Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers, 1948-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers (Logan, Utah)
Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers
1948-1972 (inclusive)
1961-1964 (bulk)
1.75 linear ft., (4 boxes)
Collection Number
Mainly correspondence and project specifications from the engineering firm of Bishop and Peterson. Projects include wells and sewer systems for towns in Cache County, Utah, including Hyrum and Logan. Also includes materials on water rights in Logan, Utah.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dean F. Peterson was born June 3, 1913 in Delta, Utah. In 1930 Peterson enrolled in the ROTC program at the Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) and studied structural and irrigation engineering, and graduated in 1934 with his B.S. In 1935 Peterson enrolled in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and received his M.C.E. that year. By 1939 he had earned his D.C.E from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In the fall of 1939 Peterson found work as a Civil Engineering instructor at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1940 Peterson took a job in Maryland to work on constructing a dam on the upper Potomac River. When World War II began Peterson sought involvement with the war effort. From 1943 to 1946 he worked for the US Navy on various engineering projects within the US. In 1946 Peterson was accepted by the Utah State Agricultural College to work as an instructor in the Irrigation and Drainage Department, were he worked until his retirement. Peterson was involved in many state and government projects during the course of his career with the Utah State Agricultural College, such as his advisory irrigation assignments in the Middle East. Peterson died in 1989.

Source: Peterson, Bessie C., "Dean F. Peterson; His Life and Work", Vol. 1, 1993. (USU SC&A 920 P442-Pet).

Alvin A. Bishop was born in 1913 in Delta, Utah. Bishop attended the Utah State Agricultural College (USAC) to study civil engineering, from which he received his B.S. in 1934 and his M.S. in 1939. In 1939 he enrolled in Colorado State University from where he later received his Ph.D. in 1961. After World War II Bishop took a position at the USAC as a professor of civil engineering. In 1965 he was named first head of the Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering Department upon its creation in 1965. "His projects and teaching assignments in forty-three international countries earned him accolades from his peers" (1982, p. 7).

Source: The Outlook, November/December 1982.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This four-box collection contains correspondence, reports, project bids, water rights issues, and papers concerning Dean F. Peterson and Alvin A. Bishop's irrigation and engineering work within Cache Valley during the 1950s and 1960s. Specifically, their work entailed constructing a system that furnished Logan City with a new source for culinary water and building a new city sewer system. This project entailed building canals and pipelines, drilling wells, and organizing a pumping-system to move the city's water. Some of this work took place at the mouth of Logan Canyon, where water was diverted from the Logan River for use in the city's culinary water system.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers, 1948-1972. (COLL MSS 045) Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Papers concerning Logan Water Works; correspondence, agreements, estimates, and well reportsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
1 5
1 6
1 7
Contract for water system improvements
1 8
1 9
Estimates, bids quotes
1 10
Logan city culinary water system 1949, Logan city water development required 1962, Logan River drainage notes, 1961-1962.
1 11
1 12
Wells, logs
1 13
Well reports

Papers concerning Logan water supply, wells, and a water rights investigationReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Well # 1, correspondence
2 2
Specifications for reduced voltage starters, wells # 1 and 4
2 3
Resubmittal data on pumping plants for wells # 1 and 4
2 4
Pump plants for wells # 1 and 4, correspondence.
2 5
Pump plants for wells # 1 and 4, miscellaneous information
2 6
Well # 2, correspondence
2 7
Well # 2, specification
2 8
Well # 2, computations
2 9
Well # 2, bids, quotes
2 10
Well # 2, water test reports
2 11
Well # 3, correspondence
2 12
Well # 3, specifications/contract documents.
2 13
Well # 3, bids, quotes
2 14
Well # 4, correspondence
2 15
Well # 4, estimates
2 16
Payment data for Logan wells
1961 and 1964
2 17
Logan water rights investigation correspondence
2 18
Logan water rights investigation, memorandum
2 19
Logan water rights investigation, agreements and miscellaneous
2 20
Logan water rights investigation, applications ad appropriate water

Papers concerning the Logan hydro line and sewer, the North Logan well, and the Hyrum wellReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Logan hydro lines, correspondence
3 2
Logan hydro lines, estimates
3 3
Logan hydro lines, specifications
3 4
Logan hydro lines, computations
3 5
Logan hydro lines, miscellaneous
3 6
Logan sewer, correspondence
3 7
Logan sewer, codes and related material.
3 8
Logan sewer, estimates
3 9
Logan sewer, calculations
3 10
Logan sewer, specifications
3 11
Logan sewer, maps
3 12
Logan sewer, miscellaneous
3 13
North Logan well, agreements and estimates.
3 14
Hyrum well, correspondence
3 15
Hyrum well, pre-bid submittal
3 16
Hyrum well, bids, quotes, estimates
3 17
Hyrum well, proposals, agreements
3 18
Hyrum well, specifications
3 19
Hyrum well, statements
3 20
Hyrum well, miscellaneous
3 21
Hyrum water approbation certificates
1915-1916, 1920, 1962
3 22
Hyrum schedules and specifications for replacement of Municipal Power Plant

Contracts, proposal, and publicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Contract for Windsor Reservoir & Canal Co., Eaton, Colorado
4 2
Contract for reclamation farm artesian well, Logan
4 3
Contract for drilling irrigation well for Delta Canal Company
4 4
Proposal for engineering services to Logan City Board of Education
4 5
Publications, equipment for pumps, wells, etc.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormons--Utah--Diaries.
  • Overland journeys to the West (U.S.)
  • Personal Names :
  • Barker, John Henry Humphrey, 1842-1910.
  • Barker, John Henry Humphrey, 1842-1910--Diaries.
  • Barker, Christena Martena Benson, 1863-1918.
  • Barker, Susan Ann Dermott, 1843-1888.
  • Barker, Johanne Jensen, 1844-1912.
  • Stanford, Jane Carol Barker, (Jennie), 1850-1934.
  • Family Names :
  • Barker family.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Genealogies.
  • Overland journals.