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Thomas M. Robins papers, 1912-1964

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Robins, Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew), 1881-1965
Title
Thomas M. Robins papers
Dates
1912-1964 (inclusive)
Quantity
13.25 linear feet, (8 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 278
Summary
Thomas Matthew Robins was a native of Maryland who graduated from West Point and served in Cuba in 1908 and in World War I. He later moved to Portland, Oregon where he was in charge of construction of the Bonneville Dam. Collection contains engineering project and research files, speeches, correspondence, personal information and photographs.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections and University Archives, Paulson Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Thomas Matthew Robins was born in Snow Hill, Maryland and graduated from West Point in 1904, as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He served in Cuba in 1908, and in Manila from 1909 to 1912. During World War I he was the engineer officer at the Hoboken, New Jersey port of embarkation.

By 1929 he was the division engineer of the Southern Pacific Division, headquartered in San Francisco, California; he would later become the division engineer of the Northern Pacific Division in Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, he was in charge of all rivers, harbors, and flood control work, including construction of the Bonneville Dam. He was later stationed at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and became Deputy Chief of Engineers. He retired in 1945, and did private consulting work.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of engineering project and research files, which include correspondence, legislation, drawings, reports, and manuscripts. Projects include the Yale Dam, the Pelton hydroelectric development, and the dams of the Idaho Power Company. Also included are reports by commissions, corporations, and associations, including the National Water Conservation Conference, Pacific Northwest Development Association, National Reclamation Association, and Interstate Compact Commission. The correspondence is largely official in nature (1931-1945), except for an exchange of about three hundred letters, 1913-1919, between Robins and Eleanor Reifsnider, who would later become Mrs. Thomas M. Robins.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas M. Robins papers, Ax 278, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Project and research files
Box Folder
1 1
Corps of Engineers: Sacramento-San Joaquin projects
1946-1947
1 2
Yale Dam
1951-1955
1 3
Corps of Engineers: Rogue River Report
1948
1 4
308 Reports
1947-1959
1 5
Corps of Engineers: Columbia River Basin
1946-1958
1 6
The Pelton Hydroelectric Development, J.M. Mullarkey
1958
1 7
Report on Round Butte Power Project
1960
1 8
Before the Federal Power Commission: Application for License for the Round Butte Power Project
1960
1 9
Round Butte Hydroelectric Project
1958
1 10
Idaho Power Company
1950-1958
1 11
Port of Portland: Reports
1957-1958
1 12
Port of Portland: Swan Island
1949-1957
1 13
Port of Portland: Inland Empires Waterways Association
1958-1959
1 14
Port of Portland: Proceedings
1945-1962
1 15
Port of Portland: Airport
1956-1958
1 16
Multnomah Drainage District No. 1: Port of Portland
1946-1947
1 17
City of Seattle
1948
1 18
Port of Vancouver
1 19
Crown-Zellerback
1947-1953
1 20
Crown-Zellerback: Reports and Surveys
1957-1961
1 21
Corps of Engineers: Miscellaneous
1945-1959
1 22
Department of the Interior: Power policy
1946-1961
1 23
National Water Conservation Conference
1944-1959
2 1
Water Resources Policy Commission
1945-1951
2 2
Pacific Northwest Development Association
1957-1962
2 3
Raw Materials Survey: Proceedings
1946-1959
2 4
Raw Materials Survey
1957-1958
2 5
Guy F. Atkinson Company
1955-1962
2 6
Portland General Electric Company: Proceedings
1953-1962
2 7
Permanent International Association of Navigation Congress
1953-1963
2 8
National Rivers and Harbors Conference
1957-1963
2 9
Interstate Compact
1960-1965
2 10
Interstate Compact
1952-1959
2 11
National Reclamation Association
1957-1964
2 12
American Society of Civil Engineers
2 13
Statement by Thomas M. Robins: Improvement of Snake River at Hells Canyon for Navigation and Flood Control
1952-1953
2 14
Allocation of Costs
1941-1950
2 15
Columbia River Floods
1956-1964
2 16
Portland Chamber of Commerce: Power Supply Committee
1961-1964
3 1
Fishways
1934-1952
3 2
Portland Chamber of Commerce: Power Supply Committee
1959-1960
3 3
Chamber of Commerce: Legislative Council
1960-1961
3 4
Portland Chamber of Commerce: Proceedings
1953-1964
3 5
Portland Chamber of Commerce
1956-1958
3 6
Portland Chamber of Commerce
1948-1958
3 7
Consolidation of Construction Work, War Department
1941
3 8
Miscellaneous
1956
3 9
Hoover Commission
1949-1956
3 10
Columbia Valley Authority
1947-1949
3 11
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Committee on National Defense
1956-1958
3 12
House Resolution 5472
1949-1950
3 13
Report of Foundation Investigation: Proposed Vanport Development, Multnomah County for the Port of Portland (Dames and Moore)
1952
3 14
Reports on Water, Sewerage, Storm Drainage: Grading and Street Improvements for Vanport Industrial Area (Cunningham)
1947
3 15
Report on Trackage Layout: Proposed Vanport Development, Multnomah County for the Port of Portland (Witchell)
1946
3 16
Hanford
1962
3 17
St. Lawrence Seaway Project
1940-1945
3 18
Voter Registration Address Book
1956
3 19
St. Lawrence Power Development Commission
1931
3 20
Longview Diking District
4 1
Vanport
1946-1958
4 2
HR 3704 - HR 8177
1959-1961
4 3
SB 1927, SB 3114
1958-1959
4 4
Pending legislation
1957-1959
4 5
Pending legislation
1934-1946
4 6
West Point Society
1963-1964
4 7
West Point Society
1959-1962
4 8
Glenmorrie Zoning
1951-1962
4 9
Miscellaneous
1938-1958
Subseries B: Correspondence
Box Folder
4 10
Letters: Received-Sent, A-B
1939-1945
4 11
Letters: Received-Sent, C-E
1939-1945
4 12
Letters: Received-Sent, F-J
1939-1945
4 13
Letters: Received-Sent, K-M
1939-1945
4 14
Letters: Received-Sent, N-R
1939-1945
4 15
Letters: Received-Sent, S
1939-1945
4 16
Letters: Received-Sent, T-Z
1939-1945
4 17
Tissue File
1952-1958
4 18
Personal
1931-1945
5 1
Letters Mailed (Tissue File)
1946-1951
5 2
Personal
1930-1939
5 3
Personal
1946-1951
5 4
Personal
1946-1951
5 5
Personal
1952
5 6
Personal
1952
5 7
Letters of Congratulation
1942
5 8
Letters of Congratulation
1939
5 9
Personal
1916
5 10
Personal
1912-1913
5 11
Personal
1912-1914
5 12
Personal
1913-1915
5 13
Personal
1919
Subseries C: Personal
Box Folder
5 14
Biographical information
1940
5 15
Personnel file
Subseries D: Writings
Box Folder
5 16
Speeches
-1946
Subseries E: Artifacts
Box Folder
6 1
Nametags for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robins, McNary Dam Dedication ceremony
September 23, 1954
Subseries F: Oversize Map
Folder
1
Map: Pan American Highway, Location and Limits of Contracts [hand-colored]
1944

Series II:  Photographs (PH 117)Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 1
11 black and white portraits
7 2
Haines Military Road, Alaska. Left to Right: Major General Robins, Lieutenant Colonel Hayes, Brigadier General O'Connor, Captain Gannon, Brigadier General Worsham, Captain Beecher, Colonel Arens, Lieutenant Colonel Needles
June 24, 1943
7 2
Richland, Washington
August 10, 1945
7 2
Weapons of War show, Washington, D.C.
May 28, 1944
7 2
Inland Empire Waterways Association Convention
7 2
Inland Empire Waterways Association Convention [Inland Waterways Transportation Chart presentation]
7 2
Inland Empire Waterways Association Convention [Inland Waterways Transportation Chart presentation]
7 2
Left to Right: Major General Eugene Reybold, Chief of Engineers; Major General T. M. Robins, Deputy Chief of Engineers [event unidentified]
7 2
Dinner for U.S. Army Engineers. Left to Right: W.R. Woollomes, Colonel W.F. Thomkins, W.P. Boone, Brigadier General T.M. Robins, Alfred Harrell, Colonel Warren T. Hannun, Harry J. Haehl, and Colonel U.S. Grant
7 2
[Two black and white photographs of unidentified river channel]
7 2
Pace Brothers patent attachment to locomotive crane, designed for jetty pile driving
7 2
With Robins from Mr. Harga[?]
7 2
Threemile Rapids Model. Demonstration of various channel improvements. [4 black and white photographs]
February 24, 1937
7 2
Near Bonneville Dam [?]
1934
7 2
General O'Sullivan and staff inspecting Dry Falls [3 black and white photographs and men standing near dam and rest area gazebo]
7 2
Northwest Power Conference [photograph of attendees]
January 23, 1947
7 2
[Black and white photograph of Colonel Ralph A. Tudor, Corps of Engineers; and Major General Thomas M. Robins, Deputy Chief of Engineers, visiting Gunderson Brothers plant]
1945
7 3
"Barracks Concert," by Private Willard W. Cummings, Fort Belvoir, Virginia [black and white photograph of painting]
7 3
"Light Tank," by Private Brockie Stevenson, Fort Belvoir, Virginia [black and white photograph of painting]
7 3
"Tractor," by Private Brockie Stevenson, Fort Belvoir, Virginia [black and white photograph of painting]
7 3
"Bridge Builders," by Private Sidney Simon, Fort Belvoir, Virginia [black and white photograph of painting]
7 3
Recreation Hall, RB-1, 2nd Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Original interior of recreation hall undergoing decoration through efforts of local command.
7 3
Recreation Hall, RB-1, 2nd Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. This cheerful and attractive interior is the result of the efforts of local command, utilizing soldier artists as designers and mural painters.
7 3
Recreation Hall, RB-1, 2nd Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Wall left of entrance. Murals by soldier artist of Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
7 3
Gallery - a part of studio at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Showing preliminary sketches for murals.
7 3
Studio at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Soldier artists, left to right: Private Brockie Stevens, Private Willard W. Cummings, Private Charles Gerhardt, Private Sidney Simon.
7 3
"Extended Order Drill," by Private Raymond Brossard, Fort Belvoir, Virginia [black and white photograph of painting]
7 3
Bonneville Dam [black and white aerial photograph]
1939
7 3
Bonneville Dam [black and white aerial photograph]
1939
7 3
Looking south at Mt. Hood with Mt. Jefferson in the background.
May 13, 1939
7 3
Looking north at the Three Sisters with Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams in the background.
May 13, 1939
7 3
Looking west at Crater Lake.
May 13, 1939
7 3
Fort Peck U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Peck Dam, Federal Project No. 30. From left to right: A.G. Davis, Associate Engineer; Captain R. Lee; Lieutenant Colonel T.B. Larkin, District Engineer.
June 25, 1937
7 3
El Fraile, P.I. before built into Fort Drum
7 3
Fort Drum, Manila Harbor, P.I.
7 4
[38 unidentified black and white 3x4, 5x7, and 8x10 photographs]