Guide to the Stephen Timoshenko Papers

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SC0641
Creator: Timoshenko, Stephen, 1878-1972
Title: Stephen Timoshenko papers
Dates: 1907-1996
Bulk Dates: 1921-1970
Physical Description: 8 Linear feet
Summary: Correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, galleys, notes, reprints, photographs, passports, awards, and other items; some materials are in Russian or German. Correspondents include Dr. L. Prandtl, Cyril O. Rhys, Gunhard Orovas, Elena Zagustin, and William F. Durand.. His typescript articles are largely on mechanical stresses and date from ca. 1907 to 1940, with some in Russian; there is also a typescript biographical essay on James Victor Uspensky, ca. 1947. Other items of note include a scrapbook (in Russian) with some photographs possibly from a trip to Russia in 1958; his report to Westinghouse on visits to European laboratories, 1934; and Esther Kaletzky's remarks at the First International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists, June 1964. Additional papers added in 2009 pertain to the Timoshenko book collection in Stanford's Engineering Library but also include copies of Gregory Timoshenko's "Letters to My Grandchildren," 1983-90, which include information on his father, Stephen Timoshenko.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Administrative transfer from Engineering Library, 1998-2009.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Stephen Timoshenko Papers (SC0641). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Stephen Prokofievitch Timoshenko, a world-renowned authority on theoretical and applied mechanics, was educated at the Munich Polytechnic Institute and at the University of Gottingen. He taught at the Polytechnic Institute of Kiev (1907-11) and the Polytechnic Institute of St. Petersburg (1912-17), before fleeing Russia for Yugoslavia. He taught at the University of Zagreb from 1920 to 1922, and then moved to the United States. He was a research engineer at Westinghouse and taught at the University of Michigan before joining the Stanford faculty in 1936. Although he officially retired in 1944 he continued to teach and write. His best known works include STRENGTH OF MATERIALS, THEORY OF ELASTICITY, and ENGINEERING MECHANICS.

Description of the Collection

Correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, galleys, notes, reprints, photographs, passports, awards, and other items; some materials are in Russian or German. Correspondents include Dr. L. Prandtl, Cyril O. Rhys, Gunhard Orovas, Elena Zagustin, and William F. Durand.. His typescript articles are largely on mechanical stresses and date from ca. 1907 to 1940, with some in Russian; there is also a typescript biographical essay on James Victor Uspensky, ca. 1947. Other items of note include a scrapbook (in Russian) with some photographs possibly from a trip to Russia in 1958; his report to Westinghouse on visits to European laboratories, 1934; and Esther Kaletzky's remarks at the First International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists, June 1964. Additional papers added in 2009 pertain to the Timoshenko book collection in Stanford's Engineering Library but also include copies of Gregory Timoshenko's "Letters to My Grandchildren," 1983-90, which include information on his father, Stephen Timoshenko.

Access Terms

Durand, William Frederick, 1859-1958
Kaletzky, Esther.
Prandtl, Ludwig, 1875-1953.
Stanford University--Faculty.
Timoshenko, Gregory.
Timoshenko, Stephen, 1878-1972
Zagustin, Elena.
Mechanics, Applied.
Structural analysis (Engineering).


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

Biography (assorted articles)

Box 1, Folder 2

Biographical articles (in Russian, French, German)

Box 1, Folder 3

Award of the James Watt International Medal to Professor Stepan Timoshenko, 1947

Box 1, Folder 4

Honorary degree, University of Bologna--text of presentation and photo, 1954

Box 1, Folder 5

Franklin Institute, Report investigating the work of Stephen P. Timoshenko, 1958

Box 1, Folder 6

Portrait of Timoshenko by Jack Kraft for National Cyclopedia of American Biography

Box 1, Folder 7

Identity paper, Zagreb, 1920

Box 1, Folder 8

Visas, 1919-20, and letter from Prof. Dr. L. Prandtl, 1920

Box 1, Folder 9

Passport, 1921

Box 1, Folder 10

Westinghouse--letter and contract 1923

Box 1, Folder 11

60th Birthday greetings, 1938-39

Box 1, Folder 12

75th Birthday dinner program, 1954

Box 1, Folder 13

90th Birthday greetings, 1968

Box 1, Folder 14

Bibliography

Box 1, Folder 15

Photographs (mostly portraits of ST)

Box 1, Folder 16

Photographs for "As I Remember" (1 of 2)

Box 1, Folder 17

Photographs for "As I Remember" (2 of 2)

Box 1, Folder 18

Photo negatives of Russian buildings

Box 1, Folder 19

Photographs, 1920s

Box 1, Folder 20

Photographs, 1930s

Box 1, Folder 21

Photographs, 1940s

Box 1, Folder 22

Printing plate of 1947 photograph

Box 1, Folder 23

Photographs, 1950s

Box 1, Folder 24

Photographs, 1960s

Box 1, Folder 25

Photographs, identified, undated

Box 1, Folder 26

Photographs, Russian, undated

Box 1, Folder 27

Photographs, unidentified, undated

Box 1, Folder 28

Photographs, miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 1

"Buckling of thin plates under compressive and shearing stresses" -- manuscript in Russian, ca. 1907

Box 2, Folder 2

"Bending Stresses in Curved Tubes of Rectangular Cross-section" -- manuscript and reprint, 1923

Box 2, Folder 3

"The static deflection and vibrations of circular diaphragms," typescripts, 1923

Box 2, Folder 4

"Stiffness of suspension bridges," 1928

Box 2, Folder 5

"Long Circular Tubes Submitted to Uniform External Pressure" -- typescript, post-1930

Box 2, Folder 6

"James Victor Uspensky"--typescript, ca. 1947

Box 2, Folder 7

Review of Beams on Elastic Foundation by Hetenyi, 1947

Box 2, Folder 8

"The use of the Rayleigh method for the calculation of the period of free vibrations in crankshafts"--typescript, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 9

Manuscript of "Article I" with letters, 1928 [publisher], 1942 [Prof. V. Mises, in German]

Box 2, Folder 10

Manuscript of "Article 2" (mostly formulas, computations), n.d.

Box 2, Folder 11

Manuscript of "Article 3" (formulas, computations), n.d.

Box 2, Folder 12

Manuscript of "Article 5" (formulas, computations), n.d.

Box 2, Folder 13

Manuscript of "Article 7" (formulas, computations, figures), n.d.

Box 2, Folder 14

Manuscript of "Article 8" (stiffening truss variable cross section), n.d.

Box 2, Folder 15

Engineering Dept. Report, Westinghouse (on presenting papers at 2 European conferences), 1927

Box 2, Folder 16

Engineer's Trip Report, Westinghouse (on visits to various European laboratories), 1934

Box 2, Folder 17

Lecture notes, stability, Los Angeles, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 18

Reprints, 1921-24

Box 2, Folder 19

Reprints, 1925-29

Box 2, Folder 20

Reprints, 1932-38

Box 2, Folder 21

Reprints, 1941-47

Box 2, Folder 22

Reprints in Russian

Box 3, Folder 1

Notebooks (2 small volumes, in several languages)

Box 3, Folder 2

Address book

Box 3, Folder 3

Rhys, Cyril O.--correspondence, 1943

Box 3, Folder 4

Timoshenko, Sergius--correspondence about, 1945

Box 3, Folder 5

Correspondence re his articles, 1927-48

Box 3, Folder 6

Correspondence, general, 1945-69

Box 3, Folder 7

Letters in Russian, 1921-63

Box 3, Folder 8

Agreement re publication, 1970

Box 3, Folder 9

Airey, John R., "The Vibrations of Circular Plates and their Relation to Bessel Functions"--manuscript but noted as from Proceedings of the Physical Society of London, 1911

Box 3, Folder 10

Euler, Leonhard--reprint with correspondence (both in Russian), 1947

Box 3, Folder 11

Prof. Finch's speech "In Memoriam: Boris Alexandre Bakhmeteff" ca. 1951

Box 3, Folder 12

Klitchieff, J. M., "Torsion Eines I Traegers"--typescript, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 13

Malkin, I.--article and accompanying note, 1966

Box 3, Folder 14

Mehlhorn, Gerhard--dissertation with note, 1970

Box 3, Folder 15

Oravas, Gunhard--correspondence re revision of their book Strength of Materials, 1964-70

Box 3, Folder 16

Oravas, Gunhard--text for revised edition

Box 3, Folder 17

Sakadi, Zyuro, "Criticism on the Equations of Flexural Vibration of a Thin Bar"--typescript, 1920s

Box 3, Folder 18

Timoshenko, J. A.--reprint, 1968

Box 3, Folder 19

Zagustin, Elena--article (Stability of an elastic ring in a rigid cavity) and letter to Timoshenko (in Russian), 1967

Box 3, Folder 20

Discussions of Timoshenko papers (typescripts, n.d.)

Box 3, Folder 21

Miscellaneous items

Box 4, Folder 1

Newcomen Society, printed matter, 1938-39

Box 4, Folder 2

Russian items found in envelope, 1954-56

Box 4, Folder 3

Soviet scientists--clippings, 1936-44

Box 4, Folder 4

Timoshenko, Gregory--biography

Box 4, Folder 5

International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), 1938-71

Box 4, Folder 6

Scrapbook (items in Russian) with some photographs, possibly from trip to Russia in1958

Box 5, Folder 1

Certificates, honors and awards, 1928-67

Box 5, Folder 2

Certificates, honors and awards

Box 5, Folder 3

80th Birthday greetings (in Russian), 1958

Box 5, Folder 4

Passports, visas, etc. 1914-22

Box 5, Folder 5

Passports, visas, etc. 1917-26

Box 5, Folder 6

Passports, visas, etc. 1920-26 (in many languages, some may be letters)

Box 5, Folder 7

"The Approximate Solution of Two-Dimensional Problems of Elasticity" -- typescript, ca. 1920

Box 5, Folder 8

"On Stresses in a Plate with a Circular Hole"--typescript with cover letter, 1922

Box 5, Folder 9

Notes, manuscript, in Russian (?), ca. 1927

Box 5, Folder 10

Typescripts and manuscripts in Russian

Box 5, Folder 11

Kaletzky, Esther, her remarks at First International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists, June 1964

Box 5, Folder 12

Steinhardt, Jng. O., "Friedrich Engesser," 1949

Box 5, Folder 13

Grigoliouk, Edward I.--correspondence about (in English and Russian) 1965-67

Box 5, Folder 14

Letter to Timoshenko with a typescript article in Russian, 1969

Box 5, Folder 15

Pre-stressed concrete, printed materials (in French) with photographs from a construction site

Box 5, Folder 16

Golden Gate Bridge and SF Bay Bridge, materials on, 1933-34

Box 6

Timoshenko and McCullough, Elements of Strength of Materials (2nd edition)

Box 6

Timoshenko and Young, Engineering Mechanics (2nd edition)

Box 6, Folder 1

Theory of Elasticity, galleys (part 1)

Box 6, Folder 2

Theory of Elasticity, galleys (part 2)

Box 6, Folder 3

Theory of Elasticity, galleys (part 3)

Box 6, Folder 4

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--A

Note

(includes Bo Adamson and Army-Navy-Commerce Committee on Aircraft Requirements "Strength of Aircraft Elements" 1938)
Box 6, Folder 5

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--B

Note

(includes C. Bienzeno, P. G. Bordoni, N. Bogolioubov, Gh. Buzdugan, and A. Brandt)
Box 6, Folder 6

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--C-D

Note

(includes Fo-Van Chang, A. D. de Pater, W. J. Duncan, and J. Dorr)
Box 6, Folder 7

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--E

Note

(S. Eggwertz and W. Ermakoff)
Box 7, Folder 1

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--F

Note

(includes Max Frocht, O. Foppl, E. Forslind and J. M. Frankland)
Box 7, Folder 2

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--G

Note

(includes A. Grudemo, H. G. Ganev, and R. Grammel)
Box 7, Folder 3

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--H

Note

(includes M. Hetenyi, R. Hedin, and L. M. Hoskins)
Box 7, Folder 4

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--Hedberg, John ("Mechanics of Fluids" 1940)

Box 7, Folder 5

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--Junkers-Flugzeugwerk

Note

(catalogs of airplanes, in German and English)
Box 7, Folder 6

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--K

Note

(includes K. Kammuller, C. F. Kollbrunner, W. T. Koiter, and P. N. Kamenev)
Box 7, Folder 7

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--L

Note

(includes G. Lindh and E. H. Lee)
Box 7, Folder 8

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--Ma

Note

(includes J. Marin, Ch. Massonnet, and L. C. Maugh)
Box 8, Folder 1

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--Me-N

Note

(includes I. V. Mesherskii, I. E. Mouromtseff, F. Niordson, and J. Nowinski)
Box 8, Folder 2

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--O-P

Note

(includes A. E. Olivares, M. Picone, H. Pallmann, P. Pedersen, A. Pucher, and J. Podolsky)
Box 8, Folder 3

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--Popov, E. P.

Box 8, Folder 4

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--R

Note

(includes H. S. Richmond and T. G. Rogers)
Box 8, Folder 5

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--S-T

Note

(includes M. Sayir, E. Sergent, Ship Structure Committee, A. N. Sakoff, L. Tichvinsky "Notes to a Grandson," and L. Tetmajer)
Box 8, Folder 6

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--W-Z

Note

(includes booklet of papers from Seminar in Honor of Vladimir K. Zworykin held at Princeton)
Box 8, Folder 7

Reprints, articles, etc. by others--Zagustin, Elena (thesis and dissertation)

Box 9, Folder 1

Printing films of illustrations for Theory of Elasticity

Box 9, Folder 2

Illustrations for Theory of Elasticity

Box 9, Folder 3

Illustrations for book by Hetenyi [title not noted], John Wiley publisher #1

Box 9, Folder 4

Illustrations for book by Hetenyi [title not noted], John Wiley publisher #2

Box 9, Folder 5

Illustrations for book by Hetenyi [title not noted], John Wiley publisher #3

Box 9

Plaque presented by the Stanford School of Engineering to Timoshenko in honor of his contribution as a member of the faculty

Box 10

Assorted books and reprints in Russian and books by other authors

Box 11

Assorted diplomas and certificates in several languages

Box 12, Folder 1

Certificates, 1927-44

Box 12, Folder 2

Second International Congress for Applied Mechanics, program, 1926

Box 12, Folder 3

Third International Congress for Applied Mechanics, program, list of attendees, 1930

Box 12, Folder 4

Fifth International Congress for Applied Mechanics, programs, invitations, and a letter from H. M. Westergaard, 1938

Box 12, Folder 5

Letter from W. S. Rugg (Westinghouse) re position with clipping, 1927

Box 12, Folder 6

Miscellaneous items, 1866-1953

Box 12, Folder 7

Timoshenko's Ph.D. thesis (photostatic copy) 1905

Box 12, Folder 8

University of Michigan degree

Box 12, Folder 9

Book jackets (from books by Timoshenko)

Box 13, Folder 1

Bridget, F. J., C. C. Jerome and A. B. Vosseller, "Some New Experiments on Buckling of Thin Wall Construction undated

Box 13, Folder 2

Donnell, L. H., correspondence and two articles on thin-walled cylinders, 1933

Box 13, Folder 3

Durand, W. F., letter to Timoshenko with copy of letter from Admiral Cook and 3 documents regarding plans for an airplane carrier airship, 1937

Box 13, Folder 4

Photographs of Timoshenko

Box 13, Folder 5

Richardson, L. F. The Approximate Arithmetical Solution by Finite Differences of Physical Problems Involving differential Equations, with an Application to the Stresses in a Masonry Dam [reprint], 1910

Box 13, Folder 6

Saab Technical Note "Proposed program for buckling of dural and alclad sheet in the creep region," 1955

Box 13, Folder 7

Timoshenko, Theory of Bending, Torsion and Buckling of Thin-walled Members of Open Cross Section [reprint], 1945

Box 13, Folder 8

Timoshenko book in Russian, with letter (in English) from G. Pisarenko regarding events in honor of Timoshenko in the Ukraine, 1997

 

Accession ARCH-2009-093 Additional Material

Box 1, Folder 1

Acknowledgement of Gift, 1958

Box 1, Folder 2

Bibliographies

Box 1, Folder 3

Biographical articles

Box 1, Folder 4

Catalog of the Timoshenko Collection [books], first draft, 1989

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence and memos, 1966-72

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence and memos, 1982-83

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence and memos, 1984

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence and memos, 1985

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence and memos, 1986-87, 1996

Box 1, Folder 10

Floor Plan 1968

Box 1, Folder 11

Gregory Timoshenko, Letters to My Grandchildren, 1983-90

Box 1, Folder 12

Socrates List of Timoshenko books, Aug. 5, 1989

Box 1, Folder 13

Timoshenko books in Special Collections, July 23, 1993

Box 1, Folder 14

Unused book barcodes