Collection includes subject and reference files on earthquakes
and earthquake-resistant design; slides, photographs, and videos pertaining to
earthquakes and earthquake engineering; course files as both student and teacher;
reports and other materials on Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant; and talks, lectures, and
reprints by Blume. Some materials pertain to the career of his father, Charles A. Blume.
Items of note include US Coast and Geodetic Survey reports on California cities,
1930s-40s; photo album published by Kinnear Manufacturing on fire retardants in the San
Francisco fire of 1906; and an album of views of San Francisco, 1915.
Blume, known as the father of earthquake engineering, earned his B.S. in civil
engineering in 1933 and his engineer's degree in 1935 at Stanford University. He was a
construction engineer on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and later worked for
Standard Oil. In 1945 he established his own structural and earthquake engineering firm.
He returned to Stanford in 1964 for graduate work and earned his doctorate in civil
engineering in 1967. He died in 2002.
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