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Inventory of the Charles Derleth Papers, 1865-1952
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Series Description

Boxes 1-9

Golden Gate Bridge, 1918-1952

 

Engineering, 1929-1945

Scope and Content Note

Bridge structure, foundations, design, materials, model studies, etc.
 

Geological Studies, 1931-1937

Scope and Content Note

Geology of foundations, earthquake vibration, etc.
 

Miscellaneous, 1924-1952

Scope and Content Note

Contracts, insurance, approaches, toll plaza, traffic, lighting and color, rapid transit, costs, engineers' reports, accidents, etc.
 

Photographs and Prints, 1929-1939

 

Ephemera, 1918-1941

Scope and Content Note

Speeches, published articles, brochures, promotional literature, news clippings, etc.
Boxes 9-10

Carquinez Bridge, 1920-1937

Scope and Content Note

See also Oversize Photographs (albums 101:1-4).
Boxes 11-13

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1916-1937

Scope and Content Note

See also Oversize Photographs (albums 102:1-2).
Box 14

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, 1925-1937

Box 15

Masonry Structures, 1914-1938

Scope and Content Note

Various types of dams: earth dams, rock fill dams, arch dams, etc. Specific dams include Bonneville Dam, Lafayette Dam, Strawberry Dam, Bowman Dam, Hodges Dam, and Lake Eleanor Dam.
Boxes 16-17

Arch Dam Investigation, 1914-1933

Scope and Content Note

Committee formed to improve the practice of the design and construction of arch and multiple arch dams. Specific dams studied include Stevenson Creek Test Dam and Emigrant Creek Dam.
Boxes 17-18

Spring Valley Water Company, 1865-1930

Scope and Content Note

Includes studies of the Calaveras Dam.
Box 18

Antioch-Sherman Island Bridge, 1922-1930

Boxes 18-19

Miscellaneous, 1903-1934

Scope and Content Note

Files on the Hetch Hetchy Project (O'Shaughnessy Dam), foundations, waterworks, Markham Bridge (Russian River), and Lake Spaulding Dam.
 

Oversize Materials

Boxes 20-25

Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Bound albums containing construction photographs of the Carquinez Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and others.
 

Miscellaneous

Scope and Content Note

Chiefly oversize newspaper clippings transferred from other parts of the collection.

Container List

 

Golden Gate Bridge, 1918-1952

 

Engineering, 1929-1945

Box Box 1, Folder 1

Models, 1931-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with George E. Beggs (Princeton University), C. E. Paine, and others concerning the tower models of Golden Gate Bridge. Includes photographs.
Folder 2

Foundations, 1929-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with H. Ries (New York) and members of the Board of Engineers; engineering reports and specifications for the bridge piers. Partial contents: Special report on change of construction method of south pier, by Joseph B. Strauss; Memorandum of piers, Golden Gate Bridge, by Leon S. Moisseiff; Contract for the land and water test borings at the sites of the main piers and anchorages of the Golden Gate Bridge between Fort Point and Lime Point , by Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District.
Folder 3

Consulting Board of Engineers - records, 1930-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Minutes, reports, and correspondence of the Consulting Board of Engineers of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District.
Folder 4

Cables, 1931-1936.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between the Consulting Board of Engineers and John A. Roebling's Sons Company (cable contractors).
Folder 5

Pacific Bridge Company, 1934-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Derleth and the Pacific Bridge Company, contractor, regarding drawings for pier fenders.
Folder 6

Bronze, 1930-1931.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Derleth and American Manganese Bronze Company, with accompanying data.
Box Box 2, Folder 7

Fender model - Kuss, 1934.

Scope and Content Note

Description of test on model of the fender surrounding the San Francisco main pier of the Golden Gate Bridge. Includes photographs.
Folder 8

Ellis theory, 1930-1933.

Scope and Content Note

Article by C. A. Ellis (Sept. 1930) and correspondence between him and Consulting Engineers, Derleth, Leon S. Moisseiff and others, concerning controversy over tower structure.
Folder 9

Design and specifications, 1933.

Scope and Content Note

Reports on piers, towers, and anchorages by Leon S. Moisseiff, and related data regarding Golden Gate Bridge.
Folder 10

Wind tunnel tests, 1941 Mar. 15.

Scope and Content Note

Report on wind tunnel tests of Golden Gate Bridge model. Prepared by Elliott G. Reid,Stanford University. Includes photographs.
Folder 11

Stability studies, 1941.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between the Consulting Engineers, Russell G. Cone,Glenn B. Woodruff, and others concerning aerodynamic tests of bridge models and the possible effects of winds on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Folder 12

Tower travelers - A. F. McLane, 1935.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and related data from A. F. McLane of McClintic-Marshall Corporation, regarding scaffolding and tower travelers.
Folder 13

A. F. McLane, 1936-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to and from A. F. McLane regarding progress of work by Bethlehem Steel, interference with the work of Pacific Bridge Company and clearances for navigation under the bridge.
Folder 14

Lightweight aggregates, 1928-1931.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and data pertaining to Haydite and other lightweight aggregates.
Folder 15

Marin abutment extension, 1936-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, estimates and blueprints regarding Golden Gate Bridge abutment extension.
Folder 16

Golden Gate Bridge main steel structure, 1937 Mar.

Scope and Content Note

Report by Herbert J. Baker, Chief Inspecting Engineer, Golden Gate Highway and Bridge District, on quality of materials and shop workmanship. Includes photographs.
Folder 17

Wire for the cable for the Golden Gate Bridge, 1935 June 12.

Scope and Content Note

Report by A. E. White, concerns quality of galvanizing and cracks found in surfaces of wire.
Box Box 3, Folder 18

Golden Gate Bridge structure blueprints, 1931-1935.

Scope and Content Note

27 blueprints of the Golden Gate Bridge structure abutments and approaches, by Strauss Engineering Corporation.
Folder 19

Tower construction, 1932 Nov.

Scope and Content Note

Blueprints of structural details and correspondence from McClintic-Marshall Corporation relating to procedure of fabrication of Golden Gate Bridge tower segments.
Folder 20

Civil Engineering 113 - notes, 1938.

Scope and Content Note

Published articles and negatives used for Derleth's CE 113 (University of California, Riverside) class lectures. Partial contents: Bombing out subaqueous rock at Golden Gate Bridge pier; Battling storm and tide in founding Golden Gate pier, by Russell G. Cone; Tidal currents of Golden Gate create hazard in fender and pier construction, by Fred W. Crocker.
Folder 21

Inspection re Strauss contract, 1931-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda and legal briefs concerning the contract of Chief Engineer Joseph B. Strauss and responsibility for cost of inspection of work on the Golden Gate Bridge.
 

Geological Studies, 1931-1937

Box Box 3, Folder 22

Geology - Willis correspondence, 1934-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda and transcripts of a meeting concerning Prof. Bailey Willis' criticism of the south pier foundation. (Willis was Professor Emeritus of Geology, Stanford University.)
Folder 23

Geology - Willis reports, 1934-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Contains two reports by Prof. Bailey Willis on the geology of south pier foundation of the Golden Gate Bridge. With accompanying correspondence and comments.
Box Box 4, Folder 24

Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District. Investigation of criticism of foundation by Dr. Bailey Willis, 1934 Nov. 27.

Scope and Content Note

Report of the Building Committee to the Board of Directors, addressing Willis' criticism of the south pier foundation.
Folder 25

Geology - general, 1931-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Reports, data and correspondence concerning the geology of foundations of the Golden Gate Bridge. Includes Foundations of the Golden Gate Bridge: the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District, by A.E. Sedgwick, Consulting Geologist (Feb. 1931). Also includes minutes of a meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors concerning the south pier site (June 17, 1931).
Folder 26

Earthquake vibration, 1935-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Contains advance copy of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, California Seismological Program vibration report of the Golden Gate Bridge (1935) and other data.
 

Miscellaneous, 1924-1952

Box Box 4, Folder 27

Charles Derleth, Jr., contracts and payments, 1929-1931.

Scope and Content Note

Contract and correspondence with the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District concerning payment for services as consulting engineer.
Folder 28

Contracts, 1929-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Contains brief concerning inspection and extra charges, and other information concerning contract and work of Joseph B. Strauss; and supporting materials pertaining to the suit between Strauss and the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District in the matter of field inspection.
Folder 29

Insurance, 1931-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Description of the principal features and insurable risks of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Folder 30

Records and bills, 1924-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes by Derleth giving a chronological account of his activities on behalf of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Folder 31

Floors, 1936.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and blueprints regarding specifications for the bridge flooring. Correspondents include Leon S. Moisseiff,O. H. Ammann and C. E. Paine.
Folder 32

Approaches, 1932-1936.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, reports, and plans regarding the northern and southern approaches to the Golden Gate Bridge. Includes conceptual drawings by artist Chesley Bonestell.
Folder 33

Toll plaza, 1932-1936.

Scope and Content Note

Blueprints and conceptual drawings of proposed toll plaza construction.
Folder 34

Toll plaza, 1931-1939.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Joseph B. Strauss, the Consulting Engineers, the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District, and others regarding the design of the toll booths and plaza.
Folder 35

Traffic, 1931-1939.

Scope and Content Note

Articles, correspondence, and Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District's traffic records. Partial contents: Memorandum on traffic and tolls; Special report on proposed toll rates, estimated fund requirements, expenditure budget, operating basis; Sacramento Valley traffic as a potential source of Golden Gate Bridge revenue; Increasing the vehicular capacity of Manhattan's Bridges, by Edward A. Byrne; Traffic control booth for Golden Gate Bridge.
Box Box 5, Folder 36

Lighting and color, 1934-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Report by Morrow and Morrow, Architects, on color and lighting of the Golden Gate Bridge (April 1935), as well as correspondence and drawings.
Folder 37

Rapid transit, 1934-1936.

Scope and Content Note

Reports by Lester S. Ready (on interurban passenger bus service via Golden Gate Bridge between San Francisco and Marin County) and Joseph B. Strauss (on rapid transit over the Golden Gate Bridge, December 1934). Also includes pamphlets and later reports.
Folder 38

Rapid transit, 1934-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between the Consulting Engineers, Joseph B. Strauss, and the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District regarding various rapid transit proposals for San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Includes news clippings and data.
Folder 39

Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District organization, 1930-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Organizational charts of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District and related correspondence.
Folder 40

Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Suggestions for lighting the proposed Golden Gate Bridge and adjacent highways at San Francisco, California, 1930 Dec. 29.

Scope and Content Note

Report submitted to the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District.
Folder 41

Costs, 1930-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, and data relating to costs of construction, income, issuing of bonds, and awarding of construction contracts. Partial contents: The proposed Golden Gate Bridge, by San Francisco Bureau of Governmental Research (1928); Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District, California, by Blyth & Co., Inc. (1935).
Folder 42

U.S. War Department, 1924-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Includes document dated October 27, 1930 signed by F.H. Payne, Asst. Secretary of War, concerning the extension of public roads across military installations. Also includes maps and drawings of proposed bridge.
Folder 43

Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District. The Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, California. San Francisco, 1930 Aug. 27.

Physical Description: 2 v.

Scope and Content Note

Vol. I: Report to the Chief Engineer with architectural studies and results of the fact-finding investigation conducted by the Board of Directors (Presentation copy to the University of California, signed by Joseph B. Strauss) -- Vol. II: Traffic analysis and report of the Traffic Engineer to accompany report of the Chief Engineer. Includes photographs.
Box Box 6, Folder 44

Strauss, Joseph B. The Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, California : synopsis of the report of the Chief Engineer, with summary sheets and addenda , [1930?].

Folder 45

Taylor, Sydney W. The Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco : report of the Traffic Engineer. San Francisco : Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District, 1935 Sept.

Scope and Content Note

Report on the conditions affecting traffic, which would or might use the bridge, commissioned by the Board in February 1935.
Folder 46

Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District annual reports, 1937-1952.

Physical Description: 12 v.

Scope and Content Note

First 11 reports covering years 1937/38 to 1947/48; also 15th annual report for 1951-1952.
Folder 47

Golden Gate Bridge tragedy, 1937.

Scope and Content Note

News clippings, articles, reports, and correspondence on the failure of the scaffolding under the Golden Gate Bridge floor, February 17, 1937. Includes: Special report on accident to stripping platform (March 17, 1937). Newspaper clippings moved to Oversize Materials.
 

Photographs and Prints, 1929-1939

Box Box 6, Folder 48-1

Construction of the piers, towers, anchorages, etc., 1935-1936.

Physical Description: 6 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs given to Derleth by George F. Douglas of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District.
Folder 48-2

Construction of pylons, cable anchorages, towers, the saddle, catwalks, etc., 1929-1939.

Physical Description: 48 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs by Fred Mae,S. C. Long, C. M. Kurtz, etc.
Folder 48-3

Cable, pneumatic caisson, Marin anchorage, piers, etc., 1929-1936.

Physical Description: 39 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs by Gabriel Moulin.
Folder 48-4

Photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge, 1934-1937.

Physical Description: 69 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs by Ted Huggins,Standard Oil Company.
Folder 48-5

Diamond drill boring, steel sections and partial assemblies built by McClintic-Marshall Corporation, etc., 1930-1937.

Physical Description: 24 photographs + 3 sheets of negatives.
Folder 48-6

Prints and postcards, 1931-1937.

Physical Description: 23 prints + 13 col. postcards.

Scope and Content Note

Prints by Associated Oil Company,Strauss Engineering Corporation, etc.
 

Ephemera, 1918-1941

Box Box 7, Folder 49-1

Miscellaneous, 1930-1936.

Scope and Content Note

Greeting cards, stationary of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District; menu from Golden Gate Bridge Celebration Banquet, February 25, 1933; political material in support of Proposition 37 and building the bridge, etc.
Folder 49-2

Speeches, 1930-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Includes: Transcript of Derleth's remarks made October 16, 1930 before the Commonwealth Club of California; dedication speech by Joseph B. Strauss, delivered February 25, 1933 at the banquet commemorating the ground-breaking ceremonies; Greater San Francisco, by Charles Derleth, delivered September 21, 1933 before the Down Town Association of San Francisco; Golden Gate Bridge Dedication Address, by Francis V. Keesling, delivered May 28, 1937, Crissy Field, San Francisco.
Folder 49-3

Magazine articles, 1930-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Published in non-technical magazines, about Joseph B. Strauss and the building the Golden Gate Bridge. Some items moved to Oversize Materials.
Folder 49-4

Newspaper articles, 1929-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Full page articles, special features, etc., on the construction of Golden Gate Bridge. Most items moved to Oversize Materials.
Folder 49-5

Journal articles, 1930-1939.

Scope and Content Note

Articles from technical and trade journals on Golden Gate Bridge construction. Includes selections from Engineering News-Record, Compressed Air Magazine, Western Construction News, and California Engineer.
Folder 49-6

Brochures and broadsides by commercial interests relating to the Golden Gate Bridge, 1929-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Includes publications of Associated Oil Company,Peterson's Water Taxis,Bethlehem Steel Company,Standard Oil Company,Strauss Engineering Corporation, ( Bridges by Strauss, 1929), and Redwood Empire Association.
Folder 49-7

Miscellaneous publications, 1921-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Pamphlets, brochures, etc., with studies, descriptions, and history of the Golden Gate Bridge. Partial contents: Bridging "the Golden Gate," by Joseph B. Strauss and M.M. O'Shaughnessy (1921); The Proposed Golden Gate Bridge ( The City, v. 7:2, January 25, 1928); The Golden Gate Bridge ( Transactions of the Commonwealth Club of California, v. 25:9, December 2, 1930); The Golden Gate Bridge:History & Principal Characteristics, published by Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions, 1933-1934); The Golden Gate Bridge: A Technical Description in Ordinary Language, by E. Cromwell Mensch (1935). Also includes a typescript bibliography.
Box Box 8, Folder 50

Golden Gate Bridge clippings files, 1918-1941

Scope and Content Note

Vols. I-[VII] culled from original vols. 1 to 38. Vol. [VI], original vols. 29-37, is located in The Bancroft Library (BANC MSS C-B 717). Folders also contain some correspondence and data. Note: There is no folder marked 50-6.
Folder 50-1

Golden Gate Bridge, 1918 - 1930 June.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings and correspondence regarding Derleth's appointment as a consulting engineer; Derleth's comments on the contract of the Chief Engineer; the policy of the U.S. War Department regarding the Golden Gate crossing; geological reports by A. C. Lawson, and the Report of Chief Engineer, February 19, 1930 to March 12, 1930; reports on borings, traffic and construction progress.
Folder 50-2

Golden Gate Bridge, 1930 July - 3 Nov.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings and correspondence regarding clearance and estimates of construction costs; Statement relative to clearances, by Joseph B. Strauss; synopsis of the report of the chief engineer with summary sheets and addenda.
Folder 50-3

Golden Gate Bridge, 1930 Nov. 4 - 1931.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings and correspondence regarding the Golden Gate Bridge bond issue, the geologic studies and discussion of the foundations of the piers; progress reports made by Chief Engineer Strauss to the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District; minutes from several meetings of the Engineering Board; approval of the Report of Triangulation by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; and recommendations by the Board of Engineers on the bids received for the construction operations.
Folder 50-4

Golden Gate Bridge, 1932-1933.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings and correspondence regarding the ground-breaking ceremonies, the beginning of construction and financing of bridge costs; construction of the fender of the south pier, etc.
Folder 50-5

Golden Gate Bridge, 1934-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings documenting various stages of construction and financing of bridge costs; diagram of the additional excavation done for the south pier; report on the results of the official soundings taken around the outside of the fender; report on pressure tests of foundation rocks.
Folder 50-7

Golden Gate Bridge, 1938-1941.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, correspondence, and miscellany regarding the dismissal of Russell G. Cone, Chief Engineer; the monument to Joseph B. Strauss; the studies conducted to test bridge action in high winds; photographs of Charles Derleth, Jr. on the bridge; detail of contracts for the construction of the bridge, etc.
Box Box 9, Folder 51

Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta and Golden Gate International Exposition, 1936-1937.

Physical Description: 4 folders.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, announcements, correspondence, articles, reports, etc.
 

Carquinez Bridge, 1920-1937

Scope and Content Note

See also Oversize Photographs (101).
Box Box 9, Folder 52

War Department permits, 1920-1927.

Physical Description: 5 folders.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and permits from the U. S. War Department for work on the Carquinez Strait Bridge, concerning fenders, rock fill, lights and signals, etc.
Box Box 10, Folder 53

Carquinez Bridge right of way, 1924.

Scope and Content Note

Right of way agreement between American Toll Bridge Company and Southern Pacific Railroad Company, with accompanying blueprints.
Folder 54

San Francisco Transit Company, 1922-1923.

Scope and Content Note

San Francisco Transit Company's statements regarding the Rodeo-Vallejo Ferry Company's application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a bridge over the Carquinez Strait, and the Rodeo-Vallejo Ferry Company's reply.
Folder 55

Geology, 1923.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Report on the geological considerations relating to the Carquinez Bridge project at Valona, California, by A. Werner Lawson, Geologist, and other data concerning the geology of the area.
Folder 56

Miscellaneous, 1922-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Includes bills for services of Charles Derleth; correspondence concerning the building of the bridge; log sheets kept by Derleth between 1922 and 1931; letterhead samples of American Toll Bridge Company and Rodeo-Vallejo Ferry Company.
Folder 57

Derleth, Charles. Carquinez Bridge, American Toll Bridge Company : history of construction period, September 1922 to February 1931, 1937 Dec. 11.

Scope and Content Note

Report submitted to California Railroad Commission (Case no. 4259), San Francisco.
Folder 58

Cory, C. L. Report upon the proposed construction of the Carquinez Strait Bridge and the Antioch-Sherman Island Bridge by the American Toll Bridge Company , 1924 May.

Scope and Content Note

Includes balance sheets and correspondence of American Toll Bridge Company and J.G. Little & Company.
Folder 59

Carquinez Bridge records - War Department, early survey, 1922-1923.

Scope and Content Note

Includes records of public hearings on application of Rodeo-Vallejo Ferry Company to build a bridge across Carquinez Strait; biography of William H. Burr; ship clearance data; surveys of the Carquinez Strait; description of land required for franchise of Rodeo-Vallejo Ferry Company's Carquinez Strait Bridge at north bridge head.
Folder 60

Derleth, Charles. Statement by C. Derleth, Jr., Chief Engineer, Carquinez Highway Bridge on site, highway connections and costs for bridging Carquinez Strait , 1924 Dec. 27.

Scope and Content Note

Addressed to Aven J. Hanford, President, American Toll Bridge Company.
Folder 61

Lighthouse service, 1926-1929.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with H.W. Rhodes, Superintendent of Lighthouses, Dept. of Commerce, San Francisco, concerning fog signals, lights, etc.
Folder 62

Photographs and miscellaneous materials, 1923-1929.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs showing the Carquinez Bridge at various stages of construction; Christmas card from D.B. Steinman, Designing and Consulting Engineer; informational brochures about the bridge, including America's Greatest Highway Bridge, published by American Toll-Bridge Company (1923) and Carquinez Strait Bridge, published by Carquinez Bridge Company (1923?). See also Oversize Photographs (101).
Folder 63

Bibliography, 1923-1927.

Scope and Content Note

Bibliographical information about the Carquinez Bridge and others.
 

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1916-1937

Scope and Content Note

See also Oversize Photographs (102).
Box Box 11, Folder 64

Port of Oakland - Transbay bridge, 1930-1931.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and data on proposed bridge and Derleth's position as consulting engineer, with special concern to protect shipping interests of the Port of Oakland. Includes summaries of Port activities by Ralph T. Fisher, President of the Board of Port Commissioners, log kept by Derleth, data concerning navigation clearance and borings for the foundations of the bridge.
Folder 65

Port of Oakland - San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1930-1933.

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous correspondence and reports concerning the proposed bridge. Includes blueprints of several designs for the proposed bridge and bibliography of materials regarding deep foundation cylinders and cylinder piles.
Folder 66

Garrison, Walter E. Report on proposed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1932 Aug. 22.

Scope and Content Note

Submitted to the California Toll Bridge Authority by Garrison, Director, State Department of Public Works. "Presents salient features of proposed Bridge, supporting its commercial necessity and engineering feasibility, and establishing its financial integrity."
Box Box 12, Folder 67

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge clippings files, 1916-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, correspondence and miscellaneous materials pertaining to bridge construction.
Folder 67-1

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1916-1931.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials on the creation of the California Toll Bridge Authority and Hoover-Young San Francisco Bay Bridge Commission; test borings and preliminary surveys; Hoover-Young Commission hearings to determine most feasible transbay route; Congressional approval of a bill authorizing construction; span length and clearance increase to meet demands of the Commissioners of the Port of Oakland; the bridge route approved by War Department; President Hoover's signing of bridge bill; State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of bridge legislation; financing of bridge costs; letting of test boring contracts; studies to determine potential stresses on bridge, etc.
Folder 67-2

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1932-1933.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials on various structural design proposals, detailed plans and specifications for the entire project approved by the Board of Consulting Engineers; notes from several meetings of the New York members of Board of Consulting Engineers regarding foundation problems; loan secured from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation; bridge made part of State highway system; receipt of bids and letting of contracts for construction of East Bay superstructure; launching of caissons; International Exposition proposal; earthquake report by Derleth and H. J. Brunnier; and a report on the proposed changes in anchorage bars, cable strands and shoes, saddle fillers, etc., by Leon S. Mosseiff.
Folder 67-3

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1933-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials on construction of caissons, piers, cable anchorages, and towers; saddle placement; dredging operations; tunnel excavation and boring of cable tunnels on Yerba Buena Island; location and design proposals for the approaches to the bridge; the proposed toll; walkout and strike by bridge workers; planning of International Exposition; design of interurban electric train service operating across the bridge and the elevated terminal structure; biography of Charles Henry Purcell, Chief Engineer; correspondence between Leon S. Moisseiff and Derleth, Consulting Engineers, and Charles Henry Purcell regarding Moisseiff's check on the computations for the design of the bridge and on the loading and stresses on stiffening trusses.
Folder 67-4

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1934-1935.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials on progress in the construction of various portions of the bridge; Reconstruction Finance Corporation loan for the construction of terminals; approaches, etc. for the interurban electric train service operating across the bridge; color bridge to be painted; high death and injury rate; composition, construction, and spinning of cables, catwalks, etc.
Folder 67-5

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1935-1936.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials on progress in construction of various portions of the bridge including the approaches, viaducts, underpasses, etc.; raising of deck steel; bridge cable anchored to Yerba Buena Island; fender fires Pier E-3; provisions of Reconstruction Finance Corporation's loan to California Toll Bridge Authority for construction and operation of bridge railway; bridge railway rights granted to the Southern Pacific Company and Key System Transit Line by the State Railroad Commission; formation of the Interurban Electric Railway Company by the Southern Pacific Company; a pamphlet by the Associated Oil Company, ( Spinning the cables, 1935), etc.
Folder 67-6

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1936-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials on installation of electric facilities; completion of the bridge; dedication ceremonies; highway between Oakland's outer harbor and the Bay Bridge proposed; construction of interurban railroad, etc.
Box Box 13, Folder 68

Bay Bridge Consulting Board, 1931-1936.

Scope and Content Note

Includes minutes of the 1st through 15th sessions of the Consulting Board (13th and 14th sessions lacking). Also includes a chronology of events related to the construction of the bridge.
Folder 68-1

First session, 1931 Oct. 5-9.

Scope and Content Note

Facilities required on the bridge, the San Francisco and East Bay approaches. Resolutions adopted regarding the design of the bridge structure, etc.
Folder 68-2

Second session, 1932 Jan. 25-30.

Scope and Content Note

Outlining the requirements describing briefly different studies, and estimating costs for each section of the bridge structures.
Folder 68-3

Third session, 1932 Apr. 18-23.

Scope and Content Note

Statements and discussion regarding results of various tests, pile loading, earthquake forces, construction and payment schedules, East and West Bay substructures; statement by Leon S. Moisseiff, Consulting Engineer, regarding possible effects of an earthquake; report on the layout and design of the East Bay Crossing by Glenn B. Woodruff, Engineer of Design.
Folder 68-5

Fifth session, 1933 Jan. 23-27,

Scope and Content Note

Board discussion of the design of the upper deck floor slab, grouting operations at the west end of the tunnel, and construction of the mole north of the Key Route Mole; the Reconstruction Finance Corporation negotiations; insurance contracts; the state of various of the construction contracts. Appendix II describes the design of the West Bay superstructure.
Folder 68-6

Sixth session, 1933 May 23-26.

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of the design of the cofferdam and bracing for Pier 2 and for the pile piers and fire-proofing of the spans is reported on in some detail in the minutes. Appendix I contains correspondence with Transbay Construction Company regarding Contract No. 2, West Bay superstructure. Including a resume of the bids taken, contracts awarded, contract prices and the activities being carried out under the various contracts, etc.
Folder 68-7

Seventh session, 1933 Aug. 7-9.

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of possible caisson oscillation due to ground swell or harmonic wave; earthquake stresses on the span adjacent to Bent E-9; the panels to the tunnel on Yerba Buena Island; construction progress; design problems on various of the contracts; hydraulics of the West Bay piers; model analysis of Suspension Tower No.2, etc.
Folder 68-8

Eighth session, 1933 Nov. 6-8.

Scope and Content Note

Progress on the construction of the bridge and design and construction problems.
Folder 68-9

Ninth session, 1934 Feb. 19-20; tenth session, 1934 May 9-10.

Scope and Content Note

Ninth Session: discussion of design problems on contracts for the San Francisco anchorage, the Yerba Buena crossing, and the superstructure of the East Bay crossing. Tenth Session: Progress of construction and tests on riveted tension on members and their connections.
Folder 68-10

Eleventh, twelfth, fifteenth and sixteenth sessions, 1934 Aug. - 1936 Nov.

Scope and Content Note

Fifteenth Session: Report in brief the Board's discussion of the effect paving operations would have on unbalanced pull on the center anchorage, cable wrapping, and foundation settlement at bent 37.
Folder 69

California Toll Bridge Authority, 1932.

Scope and Content Note

Copy of bond agreement, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge with Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
Folder 70

Pacific American Steamship Association;Shipowners' Association of the Pacific Coast;Waterfront Employers' Union, 1928.

Scope and Content Note

A survey of proposed bridge legislation for San Francisco Bay, presented to the Seventieth Congress. Gives policy of the War Department in regard to crossing of San Francisco Bay, and plans by various groups for a San Francisco-East Bay bridge.
 

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, 1925-1937

Box Box 14, Folder 71

U.S. War Department permit applications, 1925-1930.

Scope and Content Note

Applications by Oscar Klatt for a permit to construct the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Includes six revisions of application, with the sixth being approved in February 1930.
Folder 72

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge clippings files, 1926-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, clippings, data, etc., concerning the proposed bridge.
Folder 72-1

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, 1926-1927.

Scope and Content Note

Includes: Initial survey of shore lines and topography, soundings, and traffic studies; certificate of incorporation of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Inc., Roy O. Long, President, and Charles Derleth, Jr., Chief Engineer; preliminary designs for the bridge, cost estimates, and discussion of its location; contesting applicants to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors for a franchise to build the bridge, specifically, Richmond-San Rafael Ferry Company,Charles Van Damme, President; Board hearings.
Folder 72-2

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, 1928.

Scope and Content Note

Includes: Application to U.S. War Department for permission to construct the bridge; franchise to construct the bridge awarded to Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Inc., by Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors; merger of the interests of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, Inc., to be represented by Oscar Klatt, President, American Toll Bridge Company; franchise granted to Oscar Klatt by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
Folder 72-3

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, 1929-1930.

Scope and Content Note

Includes: Permission to construct a bridge between Belvedere and Sausalito over Richardson Bay issued to T. A. Tomasini by the U.S. War Department; the objections of local shipping interests to the proposed design for the Richardson Bridge and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge; permit to construct the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge issued by the U.S. War Department to the American Toll Bridge Company after revision of bridge design; Oscar Klatt's unsuccessful attempts to finance the purchase of the Richmond-San Rafael Ferry Company; the death of Charles Van Damme; discussion of bridge design, building materials and earthquake requirements.
Folder 72-4

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, 1931-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Includes: The automatic transfer to the Richmond-San Rafael Ferry Company on Jan. 15, 1931 of the franchise originally issued by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to Oscar Klatt of the American Toll Bridge Company; the inability of the Richmond-San Rafael Ferry Company to obtain financing of bridge construction; the survey of the bridge site by Joseph B. Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, October 1937.
Folder 73

Nordlund, T. G. Proposed highway from Point Richmond to Point Orient to connect traffic between the East Bay and the proposed San Rafael Bridge, 1930 July 23.

Scope and Content Note

Includes maps, drawings, photographs with commentary, and tables.
Folder 74

Taylor, Sydney W. Effect of the competition of proposed Bay bridges on the San Francisco Bay auto ferry services, 1931 Dec. 30.

Scope and Content Note

Traffic engineer Taylor's analysis that the proposed Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges would not have a serious financial impact on the San Francisco Bay auto ferry companies.
 

Masonry Structures, 1914-1938

Box Box 15, Folder 75

Civil Engineering 112 - notes, 1914.

Scope and Content Note

Notes compiled by Charles Gilman Hyde for his CE 112 class (University of California, Riverside), relating to the design of high masonry dams of the gravity type.
Folder 76

Bonneville Dam, 1934-1938.

Scope and Content Note

Articles, correspondence, photographs, plans and reports regarding various aspects of this dam on the Columbia River. Partial contents: Bonneville power, navigation project on the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington, under construction by the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army; Fish protection at Bonneville Dam. Includes photographs.
Folder 77

Earth dams, 1928-1938.

Scope and Content Note

Articles and photographs regarding various earth dams. Includes photographs of Lafayette Dam failure of September 1928. Includes: Selection of materials for rolled-fill earth dams, by Charles H. Lee.
Folder 78

Rock fill dams, 1915-1932.

Scope and Content Note

Articles and photographs regarding the construction methods, design and materials used in the construction of various rock fill dams. Includes photographs and drawings of Strawberry Dam (Sierra and San Francisco Power Company) and Bowman Dam (Nevada Irrigation District; photos from F. H. Tibbetts).
Folder 79

Exchequer Dam, Merced River, 1925-1926.

Scope and Content Note

32 photographs of the dam at various stages in construction and at completion. Photos given to Derleth by Bent Brothers, Inc., contractors, Exchequer Dam. Some photos taken by Gabriel Moulin.
Folder 80

Lake Hodges Dam, San Diego County, 1920-1922.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Derleth's report to J. B. Lippincott concerning safety of cracks in the buttresses of Lake Hodges Dam, the stability of the dam and his recommendations, with accompanying data and photographs. Also contains data on Murray Dam.
Folder 81

Lake Hodges Dam, San Diego County, 1922-1923.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Derleth's report to J. B. Lippincott (Nov. 26, 1923) giving additional recommendations for maintenance and repair of Lake Hodges Dam. Correspondence, data, tables, and miscellany concerning Derleth's, study with reference to Murray Dam and the proposed Little Rock Dam, and a table comparing various aspects of existing multiple arch dams.
Folder 82

Lake Hodges Dam, San Diego County, 1923-1937.

Scope and Content Note

Articles and data concerning Hodges Dam. Copies of the reports of Consulting Board on Lake Hodges Dam, by the California Division of Water Resources. Also contains a bibliography of articles on multiple arch dams, compiled by Derleth in 1923.
Folder 83

Lake Eleanor Dam, 1917-1933.

Scope and Content Note

Includes memorandum of examination of Eleanor Dam by M. M. O'Shaughnessy (1922), and correspondence between Derleth and O'Shaughnessy regarding cracks found on the dam. Also selected articles and data and article by R. P. McIntosh on Lake Eleanor Dam (1917-1919). See also Folder 94.
 

Arch Dam Investigation, 1914-1933

Box Box 16, Folder 84

Engineering Foundation (U.S.) Committee on Arch Dam Investigation, 1925-1933.

Scope and Content Note

Data correspondence, and reports of the committee formed to improve practice of design and construction of arch and multiple arch dams. Special attention paid to Stevenson Creek Test Dam (Southern California Edison Company). Also includes articles, newspaper clippings, and photographs. (Derleth was a member, and sometimes chairman, of the committee.)
Box Box 17, Folder 85

Davis, Raymond E. Report to members of Committee on Arch Dam Investigation, Engineering Foundation, on progress on preliminary laboratory experiments on concrete, which has a bearing on the arch dam investigations , 1926 July 1.

Scope and Content Note

Report on tests conducted at the Civil Engineering Testing Laboratories, University of California, Riverside, under Deleth's direction.
Folder 86

Davis, Raymond E. Report of tests on concrete being made in connection with tests on Stevenson Creek Test Dam, 1927 Jan. 5.

Scope and Content Note

Report on tests conducted at the Materials Testing Laboratory, University of California, Riverside.
Folder 87

Slater, Willis A. Report of test of Stevenson Creek Dam, 1927 July.

Scope and Content Note

With accompanying drafts and photographs. (Slater was Chief, Masonry Construction Section, Bureau of Standards.) Partial contents: Arch dams, an experimental investigation, preliminary report, by Engineering Foundation, Committee on Arch Dam Investigation; Financing and constructing experimental dam, by H. W. Dennis; Progress report on concrete testing being conducted by the Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of California, Riverside, by G. E. Troxel (1927).
Folder 88

Committee on Arch Dam Investigation prints, 1914-1925

Scope and Content Note

Drawings, maps, diagrams, and blueprints relating to Stevenson Creek Test Dam and such associated projects as the Hetch Hetchy Project, Big Creek power development, and Clear Creek Dam.
Folder 88a

Noetzli, Fred A., and S. M. Cotton. Report on investigation of Emigrant Creek Dam of Talent Irrigation District, Talent, Oregon, 1929 Feb.

Scope and Content Note

Submitted to the Committee on Arch Dam Investigation and the Sub-Committee on Emigrant Creek Dam.
 

Spring Valley Water Company, 1865-1930

Box Box 17, Folder 89

Calaveras Dam, 1865-1909.

Scope and Content Note

Table of average daily water consumption for the Spring Valley Water Company from the years 1865 to 1909; photographs of the Pilarcitos Dam and Crystal Springs Dam; report by A. R. Mackenzie on the failure of the Necaxa Hydraulic Fill Dam, near Mexico City (this dam constructed in similar fashion to proposed Calaveras Dam).
Folder 90

Calaveras Dam, 1913-1918.

Scope and Content Note

Various reports, data, and photographs regarding the design and construction of proposed dam. Partial contents: Report on the proposed Calaveras Dam, by William Mulholland; Report on design of reinforced concrete outlet tower for Calaveras Dam, by A. V. Saph; Report on Calaveras gate tower, by Charles Derleth, Jr.; Letter report by G. A. Elliott on material for the completion of the Calaveras Dam; Report on the Calaveras Dam, by Leonard Metcalf.
Box Box 18, Folder 91

Calaveras Dam, 1918-1930.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, data, and correspondence between Derleth and G. A. Elliott, Chief Engineer, Spring Valley Water Company, regarding the progress achieved in construction, clay core trench-work, and stability of embankments, etc.; graphic representation of results of a hydrographic survey and of borings and test piles. Partial contents: Hydraulic-fill dams, by Allen Hazen (1920); The Spring Valley water system under city management ( The City, v. 10:1, February 27, 1930).
Folder 92

Calaveras Dam, 1918.

Scope and Content Note

Accounts of Derleth's service to the Spring Valley Water Company; a rough bibliography of materials treating the Calaveras Dam and subjects related to hydraulic-fill dams; data and correspondence relating to various aspects of design and construction of the Dam; Derleth's general notes providing a chronology of the events relating to construction of the dam, May-August 1918.
 

Antioch-Sherman Island Bridge, 1922-1930

Box Box 18, Folder 93

Antioch-Sherman Island Bridge, 1922-1930.

Scope and Content Note

Records of soundings, photographs, maps and specifications for the bridge across the San Joaquin River, built by the American Toll Bridge Corporation and Delta Bridge Corporation.
Folder 93-1

Antioch-Sherman Island Bridge : specifications for constructing a steel and reinforced concrete bridge across the San Joaquin River about three miles east of Antioch, California for the American Toll Bridge Company and Delta Bridge Corporation. [Sacramento : Frank H. Reynolds, 1924?].

Scope and Content Note

Submitted by Frank H. Reynolds, Civil Engineer, and J. G. Little & Co., Consulting Engineers.
Folder 93-2

Antioch-Sherman Island Bridge across San Joaquin River : Delta Bridge Corporation, owner, Frank H. Reynolds [and] J.G. Little & Co. Sacramento : Frank H. Reynolds, [1924].

Scope and Content Note

Plans and profiles.
Folder 93-3

Records of soundings and riprap about Antioch Bridge piers on February 28, 1928. 1928 Oct. 10.

Scope and Content Note

Sheets for piers 31 to 73 inclusive.
Folder 93-4

Antioch-Sherman Island Toll Bridge : simple method of protecting pier foundations from scour, 1926.

Scope and Content Note

In Western construction news (March 25, 1926).
Folder 93-5

Antioch Bridge photographs, 1925.

Scope and Content Note

File includes one color postcard.
Folder 93-6

Contra Costa County Title Company. Industrial, agricultural and road map of Contra Costa [County, California]. Martinez : Contra Costa County Title Co., [193-].

Physical Description: Scale [ca. 1:100,000].

Scope and Content Note

Note: WRCA has another copy: mG448 E VF
 

Miscellaneous, 1903-1934

Box Box 18, Folder 94

Hetch Hetchy Project, 1909-1934.

Scope and Content Note

Articles and pamphlets regarding the dispute over preservation of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park and proponents of the municipal water project and the 1920s water bond issue. Maps and profiles comparing the headworks and the conduit lines of the proposed Spring Valley Water Company's system with the proposed Tuolomne System; chronology of events related to the Hetch Hetchy Project; diagrams of the Lower Cherry River Power Station and pressure pipe intake and photographs of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Dam and Railroad, early intake, Lower Cherry River power development, Lake Eleanor Dam, etc. See also Folder 83.
Folder 95

Foundations - cribs, 1910-1932.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, brochures, drawings, and articles concerning reinforced concrete for docks, breakwaters, bridge pier caissons, bulkheads, sea walls and other subaqueous structures, illustrating the J. H. Tromanhauser system of construction on patented floating pontoons. Includes correspondence between Derleth and Tromanhauser regarding the use of concrete cribs in Canada and their introduction into use in the U.S.
Folder 96

Water works - dry docks, 1903-1910.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, map, and plan showing location of old and new dry docks at Hunters Point, San Francisco (San Francisco Dry Dock Company).
Folder 97

Foundations - explorations, 1907-1928.

Scope and Content Note

Articles, manufacturer's brochures, correspondence, photographs, and reference to materials regarding various techniques and equipment for water, oil and gas well drilling, prospecting and testing work, and blast hole drilling. Includes graphic representation of results of soil tests and borings; instructions for driving test piles; Derleth's notes on boring of artesian well at Western Pacific Mole, Oakland; photographs of boring equipment used for soil and boring tests for Boalt Hall, Sather Tower, and Life Sciences Building at University of California, Riverside; An efficiency testing machine for testing drills, taps and dies, by T. Y. Olsen; instructions for driving test piles, etc.
Box Box 19, Folder 98

Ford, Bacon and Davis, Inc. Report - American Toll Bridge Company, American Toll Bridge Company of California, Delta Bridge Corporation, the Rodeo Vallejo Ferry Company , 1924.

Scope and Content Note

Engineering and financial report of the above companies and their building of the Carquinez and Antioch Bridges.
Folder 99

Markham Bridge, 1921.

Scope and Content Note

Blueprint and stress sheet of the bridge over the Russian River, one mile south of Healdsburg, stress sheet, method, ellipse of elasticity.
Folder 100

Lake Spaulding Dam construction photographs, 1912-1913.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of the dam constructed by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Nevada County, California, near Emigrant Gap.
 

Oversize Materials

 

Photographs

boxes Boxes 20-22, Folder 101

Carquinez Strait Highway Bridge - progress views, 1924-1927.

Physical Description: 1,016 photographs, mounted on paper and bound into 4 albums (29 x 40 cm.).

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of various phases of construction. Vols. 3 and 4 also contain photographs of the Antioch-Sherman Island Bridge, the Columbia Interstate Bridge, and the Hudson River Crossing at Highlands.
boxes Boxes 23-25, Folder 102

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, 1934-1936.

Physical Description: 254 photographs, mounted on linen and bound into 2 albums (33 x 44 cm.).

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of various phases of construction, arranged chronologically from back to front. Photographers: B.W. Hellings and Clyde H. Sunderland.
 

Miscellaneous

 

Oversize newspaper clippings and other ephemera.

Scope and Content Note

Items removed from other parts of the collection; they retain their original folder numbering.