Guide to the Charles Derleth Papers, 1893-1953

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Guide to the Charles Derleth Papers, 1893-1953

Collection number: BANC MSS 91/116 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Processed By:
Elizabeth Konzak
Date Completed:
October 2003
Finding Aid written by:
Elizabeth Konzak
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Charles Derleth Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1893-1953
Collection Number: BANC MSS 91/116 c
Creator: Derleth, Charles.
Extent: 3 Boxes and 5 Cartons (7.5 linear feet)
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: The Charles Derleth Papers, 1893-1953, include engineering project records, documents from Derleth's tenure at the University of California, Berkeley College of Civil Engineering, a personal scrapbook, scrapbooks from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, and collected reference materials. Project records consist of correspondence, specifications, and drawings for a number of projects including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Carquinez Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Broadway (Caldecott) Tunnel, and the Posey Tube. Faculty Papers contain lecture notes, examination materials, and research for civil engineering courses. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire scrapbooks contain clippings, correspondence, documents, and maps relating to the destruction and rebuilding process.
Physical Location: Collection stored off-site. Advance notice required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Derleth Papers, BANC MSS 91/116 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Collections

Charles Derleth Papers. Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, 1868-1908, bulk 1906-1908. BANC PIC 1958.021-fALB. The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Derleth, Charles. Correspondence, plans, specifications and blueprints for Sather Tower, 1913-1914. CU-13.8. University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Derleth, Charles. [Collected reprints] 1902-1940. 308x D434 c. University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Derleth, Charles. Carquinez Bridge Company. Carquinez Strait bridge. [San Francisco, 1923] fF868.S156C33. The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Charles Derleth Papers, 1865-1952. DERLETH. Water Resources Center Archives, University of California, Berkeley.
S. Clifford Doughty Papers, 1952-1978. The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Separated Material

Pictorial material transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
American Toll Bridge Company.
University of California, Berkeley.
Civil engineers--California.
Bridges--Design and construction--California.
Bridges--Virginia.
Bridges, Cantilever.
Bridges--California--Carquinez Strait.
Tunnels--California--Alameda.
Tunnels--California--Oakland.
Bridges--Design and construction.
Earthquakes--California--San Francisco.
Fires--California--San Francisco.
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.).

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Charles Derleth papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library from the University of California, Berkeley Transportation Library in 1991, and were originally cataloged as BANC MSS 91/116 c. The current collection, also cataloged as BANC MSS 91/116 c, consolidates materials previously cataloged as BANC MSS C-B 717, given by Paul F. Keim in 1957, Celeste Ashley of Stanford University in 1966, and purchased from J Swingle in 1960.

Biographical Information

Charles Derleth, Jr. was born October 2, 1874 in New York. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the City College of New York in 1894 and a Civil Engineering degree from Columbia University in 1896. Derleth served as an instructor and lecturer at Columbia until 1901, when he moved west to become Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado. In 1903 Derleth accepted an appointment to the University of California, Berkeley to serve as Associate Professor of Structural Engineering. By 1907 he was Professor and Dean of the College of Civil Engineering, and in 1930 when the Colleges of Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering combined, Derleth was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering, serving until 1942.
Derleth played a pivotal role in the design and construction of some of the best known buildings, bridges, dams, highways, and tunnels in northern California. He was chief engineer for the Carquinez Straight Highway Bridge, the longest cantilever bridge west of the Mississippi at the time it was built in 1927. Derleth was a member of the Board of Consulting Engineers for the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the Broadway Tunnel (Caldecott Tunnel). He was in charge of engineering work for the San Francisco Bureau of Architecture and was a consulting engineer for numerous Alameda County municipal structures.
In addition, Derleth consulted for well known projects such as the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, the San Francisco Civic Center and Auditorium, Grace Cathedral, the Native Sons Hall in San Francisco, First National Bank of Berkeley, the Contra Costa County Hospital and was Chief Consulting Engineer on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary Tunnel (also known as the George A. Posey Tube). At the University of California, Derleth assisted with the design and construction for a number of buildings including California Hall, Wheeler Hall, Doe Library, Gilman Hall, LeConte Hall, and Sather Tower (the Campanile). In 1930 Derleth received an honorary degree from the University of California in recognition of his services. Charles Derleth died on June 13, 1956.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Charles Derleth Papers, 1893-1953, include engineering project records, documents from Derleth's tenure at the University of California, Berkeley College of Civil Engineering, a personal scrapbook, scrapbooks from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, and collected reference materials. Project records consist of correspondence, specifications, and drawings for a number of projects including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Carquinez Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Broadway (Caldecott) Tunnel, and the Posey Tube. Faculty Papers contain lecture notes, examination materials, and research for civil engineering courses. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire scrapbooks contain clippings, correspondence, documents, and maps relating to the destruction and rebuilding process.
The collection documents the engineering of important transportation and building projects in the San Francisco Bay Area during the first half of the twentieth century. Many of the bridges and tunnels Derleth worked on are now major thoroughfares. Researchers looking for materials on specific structures should find documents of interest in the collection.
Documents from Derleth's time in the University of California, Berkeley College of Civil Engineering illustrate the evolution of engineering education in the first half of the twentieth century, particularly through documents from the course Civil Engineering 113-114, Foundations and Masonry Structure.
The personal scrapbook contains clippings, programs and invitations collected by Derleth and his wife from 1902-1909. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire scrapbooks contain a variety of clippings, correspondence, and documents. The materials focus on engineering and building techniques in the buildings destroyed as well as new construction methods. Those interested in the rebuilding of San Francisco from 1906-1909 will find the collection of materials informative.

Collection Contents

Cartons 1-2, Carton 3, Folders 1-16

SERIES 1: Project Records, 1919-1940, n.d.

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and chronologically

Scope and Content Note

The Project Records series documents Derleth's work as an engineer on large projects such as the Broadway (Caldecott) Tunnel, the Carquinez Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Martinez-Benicia Railroad Bridge, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Also includes information on tunnels and bridges in Alameda County, the Posey Tube, the San Francisco Civic Auditorium, and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Records consist of correspondence, specifications, blueprints, reports, brochures, articles and clippings.
 

1.1.: Alameda County, 1919-1939

carton 1, folder 1

Oakland Inner Harbor Bridge, 1919-1922

carton 1, folder 2-3

George A. Posey Tube (Oakland-Alameda Estuary Tunnel), 1924-1928

carton 1, folder 4-9

Park Street Bridge, 1928-1935

carton 1, folder 10-11

High Street Bridge, 1935-1939

 

1.2.: Broadway Tunnel (Caldecott Tunnel), 1929-1940, n.d.

carton 1, folder 12

Maps and Reports, 1929-1935

carton 1, folder 13

Bills, 1931-1938

carton 1, folder 14

Records, 1932-1938

carton 1, folder 15

Specifications and Bidding Data, 1934-1936

carton 1, folder 16

Articles, 1934-1938

carton 1, folder 17

Lawsuits, 1936-1940

carton 1, folder 18

Notes and Brochures, 1938, n.d.

 

1.3.: Carquinez Bridge, 1922-1937, n.d.

carton 1, folder 19

Traffic Records, 1922-1928

carton 1, folder 20-21

Permits, 1922-1937

carton 1, folder 22

Franchise, 1923

carton 1, folder 23

Geological Statement, 1923

carton 1, folder 24

Cost Estimates and Data, 1923-1925

carton 1, folder 25-34

Foundations, 1923-1930

carton 1, folder 35-36

Specifications, 1923

carton 2, folder 1-5

Specifications, 1923-1925

carton 2, folder 6

Report on Probable Income, 1924

carton 2, folder 7

Piles, 1925

carton 2, folder 8

Rip-Rap (rock fill) for Piers 2 and 3, 1926-1929

carton 2, folder 9-16

Fender, 1926-1937

carton 2, folder 17

Dedication, 1927

carton 2, folder 18

Water and Gas Pipes, 1930

carton 2, folder 19

Report on Toll Operations, 1933

carton 2, folder 20

Miscellaneous Blueprints, 1923-1925, n.d.

 

1.4.: Golden Gate Bridge, 1931, 1936-1938

carton 2, folder 21

Drill Borings Progress Chart, 1931

 

Collected Documents

carton 2, folder 22

Volume 29, January - June 1936

carton 2, folder 23

Volume 30, April - June 1936

carton 2, folder 24

Volume 31, July - September 1936

carton 2, folder 25

Volume 32, October - December 1936

carton 3, folder 1

Volume 33, December 1936 - January 1937

carton 3, folder 2

Volume 34, February - April 1937

carton 3, folder 3

Volume 35, May - June 1937

carton 3, folder 4

Volume 36, July - September 1937

carton 3, folder 5

Volume 37, 1937 - 1938

 

1.5.: Martinez-Benicia Railroad Bridge, 1928-1931

carton 3, folder 6

Clippings and Printed Materials, 1928-1931

carton 3, folder 7

Dedication, 1930

 

1.6.: San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge, 1929-1940, n.d.

carton 3, folder 8

Contract, 1929-1937

carton 3, folder 9-10

Wichert Trusses, 1932-1940

carton 3, folder 11

Insurance Study, 1933

carton 3, folder 12

Bibliography, n.d.

 

1.7.: Additional Projects, 1915-1929

carton 3, folder 13

Arlington Memorial Bridge, Washington D.C. to Virginia, 1927

carton 3, folder 14

Mokelumne River Project, California, 1926

carton 3, folder 15

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, 1928-1929

carton 3, folder 16

San Francisco Auditorium, 1915

Carton 3, Folders 17-20, Carton 4, Folders 1-12

SERIES 2: Faculty Papers, 1897-1944, n.d.

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and chronologically

Scope and Content Note

Faculty Papers consist of materials from Derleth's tenure at the College of Engineering.
 

2.1.: Course Materials, 1909-1944

Scope and Content Note

Records include notes and drawings for used to teach Civil Engineering 113-114, foundations and masonry structures, created in 1913, 1921, and 1938.
carton 3, folder 17

Problem Statements, Examination Questions, and Course Notes, College of Civil Engineering, 1909-1910

carton 3, folder 18-20

Notes on Foundation and Masonry Structures, Courses 113-114, by C. Derleth and F.H. Tibbits, 1913

carton 4, folder 1

Notes on Foundation and Masonry Structures, Courses 113-114, by C. Derleth and F.H. Tibbits, 1913

carton 4, folder 2-3

Notes on Foundation and Masonry Structures, Courses 113-114, vol. I and II, 1921

carton 4, folder 4

Foundation and Masonry Structures, Courses 113-114, by Derleth, Jameyson, and Davis, 1938

carton 4, folder 5

Lecture Notes, 1937-1944

 

2.2.: Course Research, 1897-1943, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes information on general structural engineering topics used for teaching, particularly Civil Engineering 113-114, foundations and masonry structures.
carton 4, folder 6

Carquinez Straight Bridge, 1938

carton 4, folder 7

Stanford University Photolith, 1939

carton 4, folder 8-9

Arches, 1902-1938, n.d.

carton 4, folder 10

Dams, 1910-1940, n.d.

carton 4, folder 11

Domes, 1897-1943, n.d.

carton 4, folder 12

Compression Test for Concrete, 1943

Boxes 1-3

SERIES 3: Scrapbooks, 1902-1909

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically

Scope and Content Note

The personal scrapbook contains clippings, programs and invitations for Derleth and his wife, Emily Bush Derleth, from 1902-1909. Topics include Columbia University alumni events, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of California, Berkeley, the Berkeley Bohemian Club, and a set of Philosopher's Portrait Cards. The 1906 Earthquake and Fire Scrapbooks, in four volumes titled, "The San Francisco Earthquake and the Subsequent Conflagrations: Records Pertaining to the Disaster and the Following Events", contain clippings, correspondence, documents, and maps that describe the destruction and rebuilding of San Francisco from 1906-1909. The volumes also contain information on earthquakes in other parts of the world, seismography, damaged buildings, building designs, new building laws, and maps of the rebuilding process. Materials from the Structural Association of San Francisco, of which Derleth was Secretary/Treasurer, describe the study of building types that were destroyed or stood successfully in the earthquake and advice for rebuilding techniques.
box 1

Personal Scrapbook, 1902-1909

 

1906 Earthquake and Fire Scrapbooks, 1906-1909

box 2

Volume I, 1906

box 2

Volume II, 1906-1907

box 3

Volume III, 1907-1908

box 3

Volume IV, 1906-1909

Carton 4, Folders 13-27, Carton 5

SERIES 4: Reference Materials, 1893-1953, n.d.

Arrangement

Arranged Hierarchically

Scope and Content Note

Reference Materials consist of articles, notes, drawings, blueprints, reports, and promotional literature on a variety of topics related to civil and transportation engineering, particularly types of bridges and foundations.
carton 4, folder 13

American Wire Rope News, 1908

 

Bridges

carton 4, folder 14-16

Bascule, 1907-1937, n.d.

carton 4, folder 17

Cantilever, 1908-1926

carton 4, folder 18-20

Douglas Memorial Bridge, Klamath River Construction History and Report, by Stewart Mitchell, Resident Engineer, and Jno. B. Leonard, Consulting Engineer, 1924-1926, 1933

carton 4, folder 21-23

Floors, 1931-1937, n.d.

carton 4, folder 24

Military, 1941-1946

carton 4, folder 25

Reinforced Concrete Arch, 1896

carton 4, folder 26-27

Specifications, 1895-1933, n.d.

carton 5, folder 1-4

Specifications, 1895-1933, n.d.

carton 5, folder 5-9

Steel Arch, 1915-1932

carton 5, folder 10

Suspension, 1937

carton 5, folder 11

Continuous Frames, 1932

carton 5, folder 12

Dams, 1934-1935

carton 5, folder 13

Domes, 1900-1946, n.d.

 

Foundations

carton 5, folder 14

Bethlehem H-Section Piles, 1929-1942, n.d.

carton 5, folder 15

Concrete Piles, 1905-1941, n.d.

carton 5, folder 16

Cykler Concrete Piles, 1925

carton 5, folder 17

Deep Well Process, 1893-1941

carton 5, folder 18

General, 1933-1935

carton 5, folder 19

Pile Hammers and Machinery, 1933-1942

carton 5, folder 20

Pneumatics, 1893-1940, n.d.

carton 5, folder 21

Soil Embankments, 1931-1941

carton 5, folder 22-25

Soil Mechanics, 1920-1943, n.d.

carton 5, folder 26

Specifications, 1895, 1902

carton 5, folder 27

Steel Sheet Piling, 1933-1940

carton 5, folder 28

Timber Cluster Piles, 1907-1943, n.d.

carton 5, folder 29

Wood Sheet Piling, 1906-1920, n.d

carton 5, folder 30-32

Models, 1915-1942

carton 5, folder 33

Moment Distribution, 1933-1943

carton 5, folder 34-35

Rigid Frames, 1931-1943

carton 5, folder 36-37

General, 1927-1953