Guide to the Charles H. Purcell Collection, 1936-1951

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Guide to the Charles H. Purcell Collection, 1936-1951



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Brooke Dykman Dockter
© 1998 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles H. Purcell Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1936-1951
Box Number: 1924-1926
Creator: Purcell, Charles H., 1883-1951
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles H. Purcell Collection, California State Library.

Access Points

Purcell, Charles Henry, 1883-1951.
Bridges--California--San Francisco Bay--Design and construction.
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (Oakland and San Francisco, Calif.)

Contents

Correspondence, clippings, resolutions, letters of condolence, photographs, graphs

Biography

State Director of Public Works, Charles H. Purcell was born in North Bend, Nebraska, January 27, 1883. He entered state service in California as state highway engineer. Purcell directed a $153,000,000 five year highway construction program. As chief engineer of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, he supervised its design and construction. It was largely through Purcell's efforts in Washington, D.C. that financing was obtained for the project through the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. The bridge was completed in November of 1936. In 1937, he was appointed a member of a national committee of highway experts to promote maximum safety in highway design. In 1944 he was awarded the George S. Bartlett award for outstanding contribution to highway design. He died September 7, 1951.

Correspondents

  • Adams, J.W.
  • Aliavdin, N.L.
  • Allen, Robert A.
  • Anderson, Earl S.
  • Anderson, J.A.
  • Anderson, Roy L.
  • Apitz, Robert
  • Atkinson, Guy F.
  • Bacon, Edward R.
  • Baen, C.E.
  • Baise, W. Vance
  • Baker, C.C.
  • Baker, Harrison R.
  • Baldock, R.H.
  • Barnes, Hugh
  • Baumgartner, John W.
  • Benedict, M.A.
  • Black, James Byers, 1890-
  • Blood, James A.
  • Blume, Victor E.
  • Bowron, Fletcher
  • Branum, R.B.
  • Breitenstein, A.J.
  • Brodhead, Theodore J.
  • Bronn, Fred W.
  • Brooks, T.A.
  • Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-
  • Brown, Lyle M.
  • Budd, Edward Gowen, 1870-1946.
  • Burhans, Frank C.
  • Burpee, George W.
  • Bush, Carl
  • Butler, H.G.
  • Byrne, J.J.
  • Cahill, E.G.
  • Cameron, George T.
  • Campbell, D.W.
  • Cannon, D.A.
  • Cantlen, Henry R.
  • Carleton, C.C.
  • Carter, James M.
  • Chase, H.S.
  • Clark, Frank W.
  • Clark, R.R.
  • Clayberger, L.M.
  • Clemens, Mildred Leo
  • Clock, Ralph H.
  • Cobden, Harry A.
  • Coghlan, John P., 1876-
  • Connelly, Bill
  • Connolly, T.E.
  • Connor, E.H.
  • Cook, Fred S.
  • Cooper, Frederick F.
  • Copeland, Fred L.
  • Cullenwood, Eric
  • Cunningham, Stephen W.
  • Cutler, Leland Whitman, 1885-
  • Dant (?), C.E.
  • Darrow, F.T.
  • Dean, James A.
  • Debler, E.B.
  • DeGolia, E.B.
  • Derleth, C., Jr.
  • Dewell, Robert D.
  • Dickson, John
  • Dillman, Grover C.
  • Dolan, James C.
  • Donavan, John J.
  • D'Ooge, Leonard
  • Draper, William H., Jr.
  • Dunnagan, J.P.
  • Duque, E.E.
  • Durkee, Frank B.
  • East, E.E.
  • Elbow, Gus A.
  • Elliott, J.A.
  • Elliott, J.H.
  • Ellison, J.T.
  • Erskine, Herbert W.
  • Fahrney, P.L.
  • Fellom, Roy
  • Ferguson, O.J.
  • Fisher, H. Buford
  • Forward, Frank G.
  • Fowler, Louis F.
  • Frank, Aaron M.
  • Franks, Carl D.
  • Frey, August F.
  • Garner, C.S.
  • George, W.H.
  • Goodridge, Harry
  • Greer, D.C.
  • Gregory, John R.
  • Gronwoldt, August H.
  • Hale, Hal H.
  • Hanson, Peter
  • Harding, Paul
  • Harrington, John Lyle
  • Harris, R.A.
  • Hart, W.T.
  • Haselwood, F.W.
  • Hawley, Stuart C.
  • Hays, Robert
  • Heller, Edward Hellman.
  • Hendee, Clare W. (Clare Worden), 1908-
  • Hilp, Harry H.
  • Hilton, Ralph H.
  • Hitchcock, L.G.
  • Holman, Rufus C.
  • Hopkins, Harry A.
  • Hopkins, Jay
  • Hoyt, A. Sherman, Mrs.
  • Huck, C.A., Mrs.
  • Hughes, A.C.
  • Hughes, Ralph L.
  • Huls, Harold P.
  • Hunt, Herbert T.
  • Ingel, Ray
  • Jellick, Jay E.
  • Jim
  • Johnson, Charles G.
  • Jones, Alfred
  • Jones, George T.
  • Jordan, Frank M. (Frank Morrill), 1888-1970.
  • Joyner, Sterling J.
  • Judah, H.R.
  • Kaiser, Henry J., 1882-
  • Kaiser, Leland M.
  • Keenan, Ralph T.
  • Keesling, Francis V.
  • Keller, H.W.
  • Ken
  • Kennedy, G. Donald
  • Kennedy, R.C.
  • Kerr, H.S.
  • Killion, George
  • King, Arthur F.
  • King, Lyman M.
  • Kingston, Fred A.
  • Kinney, William M.
  • Kinnie, F.D.
  • Kirk, Harry J.
  • Kirkbride, Walter Harold, 1874-1944
  • Knapp, J.F.
  • Knight, Goodwin, 1896-1970.
  • Kuchel, Thomas H.
  • Larson, Elmer J.
  • Leake, Paul R.
  • Legg, Herbert C.
  • Lewis, Marshall M.
  • Lindley, Curtis, Jr.
  • Little, Walter J.
  • Lochead, James K.
  • Lombardi, Leo J.
  • Losh, William Jackson, 1896-1973.
  • McArthur, L.A.
  • Macartney, Morton
  • McBean, Atholl
  • McCabe, James H.
  • McCaffrey, James E.
  • McCombs, Philip N.
  • McFarlane, W.S.
  • Mack, W.W.
  • McKesson, Claude Leon.
  • McLeod, J.C.
  • MacMorran, Lloyd H.
  • McPherson, Robert B.
  • Maddux, Parker S.
  • Malcolm, Robert K.
  • Markham, William Colfax, 1868-
  • Marsh, Frank E.
  • Mathews, A.J.
  • Mehren, E.J.
  • Melvin, Bradford M.
  • Miller, Ross
  • Miller, Royal
  • Mitchell, Harry A.
  • Moisseiff, Leon Solomon.
  • Moore, Edwin S.
  • Moore, Joseph A.
  • Morris, A.F.
  • Morris, Edward
  • Mowder, Fred L.
  • Mullen, C.S.
  • Murray, Sam
  • Murrow, Lacey V.
  • Naughtin, Fred
  • Newhouse, Hugo D.
  • Nicholson, Don V.
  • Nielsen, Iener W.
  • Noble, Charles M.
  • O'Brien, A.R.
  • O'Gara, Gerald J., 1902-1989
  • Paine, Tevis
  • Panhorst, Fredrick W.
  • Parker, Neal D.
  • Parr, Fred D.
  • Partridge, Charles P.
  • Patton, Homer E.
  • Paul, Walker
  • Perkins, R.C.
  • Peyser, Jefferson E., 1899-
  • Pflueger, Milton T.
  • Phillips, T.L.
  • Portland Chapter, Associated General Contractors of America
  • Powers, Meta
  • Pratt, Mason D.
  • Ralph
  • Randlett, Fred M.
  • Ransom, F.H.
  • Renick, Harry W.
  • Reynolds, Earl C.
  • Reynolds, Leon B.
  • Richards, Frank S.
  • Richards, Franklin A.
  • Ridgway, Robert
  • Robinson, C. Ray
  • Robson, F.T.
  • Roche, Theodore J.
  • Ross, Bill
  • Roussel, Julien Delapierre
  • Rusty
  • Sachse, Franz R.
  • Sachse, Richard
  • Sattler, D.A.
  • Savage, George W.
  • Schirmer, H.A.
  • Schnetz, Earl O.
  • Scollin, Richard I.
  • Scott, E.T.
  • Seeley, Carrol C.
  • Sharkey, Will R.
  • Sheets, Frank T.
  • Skeggs, Jno. H.
  • Smith, Chester K.
  • Smith, Clayton V.
  • Smith, F.E.
  • Smith, R.G.
  • Sperbeck, Ivan C.
  • Sperry, A.W.
  • Stanley, Carl S.
  • Stanley, Tom L.
  • Stevenot, Archie
  • Stevens, D.P.
  • Stewart, Charles W.
  • Strauss, Joseph Baermann, 1870-1938.
  • Streblow, A.G.
  • Stuntz, W.G.
  • Sullivan, E.Q.
  • Sullivan, Frank C.
  • Sullivan, George L.
  • Swanson, R.G.
  • Telford, Edward T.
  • Tetley, Frank A.
  • Thomson, Wood and Hoffman
  • Tilley, A.C.
  • Tinker, G.H.
  • Todd, Charles F.
  • United Contracting Co.
  • Upson, Maxwell M.
  • Upton, J.H.
  • Vanderlip, Loran C.
  • van Loben Sels, J.F.
  • van Orsdel, R.A.
  • Wallace, E.E.
  • Wallace, Lew
  • Ware, Wallace L.
  • Warlow, Chester H.
  • Warren, George E.
  • Watkins, D.E.
  • Welsh, John M.
  • Whitaker, H.E.
  • White, F.R.
  • Whitmore, C.H.
  • Williams, Al
  • Williams, Harry G.
  • Williamson, C.J.S.
  • Wilson, Phil S.
  • Wing, Charles Benjamin, 1864-
  • Winnett, P.G.
  • Wishon, A. Emory
  • Wood, Clyde W.
  • Wood, Howard C.
  • Woodruff, Glenn B.
  • Woods, Baldwin Munger, 1887-
  • Wright, K.C.
  • Youngberg, J.C.

Material Transferred from the Collection

Photographs:

  • Purcell, Charles H.
  • Bridges: San Francisco--Oakland Bay Bridge

Certificates:

  • Building Industry award for 1951
  • California Safety Council
  • Oregon State Board of Engineering Examiners

Container List

Box Box 1924

Correspondence

Box Box 1925

Clippings

Box Box 1926

Purcell Pontifex Book

 

Testimonial Dinner, April 7, 1937

 

Bridge Opening Address, November 12, 1936

 

Photographs

 

Graphs

 

Memorial Record

 

Resolutions