Departmental Subject File, 1912-1962
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Brief Description: Departmental Subject File including correspondence, contracts, annual (1934-55) and statistical (1941-46) reports, course material of department heads Whitney C. Huntington (1926-56) and Nathan M. Newmark (1956-73) relating to American Society of Civil Engineers meetings, symposia and committees (1935-62); atomic waste disposal (1951); budgets (1947-55); Civil Engineering Department; computer projects, budgets and space (1947-59); engineering education; professional degrees (1930-54); expansion joints (1937-46); Graduate College curricula and financial aid (1946-55); highway design and research; housing; hydraulics research; investigations of the Big Muddy (1934-43) and Kaskaskia (1937-51) rivers, military training (1942-54); non-recurring expenditures (1958-60); Panama Canal (1940-44); sanitary engineering (1936-54); soil mechanics (1941-54); summer sessions; summer surveying camps (1912-24, 1945-52); Turkish students (1942-46); University Council (1938-51).
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University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 11/5/1
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Civil Engineering
Volume: 9.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 10/26/81
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Arrangement: alphabetical by subject
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Civil Engineering :

The 1867 Committee of the Regent and the Board of Trustees made provision for Civil Engineering instruction1 but the department did not become a separate unit until after 1871 when Professor J.B. Webb was appointed to the Professorship of Civil Engineering.2 In 1871 there were 21 students enrolled in the Department of Civil Engineering.3

In 1876, the Trustees defined the object of the school as "to furnish a course of theoretical instruction, accompanied and illustrated by a large amount of practice, which will enable students to enter intelligently upon the various and important duties of an engineer." Their report included statements on instructions, course of studies, technical studies, drawing, projects, apparatus and courses.4

On January 30, 1906, the Trustees created a Department of Railway Engineering.5 On January 23, 1907, the Trustees established the School of Railway Engineering and Administration.6 In 1926, the Department took over the work of the Department of Municipal and Sanitary Engineering which had been organized in 1890.7

In February 1989, the Departments of Metallurgy and Mining Engineering and Ceramic Engineering were merged to form the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. See also Subgroup 11/9.8

1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 1st Report, May 8, 1867, pp. 42, 50-51.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 5th Report, Nov. 1, 1871, p. 149.

3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 4th Report, 1870-71, p. 14.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 8th Report, 1874-76, pp. 44-47.

5. Board of Trustees Transactions, 23rd Report, Jan. 30, 1906, p. 315.

6. Board of Trustees Transactions, 24th Report, Jan. 23, 1907, p. 70.

7. Board of Trustees Transactions, 34th Report, July 7, 1926, p. 3; Board of Trustees Transactions, 17th Report, 1892-94, p. 332.

8. Board of Trustees Transactions, 64th Report, February 4, 1988, pp 466-67.

Subject Index
American Society of Civil Engineers
Army Specialized Training Program
Big Muddy River
Chicago Art Institute
Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering Department
Concrete Construction
Consolidated Vultee Corporation
Course Materials
Digital Computer Laboratory
Earthquake Engineering
Engineering, College of
Engineering Education
Engineering Experiment Station
Engineering Instruction
Engineering Research
Foreign Students
Highway Construction
Highway Drainage
Highway Engineering
History of Architecture
Hydraulic Engineering
Hydraulics Research
Illiac Computers
Illinois State Highways Division
Kaskaskia River
Navy Research
Non-Recurring Appropriations Committee
Panama Canal
Soil Mechanics
Staff Lists
Structural Engineering
Student Employment
Turkey - Education
University Council
Works Progress Administration
World War II - Service and Training
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]