Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Kenneth T. Norwood Dam Slides

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Physical Description:
.50 Cubic feet
1 box
Collection documents dam construction in California, Colorado, and Nebraska.

Content Description
Content Description
Collection contains color slides documenting construction of the Brite Valley Dam, Mancos Dam, Sulphur Creek Dam, and Trenton Dam, in California, Colorado and Nebraska.

Collection is arranged into one series, alphabetical by name of dam.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Born in Buffalo Gap, South Dakota, Norwood grew up in Everett, Idaho, and attended The College of Idaho for three years, and The University of Washington for one year. He had extensive work in advanced mathematics, hydraulics, civil engineering, surveying, and geodesics.
In the 1930's Norwood was employed by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, the Idaho State Highway Department, the W.P.A. of Idaho City and The Bureau of Reclamation. In 1941 he worked for the U.S, Engineers Dept, in Portland, Oregon for airport layouts, then transferred to the L.A. District to enter foreign service in Central America.He was with the U.S. Corps of Engineers in the Managua, Nicaragua area, in the vicinity of San Marcos de Colon working on the Pan American Highway.
In 1942 he married Helen L. Kubli. There were no children. In 1944, Norwood returned to the United States and worked for Associated Shipbuilders in Seattle, Washington as liaison engineer. He sought a commission in both the Marine Corps and the Navy, but was physically disqualified as 2-A. In 1944 and 1945 he was engineer with Puget Sound Bridge and Dredge at Harbor Island, Washington, and with the Corps of Engineers, L.A. district for the Whittier Narrows Dam. In 1945 he returned to Central America with Tucker McClure Co. and in Guayaquil, Ecuador again working on the Pan American Highway. In 1950 he returned to the United States and was employed by Vinnell Construction Co in Alhambra, California.
Norwood worked on canal projects, highways, dams, flood control, and bridges. He traveled to many underdeveloped countries on government assignments to develop highways, airports, bridges, and did estimating, negotiating and bidding.
In 1963 he left Vinnell Co. and he and Ross Griggs formed Griggs-Norwood Inc. and their work encompassed engineering of all kinds. They were based first in Pasadena, California and then in Long Beach, California. Mr. Griggs soon retired. After Mrs. Norwood's death in 1974 he moved his base to Duarte, California. In 1978 he married Mrs. Helen Wilkes. He retired in 1980 and died May 1, 1991.

Alison Oswald
Custodial History
Collection transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work & Industry in February 2022.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Helen Wilkes Norwood, wife of Kenneth T. Norwood, 1992.
Processing Information
Collection rehoused by Geoff Kelly, intern; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2023.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at or 202-633-3270.
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.
Preferred Citation
Kenneth T. Norwood Dam Slides, Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Color slides Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Engineering and Industry Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Norwood, Helen Wilkes Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nrwood, Kenneth T. , d. 1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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