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.
- Series 1: Family Letters, 1903-1920 Add to Shelf
- The Family Letters consist of letters that Graf wrote to his family between 1903 and 1918 while a student at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) and later a faculty member. The letters provide a detailed account of student life at OAC. Graf discusses faculty members; his classes; fellow students; athletics; and costs, such as his cadet uniform and room and board. They also provide insight into OAC faculty life in the 1910s. The series also includes an invitation to Graf's 1920 marriage to Blanche Edlefsen. The letters are arranged chronologically.
- Box-Folder 1.1: Transcripts of letters Add to Shelf
- Box-Folder 1.2: Original letters, 1903-1904 Add to Shelf
- Box-Folder 1.3: Original letters, 1905-1907 Add to Shelf
- Box-Folder 1.4: Original letters, 1908-1909 Add to Shelf
- Box-Folder 1.5: Original letters and Wedding invitation, 1910-1918, 1920 Add to Shelf
- Series 2: A Course in Mechanical Drawing, 1909 Add to Shelf
- Series II is a text and supplemental drawings written by Graf and fellow faculty member M. Clyde Phillips in 1909.
- Series 3: Typescript, 50 Years of Mechanical Engineering at O.S.C., circa 1945 Add to Shelf
- Series III consists of a summary of the development of mechanical engineering at Oregon State prepared by Graf in the mid 1940s. It describes department facilities, faculty, curriculum, and degrees awarded.
- Extent: 2 copies
- Box-Folder 1.8: Typescript, circa 1945 Add to Shelf
- Series 4: Ephemera, 1933-1961 Add to Shelf
- Series IV consists of a reprint from the January 1933 issue of The Architect and Engineer about the Graf's recently completed residence in Corvallis that includes exterior and interior photographs and an award certificate from the American Society for Testing Materials.
- Series 5: Scrapbook, 1954-1964 Add to Shelf
- The scrapbook consists predominantly of notes and letters from former students and colleagues presented to Graf at the banquet given in his honor by the Oregon Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1954 at the time of Graf's retirement. The scrapbook also includes clippings, brochures, and memorabilia from the dinner as well several items from the late 1950s and early 1960s. These later materials include clippings, correspondence, and photographs pertaining to Linfield College's award of an honorary degree to Graf in 1959.
College students' writings, American--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis--Economic conditions.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis--Social conditions.
Engineering--Study and teaching--Oregon--Corvallis.
Graf, Samuel Herman, 1887-
History of Science
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon Agricultural College. School of Engineering
Oregon State College--Alumni and Alumnae.
Oregon State College--Faculty.
Oregon State College. Department of Mechanical Engineering--History.