Carl E. Magnusson Papers, 1905-1957  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Magnusson, Carl Edward, 1872-1941
Title
Carl E. Magnusson Papers
Dates
1905-1957 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Collection Number
1793 (Accession No. 1793-001)
Summary
Papers of Carl E. Magnusson, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington from 1904-1941.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Carl Edward Magnusson was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington from 1904-1941; his main interest was in hydroelectric power in Washington. Magnusson's appointment to full professor is considered to mark the start of the Department of Electrical Engineering as an independent unit on campus. He was department chair from 1906-1917 and Dean of the Engineering College from 1917-1929. Magnusson believed in having a close relationship with industry and had practicing engineers lecture in his classes. In about 1910 he took a leave of absence for two years to work for the General Electric Company. As a result of his working relationship with GE, the company donated an electric oscillograph in 1913, which lead to the development of a course in electric transients, possibly the first such course to be offered in an American college. In 1919 he proposed building a 230-kv line from the Canadian border to Los Angeles, connecting the three state region; the idea was eventually put into place many years later. A 1932 issue of the University of Washington newspaper noted that Magnusson had won international fame for his studies of Lichtenberg figures. During the 1930s, he also served as an advisor on the construction of the Grand Coulee Project on the Columbia River. Carl Magnusson died in 1941.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Magnusson papers include student seminar papers done in the 1920s and 30s on various power sites and river basins. Included is material on most major hydroelectric projects of the period, including Grand Coulee Dam, and other projects on the Columbia River and dams on the Baker, Sauk, Skagit, Skykomish, Snake, Snoqualmie, Spokane and Stillaguamish Rivers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

General CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Ontario. Hydro-Electric Power Commission
1919, 1923
1
US. Geological Survey
1932-1937

General Correspondence Re:Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Book Direct Currents
1929, 1933
1
Congress: Bill for Inventory of Water Power in the US
1925
1
Fort Peck Dam, Montana
1939
1
Lewis River – Ariel Power Plant NW Electric Co.
1933
1
Muscle Shoals Compared to Columbia River
1925
1
National Reclamation Association
1935
1
Nitric Acid Arc Process
1919
1
Olympic Peninsula Power Resources
1932
1
Power Survey
1925
1
Survey of States Natural Resources, Chamber of Commerce, Seattle
1925, 1931-1932
1
Transformers Parallel Operation
1921

Speeches and WritingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Magnusson, Carl
1935, undated
1
Miscellaneous
1954

NewslettersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Powerfacts – Washington Public Utility Districts’ Association
1957

Notes, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Subject SeriesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Columbia River Basin
Box
1
Columbia River Basin Miscellaneous
1937
1
Grand Coulee Dam
undated
1
Priest – Rapids
1929-1932, undated
Puget Sound Power & Light
Box
1
PSP&L Miscellaneous
1905-1935, undated
1
Baker River
1925, undated
1
Rock Island
1932, 1935
1
Snoqualmie River
1926, 1928
1-2
White River
1912, 1933, undated
Seattle Lighting Department (Seattle Municipal Light and Power)
Box
2
SML&P Miscellaneous
1918, 1936
2
Lake Youngs – Elliott
1927
2
Northend Substation
1924
2
Sauk and Suiattle Projects
1923
2
Skagit Projects
1919-1939, undated
Tacoma Light and Power Department (Tacoma Public Utilities Department)
Box
2-3
TPUD Miscellaneous
1913-1946, undated
3
Cushman Power Plants
undated
Washington Water Power Company
Box
3
WWPC Miscellaneous
1915, 1925, undated
3
Chelan
1927
3
Spokane River
1926-1930, 1949
Other Projects
Box
3
British Columbia Water Power
1920, 1931, undated
3
Electron Power Plant
undated
3
Gray’s Harbor Power and Light Company
1914
3
Pacific Power and Light Company
1936
3
Skykomish River
1930
3
Snake River
1932-1935
3
Stave Falls Power Development (British Columbia)
1924-1925
3
Stilaguamish River
1932
3
Sultan River
1929
3
Umatilla Rapids Project
undated
3
White Salmon River, OR
1923, 1930, undated
Box
3
Basic Plan of Development of the National Water Power Resources
1918, undated
3
Development Data
undated
3
Hydro-Electric Power in Washington
1923, 1926, 1951, undated
3
Interconnected Power Systems
1923
3
Lantern Slides – Washington Power Resources
undated
3
Legislation
undated
3
Legislation-Mississippi River
1927-1929
3
Mason, Walsh, Atkinson, Kier Labor Agreement
1937
3
Power In Western Washington
1923
3
Power Transmission Lines in Washington
1932
3
Public Ownership
1926, 1928
3
Puget Sound Basin
1923
3
Rates For Power – Seattle and Tacoma Municipal
1907, 1913, 1919
3
Rates For Power – Wash. Power Co./NW Electric Co./Seattle, Renton and Southern Railroad Co.
1919, undated
3
Southwestern Washington
1924
3
Steam Plants
undated
3
Stream Gaging
1926, 1927
3
Super Power
1921-1923
3
Transmission Lines
1919
3
Transmission Lines – Interconnected Operation
undated
3
Transmission Lines – Trunk
1918-1922, undated
3
Transmission Lines – Washington
1932

EphemeraReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
Chamber of Commerce, US
1925-1934
3
National Electric Light Association
1922, 1925, 1928
3
National Popular Government League
1928

SEATTLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. SPECIAL POWER ADVISORY COMMITTEE , 1951-1953Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Dams--Washington (State)
  • Electrical engineering--Study and teaching--Washington (State)
  • Electrical engineers--Washington (State)
  • Engineering teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Engineers--Washington (State)
  • Rivers--Washington (State)
  • University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)
  • Water-power--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Magnusson, Carl Edward, 1872-1941--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Baker River (Wash.)--Power utilization
  • Columbia River--Power utilization
  • Grand Coulee Dam (Wash.)
  • Sauk River (Wash.)--Power utilization
  • Skykomish River (Wash.)--Power utilization
  • Snake River (Wyo.-Wash.)--Power utilization
  • Snoqualmie River (Wash.)--Power utilization
  • Spokane River (Idaho and Wash.)--Power utilization
  • Stillaguamish River (Wash.)--Power utilization
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence. aat
  • Newsletters
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • University of Washington. University Archives