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CORRESPONDENCE.

Issue 15 and Volume 22.

CORRESPONDENCE. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS IN PLANS OF ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS. To the EDITOR: In some of your papers I have read that an engineer or architect has no right to keep the original field notes, and that all measurements that are made by him showing the locations of any matter under his charge belong to the party employing him. This is as it should be. A man employs an architect to make a set of plans for a building. It is, therefore, plain that the plans belong to the man who pays for them. A city or village employs an engineer to lay out streets, set monuments, construct sewers, or do other important work. Is it not expected that he will furnish such description, figures, or drawings as will enable those who pay him to locate them and not apply them to his own use? Answers or opinions on this subject…

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