The papers of William F. Durand date from 1893 to 1958; included with them are some
biographical and scientific writings by others that relate to Durand dating to 1979. the
papers primarily concern his research in engineering and aeronautics. They include
correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, research notes, reports, reprints, clippings,
photographs (including some of damage to Stanford buildings from the 1906 earthquake),
memorabilia, and a copy of his published autobiography. The correspondence consists mostly
of carbon copies of outgoing letters from 1943 to 1945 concerning publications, aeronautical
research, recommendations, professional affiliations, Stanford University affairs, and some
William F. Durand, known as the Dean of American engineering, joined the Stanford
University faculty in 1904, serving as professor and head of the Mechanical Engineering
Department until his retirement at age 65 in 1924; he held the position of Professor
Emeritus until 1958.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the
documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the
Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.