Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Engineering Experiment Station Records, 1904-1989

Scope and Content Note

The Engineering Experiment Station Records document engineering research conducted by faculty, staff, and students at Oregon State University. The records include administrative records, correspondence, publications, manuscripts, reports, and research data. Most of the materials in the collection (all of Subgroups 1 and 2) are available only on microfilm. The paper records are comprised of Subgroups 3 and 4.

The General Subject File (SG 1) provides information about the establishment and history of the Engineering Experiment Station and documents engineering research at Oregon State prior to the establishment of the Engineering Experiment Station in 1927. This subgroup includes annual reports and budgets for the Experiment Engineering Department. The Samuel H. Graf Papers (SG 2) comprise the bulk of the collection. The Graf Papers include extensive correspondence files, research records, materials documenting Graf's work with the Pacific Coast Gas Association, and records of experiments conducted by students. Subgroup 2 also includes personal writings of Graf, including some materials he may have written as an Oregon Agricultural College student.

The Technical Services Committee Records (SG 3) were created and assembled by James G. Knudsen as chair of the Committee. These records include correspondence, proposals, and reports documenting the implementation of the Technical Services Act at Oregon State University. Several projects in the fishing and food processing industries were conducted under the Act.

The Publications (SG 4) include bulletins, circulars, lists of publications, and reprints prepared by Engineering faculty and administrators for the purpose of dessiminating research results and accomplishments at Oregon State. The publications include proceedings of the Northwest Road Building (later Roads and Streets) Conference; annual and biennial reports of research activities from the late 1950s through 1980s; reports and surveys on pollution in Oregon streams and the Willamette River in the 1920s through 1940s; and reports of studies on wood preservation and wood waste disposal. Annual progress reports by T.J. Starker on his study of fence post preservation at the Oregon State post farm are included. The publications are available in various formats -- online through ScholarsArchive@OSU as well as in paper and/or on microfilm.

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