Guide to the Jerald E. Christiansen Papers,
1927-1981

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Creator: Christiansen, Jerald Emmet, 1905-
Title: Jerald E. Christiansen Papers
Dates: 1927-1981 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 11 boxes (5.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 310
Summary: This eleven-box collection consists of Jerald E. Christiansen's professional papers spanning the period from 1927 to 1981 and includes his correspondence, research papers, thesis, working files, and publications. The organization of this material is based on Christiansen's personal filing system.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Jerald Emmett Christiansen was born April 9, 1905 in Hyrum, Utah the son of Jeremiah Josiah and Emily Josephine Israelsen Christiansen. In 1923 Christiansen enrolled at Idaho State College, Pocatello (now Idaho State University) where he earned an AD in 1925. That fall he enrolled at the Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) and received a BS with Honors in Engineering in 1927 and was valedictorian of his class. The following semester Christiansen pursued graduate studies at University of California, Berkeley from where he earned his MS in Civil Engineering in 1928. His thesis was entitled "A Study of the Regulation of Kings River by Storage." The following summer on July 17, 1929 Christiansen married Rebecca Henderson Nelson in the Logan LDS Temple and they later had two sons, Jerald N. and Henry N. Christiansen.

In the fall of 1928 Christiansen accepted a faculty position at University of California, Davis where he worked until 1941. During this period Christiansen pioneered studies in the science of sprinkler irrigation. In 1935 Christiansen obtained a Civil Engineer’s Degree from University of California, Davis and his final report was entitled "Distribution of Silt in Open Channels." In 1942 he accepted a USDA position at the Regional Salinity Laboratory, at Riverside, California where he worked for four years. In 1946 Christiansen returned to Utah State University to serve as Dean of Engineering and acted in this capacity until 1957. From 1957 until his retirement in 1975, Christiansen worked at Utah State University both teaching and conducting research. In 1975 Utah State University awarded Christiansen an honorary doctorate degree.

Over the course of Christiansen’s career he worked on irrigation and engineering projects in Europe, South America, and the Middle East. He was also actively involved with various scholarly organizations, in local and civic affairs, and with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was awarded the Royce J. Tipton Award in 1976 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Christiansen died at his home in Logan, Utah on October 28, 1989.

Content Description

This eleven-box collection consists of Jerald E. Christiansen’s professional papers spanning the period from 1927 to 1981. This collection contains Christiansen’s correspondence, research papers, thesis, working files, and publications. The organization of this material is based on Christiansen’s personal filing system.

  • Collection at a Glance;
  • Boxes 1-3: Christiansen’s thesis, research papers, and working files, 1927-1950.
  • Boxes 4-7: Working files, A-W, 1960-1979.
  • Boxes 8-9: Nebraska Project files, 1965-1979.
  • Box 10: Publications and reports authored and co-authored by Christiansen.
  • Box 11: Christiansen’s graduate robes.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Jerald E. Christiansen Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Jerald E. Christiansen Papers USU_COLL MSS 310, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 310, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged according to Jerald E. Christiansen's personal filing system.

Processing Note :  

Processed in June of 2006

Acquisition Information :  

The papers in this collection were donated to USU Special Collections in 1994 by Jerald Nelson Christiansen, the son of Jerald E. Christiansen.

Bibliography :  Source:
  • Christiansen’s obituary, The Herald Journal , October 30, 1989, page 4.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Thesis and Research Papers, 1927-1950
(3 boxes, 22 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Thesis papers 1927-1935
Box
Folder
1 1 Christiansen, "The Utilization of Logan River for Irrigation and Power," Utah Agricultural College, BS Honors Thesis 1927
1 2 Christiansen, "A Study of the Regulation of Kings River by Storage," U of California, Berkley, MS Thesis 1928
1 3 Christiansen, "A Study of the Distribution of Silt in Open Channels," U of California, Davis, Civil Engineer Degree Thesis 1935
1 4 MS thesis drawings 1928
1 5 Civil Engineer's Degree thesis research papers 1935
1 6 Research papers on heat transfer 1930s
1 7 Diesel engine notes 1933
1 8 Diesel engine notes 1933
Research papers, reports, correspondence, and award certificates 1933-1981
Box
Folder
2 1 Christiansen, "Modified Venturi Section for Open Channel; Vol. 1," Project 728 1937
2 2 Christiansen, "Modified Venturi Section for Open Channel; Vol. 2," Project 728 1937
2 3 Christiansen, Yallala, and Lowry, "Modified Venturi Section for Open Channel" 1937
2 4 Experiment station project 250, correspondence 1941-1946
2 5 Sevier River evaporation mats Undated
2 6 Harry B. Walker eulogy Undated
2 7 Christiansen, "Wire-Wrapped Concrete Pipe" 1941
2 8 Awards and certificates 1931-1975
2 9 USU Distinguished Alumnus Award plaque 1981
2 10 Christiansen, "Progress Report: Water Requirements for Waterfowl Areas Near the Great Salt Lake" 1960
Research papers on the Howard Slough Refuge, Davis County, Utah 1960-192
Box
Folder
3 1 Water stage record charts for the Howard Slough Refuge 1960
3 2 Water stage record charts for the Howard Slough Refuge 1961
3 3 Water stage record charts for the Howard Slough Refuge 1962
3 4 Water stage record charts for the Howard Slough Refuge 1962

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Working files, 1960-1979
(4 boxes, 55 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Working files, A-C 1960-1970
Box
Folder
4 1 AID program, LA, correspondence 1970s
4 2 AID/ICA 1967
4 3 American Society of Agricultural Engineers, correspondence 1970s
4 4 American Society of Agricultural Engineers, committee files, correspondence 1970s
4 5 American Society of Civil Engineers, correspondence and papers 1970s
4 6 Alfaro, Jose F. 1970
4 7 Argentina correspondence 1965-1975
4 8 Armstrong, Ellis 1969-1972
4 9 A – correspondence 1970s
4 10 B – correspondence 1970s
4 11 C – correspondence 1970s
4 12 Carias, Fabio Undated
4 13 Chase, Daryl, correspondence 1960s
4 14 CIDIAT Undated
4 15 Correspondence 1969-1971
Working files, Christiansen’s correspondence 1972-1978
Box
Folder
5 1 Correspondence 1972
5 2 Correspondence 1973
5 3 Correspondence 1974
5 4 Correspondence 1975
5 5 Correspondence 1976
5 6 Correspondence 1977-1978
Working files, C-F 1960-1979
Box
Folder
6 1 Christiansen, Henry N. Undated
6 2 CSW Pakistan, W.D. Kemper 1973
6 3 Costa Rica 1973
6 4 CIDIAT – drainage engineering Undated
6 5 CIDIAT – Meridia, Venezuela Undated
6 6 CIDIAT – short course, Maracay 1968
6 7 CIDIAT – national short course 1967
6 8 Civil engineering Undated
6 9 College of Engineering, USU, memos 1960s
6 10 Cususwash project proposal 1970
6 11 D – correspondence 1970s
6 12 Development and Resources Corporation Undated
6 13 Donnan, William W. 1943
6 14 Drainage, Ubate, and Chiquinquira, Columbia 1965
6 15 E – correspondence 1970s
6 16 El Salvador – Zapatitan Project report 1971
6 17 Engineering Experiment Station, USU Undated
6 18 Enviro Engineers Inc., correspondence 1970s
6 19 F- correspondence 1970s
6 20 FAO – general correspondence 1960s
Working files, F-W 1960-1979
Box
Folder
7 1 The Ford Foundation, correspondence and papers 1960s
7 2 Fujioka, Yoshikaza 1970
7 3 Gibson, William; ECI, correspondence 1967-1972
7 4 Golberg, Dan, correspondence and papers 1960s
7 5 Guestbook, USU Alumni Association 1973-1979
7 6 Guatemala trip 1972
7 7 Hansen & Associates, correspondence 1965
7 8 Hansen, Jaughn E., correspondence 1959-1966
7 9 Hagan, Robert M., correspondence 1959-1964
7 10 Hargreaves, George H., correspondence and papers 1970-1971
7 11 Israel trip, correspondence and papers 1970-1975
7 12 Newspaper clippings concerning Christiansen and his work Undated
7 13 Notebook with list of publications borrowed from Christiansen Undated
7 14 Water supply outlook for Utah 1963, 1965

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Nebraska Project Working Files, 1960-1979
(2 boxes, 16 folders)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 1 Irrigation study reports Undated
8 2 Dounau, Bill 1960s
8 3 Water quality data Undated
8 4 Nebraska maps Undated
8 5 Maps of soil types Undated
8 6 Working copy of unnamed report Undated
8 7 State of Nebraska papers 1970s
8 8 Water quality – ASCE Undated
9 1 Correspondence and papers 1975
9 2 USBR – Nebraska project 1975
9 3 Christiansen, final draft of “Pre-feasibility Study of an Irrigation Project in . . . Nebraska” 1975
9 4 Draft of “Pre-feasibility Study of an Irrigation Project in . . . Nebraska” Undated
9 5 Draft of “Pre-feasibility Study of an Irrigation Project in . . . Nebraska” Undated
9 6 Computer data, research data Undated
9 7 Drainage bulletin essay, draft of Undated
9 8 Draft of “Basic Principles of Drainage and Salinity” Undated

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Publications and reports by Christiansen, 1930-1974
(2 boxes, 16 folders and robes)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
10 1 Christiansen, “Distribution of Silt in Open Channels,” Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Sixteenth Annual Meeting 1935
10 2 Christiansen and Donnan, “Piezometers for Water Table Determination,” Western Construction News, Vol. 1 # 11, 77-79
(two copies)
1944 November
10 3 Christiansen, “The Uniformity of Application of Water by Sprinkler Systems,” Agricultural Engineering, Vol. 22 # 3, 89-92 1941 March 1941
10 4 Christiansen, “The Development of the Left Bank Lower Moulouya Irrigation Project, Morocco” 1965
10 5 Christiansen, “Drainage and Salinity Problems in the Laguna de la Nava” 1964
10 6 Christiansen and Olsen, “Drainage and Salinity Problems in Irrigated Areas; How to Avoid or Minimize Them,” USU 1974
10 7 Christiansen and Mehta, “Estimation of Pan Evaporation from Climatological Data,” USU 1965
10 8 Christiansen, “Estimation of Pan Evaporation from Climatological Data,” USU 1966
10 9 Christiansen, “Indications of Changing Relations Between Precipitation and Stream Flow with Time,” USU 1967
10 10 Christiansen and Hargreaves, “Irrigation Requirements from Evaporation and Climate Data” 1968
10 11 Christiansen, “Manual on Salinity and Water Quality as Related to Drainage,” USU 1969
10 12 Christiansen, Jurinak, and Grassi, “ Observasiones y Recomendaciones con Respecto a los Problemas de Drenaje y Salinidad” 1968
10 13 Christiansen, “Precipitation and Runoff Trends: Upper Sevier River Basin, Utah,” USU 1964
10 14 Christiansen and Patil, “A Rational Approach to the Estimation of Evaporation . . . from Climatological Data,” USU
(two copies)
1961
10 15 Christiansen, “Report on Water Resources Development in Iraq” 1958
10 16 Miscellaneous Papers (mimeograph) by Christiansen 1930-1942
11 Christiansen's graduate robes

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Christiansen, Jerald Emmet,|d1905-
    • Corporate Names :
    • University of California, Davis
    • Utah State University. College of Engineering
    • Subject Terms :
    • Sprinkler irrigation

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