Thomas Matthew Robins was born in Snow Hill, Maryland and graduated from West Point in 1904, as 2nd Lt., Corps of Engineers. He served in Cuba in 1908 and in Manila, 1909-1912. During World War I he was engineer officer at the Hoboken, N.J., port of embarkation. In 1929 he was division engineer, Southern Pacific Division, San Francisco, and later of the Northern Pacific Division, Portland, Oregon. While in Portland he was in charge of all rivers and harbors and flood control work, including Bonneville Dam construction. He was later stationed at Ft. Belvoir, Va., and became Deputy Chief of Engineers. He retired in 1945, and did private consulting work.
Collection consists of engineering project files which include correspondence, legislation, drawings, and manuscripts. Projects include the Yale Dam, the Pelton hydroelectric development, and the dams of the Idaho Power Co. 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. There is a photograph album of the construction of the Panama Canal and of Army supply bases at Brooklyn, N.Y., Kearney, N.J., and Port Newark, 1918-1919. The correspondence is largely official (1931-1945), except for an exchange of about 300 letters, 1913-1919, between Robins and Eleanor Reifsnider, later Mrs. T.M. Robins.
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[Identification of item], Thomas Matthew Robins papers, Ax 278, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.