Harold B. Gotaas (1906-1977) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Harold B. Gotaas papers fill twenty-four and one-half boxes and are arranged in seven subseries: Gotaas' graduate education files, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, files on professional organization, speeches and papers, and publications.
Also included in the Gotaas papers is one box of biographical materials which include vitae, completed biographical forms for various reference publications, clippings from newspapers and magazines, and news releases. Here also may be found material relating to several of Gotaas' awards.
The graduate education files include lecture and reading notes, syllabi, and problem sheets from Gotaas' graduate study at Harvard.
The correspondence, which consists of general correspondence arranged by date and subject correspondence arranged alphabetically by folder title, deals with various educational, engineering, and personal matters, as well as meetings, projects, and trips. Also included are Gotaas' letters of recommendation for colleagues and students. Users who consult the subject correspondence folders should also examine the general correspondence folders for related documentation.
The teaching files, occupying eight boxes, include course syllabi and schedules, lecture and reading notes, student papers, grade records, and related materials pertaining to Gotaas' teaching. The files are arranged first according to Gotaas' academic affiliation and then by course number, title, or topic. Two boxes contain correspondence, proposals, outlines, drafts of theses, and other records concerning Gotaas' graduate students; these are arranged alphabetically by students' surnames.
The research and consulting files deal with Gotaas' local, regional, national, and international consulting work, primarily on sanitation and pollution problems. These files include correspondence, drafts of reports, and pertinent data collected during consul tancies. The files are arranged alphabetically by topical headings.
The files relating to professional organizations include correspondence, minutes, and reports pertaining to several committees Gotaas chaired and projects with which he was involved, particularly on behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Academy of Engineers, and other groups.
The materials in the speeches and papers files document one of Gotaas' major activities: he was much in demand as a speaker. These files, however, provide only a partial record of his speaking engagements; if a speech or paper was published the material associated with it is filed in the publications subseries.
The publications files contain drafts, notes, correspondence, and reprints. Gotaas wrote three book-length works: his report on composting of organic wastes for the World Health Organization, a report on research into stabilization pond algae, and a laboratory manual for research on algae symbiosis. Most of Gotaas' articles report the results of his research; however several deal with engineering education. Also included in this subseries are a few review articles by Gotaas. Gotaas' major publications are arranged alphabetically by title; following are briefer works including articles and reviews, also arranged alphabetically according to title. Article reprints close out the series.
Index to Prominent Correspondents
Name; Date; Box and Folder
Cannon, Howard W.; c. Oct. 15, 1974; Box 6; Folder 1
Crane, Philip M.; March 15, 1977; Box 6; Folder 3
Daley, Richard J.; Nov. 15, 1963; Box 5; Folder 3
Derwinski, Edward J.; July 20, 1961; Box 5; Folder 2
Derwinski, Edward J.; March 17, 1977; Box 6; Folder 3
Fary, John G.; March 15, 1977; Box 6; Folder 3
Findley, Paul; March 17, 1977; Box 6; Folder 3
Hungate, William L.; Oct. 3, 1974; Box 6; Folder 1
Kerner, Otto; June 20, 1964; Box 5; Folder 3
Kerner, Otto; Sept. 4(?), 1964; Box 5; Folder 3
Kerner, Otto; Jan. 24, 1966; Box 17; Folder 7
Kerner, Otto; Aug. 26, 1967; Box 17; Folder 7
McClory, Robert; Oct. 9, 1974; Box 6; Folder 1
McClory, Robert; March 16, 1977; Box 6; Folder 3
Mezvinsky, Edward; Oct. 3, 1974; Box 6; Folder 1
Murphy, Morgan F.; March 16, 1977; Box 6; Folder 3
Ogilvie, Richard B.; Aug. 2, 1968; Box 5; Folder 5
Percy, Charles H.; Aug. 6, 1968; Box 5; Folder 5
Percy, Charles H.; April 8, 1971; Box 5; Folder 8
Percy, Charles H.; July 19, 1974; Box 6; Folder 1
Percy, Charles H.; Oct. 7, 1974; Box 6; Folder 1
Price, Melvin; March 17, 1977; Box 6; Folder 3
Rockfeller, Nelson A.; Dec. 10, 1958; Box 4; Folder 10
Rockfeller, Nelson A.; March 27, 1968; Box 5; Folder 5
Rockfeller, Nelson A.; Sept. 3, 1968; Box 5; Folder 5
Rockfeller, Nelson A.; July 28, 1969; Box 18; Folder 15
Rockfeller, Nelson A.; Aug. 4, 1969; Box 18; Folder 15
Rockfeller, Nelson A.; Sept. 4, 1969; Box 18; Folder 15
Rockfeller, Nelson A.; May 23, 1975; Box 7; Folder 6
Stassen, Harold E.; Jan. 28, 1954; Box 4; Folder 9
Stassen, Harold E.; June 30, 1955; Box 4; Folder 9
Stevenson, Adlai E., III; Oct. 4, 1974; Box 6; Folder 1
Vander Jagt, Guy; Feb. 11, 1969; Box 5; Folder 6
Waldie, Jerome R.; Oct. 15, 1974; Box 6; Folder 1
- Gotaas, Harold Benedict, 1906-1977 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at email@example.com or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
Harold Gotaas came to Northwestern as professor of civil engineering and dean of the Technological Institute; he retired as dean in 1970 but continued to teach until his retirement in 1975. The papers document Gotaas' academic career through course materials and publications, and include research and consulting files.
The Harold B. Gotaas papers fill twenty-four and one-half boxes and are arranged in seven subseries: Gotaas' graduate education files, correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, files on professional organization, speeches and papers, and publications. The general correspondence files are arranged by date, the subject correspondence are arranged alphabetically by folder title. The teaching files are arranged first according to Gotaas' academic affiliation and then by course number, title, or topic. The research and consulting files are arranged alphabetically by topical headings. Within the publications files, major publications are arranged alphabetically by title followed by brief works which are also arranged alphabetically by title.
Method of Acquisition
The University Archives received the Harold B. Gotaas papers in three accessions. J. E. Quon, a member of the Technological Institute faculty, donated one portion of the papers on Dec. 15, 1975 (Accession #75–9). Quon and B.H. Jennings, a faculty colleague, transferred a major portion of the Gotaas papers to the Archives in January, 1978 and on July 13, 1978 (Accession #78–5). The third accession, Accession #79-137, combined materials from #79–19 and #82–95 and consisted of small amounts of materials removed from the University Archives' collection of biographical files.
A later accession, #88-270, received from University Relations on November 16, 1988, consisted of biographical material and was interfiled with existing biographical materials.
Four photographs were transferred to University Archives' Photograph Collection. Approximately ten inches of records were removed from the Gotaas papers and accessioned as the official records of Gotaas's tenure as dean of the Technological Institute. An additional twenty linear inches of miscellaneous mimeographed documents, including material relating to the Technological institute and its various departments has been transferred to the Archives' general reference files. Duplicate and extraneous materials, with a volume of about ten linear feet, have been discarded.
William K. Beatty; April-July, 1986.
- Guide to the Harold B. Gotaas (1906-1977) Papers
- William K. Beatty
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