Frank Baron Papers

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Guide to the Frank Baron Papers

Collection number: BANC MSS 2003/244 c

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University of California, Berkeley

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Frank Baron Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1886-1994
Date (bulk): (bulk 1931-1982)
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2003/244 c
Creator: Baron, Frank, 1914-1994
Extent: Number of containers: 15 cartons, 2 oversize folders Linear feet: 18.75
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Abstract: The Frank Baron Papers, 1886-1994, comprises records of Baron's accomplishments as student, professor, researcher, and structural engineer. It consists of student notebooks, lecture materials, writings (published and unpublished), consulting reports, notes, calculations, correspondence, materials documenting Baron's involvement on academic and professional committees, and research files. Occasional blueprints, maps, slides, and photographs are also included.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Baron papers, BANC MSS 2003/244 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Title: T.Y. Lin Papers, 1932-1998
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 99/308 cz
Title: Charles Derleth Papers, 1893-1953
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 91/116 c
Title: Construction Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1905.14251-14284--PIC

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Baron, Frank, 1914-1994--Archives.
University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Engineering--Faculty.
Saint Mary's Cathedral (San Francisco, Calif.)
Civil engineers--California.
Civil engineering.
Structural engineering.
Structural design.
Structural analysis (Engineering)
Prestressed concrete.
Suspension bridges.
Bridges--Gibraltar, Strait of--Design and construction.
Bridges--Saudi Arabia--Design and construction.
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.)
Dumbarton Bridge (Calif.)
Blueprints.
Faculty papers.
History of science and technology collection.$CU-BANC.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Frank Baron Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Peter I. Yanev on May 12, 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Josh Schneider in 2005.

Biographical Information

Francis (Frank) Martin Baron, born July 7, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, served as professor of civil engineering at University of California, Berkeley and held an international reputation as a an expert in the fields of bridge and roof-structure design, and seismic and wind analysis. He was twice the recipient of the prized Leon S. Moisseiff Award issued annually by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and among his manifold professional affiliations, served as chairman of the US Council of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.
Baron's research interests traced the current of cutting-edge theory in civil engineering design and construction. As an undergraduate architecture and engineering student and masters-level graduate student in structural engineering at the University of Illinois, Baron had the privilege of studying under two premier names in engineering design: H.M. Westergaard, known for his research on the use of reinforced concrete for pavement and dams, and Hardy Cross, an undisputed authority on contemporary structural frame analysis. He formed lasting bonds with both of these scholars, later reuniting with Westergaard at Harvard University and Cross at Yale University.
Baron married Milena Yaneva in September 1938, and shortly thereafter received his Sc. D. in structures and mechanics at Harvard University. The following year, Baron accepted a position on the civil engineering faculty at Yale University. While at Yale, Baron further explored his dissertation interest in the shearing stresses of slabs, and also spearheaded the formulation of a new departmental curriculum in transportation studies. After spending four years in New Haven, Baron accepted a full-professorship at Northwestern University, where he stayed for seven years. Plasticity and the comparative behavior of riveted and bolted steel joints served as his principal research interests.
In 1953, Baron accepted an invitation from the University of California at Berkeley to assume a dual position as Director of the Structural Engineering Laboratory and Professor of Civil Engineering. Shortly after his arrival, Baron resigned his position as head of the laboratory and devoted himself fully to his role as educator and researcher, increasing his course load and adopting a more expansive research methodology. Theory of design and planning became his primary instruction matter. Baron continued to teach at UC Berkeley for another thirty years, and was known by faculty and students alike as an unparalleled educator whose enthusiasm for his research was matched only by his concern for the intellectual and professional growth of his students.
Baron was perhaps best known in the Bay Area for his structural design work on the Dumbarton, Golden Gate, and Bay Bridges, as well as for his role in designing the roof structure of St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. Other projects in which he served as consultant include the retrofitting of bridges across Saudi Arabia, the proposed bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar, and the proposed Inter-Continental Peace Bridge (ICPB) which would have joined Alaska and Siberia.
Frank Baron died October 17, 1994. Always interested in the history and progression of engineering and its role in society, one of his final activities was helping to ensure that the unacknowledged principal designer of the Golden Gate Bridge, Charles Ellis, gain proper recognition. To the end, he was man of integrity, who recognized and took pride in the ability of one engineer to change the world.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Frank Baron Papers, 1886-1994, comprises records of Baron's accomplishments as student, professor, researcher, and professional structural engineer. It consists of student notebooks, lecture materials, writings (published and unpublished), consulting reports, notes, calculations, correspondence, materials documenting Baron's involvement on academic and professional committees, and research files. Occasional blueprints, maps, slides, and photographs are also included.
The most comprehensive areas of the collection include the lecture notes, which in the case of quite a few courses span a number of decades, and the writings series, which in some instances includes not only drafts, but notes, correspondence, and reviews, also covering a number of years. Also well-represented are Baron's research files, containing a thorough assemblage of early articles on railroad bridge design and construction, and notes on a wide variety of topics including seismic analysis, transportation, and city planning.
Correspondence in general has been integrated with the rest of the collection. Certain projects, especially the Golden Gate Bridge retrofit and the proposed bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar, are particularly well documented, and include the vast majority of correspondence. Files pertaining to the roof-construction of St. Mary's Cathedral, although lacking in correspondence, are otherwise equally thorough.
Biographical and personal materials are minimal, consisting mainly of student notebooks, dissertation materials, certificates of professional achievement, and correspondence documenting academic appointments and salary adjustments. Of particular interest is a letter from Hardy Cross tentatively offering Baron a position on the faculty at Yale. Although Baron was extremely active on a number of university and association committees, materials documenting his participation are quite limited.
Unique to the collection are materials documenting the intersection of Baron's academic and professional lives, including a systematically meticulous set of correspondence between Baron, and various parties at University of California, Berkeley (including past UC Berkeley Chancellor Clark Kerr). The correspondence documents Baron's appointment at UC Berkeley in 1953 as well as his resignation as director of the structural engineering laboratory, which enabled him to further his already extensive career as professor of civil engineering. It also includes letters to and from colleagues and prospective employers.

Container List

Cartons 1-2; Carton 3, Folders 1-8

Series 1: Biographical Files, 1931-1980

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by genre. Further arranged chronologically.
This series comprises materials documenting Baron's professional growth, as well as student notes from the University of Illinois and Harvard University. Included are his registration as a structural engineer from the State of Illinois, his dissertation materials from Harvard University, and correspondence documenting various academic appointments and resignations. There are two areas of particular interest: correspondence concerning a former student's plagiarism of Baron's intended course book on structural analysis and design, and documents related to his resignation as head of the UC Berkeley structural engineering laboratory and the internal investigation that followed.
Carton 1, Folders 1-12

Subseries 1.1:  Personal Materials, 1935-1980

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
This subseries includes Baron's dissertation materials, his structural engineering license, and personal correspondence with family, friends, and academic associates.
carton 1, folder 1

Illinois Graduation Materials 1935

carton 1, folder 2

Harvard Dissertation/Graduation Materials 1937-1941

carton 1, folder 3

Correspondence, re: Academic Appointments 1937-1951

carton 1, folder 4

Correspondence with Hardy Cross and H.M. Westergaard 1937-1958

carton 1, folder 5

Structural Engineering License, State of Illinois 1945

carton 1, folder 6

License Materials 1945-1955

carton 1, folder 7

Correspondence re: Baron Book 1945-1958

carton 1, folder 8

Personal Correspondence 1953-1980

carton 1, folder 9

Correspondence with UC Berkeley, re: Appointment and Resignation 1953-1956

carton 1, folder 10

Correspondence, re: Resignation 1954-1957

carton 1, folder 11

Correspondence with UC Berkeley Chancellor Clark Kerr, re: Academic Investigation 1954-1957

carton 1, folder 12

Resumes and Bio-supplements 1958-1980

Carton 1, Folders 13-25; Carton 2; Carton 3, Folders 1-8

Subseries 1.2:  Student Notes, 1931-1939

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by academic institution. Further arranged by department, course number, and chronology.
This subseries includes Baron's undergraduate and masters-level coursework from the University of Illinois, as well as his doctoral coursework from Harvard University.
 

1.2.1:  Illinois, 1931-1936

carton 1, folder 13

Dept.: Mechanical Engineering

Course no.: 22

Course: Vibrations
1931

carton 1, folder 14

Dept.: ME

Course no.: 23

Course: Heating and Ventilation
1934

carton 1, folder 15-16

Dept.: Architectural Engineering

Course no.: 43

Course: Technology of Materials
1934-1935

carton 1, folder 17-21

Dept.: AE

Course no.: 45

Course: Steel
1934-1935

carton 1, folder 22

Dept.: AE

Course no.: 46

Course: Graphic Statics
1934-1935

carton 1, folder 23

Dept.: AE

Course no.: 57

Course: Reinforced Concrete
1934-1935

carton 1, folder 24-25

Dept.: AE

Course no.: 58

Course: Reinforced Concrete Balcony
1935

carton 2, folder 1

Dept.: AE

Course: Report on Industrial Buildings
1936

carton 2, folder 2-3

Dept.: AE

Course: Report on Structural Engineering
1936

carton 2, folder 4

Dept.: Civil Engineering

Course no.: 113

Course: Foundations
1934-1935

carton 2, folder 5

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 114-15

Course: Theory of Elasticity (Westergaard)
1935-1936

carton 2, folder 6

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 105

Course: Reinforced Concrete Buildings (Cross)
1935

carton 2, folder 7-8

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 106

Course: Structural Theory and Design (Cross)
1935-1936

carton 2, folder 9

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 107

Course: Steel Design
1936

carton 2, folder 10-11

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 108

Course: Structural Theory and Design (Cross)
1936

 

1.2.2:  Harvard, 1937-1939

carton 2, folder 12

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 11a

Course: Hydromechanics
1937-1938

carton 2, folder 13

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 11b

Course: Hydro & Aerodynamics
1937

carton 2, folder 14-18

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 35a

Course: Advanced Engineering Calculus
1937-1938

carton 3, folder 1-2

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 35b

Course: Advanced Engineering Calculus
1937

carton 3, folder 3

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 114a

Course: Mechanical Vibrations
1938

carton 3, folder 4

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 361a

Course: Soil Mechanics
1937-1938

carton 3, folder 5-6

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 361b

Course: Soil Mechanics
1938-1939

carton 3, folder 7

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 362b

Course: Ground Water and Seepage
1938

carton 3, folder 8

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 364

Course: Soil Mechanics
1938

Carton 3, Folders 9-18; Carton 4; Carton 5, Folders 1-18

Series 2: Course Notes, 1937-1982

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by academic institution. Further arranged by course number and chronologically.
This series includes course materials from Baron's earliest experiences as a teacher's aid at University of Illinois, through his instructorship at Harvard University and associate professorship at Yale University, to his eventual full professorships at Northwestern University and UC Berkeley. Baron's talent and teaching interest in structural theory, planning, and design becomes more pronounced at each institution.
Carton 3, Folders 9-18

Subseries 2.1:  Harvard, 1937-1939

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by course number. Further arranged chronologically.
This subseries includes materials from four course sections in which Baron served as Instructor, in the process of earning his Sc. D. Two of these courses were taught by Baron's former mentor at the University of Illinois, H.M. Westergaard.
carton 3, folder 9

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 332b

Course: Structural Mechanics (Westergaard)
1937-1939

carton 3, folder 10-15

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 334a-b

Course: Photoelasticity
1937-1939

carton 3, folder 16

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 335a

Course: Experimental Elasticity and Stress Analysis
1937-1938

carton 3, folder 17-18

Dept.: Engineering

Course no.: 340a

Course: Reinforced Concrete (Westergaard)
1938-1939

Carton 4, Folders 1-17

Subseries 2.2:  Yale, 1939-1946

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by course number. Further arranged chronologically.
This subseries comprises course materials from Baron's earliest post-doctoral appointment as a junior member of the Civil Engineering department faculty at Yale University. Notes from a yearly two-week seminar that Baron gave on design practice are also included.
carton 4, folder 1-2

Dept.: Civil Engineering

Course no.: 19

Course: Industrial Plants
1940-1942

carton 4, folder 3

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 19

Course: Advanced Planning
1943

carton 4, folder 4

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 28a

Course: Transportation
1942-1943

carton 4, folder 5

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 28

Course: Transportation
1944

carton 4, folder 6

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 29

Course: Transportation
1943

carton 4, folder 7

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 29

Course: Transportation
1944

carton 4, folder 8

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 30-31

Course: Industrial Plants
1943

carton 4, folder 9-11

Dept.: CE

Course: 1st Year Graduate Seminar: Hardy Cross Lectures
1939-1941

carton 4, folder 12

Dept.: CE

Course: 2nd Year Graduate Seminar: Hardy Cross Lectures
1939-1941

carton 4, folder 13

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 108

Course: 1st & 2nd Year Graduate Seminars: Hardy Cross Lectures
1940-1946

carton 4, folder 14

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 171

Course: Technology Seminar
1939-1940

carton 4, folder 15-16

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 293

Course: Structural Design
1940

carton 4, folder 17

Dept.: CE

Course: Design Practice (2 week course)
1940-1942

Carton 4, Folders 18-22

Subseries 2.3:  Northwestern, 1948-1950

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by course number. Further arranged chronologically.
This subseries includes materials from three courses that Baron taught at Northwestern: Mechanics of Materials, Allied Design, and Structural Analysis.
carton 4, folder 18-19

Dept.: Civil Engineering

Course no.: 321-2

Course: Mechanics of Materials
1949-1950

carton 4, folder 20-21

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 519

Course: Allied Design
1948-1950

carton 4, folder 22

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 612

Course: Structural Analysis
1948

Carton 4, Folders 23-29; Carton 5, Folders 1-18

Subseries 2.4:  UC Berkeley, 1952-1982

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by course number. Further arranged chronologically.
This subseries, which spans by far the longest duration Baron spent at any academic institution, includes notes from twelve courses, ranging from Reinforced Concrete Design to Advanced Structural Theory.
carton 4, folder 23

Dept.: Civil Engineering

Course no.: 113

Course: Foundations
1952-1954

carton 4, folder 24-26

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 133

Course: Elementary Structural Design
1954-1966

carton 4, folder 27

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 133

Course: Theory of Reinforced Concrete Design
1966, 1973-1980

carton 4, folder 28

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 135

Course: Reinforced Concrete Design
1954-1957

carton 4, folder 29

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 135

Course: Reinforced Concrete and Prestressed Concrete Design
1982

carton 5, folder 1

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 137

Course: Structural Analysis and Design of Buildings
1955

carton 5, folder 2-3

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 137

Course: Analysis and Design of Buildings
1958-1962

carton 5, folder 4

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 198

Course: Computer Methods
1968

carton 5, folder 5

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 220

Course: Statically Indeterminate Structures
1959-1963

carton 5, folder 6-11

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 221

Course: Advanced Structural Theory
1969-1980

carton 5, folder 12-16

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 241

Course: Theory of Design
1967-1980

carton 5, folder 17-18

Dept.: CE

Course no.: 242

Course: Analysis and Design of Structural Systems
1968-1980

Carton 5, Folders 19-39; Carton 6; Carton 7, Folders 1-25

Series 3: Writings, 1938-1979

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically. Further arranged chronologically. If only the published article is extant, it is arranged and listed chronologically in the final subseries.
This series comprises published articles as well as drafts, notes, and related correspondence. Included is Baron's pivotal work on plasticity, the pressure line concept of loading, and the behavior of steel and riveted joints. Also included is the article Torsional Analysis of Suspension Bridge Towers, for which Baron received the Moisseiff Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 1962. Baron's interests in the history of soil mechanics, circuit analysis, and structural design are also well represented.
 

Subseries 3.1:  Unpublished, Untitled Book on Design Analysis, 1938-1961

carton 5, folder 19

Notes 1938-1959

carton 5, folder 20

Outline and Notes 1941-1959

carton 5, folder 21

Draft and Notes circa 1959

carton 5, folder 22

Draft from Seminar on Structural Design 1961

carton 5, folder 23

Figures undated

 

Subseries 3.2:  The Study of Earths: An American Tradition, 1940-1955

carton 5, folder 24-26

Draft and Notes 1940-1941

carton 5, folder 27-28

Notes 1941

carton 5, folder 29

The Study of Earths: an American Tradition 1941

carton 5, folder 30

Correspondence circa 1955

 

Subseries 3.3:  Analysis of Torsion by Successive Corrections, 1941

carton 5, folder 31

Correspondence and Notes 1941

carton 5, folder 32

Analysis of Torsion by Successive Corrections 1941

 

Subseries 3.4:  Influence Surfaces for Stresses in Slabs, 1941

carton 5, folder 33

Influence Surfaces for Stresses in Slabs 1941

carton 5, folder 34

Drawings 1941

 

Subseries 3.5:  Effects of Plasticity Correlated with the Ordinary Theory of Mechanics, 1947

carton 5, folder 35

Notes 1947

carton 5, folder 36

Effects of Plasticity Correlated with the Ordinary Theory of Mechanics 1947

 

Subseries 3.6:  Successive Corrections: a Pattern Of Thought, 1947-1949

carton 5, folder 37-38

Correspondence, Draft, and Notes 1947-1948

carton 5, folder 39

Successive Corrections: A Pattern of Thought 1949

 

Subseries 3.7:  Procedure for Computing the Effects of Plasticity and Other Non-Linear Relationships, 1948-1949

carton 6 , folder 1-2

Draft and Notes 1948

carton 6, folder 3

Procedure for Computing the Effects of Plasticity and Other Non-linear Relationships 1948

carton 6, folder 4

Correspondence 1948-1949

 

Subseries: 3.8:  Laterally Loaded Plane Structures and Structures Curved in Space, 1949-1955

carton 6, folder 5

Laterally Loaded Plane Structures and Structures Curved in Space 1949-1952

carton 6, folder 6

Transparencies circa 1950

carton 6, folder 7

Correspondence 1955

 

Subseries 3.9:  Elementary Theory Adjusted to Fit Conditions of Plasticity, 1950-1951

carton 6, folder 8-9

Draft and Notes 1950

carton 6, folder 10

Transparencies and Slides 1950

carton 6, folder 11

Elementary Theory Adjusted to Fit Conditions of Plasticity 1950

carton 6, folder 12

Correspondence 1950-1951

 

Subseries 3.10:  Comparative Behavior of Bolted and Riveted Joints, 1952-1954

carton 6, folder 13

Comparative Behavior of Bolted and Riveted Joints 1952

carton 6, folder 14

Correspondence 1954

 

Subseries 3.11:  Circuit Analysis of Laterally Loaded Continuous Frames, 1956-1957

carton 6, folder 15-18

Draft and Notes 1956

carton 6, folder 19

Correspondence, Drafts, Notes, and Figures circa 1956

carton 6, folder 20

Circuit Analysis of Laterally Loaded Continuous Frames 1956-1957

 

Subseries 3.12:  Pressure Line Concept for Inelastic Bending, 1956-1958

carton 6, folder 21

Correspondence and Draft 1956-1958

carton 6, folder 22

Pressure Line Concept for Inelastic Bending 1956-1958

 

Subseries 3.13:  Pressure Line and the Inelastic Buckling of Columns, 1956-1959

carton 6, folder 23-25

Correspondence, Drafts, and Notes 1956-1957

carton 6, folder 26

Pressure Line and the Inelastic Buckling of Columns 1957-1959

 

Subseries 3.14:  Engineering in the Development of Natural Resources, 1957

carton 6, folder 27

Drafts 1957

carton 6, folder 28

Engineering in the Development of Natural Resources 1957

 

Subseries 3.15:  University Research in Structural Engineering, 1957-1958

carton 6, folder 29

Correspondence and Draft 1957

carton 6, folder 30

University Research in Structural Engineering 1957-1958

 

Subseries 3.16:  Torsional Analysis of Suspension Bridge Towers, 1959-1961

carton 6, folder 31-32

Draft and Notes 1959-1960

carton 6, folder 33

Torsional Analysis of Suspension Bridge Towers 1961

 

Subseries 3.17:  Logic and Topology of Structural Analysis, 1962

carton 7, folder 1

Draft and Article 1962

carton 7, folder 2

Logic and Topology of Structural Analysis 1962

carton 7, folder 3

Review 1962

 

Subseries 3.18:  Optimum Design of Two Large Span Shells of Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete, 1965-1966

carton 7, folder 4

Correspondence, Draft, and Notes 1965

carton 7, folder 5

Optimum Design of Two Large Span Shells of Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete 1966

 

Subseries 3.19:  Inelastic Response for Arbitrary Histories of Loads, 1969

carton 7, folder 6-9

Correspondence, Draft, and Notes 1969

carton 7, folder 10

Inelastic Response for Arbitrary Histories of Loads 1969

 

Subseries 3.20:  Design Considerations for Dynamic Loads on Suspension Bridges, 1979

carton 7, folder 11

Correspondence and Drafts 1979

carton 7, folder 12

Design Considerations for Dynamic Loads on Suspension Bridges 1979

 

Subseries 3.21:  Other Writings (Final Drafts Only), 1936-1975

carton 7, folder 13

Interaction between Rib and Superstructure in Concrete Arch Bridges 1936

carton 7, folder 14

Torsion of Multiconnected Thin-Walled Cylinders 1942

carton 7, folder 15

Analytical and Design Aspects of Structures 1948

carton 7, folder 16

Inelastic Behavior of Structural Shapes 1948

carton 7, folder 17

Properties and Behavior of a New Alloy Rivet Steel 1950

carton 7, folder 18

Effect of Grip on the Fatigue Strength of Riveted and Bolted Joints 1952

carton 7, folder 19

Static and Fatigue Properties of Carbon, Silicon, and High-Strength Low-Alloy Steel Having a Hole 1952-1953

carton 7, folder 20

Effect of Certain Rivet Patterns on the Fatigue and Static Strengths of Joints 1952-1955

carton 7, folder 21

Properties and Behavior of a High-Strength Rivet Steel 1953

carton 7, folder 22

Public Benefits from Engineering in the Development of Natural Resources 1954

carton 7, folder 23

Matrix Analysis of Structures Curved in Space 1961

carton 7, folder 24

Design Loadings for Long-Span Highway Bridges 1970

carton 7, folder 25

Seismic Characteristics of Long Multi-Span Highway Bridge Types 1975

Carton 7, Folders 26-32; Cartons 8-10; Oversize Folders 1-2

Series 4: Consulting/Project Files, circa 1940-1994

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project. Further arranged chronologically.
This series comprises Baron's consulting work for regional, national, and international projects. Included are reports, correspondence, notes, and calculations, as well as occasional articles and promotional materials. Baron held an international reputation as an authority on bridge design and structural mechanics, and participated in the planned construction and retrofitting of many bridges across northern California, including the Dumbarton, the proposed Southern Crossing, and the Golden Gate. He also assisted in planning the retrofit of the Al Khobar/Dhahran/Damman Dual Way Bridge in Saudi Arabia, the proposed Inter-Continental Peace Bridge (ICPB) joining Alaska and Siberia, and the proposed bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar joining Spain and Morocco. Baron's early work on reinforced concrete pavement for the United States Army, as well as his extensive work on the roof structure of St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, is also included.
 

Subseries 4.1:  Al Khobar/Dhahran/Damman Dual Way Bridge, 1984-1985

carton 7, folder 26

Correspondence and Notes 1984

carton 7, folder 27-32

Reports 1984-1985

 

Subseries 4.2:  Alexander Building, 1951-1953

carton 8, folder 1-3

Notes and Data 1951-1953

 

Subseries 4.3:  Arizona State Fair Coliseum, 1964-1966

carton 8, folder 4

Correspondence with T.Y. Lin, Report, and Notes 1964-1966

 

Subseries 4.4:  Arrowhead Bridge, 1987

carton 8, folder 5

Correspondence and Report 1987

 

Subseries 4.5:  Bay Bridge, circa 1989

carton 8, folder 6

Notes and Articles circa 1989

 

Subseries 4.6:  Benicia-Martinez Bridge, 1987

carton 8, folder 7

Correspondence and Report 1987

 

Subseries 4.7:  Concrete Pavement, U.S. Army, 1942-1947

carton 8, folder 9

Formulas and Methods for Interpreting Test Data of Concrete Runways Supporting Static Loads 1942

carton 8, folder 10

Variables in the Design of Concrete Runways of Airports 1942-1943

carton 8, folder 11

Effects of Differential Settlements and Changes in Temperature on Moisture Conditions on Resulting Strains of Concrete Pavements 1943

carton 8, folder 12

Some Notes on the Progressive Cracking of Concrete Pavement due to Repeated Wheel Loads 1944

carton 8, folder 13

Uncertainties in Design of Concrete Pavements Due to Differential Settlements and Volumetric Changes 1944

carton 8, folder 14

Correspondence 1944

carton 8, folder 15

Minimum Requirements of Cover for Corrugated Metal Pipe Culverts 1946

carton 8, folder 16

Mathematical Study of Shearing Stresses Produced in a Pavement by the Locked Wheels of an Airplane during the Warm-up of its Engines 1947

 

Subseries 4.8:  Cowboy Stadium Roof Structure, 1968

carton 8, folder 17

Correspondence with T.Y. Lin 1968

 

Subseries 4.9:  Dumbarton Bridge, 1971-1976

carton 8, folder 18-20

Correspondence and Reports 1971-1976

 

Subseries 4.10:  Golden Gate Bridge, 1960-1994

carton 8, folder 21-23

Correspondence and Notes 1960-1992

carton 8, folder 24-25

Articles 1971-1975

carton 8, folder 26

Calculations and Readouts circa 1974

carton 8, folder 27

The Effects of Seismic Disturbances on the Golden Gate Bridge 1976

carton 8, folder 28

Notes and Review of The Effects of Seismic Disturbances on The Golden Gate Bridge 1977

carton 8, folder 29

Draft of Dynamic Characteristics of the Golden Gate Bridge 1977

carton 8, folder 30

Notes circa 1977

carton 9, folder 1

Correspondence regarding Charles Ellis 1987-1994

carton 9, folder 2

San Francisco Examiner Image; May 31, 1992 1992

carton 9, folder 3

Notes on Suspension Bridge Towers undated

carton 9, folder 4-7

Calculations undated

carton 9, folder 8

Notes undated

 

Subseries 4.11:  Hood Canal Bridge, 1978-1980

carton 9, folder 9

Report and Notes 1978-1980

 

Subseries 4.12:  Inter-Continental Peace Bridge, 1974

carton 9, folder 10

Report and Drafts of Use of Prestressing in Substructure and Superstructure of the Proposed Inter-Continental Peace Bridge (ICPB) joining Alaska and Siberia 1974

carton 9, folder 11

Notes 1974

 

Subseries 4.13:  Replenishment Vessel Booms, U.S. Navy, 1952-1955

carton 9, folder 12-13

Correspondence, Notes, and Photographs 1952-1955

Oversize folder 1 C

Plans 1955

 

Subseries 4.14:  Saint John's Bridge, 1976

carton 9, folder 14

Correspondence 1976

 

Subseries 4.15:  Saint Mary's Cathedral, 1965-1968

carton 9, folder 15

Reports and Notes: Instituto Sperimentale Modelli E Struture (ISMES) circa 1965

carton 9, folder 16

Report 1966

carton 9, folder 17

Structural Computations 1966

carton 9, folder 18

Correspondence and Report 1966-1967

carton 9, folder 19

Sketches and Notes 1966-1967

Oversize folder 1 C

Plans 1966-1968

carton 9, folder 20-23

Report 1967

carton 9, folder 24-25

Data: Service Bureau Corporation (SBC) circa 1967

carton 9, folder 26-27

Notes circa 1967

carton 10, folder 1-4

Notes circa 1967

carton 10, folder 5

Correspondence and Photographs 1967-1968

 

Subseries 4.16:  San Diego County Bridge Retrofit, 1984

carton 10, folder 6

Correspondence 1984

 

Subseries 4.17:  Skew Highway Bridges, circa 1964

carton 10, folder 7

Proposal to State of California circa 1964

 

Subseries 4.18:  Southern Crossing Cable Stayed Girder Bridge, 1971

carton 10, folder 8-9

Report 1971

 

Subseries 4.19:  Steel Strain, 1948

Oversize folder 1 C

Plans for American Bridge and Iron Company 1948

Oversize folder 2 A

Plans for American Bridge and Iron Company 1948

 

Subseries 4.20:  Strait of Gibraltar, 1980-1982

carton 10, folder 10

Promotional Materials 1980

carton 10, folder 11

Draft of Design Considerations for Dynamic Loads on Long Bridge Structures 1980

carton 10, folder 12-15

Correspondence 1980-1982

carton 10, folder 16-17

Plans and Notes 1982

carton 10, folder 18-20

Influence of Dynamic Effects on the Concept of a Bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar 1982

 

Subseries 4.21:  Strait of Messina, 1982

carton 10, folder 21

Correspondence 1982

 

Subseries 4.22:  Tacoma Narrows Bridge Towers, circa 1940

carton 10, folder 22

Notes circa 1940

carton 10, folder 23-24

Draft of Report, and Notes circa 1940

 

Subseries 4.23:  Walt Whitman Bridge Towers, circa 1956

carton 10, folder 25

Notes circa 1956

carton 10, folder 26

Plans circa 1956

Carton 11, Folders 1-17

Series 5: Professional Records, 1940-1982

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically. Further arranged chronologically.
This series comprises committee reports and memoranda stemming from Baron's participation on a number of university and association committees. It also includes the Moisseiff Award that Baron received from the ASCE in 1962, a report of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) written by Baron, who was serving as chairman, and various paper reviews.
Carton 11, Folders 1-6

Subseries 5.1:  Academic Committees, 1940-1982

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by academic institution.
This subseries includes reports, correspondence, memoranda, and other departmental committee materials from Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley.
 

5.1.1:  Yale University, 1940-1946

carton 11, folder 1

Report of the Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum 1940-1946

 

5.1.2:  UC Berkeley, 1949-1982

carton 11, folder 2

Civil Engineering Department 1949-1959

carton 11, folder 3

Structural Engineering Laboratory 1953-1954

carton 11, folder 4

Report of the Subcommittee on Research Programs in Structural Engineering 1955

carton 11, folder 5

Civil Engineering Departmental Memoranda 1982

carton 11, folder 6

Correspondence, Re: Matriculation 1982

Carton 11, Folders 7-17

Subseries 5.2:  Professional Associations, 1942-1981

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by professional association.
This subseries includes committee materials from various professional associations, including the American Road Builders Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Research Council, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, and the American Institute of Steel Construction.
 

5.2.1:  American Road Builders Association (ARBA), 1942-1943

carton 11, folder 7

National Postwar Highway Committee 1942-1943

 

5.2.2:  American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 1953-1981

carton 11, folder 8

Committee on Bridge Loadings, Structural Division 1953

carton 11, folder 9

Moisseiff Award Certificate 1962

carton 11, folder 10

Sub-Committee on Cable-Suspended Structures Task Committee on Special Structures Committee on Metals Structural Division 1971-1978

carton 11, folder 11-12

Paper Reviews 1974, 1980-1981

 

5.2.3:  National Research Council (NRC), 1954

carton 11, folder 13

Highway Research Board 1954

 

5.2.4:  International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), 1958-1967

carton 11, folder 14

Correspondence; and Statement of Chairman, Civil Engineering (July 1958) 1958-1967

carton 11, folder 15

Conference Notes 1964

 

5.2.5:  American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), 1966-1971

carton 11, folder 16

Space Forms in Steel Lectures 1966

carton 11, folder 17

Structural Design in Steel Lectures 1971

Carton 11, Folders 18-41; Cartons 12-15

Series 6: Research Files, 1886-1983

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.
This series includes a broad collection of Baron's research materials, from his early investigation of reinforced concrete airport pavement and steel railways, to his later work on structural analysis and suspension bridges. It consists of articles, notes, calculations, blueprints, and occasional correspondence. It also includes a number of computation books from the late 1960's, containing notes and read-outs from programs designed to complement his research.
carton 11, folder 18-24

Airport Pavement 1929-1945

carton 11, folder 25-26

Angle Changes undated

carton 11, folder 27-31

Arches 1939-1968

carton 11, folder 32-33

Bracing undated

carton 11, folder 34

Bridge Design circa 1979

carton 11, folder 35

Brown, Colin 1963-1964

carton 11, folder 36-37

Buckling 1936-1940

carton 11, folder 38-41

Building Code Specifications 1886-1981

carton 12, folder 1

Bus Transportation 1924-1934

carton 12, folder 2

Cable-Stayed Bridges circa 1966

carton 12, folder 3-6

City Planning 1899-1944

carton 12, folder 7

Columns undated

carton 12, folder 8-17

Computer Programs 1966-1970

carton 12, folder 18-22

Computer Programs: Structural Analysis Program (SAP) 1970

carton 13, folder 1

Computer Programs: SAP, Formula Translator/Translation (FORTRAN) 1974

carton 13, folder 2

Concrete 1943-1946

carton 13, folder 3

Conjugate Systems 1958

carton 13, folder 4

Critical Path Techniques 1963-1967

carton 13, folder 5-7

Deflected Structures 1970

carton 13, folder 8-11

Design (Structural) 1940-1975

carton 13, folder 12

Engineering (Definitions of) 1957-1977

carton 13, folder 13-15

Engineering Geography 1930-1950

carton 13, folder 16

Geometry of Motion undated

carton 13, folder 17

Highway Engineering 1922-1945

carton 13, folder 18

Highway Financing 1929-1947

carton 13, folder 19

Highway Location 1919-1945

carton 13, folder 20

Influence Lines 1947

carton 13, folder 21

Interaction Concept 1945-1946

carton 13, folder 22

Material Production circa 1940

carton 13, folder 23-27

Matrices 1958-1967

carton 13, folder 28

Natural Torsional Oscillations 1943

carton 13, folder 29

Offshore Platforms 1982

carton 13, folder 30

Pipeline Bridges undated

carton 13, folder 31

Railroad Cars circa 1944

carton 13, folder 32-33

Railway Bridge Specifications 1886-1970

carton 14, folder 1-2

Railway Consolidation 1921-1945

carton 14, folder 3

Railway, Freight 1926-1941

carton 14, folder 4-6

Railway Location 1886-1933

carton 14, folder 7-8

Railways (General) 1919-1932

carton 14, folder 9

Relative Ground Displacement undated

carton 14, folder 10

Relaxation Methods 1942-1943

carton 14, folder 11

Riveted Joints undated

carton 14, folder 12

Roads 1920-1940

carton 14, folder 13-15

Seismic Design 1973-1979

carton 14, folder 16-19

Shells 1959-1978

carton 14, folder 20

Slabs and Slices undated

carton 14, folder 21

Soil Mechanics 1936

carton 14, folder 22

Steel Production circa 1940

carton 14, folder 23

Steel Specifications 1890-1946

carton 14, folder 24-27

Stresses and Strains 1926-1953

carton 14, folder 28-31

Structural Analysis 1969-1975

carton 15, folder 1-9

Suspension Bridges 1941-1983

carton 15, folder 10

Suspension Bridges: Seismic Design 1970

carton 15, folder 11-12

Tensor Analysis (Mechanics of Solids) 1958-1960

carton 15, folder 13

Traffic 1929-1940

carton 15, folder 14-16

Valuation 1893-1939

carton 15, folder 17-19

Vibrations 1932-1977

carton 15, folder 20

Waterways 1922-1945

carton 15, folder 21

Wind Bracing undated

carton 15, folder 22

Wind Loading 1968

carton 15, folder 23

Wind Pressure 1947

carton 15, folder 24

Wind Stresses undated