The collection consists of general office files from the School of Engineering Dean's Office. The bulk of the papers cover
the years 1925-1955. Included are subject files regarding school and departmental affairs as well as interests of the individual
deans; files regarding teaching appointments of non-tenured assistants, lecturers, instructors, assistant professors and visiting
faculty; annual budget files (1925-1960) and annual reports to the President (1945-1964) regarding school and departmental
activites, goals, faculty achievement and funding. The collection also includes some photographs and blueprints.
Civil and mechanical engineering courses were among the first taught at Stanford University, with courses in electrical and
mining engineering added in 1893. In 1925, the formerly independent engineering departments were organized into the School
of Engineering with Theodore Jesse Hoover as Dean. Hoover was succeeded in 1936 by Samuel B. Morris, former director of the
Pasadena municipal water system and a respected civil engineer. The School experienced its greatest development during the
deanship of Frederick E. Terman, 1945-1960, formerly the executive head of the Electrical Engineering Department. Important
connections were made between the school and local industry, and the School began to draw significant government contracts
and grants to support graduate and faculty research. Although Terman was appointed University Provost in 1955, he remained
dean until Joseph M. Pettit, Professor of Electrical Engineering, succeeded him. Pettit resigned in 1971 to become president
of Georgia Institute of Technology and was succeeded by William Kays, chairman of the Mechanical Engineering department. The
School now includes nine departments, with numerous laboratories and research centers.
20 Linear feet (20 boxes)
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