Guide to John A. Beemer Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0957
Creators:
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Beemer , John A., 1879-
Dates:
1907-1956
bulk 1919-1931
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Some materials in Russian.
Physical Description:
3 Cubic feet
4 boxes; 3 oversize folders
Repository:
Papers document Beemer's engineering activities as a civil engineer who worked on irrigation and dam related projects.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers document Beemer's engineering activities. Includes correspondence, reports, plans, drawings, blueprints, and specifications concerning reclamation and irrigation dams in the Philippines, 1913-1918; Idaho, 1916-1917, 1941-1943; California, 1921-1926; the Soviet Union, 1929-1931; Wyoming, 1935-1938; and Utah, 1938-1941. Also includes data on metal gates, lifts, weirs, rating flumes, and gauging stations; and employment records for Beemer.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into three series.
Series 1: Professional Materials. 1907-1956
Series 2: Projects, 1910-1948
Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1915-1946

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
John Arthur Beemer (b. 1879) was born in Fincastle, Virginia. He earned a B.S. in Engineering from the Case School of Applied Science (now known as Case Western Reserve) in 1907.
Beemer, a civil engineer, joined the United States Reclamation Service of the Department of the Interior as a junior engineer in 1907. He worked for the Department until 1913, and again from 1933-1943, on a number of reclamation and irrigation dam projects. Between 1913 and 1933, Beemer worked as an engineer for the Philippines government, 1913-1916; consulting engineer in Idaho, 1916-1917; captain in the Army Engineer Corps, 1917-1918; engineer for the U.S. Indian Service, 1918-1921; engineer for projects in Nevada and California, 1921-1929; and as a consulting engineer for the Russian government, 1929-1931.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection is unprocessed.
Author
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
John A. Beemer Papers, 1907-1955, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Centerfrom Division of Work and Industry, 2006.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Dams Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Soviet Union Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Civil engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Civil engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams -- Wyoming Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Irrigation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams -- Idaho Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams -- Utah Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Public works Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives