Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

CH2M Hill, Inc. Oral Histories, 1961-1984

Members of the CH2M Board of Directors, ca. 1968. Pictured left to right are: Robert R. Adams, Ralph E. Roderick, Holly A. Cornell, James C. Howland, Thomas Burke Hayes, Fred E. Harem and Archie H. Rice.

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OH 19

The CH2M Hill, Inc. Oral Histories document the evolution of the CH2M Hill engineering firm through the lens of personal histories of its principal founders and longtime employees. The collection consists of recordings and transcripts of interviews with seven individuals crucial to the creation, growth and character of the firm, as well as extensive background information compiled by the project's managers, employees of the Horner Museum.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


2 cubic feet, including 60 audiotapes and 24 photographs; 5 boxes


The materials described in this collection have been arranged into three series. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings and transcripts are held in this collection is as follows:

  • Cornell, Holly A.
    • Four interviews: February 10, 1982; February 22, 1982; April 5, 1982; March 17, 1983
  • Hayes, Thomas Burke
    • Four interviews: February 2, 1982; February 5, 1982; February 26, 1982; February 11, 1983
  • Hill, Clair A.
    • Four interviews: March 3, 1982; July 27, 1982; November 29, 1983; December 2, 1983
  • Howland, James C.
    • Six interviews: March 17, 1982; April 13, 1982; May 6, 1982; May 11, 1982; April 22, 1983; April 25, 1983
  • Rice, Archie H.
    • Five interviews: March 1, 1982; March 8, 1982; March 12, 1982; April 11, 1983; April 13, 1983
  • Roderick, Ralph E.
    • Two interviews: May 19, 1980; May 27, 1980
  • Smith, Jewell "Bud"
    • Three interviews: January 18, 1982; October 14, 1982; November 17, 1982

Related Papers

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center's holdings include the personal papers of two founders of the original CH2M firm, OSC alum James C. Howland and former OSC professor Fred Merryfield. In addition, Box 35 of the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection contains files on CH2M Hill, Holly Cornell and Archie Rice. The materials held in the CH2M Hill, Inc. Oral Histories were separated out of the Horner Museum Oral History Collection (OH 10). More information about the history of civil engineering education at OSU is available in the Civil Engineering Department Records (RG 030); the College of Engineering Photograph Collection (P 069) and College of Engineering Records (RG 062) are also of interest.

Finalized transcripts for all seven oral history interviewees described in this collection have been cataloged into both the OSU Libraries general book collection as well as the Special Collections & Archives Research Center's History of the Pacific Northwest book collection.

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