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Orville Kofoid Journals, 1942-1950

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Orville Kofoid Journals, 1942-1950

Predominant Dates: 1942-1947

ID: MSS Kofoid

Primary Creator: Kofoid, Orville

Extent: 0.1 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Orville Kofoid Journals document Kofoid's civil engineering work in the 1940s. Kofoid earned a BS in civil engineering from Oregon State College in 1932 and was an associate professor from 1947 until 1966.

Scope and Content Notes

The Orville Kofoid Journals consist of four journals created by Kofoid documenting primarily his work as a civil engineer. Many of the daily journal entries describe his consulting work on concrete strength analysis of bridges, warehouses, piers, and other structures in the Puget Sound and Portland areas. The journals also include details of his personal activities including lawn work, car maintenance, social engagements, and home construction projects. A newspaper clipping about his 1950 divorce from Geraldine H. Overhulse Kofoid is included in one of the journals.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Orville Kofoid graduated from Oregon State College in 1932 with a BS in civil engineering. He worked for the Oregon State Highway Department from 1932 until 1939; during that time, he was assigned occasional projects at Oregon State College. From 1940 to 1946, Kofoid worked for the 13th Naval District Headquarters in Seattle. He returned to Corvallis in 1947 as an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department, a post he held untli 1966.

Kofoid was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1909; he died in King County, Washington, in 1994.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The journals were donated to the Archives in 2009 by the daughter of Robert W. Henderson.

Related Materials: Photographs of Kofoid are available in the Bill Reasons Photograph Collection (P 151) and the President's Office Photographs (P 092). The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include several collections of engineering alumni and faculty including the Grant Adelbert Covell Papers (MSS Covell), John H., Gallagher, Sr., Collection (MSS Gallagher), Samuel H. Graf Collection (MSS Graf), John W. Green Papers (MSS Green), and Fred Merryfield Papers (MSS Merryfield).

Preferred Citation: Orville Kofoid Journals (MSS Kofoid), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Kofoid, Orville

People, Places, and Topics

Civil engineers--Oregon--Diaries.
Civil engineers--Washington (State)--Diaries.
Kofoid, Orville
University History

Forms of Material

Journals (accounts).

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