Guide to the Frank Arthur Banks Papers 1913-1957
Cage 40

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Banks, Frank Arthur
Title
Frank Arthur Banks Papers,
ID
Cage 40
Date [inclusive]
1913-1957
Extent
450.0 items.
General Physical Description note
15 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, notes, memoranda, official project histories, design and technical reports, specifications, photographs and printed material primarily concerned with Bureau of Reclamation projects in the Northwest, such as Owyhee, Deadwood, and Grand Coulee Dams. Also similar material acquired through private consultation on hydroelectric dams and public works in Washington State, British Columbia, Venezuela, and Punjab, India.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 40, Frank Arthur Banks Papers, . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Frank Arthur Banks, 1993-1957, was the Bureau of Reclamation engineer who supervised the construction of the Owyhee, Grand Coulee and other dams.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers consist of project histories of several Bureau of Reclamation projects directed by Banks, ephemeral engineering publications connected with the Grand Coulee Project, printed items of restricted circulation such as engineering reports, and Banks' correspondence, notes and papers re: private consultation projects, notably the Bhakra Dam in India.

Selected images and documents from this collection have been digitized and can be found online in the Frank A. Banks Digital Collection.

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Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in a loosely chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1972

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 for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Frank Arthur Banks were donated to the Washington State University Library in 1958 by John V. Banks.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Bureau of Reclamation

Personal Name(s)

  • Banks, Frank Arthur, 1883-1957. --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Concrete dams --Design and construction
  • Grand Coulee Dam (Wash.)--History.
  • Irrigation
  • Public Utilities
  • Public Works

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Collection Inventory

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Jackson Lake Enlargement, Project History, includes photographs, 1913-1916   3 volumes.

1

Owyhee Project History, includes photographs, 1927-1931   5 volumes.

2

Owyhee Project History, 1932   1 volume.

3

Boise Project History (Deadwood Dam), includes photographs, 1930-1932   3 volumes.

3

Columbia Basin Project History (Grand Coulee Dam), includes photographs, 

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 1933-1935   3.0 volumes.

4

 1936-1937   2.0 volumes.

5

 1938-1939   2.0 volumes.

6

 1940-1944   3.0 volumes.

7

 1942-1943   3.0 volumes.

8

 1944-1945   2.0 volumes.

9

 1946   2.0 volumes.

10

 1947   2.0 volumes.

11

 1948-1949   2.0 volumes.

12

 1949-1951   2.0 volumes.

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Grand Coulee Dam Laboratory Control Tests, v. 1-3. 

14

Grand Coulee Dam Laboratory Control Tests, v. 4-5, index. 

15

Columbian, MWAK Company newspaper, v. 1-3, 1935-1937 

16

Columbia Basin Project Safety News, Bureau of Reclamation, 1946 1949 1950   3 items.

16

Engineering reports on Columbia and Snake River hydrology, ms. & printed.   13 items.

17

Dam construction and fisheries development, printed.   5 items.

18

Grand Coulee Project reports, Wenatchee Project reports, transcript of Upper Colorado Basin Compact negotiations, printed.   4 items.

19

Columbia Basin Project reports and investigations, printed.   26 items.

20

Consultation correspondence and papers re: 

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High Gorge Dam(Seattle City Light), 1953-1954   100.0 items.

21-22

Rocky Reach Dam (Chelan County Public Utility District), 1955-1957   10.0 items.

23

Kenney Dam (British Columbia), 1950   10.0 items.

23

Coroni River and Orinoco River Hydroelectric Projects(Venezuela), 1954   15.0 items.

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Consultation correspondence, papers, design reports, specifications,technical reports, printed memoranda and other papers re: Bhakra Dam, Punjab, India, 1950-19-55   200 items.

24-29

Supervisor's notebooks, printed copies of Banks' speeches and addresses, photographs of Banks, his family, and of dam construction, 1913-1950   60 items.

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