Guide to the Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers (Logan, Utah)
Title: Bishop and Peterson Professional Engineers papers
Dates: 1948-1972 ( inclusive )
1961-1964 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1.75 linear ft. (4 boxes)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 045
Summary: 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.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

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 Information

Arrangement :

Organized into 4 series.

  • Series I. Logan Water Works; correspondence, agreements, estimates, and well reports
  • Series II. Logan water supply, wells, and a water rights investigation
  • Series III. Logan hydro line and sewer, the North Logan well, and the Hyrum well
  • Series IV. Contracts, proposal, and publications

Acquisition Information :  

The material in this collection was donated to Utah State University Special Collections & Archives by Dean F. Peterson in 1977.

Related Materials :  

  • Dean F. Peterson Papers (RG 22:17)

Detailed Description of the Collection

Papers concerning Logan Water Works; correspondence, agreements, estimates, and well reports
1 1 Correspondence 1961
1 2 Correspondence 1962
1 3 Correspondence 1963
1 4 Correspondence 1964
1 5 Agreements
1 6 Proposals
1 7 Contract for water system improvements 1949
1 8 Computations
1 9 Estimates, bids quotes
1 10 Reports
Logan city culinary water system 1949, Logan city water development required 1962, Logan River drainage notes, 1961-1962.
1 11 Specifications
1 12 Wells, logs 1962
1 13 Well reports 1962-1964

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Papers concerning Logan water supply, wells, and a water rights investigation
2 1 Well # 1, correspondence 1963-1964
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 1962-1972
2 7 Well # 2, specification
2 8 Well # 2, computations
2 9 Well # 2, bids, quotes
2 10 Well # 2, water test reports 1963
2 11 Well # 3, correspondence 1961-1962
2 12 Well # 3, specifications/contract documents.
2 13 Well # 3, bids, quotes
2 14 Well # 4, correspondence 1962-1963
2 15 Well # 4, estimates
2 16 Payment data for Logan wells 1961 and 1964
2 17 Logan water rights investigation correspondence 1960-1963
2 18 Logan water rights investigation, memorandum 1955-1958
2 19 Logan water rights investigation, agreements and miscellaneous
2 20 Logan water rights investigation, applications ad appropriate water

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Papers concerning the Logan hydro line and sewer, the North Logan well, and the Hyrum well
3 1 Logan hydro lines, correspondence 1949-1963
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 1959-1964
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 1961-1965
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 1955

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Contracts, proposal, and publications
4 1 Contract for Windsor Reservoir & Canal Co., Eaton, Colorado 1955
4 2 Contract for reclamation farm artesian well, Logan 1963
4 3 Contract for drilling irrigation well for Delta Canal Company 1960
4 4 Proposal for engineering services to Logan City Board of Education
4 5 Publications, equipment for pumps, wells, etc.

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

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