Register of the Howard V. Canan papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Archives Staff
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Title: Howard V. Canan papers
Date (inclusive): 1918-1955
Collection Number: 74032
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 oversize box, 3 envelopes (1.8 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, orders, reports, speeches, certificates, and photographs, relating to military engineering in the U.S. and in the European Theater during World War II.
Creator: Canan, Howard Voorheis, 1894-
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1983.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Howard V. Canan Papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

1894 August 6 Born, Omaha, Nebraska
1918 B.S., U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
1919 A.E.F., France and Germany
1925-1928 11th Engineers, Panama Canal Zone
1932-1936 District Engineer, U.S. Lake Survey
1938-1941 War Department General Staff (G-2 Div.)
1943-1946 Office of the Chief Engineer, European Theater of Operations
1946-1949 District Engineer, Nashville, Tennessee
1952-1953 Engineer Inspector General
1953-1954 Assistant Chief of Engineers for Real Estate for Army, Air Force, and Atomic Energy Commission

Subjects and Indexing Terms

World War, 1939-1945 -- Engineering and construction
Military engineering
United States. Army
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers



Scope and Contents note

Orders and letters from the U.S. War Department, relating to the military career of Howard V. Canan
box 1


box 2




Scope and Contents note

Speeches, addresses, notes, and miscellaneous speech material of H. V. Canan, arranged chronologically
box 2

"Art of Command," lecture for non-commissioned officers schools co. "C" 11th Engineers 1927


"Panama Canal," talk before Kiwanis Club, Golden Colorado 1930


"Expenditure of N.I.R.A. Funds for River and Harbors on Lake Superior," talk for various civic clubs, Duluth, Minnesota 1933


"The U.S. Lake Survey," address before the Federal Business Association, Detroit, Michigan 1934


"Work of the U.S. Lake Survey Office, Corps of Engineers," address before the civil society, Civil Engineering Dept., University of Detroit 1934


"The General Staff Aspects of Tactical Interpretation of Aerial Photographs," presentation of Engineer School, Ft. Belvoir 1941


"The G-Z Interest in Camouflage Activities," presentation for assault course, Engineer School, Fort Belvoir, Virginia April 15, 1941


"The General Staff Aspect of Tactical Interpretation of Aerial Photographs," presentation at Engineer School, Ft. Belvoir July 8, 1941


Talk before members of the Barbourville Chamber of Commerce, Barbourville, Kentucky December 20, 1946


"Report on the Midwest Flood Control Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana," talk given before the Tennessee Conservation Commission 1947


Notes for a talk to be given before the Lions Club of Burnside, Kentucky February 24, 1947


"Highway and Bridge Relocations, Center Hill Dam and Reservoir," an address before the Annual Highway Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee April 18, 1947


Talk before the Cookeville Lions Club at the Center Hill Dam and Reservoir April 21, 1947


"Recreational Program of the Corps of Engineers within Reservoir Areas," Cincinnati, Ohio April 28, 1947


"Land Utilization, Center Hill Reservoir," address for the Lions Club, Smithville, Tennessee May 22, 1947


"Center Hill Dam and Reservoir," address before the Carthage Rotary Club at Center Hill Reservoir May 27, 1947


"Center Hill Dam and Reservoir," address before the Cookville Rotary Club at Center Hill Reservoir May 28, 1947


"Flood Control in the Upper Cumberland Valley," Upper Cumberland Flood Control Association, Pineville, Kentucky July 3, 1947


Talk before the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Navigation Committee August 26, 1947


"Dam Construction on the Cumberland River," talk before Engineer Club September 29, 1947


"The Functioning of an Engineer District," presentation for visiting student officers, Nashville, Tennessee 1948


"Work of the Nashville District," address before the Tennessee Military District February 9, 1948


"National Security," talk given before the Rotary Club at Martin, Tennessee April 7, 1948


"Necessity for Timely and Adequate Appropriations of Funds for Major Construction Projects," talk before the Ohio Valley Improvement Association April 12, 1948


Address before engineer aviation group April 26, 1948


Talk before Livingston Rotary Club at Standing Stone Park April 27, 1948


"Land Utilization and Recreational Activities - Wolf Creek Reservoir," address before the Lions Club, Jamestown, Kentucky May 20, 1948


"Functions of the Corps of Engineers in Recreation," talk before the Kiwanis Club of Hartsville, Tennessee July 2, 1948


"Land Management and Recreational Activities on the Wolf Creek Reservoir," address given before the combined Civic Clubs of Somerset, Kentucky July 15, 1948


"Functions of the Corps of Engineers in Recreation," talk before the Rotary Club, Cookville, Tennessee August 17, 1948


"Center Hill Reservoir and Land Utilization," talk before the Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon, Tennessee October 19, 1948

box 3

"Address before the Chattanooga Chapter, Associated General Contractors, Chattanooga, Tennessee October 21, 1948


"Work of the Nashville District," talk before the Reserve Officers of Knoxville, Tennessee October 28, 1948


"The Mission of the Corps of Engineers as Adapted to the Cumberland River Basin," talk before the Old Hickory Engineer's Club, Old Hickory, Tennessee November 17, 1948


"The Wolf Creek Project," talk to be given before the Business Men's Club, Stearns, Kentucky January 19, 1949


"Flood Control for the City of Chattanooga," an address before the Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga, Tennessee January 25, 1949


"Flood Control for the City of Chattanooga," address before members of the Engineer Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee February 14, 1949


"Comprehensive Improvement of the Cumberland River," talk before American Society of Civil Engineers February 24, 1949


"Corps of Engineers and the Sportsman," address to the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Frankport, Kentucky May 16, 1949


"Civil Works of the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army," talk before Kiwanis Club, Florence, Alabama July 29, 1949


"The Wolf Creek Project," talk before the Wayne County, Kentucky Farm Bureau Meeting August 17, 1949


Miscellaneous speech material

box 3

MILITARY FILE 1934-1955.

Scope and Contents note

Military engineering reports, military honors and awards, and miscellaneous material, arranged as listed
box 3

"Differential Leveling on the Great Lakes," by H. V. Canan with Sherman Moore 1935


"Effects of Master Gauges, Lake Superior - Lakes Huran and Michigan and the Desirability of Changing Datum of Master Gauge on Lake Superior," by H.V. Canan 1935


"Usual Water Fluctuations on Lake Superior, " by H. V. Canan, 1935 1935


"Regulation of Lake Superior," by H.V. Canan and members of the board appointed by Division Engineer October 26, 1934


"Historical Report, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers European Theater of Operations"; Troops, Report No. 4, by H. V. Canan August 1945


"Chief Engineers Report on Camouflage Activities in the European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, " prepared by the Office of the Chief Engineer, November 15, 1945 June 1942 to May 1945,


"Report of Navigation Possibilities of Port of Monroe, " by H. V. Canan, 1955 1955,


Honors and Awards





envelope A

123 photos of H.V. Canan and others at U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1916-1917

envelope B

Photos of war damage, pictures of interest and cultural sites in Western Europe, 1919

envelope C

32 photos depicting H.V. Canan during his military career and miscellaneous and duplicate photos, undated

album fD

191 postwar scenes of Belgium, France and Germany including photos of European tour, 1919; 58 photos of 11th Engineer Regiment in Panama Canal Zone, 1925-1928; 259 photos of Corps of Engineer activities and techniques; Various pictures of vacation and travel

folder m

2 troop and 3 portrait photos, undated

folder m*dr. 1

2 troop portrait photos, undated