Preliminary Guide to the Gus H. Bliesner papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Bliesner, Gustav Henry, 1910-1994
Gus H. Bliesner papers
Date [inclusive]
23.5 Linear feet 21 boxes
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use: MS.1982.37: 2-13-2-5; MS.1983.19: 2-13-3-4; MS.1984.40: 2-9-25-7; MS.1985.22: 2-14-2-1; MS.1986.18: 2-4-20-5; MS.1989.36: 2-10-3-7; MS.1991.20: 2-8-16-1; MS.1994.39: 2-13-2-5)
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

Gustav "Gus" Henry Bliesner (1910-1994), E. E., was an electrical engineer and an expert on rural electrification, sprinkler systems, and hydroelectric dams. Bliesner served as a consultant on industrial and military projects, and advised the United States space program on electrical systems. Bliesner received his Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1933 and 1934 respectively, from Washington State College. In 1939, Bliesner received his Professional Engineering degree, and later became a Ph.D. candidate at Iowa State College. Bliesner's career consisted of time as an Engineer Professor and worked with several industries, including: the Army Corps of Engineers, Boeing, North American Aviation, and the Bonneville Power Administration. Bliesner also participated in the Grand Coulee Dam construction, and the development of the Boeing KC-135. (see Cage 220)

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains personal and professional papers of Gustav "Gus" Henry Bliesner (1910-1994), an electrical engineer and a Professor of Engineering. The collection consists of scrapbooks, collected printed materials (books, articles, printed ephemera), papers pertaining to Bliesner's autobiographies, genealogy research documents, and miscellaneous materials.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It consists of multiple accessions received between 1982 and 1994: MS.1982.37, MS.1983.19, MS.1984, MS.1985.22, MS.1986.18: 2-4-20-5; MS.1989.36, MS.1991.20, MS.1994.39. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Gus Bliesner to Washington State University Libraries in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1994. This is an unprocessed collection with multiple accessions.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Gustav Henry Bliesner Papers (Cage 220)

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Bliesner, Gustav Henry, 1910-1994
  • Bliesner, Gustav Henry, 1910-1994


  • Agricultural engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Gardening
  • Hydroelectricity
  • Sports

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