Finding aid created by: --
Date: Oct 1966
|8 Jul 2008||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|16 Feb 2021||additions processed (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Vogel, Herbert D., 1900-1984.|
|Title:||Herbert D. Vogel Papers|
|Quantity:||1.5 linear feet|
|Abstract:||An engineer and brigadier general, Vogel was director of the Tennessee Valley Authority and engineer adviser to the World Bank. Collection includes correspondence, memorabilia, writings, and other items.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Herbert D. Vogel (1900-1984) was an American civil engineer, specializing in hydraulics and waterway projects.
Born in Chelsea, Michigan, he studied civil engineering, served with the Army Corps of Engineers for more than thirty years, and became one of the world's foremost experts on hydraulic engineering. Vogel was involved in waterway projects across the United States and abroad, and wrote numerous articles and papers on water and soil conservation, river and harbor engineering, hydraulic models, inland navigation, and other challenges of his chosen field.
Among many other awards, he received the Distinguished Honorary Graduate Award of the U.S. Army Engineering School, the Colon Alfaro Medal, Knight of the Grand Cross (Thailand), Distinguished Alumnus Award (University of Michigan), Award for Meritorious Service to the Engineering Profession (1967), and the Liberation and Independence Medals (Philippines). In 1972 he held the George W. Goethals Chair of Military Construction at the Army Engineer School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1977 and was a fellow of the American Consulting Engineers Council, and he was an honorary member of the Public Works Historical Society, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Engineers Club of Pennsylvania.
According to the memorial tribute published by the National Academy of Engineering after his death, Vogel's efforts in "proving and exploiting the validity of hydraulic models...brought about a revolution in engineering concepts." The U.S. Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which Vogel helped establish and which he served as its first director, became a model for practical hydraulic research and undertook experiments on hundreds of problems for countries all over the world.
|1924||Graduates from West Point; enters U.S. Army as second lieutenant|
|1928||Receives M.S. in civil engineering from the University of California|
|1929||Receives E.D. (doctorate) in hydraulic engineering from Berlin Technical College|
|1929-1934||Establishes U.S. Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and serves as its first director|
|1933||Receives C.E. from the University of Michigan|
|1941-1945||Serves in South Pacific during World War II|
|1945-1949||District Engineer, Buffalo, New York|
|1949-1950||Engineer of the Panama Canal|
|1950-1952||Lieutenant governor of Canal Zone Government|
|1952-1954||Division Engineer of the Southwest Division of the Army Corps of Engineers|
|1954||Retires from Army|
|1954-1963||Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, appointed by President Eisenhower|
|1963-1967||Engineering Adviser to World Bank|
|1967-1984||Establishes Herbert D. Vogel and Associates, an engineering consulting firm|
[Portions of this biographical sketch excerpted from "Herbert D. Vogel," by Harry E. Bovay; in Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering, Volume 3 (1989), pp. 338-345.]
The Herbert D. Vogel Papers consists of bigraphical material, correspondence-subject files, memorabilia, and writings.
Biographical material contains a published biographical sketch as well as Vogel's military file and his own personal file of material relating to the Panama Canal.
Correspondence-subject files, which largely preserve Vogel's original arrangement, includes material relating to organizations (American Society of Civil Engineers, Tennessee Valley Authority) and projects (oral histories, Tellico Dam) as well as files of letters of congratulation/appreciation at various points in Vogel's career.
Memorabilia includes awards and recognitions, clippings, photographs, and two scrapbooks.
Writings includes a typescript of Vogel's memoirs as well as articles, papers, speeches, letters to the editor, and so on spanning more of Vogel's career.
Correspondence-subject files are arranged alphabetically by topic. Memorabilia is arranged alphabetically by type of material. Writings are alphabetical by title.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Additional material is in the Historical Section of the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, DC.
Vogel, Herbert D., 1900-1984.
Canal Zone -- History.
Tennessee Valley Authority -- History.
Hydraulic engineers -- United States.
Water resources development -- United States -- History.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Herbert D. Vogel Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Herbert D. Vogel, 1968-1982.
|Box 1||"Current Biography" 1954|
|Box 1||Military, miscellaneous 1954|
|Box 1||Personal file, Panama Canal Zone 1949-1952 - reports, diagrams, notes, correspondence, etc.|
|Box 1||War Department file 1928-1945 - orders, passes, printed material, pay allotments, etc; in reverse chronological order, as received (3 folders)|
|Box 1||American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 1973-1979 - includes information on national water policy|
|Box 1||Asian Development Bank 1967-1975|
|Box 1||CLIO Research Company 1975-1976|
|Box 1||Committee of Visitors, Vanderbilt University ollege of Engineering 1972-1975|
|Box 1||Conferences 1961, 1973-1977 - includes proceedings with paper by Vogel|
|Box 1||Congratulations on TVA appointment 1954|
|Box 1||Congratulations on honorary memership to ASCE 1976|
|Box 1||Congratulations on election to National Academy of Engineering 1977|
|Box 1||Engineering education 1961, 1972-1973 - includes ASCE committee, US Army Engineer School|
|Box 1||Fellowship, Germany 1928-1929|
|Box 1||Mekong project 1974|
|Box 1||National Energy Policy Committee, ASCE 1976|
|Box 2||Oral history projects 1969, 1976-1977 - TVA, Memphis State University, US Navy, Public Works Historical Society|
|Box 2||Panama Canal 1972-1978|
|Box 2||Retirement from TVA 1962 - letters of appreciation from state and federal government officials, TVA staff, and miscellaneous members of various organizations and the public (4 folders)|
|Box 2||Sylvanus Thayer Award Committee 1970-1971|
|Box 2||Tellico Dam Project 1978 - includes statement by Vogel regarding the snail darter|
|Box 2||Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) 1958-1962 - press releases|
|Box 2||Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) 1954, 1960-1962 - printed material, including Congressional Record from hearing on Vogel's directorship|
|Box 2||University of Michigan 1933, 1946, 1953|
|Box 2||Waterways Experiment Station 1968, 1976-1979|
|Box 2||White House 1954-1960, 1974 - Eisenhower, Rockefeller, Nixon, Ford|
|Box 2||General (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Awards and recognitions 1928, 1946, 1948, 1954, 1962, 1975-1980|
|Box 2||Clippings 1955, 1957, 1959, 1962-1964, 1975, 1981|
|Box 2||Photographs - candids, formal portraits, Waterways Experiment Station|
|Box 3||Scrapbook 1933-1939, undated - mostly articles by Vogel, some by others|
|Box 3||Scrapbook 1940-1943 - photographs and clipping|
|Box 3||Miscellaneous (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Articles, published 1947, 1957-1960, 1962 - original and reprints|
|Box 3||Articles, typescript 1956, 1960-1963, undated - some annotated with publication information (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Impressions of life in Germany under the Weimar Republic 1960|
|Box 3||Lectures and speeches 1940, 1945, 1952, 1961, 1964, 1976, undated|
|Box 3||Letters to the editor 1975-1977, undated|
|Box 3||[Memoirs] circa 1968 - covers Waterways Experiment Station; US Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District; TVA|
|Box 3||Memorial tribute for Gail Hathaway 1979|
|Box 3||Statements - formal statements on various topics and occasions, including one for radio broadcast|