Finding Aid to the Tudor Engineering Company Records, 1933-2006

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Finding Aid to the Tudor Engineering Company Records, 1933-2006

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2007/134

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
April 2008
© 2008 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Tudor Engineering Company records
Date (inclusive): 1933-2006
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2007/134
Creators : Tudor Engineering Company
Extent: Number of containers: 6 Cartons Linear feet: 7.5
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: Contains records of the major engineering projects of the Tudor Engineering Company, including work on the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, Tagus River Bridge and others. The Tudor Engineering Company records also include reports and statements documenting the history of the company's evolution through financial records, personnel records, and various promotional brochures.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Tudor Engineering Company Records, BANC MSS 2007/134, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library, BANC PIC 2007.029--PIC Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Tudor Engineering Company--Archives
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Merced Irrigation District
Bridges--California--San Francisco Bay--Design and construction
Bridges--Portugal--Tagus River--Design and construction
Dams--California--Merced River--Design and construction
Engineering firms--California
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.)
New Exchequer Dam (Calif.)
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (Oakland and San Francisco, Calif.)
Promotional materials.
Newsletters.
Pamphlets.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Tudor Engineering Company Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Robert Janopaul on March 12, 2007.

Accruals

Additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the container level.

Processing Information

Processed by Bancroft Library staff in 2007.

Biographical Information

The Tudor Engineering Company was founded in San Francisco in 1950 by the late Ralph A. Tudor, a West Point graduate and retired Colonel in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Tudor established a nationwide reputation for excellence following his involvement in the design and construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and other bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The firm's early assignments were the design and construction management of several long span bridges across the Colombia River between Washington and Oregon and across other major waterways in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to highway and bridge work, the firm developed expertise in the water resources field, including a major hydroelectric project in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California during the mid 1950s.
In the early 1960s, Tudor Engineering played a major role in the design and construction of the Tagus River Bridge project in Lisbon, Portugal. The firm also undertook a major hydroelectric project for the Merced Irrigation District in California. It designed and supervised construction of the Exchequer Dam. Located on the Merced River, it was the highest concrete-faced rock-filled dam in the United States at the time.
The early 1960s also saw the formation of the joint venture of Parsons-Brinkerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel (PBTB), which undertook the management of design and construction and activities for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. Tudor Engineering's role in the joint venture involved civil engineering design and construction activities, including aerial structures, several underground and above-ground transit stations, tunnels, bridges, and several train maintenance yards. The PBTB joint venture also undertook the design of the Caracas Metro system in Caracas, Venezuela, the first phase of which was completed in the 1970s.
By the completion of the BART and the Caracas systems, Tudor Engineering had developed special expertise in the design of modern rapid transit systems. Its next major transit assignment, conducted as a joint venture with Parsons Brinkerhoff (PBT), involved serving as the general engineering consultant for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Georgia. The PBT team began work on this project in the early 1970s.
In the mid 1970s, Tudor Engineering was one of the first consulting engineering firms to respond to the national energy shortage with innovative technology for retrofitting existing water resource facilities with small hydroelectric power plants. It pioneered this technology with methodology manuals for the Corps of Engineers, the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the Electric Power Research Institute. Besides developing new innovative technology, the firm has had the lead role in the planning, design, and construction management of more than 30 of these hydroelectric installations through the western United States.
In 1989 the Los Angeles office moved to Oakland, CA and Tudor Engineering Company merged with Kaiser Engineering in Oakland.

Scope and Content of Collection

Contains records of the major engineering projects of the Tudor Engineering Company, including work on the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, Tagus River Bridge and others. The Tudor Engineering Company records also include reports and statements documenting the history of the company's evolution through financial records, personnel records, and various promotional brochures. The papers are arranged as received.

Container List

Carton 1, Folder 1

San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge - West Bay Pier construction 1933-1935

Carton 1, Folder 2

Designing and Building the Bay Bridge 1934-1937

Carton 1, Folder 3

Golden Gate Bridge Rapid Transit Investigation, report #1 1960

Carton 1, Folder 4

Golden Gate Bridge Supplementary Report on Engineering Feasibility of Proposed Rapid Transit Facilities 1961

Carton 1, Folder 5-8

Seismic analysis of the main piers for the Tagus River Bridge 1961

Carton 1, Folder 9-10

Tagus River Bridge Piers 1965

Carton 1, Folder 11-14

Seismic Analysis of Suspension Bridge Piers 1963

Carton 1, Folder 15

Outline of talk on the planning, design, & construction, main piers of the Tagus River Bridge 1963 Dec. 2

Carton 1, Folder 16

Tagus River Bridge Piers 3 and 4 1963

Carton 1, Folder 17

Messina Strait 1963-1965

Carton 1, Folder 18

Three Rivers Bridge - Yves Lacroix 1965

Carton 1, Folder 19

Preliminary study of engineering and economic phases of bridging Puget Sound 1948-1952

Carton 1, Folder 20

Computer program for pile driving analysis by wave equation 1960

Carton 1, Folder 21

Earthquake data, Viaduct Piers, Tagus River Bridge 1961

Carton 1, Folder 22-26

Merger of Tudor Engineering into American Capital and Research Corporation (ACR), Tudor Engineering Inc. 1989

Carton 1, Folder 27

Tudor Engineering stock/retirement plans 1964-1978

Carton 1, Folder 28

Tudor Engineering Co. by-laws 1977

Carton 1, Folder 29

Louis W. Riggs agreements 1986-1988

Carton 1, Folder 30

Personnel information 1965-1989

Carton 1, Folder 31

Personnel, administration 1986-1989

Carton 1, Folder 32

Resumes, key personnel undated

Carton 1, Folder 33

Tudor Engineering - Bendix Computer 1958-1959

Carton 1, Folder 34

Cancelled stock certificates 1967-1985

Carton 1, Folder 35

Statements of energy operations 1984-1986

Carton 1, Folder 36

Letter to Board of Directors - Intergraph purchase 1984

 

Merced Irrigation District

Carton 2, Folder 1

Recreation facility 1964-1966

Carton 2, Folder 2-3

Board of Consultants meetings 1963-1967

Carton 2, Folder 4

Bid data 1964

Carton 2, Folder 5

Construction issues 1967

Carton 2, Folder 6

California Dam Safety - meeting notes 1965-1967

Carton 2, Folder 7

Schedule of drawings 1964

Carton 2, Folder 8

Bond closing 1964

Carton 2, Folder 9-10

Construction 1964

Carton 2, Folder 11-12

New Exchequer Dam, publicity 1965-1967

Carton 2, Folder 13-14

American Society of Engineers, New York meeting 1967

Carton 2, Folder 15

New Exchequer Dam, papers for publication 1968

Carton 2, Folder 16-17

Thomas Leps papers 1985-1987

Carton 2, Folder 18

New Exchequer Dam, photographs undated

Carton 2, Folder 19-20

Miscellaneous 1965-1993

Carton 2, Folder 21-22

Christmas Party 1986

Carton 2, Folder 23

ICF International, Inc., brochures undated

Carton 2, Folder 24-29

Financial statements 1963-1987

Carton 2, Folder 30-33

Stockholder's reports 1968-1993

Carton 3, Folder 1-29

Tudor Newsletters 1952, 1954, 1955, 1962-1972, 1974-1987, 1989

Carton 3, Folder 30-34

Project profiles by discipline undated

Carton 3, Folder 35

Don Pedro Reservoir 1963

Carton 3, Folder 36

Calaveras County Water Development, meetings 1965-1966

Carton 3, Folder 37

Calaveras County Water District - Ebbets Pass 1963-1964

Carton 3, Folder 38

RTK Joint Venture Super Collider, TX 1963-1964

Carton 3, Folder 39

Water Resources - Time sheet job numbers 1967

Carton 3, Folder 40-41

Water resources progress schedule 1964

Carton 3, Folder 42

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Mechanical Engineering 1965

Carton 3, Folder 43

Parsons - Brinckerhoff - Tudor - Bechtel 1963-1965

Carton 3, Folder 44

Proposal - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) 1959

Carton 3, Folder 45-47

Calaveras County Water District fish and game agreement 1964-1965

Carton 3, Folder 48

Earthquake criteria, Mount San Jacinto Tramway 1961

Carton 3, Folder 49

Thermal interaction studies 1982-1991

Carton 3, Folder 50

MARTA brochures undated

Carton 3, Folder 51

BART brochures undated

Carton 3, Folder 52-53

Financial feasibility of Southern Crossing of San Francisco Bay 1956, 1958

Carton 3, Folder 54

Tudor project profiles undated

Carton 3, Folder 55

International projects undated

Carton 3, Folder 56-59

Contracts and agreements 1959-1973

Carton 3, Folder 60-63

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) 1961-1973

Carton 4, Folder 1-2

Financial statements 1963-1972

Carton 4, Folder 3-4

Personnel listings 1955-1972

Carton 4, Folder 5-10

Promotional brochures undated

Carton 4, Folder 11-12

Tagus River Bridge brochures 1960, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972

Carton 4, Folder 13-23

Tudor Engineering Brochures 1958, 1972, 1976, undated

Carton 4, Folder 24

Client performance ratings of Tudor Engineering 1993

Carton 4, Folder 25-29

Miscellaneous 1956, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1987, 1990, 1992, undated

Carton 5, Folder 1

Tudor Engineering, listing of jobs 1947-1989

Carton 5, Folder 2-4

Job information sheets (for 255-8 master list) 1986-1991

Carton 5, Folder 5-7

Job descriptions - job numbers to 999 1971-1982

Carton 5, Folder 8-9

Job information 900-1149 1981-1986

Carton 5, Folder 10-12

Job descriptions - job numbers from 1000 1982-1989

Carton 5, Folder 13

Job lists 1985

Carton 5, Folder 14-15

Job information 100-899 1973-1981

Carton 5, Folder 16-20

Job descriptions and assignments 1971-1985

Carton 6, Folder 1

Staff resumes - officers and supervising Jun. 1975

Carton 6, Folder 2-3

Project log - Boise, Idaho office 1956-1983

Carton 6, Folder 4

Scholarship fund - correspondence 1979, 1996, 1997, 2006

Carton 6, Folder 5

Corporate administration guide 1978

Carton 6, Folder 6-9

Western states - inventory of low-head hydroelectric sites 1980

Carton 6, Folder 10

Promotional brochures undated

Carton 6, Folder 11-12

Manuals 1981, undated

Carton 6, Folder 13

Qualifications for small hydroelectric power project undated

Carton 6, Folder 14

Alaska transportation corridor study Apr. 1972

Carton 6, Folder 15

Report and development plan for Crystal Springs Irrigation Project Jan. 1958

Carton 6, Folder 16

Miscellaneous 1962, 1982, undated