Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Samuel H. Graf Collection, 1903-1964

Scope and Content Note

The Samuel H. Graf Collection consists of materials created and assembled by Graf during the course of his years as a student and faculty member at Oregon State College. The materials include letters written to his family during his student years and early years on the faculty from 1903 to 1918; a text in mechanical drawing co-written by Graf; a history of mechanical engineering at Oregon State; and a scrapbook. The scrapbook consists primarily of notes and letters written to Graf by former students and colleagues on the occasion of his retirement in 1954. The collection also includes two photographic prints of Graf receiving an honorary degree from Linfield College in 1959. Also of note is a reprint of a 1933 article in The Architect and Engineer on Graf's recently constructed home in Corvallis.

An addtion to the Graf Collection (Accession 2011:048) is made up of technical drawings and notes generated and collected by mechanical engineering Professor Samuel Graf. Primarily consisting of machinery blueprints produced off campus by the Tennessee Valley Authority (General Engineering Division Hydraulic Laboratory), South Bend Lathe Works, and the Case School of Applied Science, the drawings were found together with handwritten notes on parts completed for a "shear apparatus" and a consolidometer. Some of the notes also contain "material from Horning" on them. Depicted on the hand rendered drawings are designs for a "bell-mouthed orifice" and a consolidometer. The drawings and notes were housed in an envelope addressed to Graf.

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