Guide to the C. C. Van Arsdol Papers 1887-1961
Cage 103

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Van Arsdol, Ted
Title
C. C. Van Arsdol Papers
ID
Cage 103
Date [inclusive]
1887-1961
Extent
2.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
.75 feet of linear shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Typescript transcripts, prepared by C. C. Van Arsdol's grandson, Ted Van Arsdol, of correspondence and reports dating from 1887-1961 about railroad construction in Washington and Idaho, construction of Lewiston Grade Highway, and other consulting services.

Preferred Citation note

C. C. (Cassius Cash) Van Arsdol Papers, 1887-1961

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

C. C. Van Arsdol (1851-1941) began his career in civil engineering when he attended a civil engineering course at Iowa State University in 1876. Shortly after, Van Arsdol became chief draughtsman for the Union Pacific Railway in 1880. He was later given the duties associated with the reconnaissance and preliminary location in the district around Lewiston, Idaho, the Snake River, and the Salmon River. In 1903, Van Arsdol worked for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, where he controlled all the work from Saskatoon west to the Pacific Ocean until World War I began in 1914. Following the war, he returned to Lewiston, Idaho and worked as a consulting engineer.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of typescript transcripts, prepared by C. C. Van Arsdol's grandson, Ted Van Arsdol, of correspondence and reports dating from 1887-1961 about railroad construction in Washington and Idaho, construction of Lewiston Grade Highway, and other consulting services. Also includes photographs (prints and negatives) of the railroad survey of Hells Canyon (Snake River), 1928.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to Washington State University Libraries between 1960 and 1962 by Ted Van Arsdol, grandson of C. C. Van Arsdol.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Lewiston Grade (Idaho)
  • Snake River (Wyo.-Wash.) -- Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Van Arsdol, C. C. (Cassius Cash), 1851-1941

Subject(s)

  • Engineers -- Washington (State) -- Clarkston -- Correspondence
  • Idaho
  • Photographs
  • Railroads
  • Railroads -- Northwest, Pacific -- Design and construction
  • Roads -- Idaho -- Lewiston -- Design and construction -- History -- Sources
  • Roads -- Idaho -- Nez Perce County
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Career undated 

1 1

Correspondence and Prospectus: "Rocky Fork and Cooke City Railway Company" 1887 

1 2

Correspondence 1888 

1 3

Correspondence 1889 

1 4

Correspondence and G. W. Hunt and "The Hunt Road" 1890s 

1 5

Correspondence 1891-1892 

1 6

Correspondence 1893 

1 7

Correspondence 1894 

1 8

Correspondence 1895 

1 9

Correspondence 1896-1898 

1 10

G. W. Hunt and "The Hunt Road" 1899 

1 11

Miscellaneous reports 1903-1929 

1 12

Honoring C. C. Van Arsdol's life 1937-1961 

1 13

Report from the file of C. C. Van Arsdol, consulting engineer 1922 

1 14

Hells Canyon photographs 1928 

2 15-16