Guide to the Peter J. Bier Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0973
Creators:
Bier, Peter J.
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI.
Dates:
1915-1970
bulk 1934-1959
Languages:
English
Some materials in Spanish.
Physical Description:
3.3 Cubic feet
7 boxes
Repository:
Peter J. Bier, born in Hungary, immigrated to the United States in 1904. Bier worked as an engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of the Interior from 1923-1954, and continued to work as a consultant in the field after retirement. The collection includes materials related to his work with the Bureau of Reclamation, including project materials, drawings, designs, and inspection reports and data, along with materials documenting his time as an engineering consultant.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection documents Bier's work with the Bureau of Reclamation on dams and power stations in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions of the United States and his contract work in the United States and Mexico. It includes project files, reports, correspondence, notes, blueprints, and technical drawings.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged into four series.
Series 1: Biographical, 1918-1965
Series 2: Articles, Manuals, and Research Materials, 1923-1970
Series 3: Bureau of Reclamation, 1915-1970
Subseries 3.1: Projects, 1934-1958
Subseries 3.2: Inspections and Testing, 1915-1954
Subseries 3.3: Technical Drawings and Designs, 1923-1970
Subseries 3.4: Employee Related Documents, 1950-1954
Series 4: Contract Work, 1954-1967

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Peter J. Bier was born on April 22, 1884 in Ujnely, Hungary. He completed his college education at the State Technical School at Timisoara, Hungary. In 1904, Bier moved to the United States and in 1906 he started a job at Babcock and Wilcox Boiler Company. He worked for a series of companies as a draftsman and designer, and in 1923 he began working as an engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of the Interior in Denver, Colorado. Bier specialized in steel pipes and penstocks, which are pipes that deliver water to hydraulic turbines, for various dams.
Over the course of Bier's career, he was involved with project planning for irrigation and power developments, hydraulic structures and equipment, and inspections of equipment. He later supervised the design, specifications, and inspections for penstocks and related equipment. Bier wrote inspection manuals, monographs, and articles related to penstock and pipe design. Upon his retirement from the Bureaus of Reclamation in 1954, he remained active in the field and traveled as an engineering consultant.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Sara Wheeler, intern, August 2017; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.
Author
Sara Wheeler
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
Preferred Citation
Peter J. Bier Papers, 1915-1970, 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
Original provenance unknown, collected by the Division of Work and Industry (then called the Division of Mechanical and Civil Engineering), transferred to the Archives Center in 2007.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Technical drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hydraulic engineering -- 1920-1960 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Power stations -- Colorado Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Black-and-white photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams -- Colorado Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Denver (Colo.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engineers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams -- Mexico Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Monographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blueprints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Technical manuals -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Memorandums -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pipelines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Work and Industry, Division of, NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of [former name], NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bureau of Reclamation. 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