffel & Esser - Polyphase Duplex Trig Slide Rule - A Manual

This manual is designed to be a self teaching manual for the K&E 4070 range of slide rules. All of the authors were listed as associate or assistant professors of mathematics at the US Naval Academy.

  • Author: Lyman M Kells, Willis F Kern, James R Bland
  • Copyright Date: 1939
  • Pages: 87
  • Condition: Good. Slight mark on cover.
K+E Log Log Duplex Decitrig Manual Keuffel & Esser - 4081 - Log Log Duplex Decitrig Manual

This manual was written for the K+E 4081 series of rules but it covers most of the variations on that model, a number of these models can be seen at my Keuffel & Esser page.

  • Author: Lyman M Kells, Willis F Kern, James R Bland
  • Copyright Date: 1943
  • Pages: 102
  • Condition: Fair, name and slight marks on cover
K+E Log Log Duplex Decitrig Manual Keuffel & Esser - 4081 - Log Log Duplex Decitrig Manual

This manual was written for the K+E 4081 series of rules but it covers most of the variations on that model, a number of these models can be seen at my Keuffel & Esser page.

  • Author: Lyman M Kells, Willis F Kern, James R Bland
  • Copyright Date: 1943, 1945, 1947, 1955
  • Pages: 126
  • Condition: Good, slight fold mark
K+E Deci-Lon - An Instruction Manual Keuffel & Esser - Deci-Lon - An Instruction Manual

This manual was written for the 68 1100 - Deci-Lon slide rule. This was effectively the top of the range general purpose slide rule produced by K&E prior to ceasing slide rule production.

  • Author: Not Stated
  • Copyright Date: 1962
  • Pages: 186
  • Condition: Good. Some wear to cover edges.
Lutz151, 252 Instructions for the use of your Lutz Slide Rule

This manual came with a Lutz 252 and is in fairly good shape after being folded for 30 odd years. The manual has instructions for the Lutz models 151 and 252. As this rule was made by Relay/Ricoh, the manual could be used for these rules as well.

  • Author: unknown
  • Copyright Date: not listed
  • Pages: 35
  • Condition: Fair, folded and slightly marked on the cover.
Pickett 400 Business Slide Rules How to Use Pickett 400 Business Slide Rules

This manual came with a Pickett N400-ES slide rule and is in fairly good shape after being folded for 30+ years. The manual has instructions for a range of basic functions as well as for the specialist markup and business ratios.

  • Author: Dr E Justin Hills
  • Copyright Date: Not listed but all illustrations are of pre 1950 type rules.
  • Pages: 22
  • Condition: Good, crease in middle from being folded.
Pickett 400 Business Slide Rules How to Use Pickett 400 Business Pocket Slide Rules

This manual came with a Pickett 400 slide rule and is in fairly good shape after being folded for 40+ years. The manual has instructions for a range of basic functions as well as for the specialist markup and business ratios. This manual is the same as another version I have except it is in a smaller format with a paper cover whereas the other is larger and has a cardboard cover, refer to the above manual.

  • Author: Dr E Justin Hills
  • Copyright Date: Not listed but all illustrations are of pre 1950 type rules.
  • Pages: 22
  • Condition: Good.
Pickett 500 Ortho-Phase Log Log Manual Pickett - Model 500 Ortho-Phase Log Log Manual

This manual came with a Pickett 500 and the cover has suffered after being folded for almost 50 years.

  • Author: Maurice L. Hartung
  • Copyright Date: not listed
  • Pages: 64
  • Condition: Fair
Pickett Trig Manual Pickett - How to use Trig Slide Rules

This manual came with a Pickett N902-T and is in fairly good shape after being folded for 30 odd years.

  • Author: Maurice L. Hartung
  • Copyright Date: 1960
  • Pages: 48
  • Condition: Good
Pickett Trig Manual Pickett - How to use Trig Slide Rules

This manual came with a Pickett N902-ES and is in fairly good shape after being folded in the case for many years. This is an updated version of the above manual and is basically unchanged except for the cover artwork.

  • Author: Maurice L. Hartung
  • Copyright Date: 1960
  • Pages: 48
  • Condition: Good
Pickett Trig Manual Pickett - How to use Trig Slide Rules

This manual came with a Pickett N200-T and is in fairly good shape after being folded in the case for many years. This is an updated version of the above manual and is basically unchanged except for the cover artwork and some additional examples which has increased the length.

  • Author: Maurice L. Hartung
  • Copyright Date: 1960
  • Pages: 64
  • Condition: Good
Pickett Dual Base Log Log Manual Pickett - How to use Dual Base Log Log Slide Rules

This manual came with a Pickett N803-ES and is in fairly good shape after being folded in the case for many years.

  • Author: Maurice L. Hartung
  • Copyright Date: not listed
  • Pages: 96
  • Condition: Good
Pickett Log Log Manual Pickett - How to use Log Log Slide Rules

This edition of this manual is slightly older than the one below. They seem to share the same copyright date but this version has only 64 pages and less information than the leter edition.

  • Author: Maurice L. Hartung
  • Copyright Date: 1953
  • Pages: 64
  • Condition: Mint
Pickett Log Log Manual Pickett - How to use Log Log Slide Rules

This manual came with a Pickett N600-ES and is in mint shape as it has been stored flat in the storage box.

  • Author: Maurice L. Hartung
  • Copyright Date: 1953
  • Pages: 96
  • Condition: Mint
Pickett - Elementary Simplex Math Slide Rule Pickett - Elementary Simplex Math Slide Rule

This manual accompanied a Pickett N901-ES slide rule. This model was used for teaching simple mathematics and slide rule use in elementary school.

  • Author: Maurice L. Hartung
  • Copyright Date: 1965
  • Pages: 47
  • Condition: Good. Fold marks.
Pickett - How To Use Basic Slide Rules Pickett - How to Use Basic Slide Rules

This manual was written for the Microline series of student rules. This particular manual came with a Pickett Microline 120-ES.

  • Author: Professor Maurice L Hartung
  • Copyright Date: Not Stated
  • Pages: 16
  • Condition: Good, slight fold mark
Pickett - How To Use The N16 Electrolog Slide Rule Pickett - How to Use The N16 Electrolog Slide Rule

This manual was written for the Pickett N16 Electrolog (AKA Electronic) series of rules.

  • Author: Not Known
  • Copyright Date: Not Stated
  • Pages: 60
  • Condition: Good, some cover marks
Post - Versalog Post - Versalog - Slide Rule Instructions

Comprehensive manual from the Frederick Post company which was written for the Versalog series of slide rules.

  • Author: E I Fiesenheiser
  • Copyright Date: 1951
  • Pages: 115
  • Condition: Two slight dings on the base of the cover, other than that this manual is in mint condition with no yellowing of the pages or other marks inside. It looks unused.
Post/Hemmi - Instructions Post/Hemmi - Instructions

This manual's cover lists a range of Post Slide Rules but this is the only reference to Post in the entire manual, all the references inside the manual refer to Hemmi rules, including all the diagrams and illustrations.

  • Author: Not Stated
  • Copyright Date: Not Stated
  • Pages: 51
  • Condition: Fair. The manual is worn and has a fold crease, some marks on cover.
Relay - Instructions Relay - Instructions

Manual which came with a Relay 153 Duplex slide rule. This manual also contained a catalogue of "Relay" bamboo rules which details the model number and the scales for each rule.

  • Author: Not Stated
  • Copyright Date: Not Stated
  • Pages: 30
  • Condition: Fair. The manual is worn and has a crease from being folded and stored in the box for many years.
BA Simm - Slide Rule Manual BA Simm - Slide Rule Manual

This manual was written as a general purpose slide rule manual but it was published for W & G and many of the illustrations are of their W & G Comprehensive 432. In addition the Model 443 (Artillery) is shown. This text covers the standard functions as well as some special scales available on that rule for solving electrical problems.

  • Author: B A Simm
  • Copyright Date: Not stated
  • Pages: 50
  • Condition: Good, slight mark on cover, watermark
Sterling - Decimal Trig Log-Log Sterling - Decimal Trig Log-Log - Slide Rule Instruction Manual

Instruction Manual for the Sterling Decimal Trig Log-Log slide rule.

  • Editor: Murray I. Lieb, M.S.
  • Copyright Date: not listed
  • Pages: 11
  • Condition: Has been folded in storage for some time, slight watermark on cover.


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