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Walter R. Friberg papers, 1937-1959
Overview of the Collection
- Friberg, Walter R.
- Walter R. Friberg papers
- 1937-1959 (inclusive)19371959
- 1 cubic feet
- Collection Number
- MG 551
- Research materials regarding woodfibre diatomite concrete and structural temperature. Additional materials include blueprints and photographs.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
In the 1930s, Walter R. Friberg attended the University of Idaho to study in the College of Engineering. During his time at the university he was a member of the Associated Engineers, a member of the Idaho Engineer publication staff, president of the Glider Club, a member of the Lutheran Students Association of America, and participated in the military program at U of I.
After serving in World War II, Friberg returned to U of I to be a professor in the Agricultural Engineering department. He is best known for his research on woodfibre diamite concrete, and the construction of an experimental building on campus. He discovered that when a small portion of cement was replaced by diatomaceous earth and common clay, a fire-resistant, lightweight concrete was the product. Friberg received approval to build an experimental structure, and had lasted more than thirty years, well into the 1970s.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Walter R. Friberg was a student and professor at the University of Idaho. He is well known for his research on woodfibre diatomite concrete. This collection contains his research on the concrete, including data reports, structural blueprints, photographs, research articles, and other papers published by Friberg.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Author, Description or "Title" of item, date. Collection name, collection number, box, folder. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Collection is arranged in alphabetical order.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I. Papers, 1937-1959Return to Top
Additional information on the use of woodfibre concrete in floors by W. R. Friberg
Construction of an experimental building for heating studies (pages missing)
Copies of data on wood aggregate concretes
Farm building research in Europe by W. R. Friberg
Farm structure experimental building
Graphs depicting sunbeams
Lincoln meter graphs
Location of thermocouple position and hole number blueprints
Paper prepared by F. O. Anderegg (Lund, Sweden)
Patent No. 1,924,801 - Concrete Building; Russell C. Olmstead, Cliffside, NJ
Proposal for the construction of an experimental building at the University of Idaho
Proposed experimental building
Proposed Supplement to Bulletin 179 - Recent Developments in Woodfibre Diatomite Concrete
Published data on woodfibre diatomite concrete
Report on Experiments With Woodfibre Diatomite Concrete by W. R. Friberg
W-D concrete requests
|1 August 1951|
Woodfibre Diatomite Concrete: Lightweight Building Material by W. R. Friberg
Woodfibre diatomite concrete report
Series II. PhotographsReturn to Top
Abstract: The photographic prints, negatives, and slides are all related to W. R. Friberg's work researching woodfibre diatomite concrete.
Caldwell Experimental Station
Reproduced photographs from negatives by J. Y. Hollingsworth Co.
The reproductions were for a report submitted by W. R. Friberg concerning woodfibre diatomite concrete.
|05 December 1952|
Series III. Oversized Blueprints and Data ReportsReturn to Top
Abstract: The blueprints and data reports all relate to W. R. Friberg's research on the experimental building which used woodfibre diatomite concrete.
Blueprints and Data Reports
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Agricultural engineering
- Biological engineering
- Construction projects
- Wood products--Idaho
- Wood waste as fuel