Stanley Eugene Corder was a forest products researcher at Oregon State University from 1951 until his death in 1979. He worked as a Research Engineer with the Oregon Forest Products Laboratory from 1951 until 1961 and as Associate Professor of Forest Products and Mechanical Engineer with the Forest Research Laboratory from 1961 until 1979. His research specialities were strength testing and analysis of wood; the study of vibrations in occupied dwellings; and the disposal of wood and bark residues and their utilization as a soil amendment or energy source.
Corder earned his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State in 1950 and 1967.
The Stanley E. Corder Papers consist of materials created or assembled by Corder in the course of his forest products research with the Oregon Forest Products Laboratory at Oregon State University. The collection includes reference materials, research project records, conference materials, photographs, and daily logs.
The reference materials and research project records include correspondence; notes; publications, reports, and reprints; data and graphs; industry literature and product brochures; and clippings. The daily logs consist of daily journal entries describing Corder's research activities; some newspaper clippings are included in the logs.
Topics addressed in the collection include the disposal of wood and bark wastes by incineration (in wigwam burners) or alternate methods (Project F836); the performance of wood-joist floor panels when subjected to impact loads, a study in cooperation with the National Particleboard Association (Project F811); the mechanical properties of wood; and adhesives, fuels, residues, and veneer drying.
The photographs include approximately 1300 color slides and 360 b/w prints. Most of the images were taken as part of the project on the disposal of wood and bark wastes by incineration or alternate methods. They include images of site visits and consultations at facilities throughout the United States; wigwam burners; incinerators and refuse burners; wood-bark soil application; landfills; charcoal plants; and general air pollution from boilers and veneer dryers.