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  • Title: O. J. (Oliver Julian) Todd Papers,
    Collection Number: 73087
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 74 manuscript boxes, 7 oversize boxes, memorabilia (31.2 linear feet)
    Date: 1899-1973
    Abstract: Diaries, speeches and writings, correspondence, reports, memoranda, and photographs, relating to engineering projects in China, especially river engineering and flood control; famines and relief work in China; and social, economic and political conditions in China.
    Creator: Todd, O. J. (Oliver Julian)


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    [Identification of item], Oliver Julian Todd Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

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    Also available on microfilm (82 reels).


    1880 Nov. 1 Born in Colon, Michigan
    1908 B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, University of Michigan
    1909-1917 Field Assistant, Chief Hydrographer, and Assistant Engineer for the City of San Francisco; worked on the Hetch Hetchy water supply system and the Twin Peaks Tunnel
    1917-1919 Captain in the Engineering Corps, U.S. Army
    1919-1921 Principal Assistant Engineer for the Chinese government's Grand Canal Improvement Board
    1921 Field Manager and Chief Engineer for American National Red Cross in Shantung (4 months)
    1921-1923 Chief Engineer for the Asia Development Company
    1923-1935 Chief Engineer for the China International Famine Relief Commission
    1927 Married Dr. Lois Pendelton
    1935-1938 Consulting Engineer to the China International Famine Relief Commission, to the American Advisory Board of Shanghai, to the Shantung Government on the Yellow River, to the Yellow River Commission, and to the Friendship Fund of New York City
    1938 April Returned to the United States and settled in Palo Alto, California
    1940-1942 Engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
    1942-1945 Regional Engineer, Area Engineer and Senior Engineer with the United States Army Engineers in Arizona
    1945-1947 Advisor to the Yellow River Project of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in China
    1948 Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in the 8th District
    1949-1951 Chief of the Irrigation Engineering Division of the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction in China
    1973 Author, The China That I Knew
    1974 Jan. 13 Died, Palo Alto, California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    China International Famine Relief Commission.
    United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
    Flood control--China.
    International relief.
    Reconstruction (1939-1951)--China.
    River engineering--China.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    Yellow River (China)