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Eugene Starr Papers, 1911-1988

Portrait of Eugene Starr, ca. 1950s.
Night photograph of corona phenomenon on power lines. Within envelope labeled "BPA DC Test Sites."
A Bonneville Power Administration DC test site, ca. 1960s.
Logo for Joint Task Force One, Operation Crossroads, Bikini Atoll. 1946.
A Bonneville Power Administration DC test site, ca. 1960s.
Graph depicting annual transmission costs compared to megawatts of power received, ca. 1960s.
Newspaper writers observing a 1,000,000 volt, three phase, sixty cycle test. General Electric High Voltage Engineering Laboratory, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, June 5, 1923.

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MSS Starr

Eugene Starr (1901-1988) enjoyed a widespread reputation as a distinguished scientist and engineer. A 1923 graduate of Oregon Agricultural College, he achieved international recognition for his work in the fields of electrical engineering and nuclear physics. In 1958 Starr was awarded the Department of the Interior's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, for his work with the Bonneville Power Administration. Starr's papers include personal correspondence and scientific reports, with a focus on his work in nuclear fission and the transmission of high-voltage electricity.


Electric Shock Induced by Lightning Stroke
by Eugene C. Starr. October 1941. 3 pages.

Timeline for Eugene Starr

Biographical Note 

Content Description


115 linear feet; 235 boxes


The Starr Papers have received a preliminary arrangement into ten subject-specific series. Further organization within each series is forthcoming.

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