Guide to the Thomas Matthew Robins papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Robins, Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew), 1881-1965
Title: Thomas M. Robins papers
Dates: 1913-1958 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 11.5 linear feet (9 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 278
Summary: Thomas Matthew Robins was a native of Maryland who graduated from West Point and served in Cuba in 1908 and in WWI before he moved to Portland, Oregon where he was in charge of all rivers, harbors and construction of the Bonneville Dam. Collection contains engineering project files, reports of commissions and corporations, speeches, correspondence, manuscripts, articles, personal information and photographs.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Thomas Matthew Robins papers, Ax 278, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Projects, Reports, Legislation, Project Photographs, Manuscripts, Speeches, Correspondence, Biographical, Miscellaneous.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Detailed Description of the Collection

10.5 linear feet

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Photographs (PH117)
1.25 linear feet
Robins, Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew), 1881-1965
1 Album

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  • Personal Names :
  • Robins, Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew), 1881-1965
  • Robins, Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew), 1881-1965--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Civil engineering--United States
  • Engineers--Oregon--Portland
  • Engineers--United States
  • Hydroelectric power plants--United States--Design and construction
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Photographs
    • Project files

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