Call Number: SC0161
Marx, Charles David, 1858-1940
Marx, Charles David,, 1857-1939.
Title: Charles David Marx papers
13 Linear feet
Language(s): The materials are in English.
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[Identification of item], Charles David Marx Papers, SC 161, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.
Charles David Marx was one of Stanford's original faculty, the Old Guard. He came to Stanford in 1891 as Professor of Civil
Engineering and taught here until his retirement in 1923. He formed close friendships with his students and was affectionately
known as Daddy Marx.
Marx was born in Ohio in 1857; during part of his youth he lived in Holland and Germany. He earned a bachelor's of civil engineering
from Cornell University in 1878, after which he returned to Germany for further study. Before joining the Cornell faculty
in 1884 he worked as an engineer on railroad and river projects in the eastern United States.
Marx's activities outside his Stanford work included serving on the Palo Alto Board of Trustees from 1896 to 1904 and 1908
to 1933; chairing the first State Water Commission after its organization in 1911; and serving as President of the American
Society of Civil Engineers. After his retirement from teaching, Marx was a consultant on many hydraulic and sanitary engineering
Marx's papers date from 1873 to 1942 and include correspondence, reports, research notes, manuscripts, drawings, financial
records, clippings, minutes, reprints, and photographs. The papers primarily relate to engineering projects in which Marx
was involved, largely dams and water systems in California, including projects at Stanford and Palo Alto. Other subjects include
his years as student and lecturer at Cornell University; his civic work; and other professional activities.
Of note are minutes, correspondence, financial records, drawings, and reports of the Committee on Arch Dam Investigation of
the Engineering Foundation, 1925-1933, which built an experimental single arch dam on the Stevenson Creek near Fresno, California;
Marx was chairman of the Committee. Other persons represented in this series include H.W. Dennis, chief construction engineer
of Southern California Edison Company, Fred A. Noetzli, construction engineer in charge of the dam, Willis A. Slater, engineer
with the US Bureau of Standards, Alfred D. Flinn, director of the Engineering Foundation, and J.L. Savage of the US Dept.
of the Interior.
The papers have been organized into the following series: I. Projects, II. Correspondence, III. Committee on Arch Dam Investigation,
IV. Writings, V. Pipes and Pipe Flow, VI. Publications and Printed Matter, VII. Consultation Files, VIII. Other Professional
Papers, and IX. Personal and Miscellaneous Papers.
Cornell University. -- General subdivision--Students.;
Dennis, H. W.
Engineering Foundation (U.S.).. Committee on Arch Dam Investigation..
Flinn, Alfred D.
Noetzli, Fred A.
Savage, J. L.
Slater, Willis A.
Stanford University. Department of Civil Engineering. -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
Dams--Design and construction.
Engineering--Study and teaching.
Palo Alto (Calif.)