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ALLEN SHEELEY JANSSEN

Papers, 1926-1980
11 cubic feet


The papers of Allen Janssen, Dean of Engineering at the University of Idaho from 1946 to 1967, were donated to the University of Idaho Library by his family in August 1984. They were processed by Judith Nielsen between February and May 1988.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF ALLEN SHEELEY JANSSEN

Allen Sheeley Janssen was born in Boise, Idaho, September 12, 1907, the son of Alfred E. and Edma M. (Sheeley) Janssen. He was graduated from Boise High School, and attended the University of Idaho, earning a B(Arch) in 1930, a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1933, and his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1937.

Following his graduation in 1930 he worked for the Idaho Department of Highways. In 1931 he returned to the university as an instructor in the Civil Engineering Department. He continued teaching at the university for over forty years, becoming dean of the College of Engineering in 1946. He resigned as dean in 1967, but continued to teach half-time until his retirement in 1972. While at the university he served on the Academic Council, Research Council, Research Foundation, Patent Committee, and Water Resources Committee; he was also faculty advisor to the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity from 1936-1956.

While teaching he also acted as consultant and designer on many civil engineering projects, with emphasis on highway work, materials of construction, and construction and analysis research. He also worked as a field draftsman for the Idaho Department of Highways from 1930-1946. After his semi-retirement from the university he worked part-time as an office engineer for Pacific Consultants.

He interrupted his teaching during World War II (1942-1946) when, as part of the 55th Naval Construction Battalion, Civil Engineering Corps, he spent 2 1/2 years in the Seabees constructing overseas bases in the South Pacific, and 1 1/2 years in research and development work with the Bureau of Yards & Docks in Washington, D.C.

He was the author of a dozen published works and a member of numerous professional organizations and fraternities, holding regional offices in many of them. His honors and awards include a Distinguished Service Certificate from the National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners (1957), Engineer of the Year award given by the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers (1959), Engineer of Merit commendation from the Spokane Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (1965), and Outstanding Service to the Community award given by the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. In 1972 the new engineering building at the University of Idaho was named after him.

In 1947 he was elected to the Idaho State Board of Engineering Examiners to fill the unexpired term of Jesse Buchanan, who resigned upon assuming the Presidency of the University of Idaho. Janssen continued on this board until his resignation in May 1968.

He was also active in community affairs, serving as chairman of the Transportation Committee of the Chamber of Commerce (1969-1972), on the Board of Trustees of the Moscow School District (1948-1953), as a member of the Board of Directors for the Highway District, and on the Technical Advisor Committee for the Regional Airport (1969-January 1972). He was active in the Republican Party and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He married Ada Jones on July 14, 1930, in Logan, Utah; they had two children, a son Alfred and a daughter Sheila. Janssen suffered from Alzheimer's Disease and died at the Good Samaritan Village in Moscow on December 26, 1983.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The papers of Allen Janssen span the years 1926 to 1980, with the bulk of the material covering the year 1940 to 1972. included are examinations given to professional engineers seeking registration in Idaho, outlines and exams for courses he taught at the university and other material concerning the engineering college, materials relating to his work in a military construction battalion, and papers and newspaper clippings dealing with organizations he was involved with such as Pacific Consultants, which includes reports done for the Public Land Law Review Commission; Bonneville Power Administration; Moscow Chamber of Commerce, especially the Transportation Committee; and the Civil Defense Executive Reserve.

ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION

The papers of Allen Janssen were in file folders, but not in any discernible order when received. Therefore, although folder headings were retained, the series arrangement is completely artificial. The first material relating to Janssen's major involvements was separated out and arranged by subject. The examinations given by the State Board of Engineering Examiners are arranged chronologically, as is the board correspondence. The National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners consists of two parts--the Western Zone to which Idaho belonged, and material from the national office. The university material is divided into material concerning the university in general and the engineering college in particular. For ease of organization the folders in these groups are arranged alphabetically, with material in the folders being arranged chronologically. The folders relating to professional organizations Janssen belonged to are arranged alphabetically, as is the military material. Material from the Pacific Consultants is arranged by project. The final series contains material concerning other interests and involvements of Janssen and is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Several boxes of material were badly water damaged before being received by the library and were discarded during processing. Duplicate copies of examinations and publications were also discarded. By this means the original bulk was reduced by 8 cubic feet.

SERIES LIST

Container

I. Idaho State Board of Engineering Examiners, 1926-1971 1-2

II. National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners, 1938-1977 3

III. University of Idaho and College of Engineering, 1934-1977 3-5

A. University of Idaho, 1946-1977

B. College of Engineering, 1934-1977

IV. Professional Organizations and Seminars, 1952-1977 6-7

V. Military Service and Related Papers, 1941-1976 7

VI. Pacific Consultants, 1968-1969 8

VII. Personal Interests and Involvements, 1931-1980 8-11

INVENTORY

ALLEN SHEELEY JANSSEN

Box Folder Description Items

I. Idaho State Board of Engineering Examiners, 1926-1971

1	1-4	Examinations, 1926-1940	73
	5-10	Examinations, April 1941-April 1947	104
	10-15	Examinations, March 1949-March 1954	93
	16-21	Examinations, March 1955-March 1960	102
	22-30	Examinations, December 1960-December 1964	115
	31-37	Examinations, December 1965-December 1968	97
2	38-43	Correspondence, 1939-1949	357
	44-50	Correspondence, 1950-1959	693
	51-55	Correspondence, 1960-1964	366
	56-58	Correspondence, 1965-1971	236
	59	John E. Hayes Case, 1957-1958	20
	60	Warren - Higgins Case, 1947-1949	18
	61	Applications, 1968-1972	9
	62	Attorney General's & Board Council's Opinions, 1939-1956	58
	63-65	Minutes, 1947-1968	83
	66	Publications and Forms, 1953-1967	9
	67	Review Document for Professional Engineer's Registration in Idaho, Prepared by Douglas C. Dowell, April 1960	1

II. National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners, 1938-1977

		Western Zone, 1946-1976
3	68	Minutes of Annual Meetings, 1951-1974	14
	69	Correspondence, 1946-1976	15
		National Office, 1938-1977
	70	Annual Meetings, 1939-1977	12
	71	Correspondence, 1948-1977	120
	72	Publications, 1938-1975	17
	73	The Registration Bulletin, 1948-1976	16
	74	Reports, 1948-1966	13

III. The University of Idaho and College of Engineering, 1934-1977

A. University, 1946-1977

	75	Asphalt Institute, 1955-1972	11
	76	Consulting Services Policy, 1946-1969	6
	77	Honors Program, Spring 1977, 1976-1977	100
	78	Honors Program, Fall 1977	58
	79-80	Memos, 1963-1974	71
	81	Project THEMIS, 1967	7
	82	Short Term Applied Research (STAR) Reports, 1967-1973	13

B. College of Engineering, 1934-1977

		Meetings and Minutes
	83	Advisory Council, 1967-1972	12
	84	Committee on Assignments and Others, 1966-1972	19
	85	Curriculum Committee, 1967-1971	39
	86	Department Heads, 1953-1954	46
	87	Executive Committee, 1961-1967	89
	88	Executive Council, 1968-1974	41
	89	Faculty, 1966-1974	50
	90	Civil Engineering Faculty, 1966-1976	109
	91	Mechanical Engineering Department, 1965-1966	4
4	92	Advising of Students, 1949-1977	82
	93-96	Budget Requests, 1938-1971	180
	97-98	Buildings, 1947-1966	23
	99	Civil Engineering Department, 1967-1975	77
	100-101	Correspondence, 1934-1975	213
	102	Decimal Point Location Reports, 1959-1960	6
	103	Directories, 1966-1974	12
	104	Engineering Education, 1956-1964	10
	105	Engineering Science Program, 1958-1962	33
	106	ECPD Accreditation Visits, 1963-1971	12
	107	Enrollments and Estimates of Graduates, 1954-1967	63
	108	Faculty Applications, 1957-1966	150
	109	Faculty Inventory, 1962	65
	110	Faculty Travel Reports, 1938-1967	37
	111	Faculty Vitae, 1960s	6
	112	Fellowship Appointments, 1956	8
	113	Gifts, 1961-1966	19
	114	Grades, 1968-1971	21
	115	Janssen's Personnel Records, 1936-1972	35
	116	Letters to Prospective Students, 1961	26
	117-122	Memos, 1938-1977	339
	123	Miscellaneous, n.d.	7
	124-125	Newsletters, 1967-1975	152
	126	Photographs, n.d.	3
	127	Publications, 1941-1970	21
5	128	Nuclear Reactor Program, 1955-1956	29
	129	Ten Year Plan, 1956-1959	25
	130	Student Reports, April 1940	3
	131-133	Senior Field Trip Reports, 1952-1957	20
	134-136	Student Reports for Contracts and Specifications, 1952-1954	17
		Allen Janssen's Course Outlines & Lecture Notes
	137-148	Civil Engineering 5, 1946/47-1957/58	371
	149-155	Engineering 5, 1958/59-1964/65	306
	156	Civil Engineering 131, 1956/57	34
	157	Civil Engineering 152 (Readings), 1934-1938	11
	158-160	Civil Engineering 153, 1957/58-1968/69	109
	161-162	Civil Engineering 154, 1967/68-1968/69	60
	163	Civil Engineering 360, 1969/70	3
	164-166	Civil Engineering 382, 1969/70-1971/72	22
		Civil Engineering 484, 1970/71	40
	168	Philosophy 204, 1976/77	52
	169-170	Engineering Experiment Station, 1955-1974	37
	171-172	Materials Testing Laboratory, 1967-1968	4

IV. Professional Organizations and Seminars, 1952-1977

6	173	American Concrete Institute, 1966	2
	174	American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1961-1965	7
	175	American Institute of Electrical Engineers, 1958	14
	176	American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1961	4
	177	American Society of Civil Engineers, 1963-1976	50
	178-179	American Society for Engineering Education, 1959-1975	32
	180	Commission on Engineering Education, 1964	3
	181	Engineers' Council for Professional Development, 1961-1972	35
	182	Engineers Joint Council, 1952-1966	13
		Idaho Society of Professional Engineers
	183	General, 1956-1977	45
	184	Ethical Practices Committee, 1970-1972	26
	185	Presentation of Certificates Ceremony, 1970-1972	13
	186	Student Professional Committee, 1967-1968	14
	187	Junior Engineering and Technical Society (JETS), 1964-1966	10
	188	National Association of State Universities and Land Grand Colleges, Div. of Engineering, 1962-1966	33
		National Society of Professional Engineers
6	189-190	General, 1963-1976	69
	191-198	Meetings, 1963-1966	8
	199	Water Policy Committee, 1964-1966	31
7	200	Honor Societies, 1963-1976	4
	201	Institute for Engineering Deans, 1965-1968	3
	202	Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Seminar, 1960	21
	203	Standard Oil Seminars, 1955-1967	22

V. Military Service and Related Papers, 1941-1976

	204	Construction Designs, 1943-1946	18
	205	Construction Manuals, 1943-1945	10
	206-212	Manual TM-235 "Control of Soils in Military Construction", drafts, 1945-1946	27
		Construction
	213	Progress Reports, 1943-1945	22
	214	Airfields, 1943-1946	11
	215	Roads, 1945	2
	216	Warehouses, 1943	9
		Soil Testing
	217	Technical Bulletin: Soil Testing Set No. 1, 1945	1
	218	Forms and list of equipment, n.d.	30
	219	"Soils Engineering for Seabees", draft, n.d.	1
	220	North Dakota Cone Bearing Indes, 1945	6
	221	"Control of Soils in Military Construction", draft, 1945	2
	222	Reports, Manuals, etc., 1941-1944	6
	223-224	55th Construction Battalion, correspondence, newsletters,	1943-1976	63
	225	Photographs, n.d.	5
	226	Navy League, 1970-1974	15
	227	Civil Engineers Corps, 1957-1974	18
	228	Naval Air Training Command, Pensacola, Florida, 1948	42
	229	Red Cross Campaign, 1946	10
	230	Miscellaneous, 1943-1948	12

VI. Pacific Consultants, 1968-1969

8	231	General, 1968-1969	33
	232	Dalton Water Association, 1969	15
	233	Idaho Comprehensive Law Enforcement Plan, 1969	1
	234	Law Building, University of Idaho, 1969	11
	235	Lewiston Hill: Rerouting U.S. 95, 1968-1969	44
	236	Preliminary Comparative Study of Airport Needs for the Palouse Empire, 1968	1
	237	Walla Walla County Sewer and Water Plan, 1968	1
	238	Weyerhaeuser Water Pollution Problem, 1969	2
		Public Land Law Review Commission Projects
	239	Forage Study Reports for the University of Idaho, 1958-1969	49
	240	Mining, Surface Hard Rock Area: Nevada, 1968-1969	24
	241	Mining, Hard Rock Areas: Grand Junction, Moab, Monticello, 1968-1969	31
	242	Oil and/or Gas Area: Farmington, New Mexico, 1968	17
	243	Phosphates Area: Pocatello, 1968	17
	244	Supporting Material, 1968-1969	18
	245	Draft of Report: "Impact of Mining Operations on Use of Public Lands for Grazing", 1969	5
	246	Wooden Toy Business for Nez Perce Indian Tribe, 1968	2
	247	Janssen's Time Sheets, 1968-1969	98

VII. Personal Interests and Involvements, 1946-1970

	248	Agriculture, 1964	2
	249	Airfields, Design and Construction, 1946-1947	8
	250	Airports, Regional: Quad Cities, 1966-1974	234
	251	Atmosphere Chart, 1958	1
	252-253	Atomic Energy Commission, Correspondence and Press Releases, 1952-1966	63
	254	Bearing Tests, n.d.	4
	255-258	Bonneville Power Administration, Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, 1950-1975	68
9	259-260	Bridges, Janssen's Article and General Articles, 1933-1972	8
	261	Cement, 1956	1
	262	Certificates and Photographs, 1948-1960	12
		Chamber of Commerce, City of Moscow
	263	Annual & Financial Reports, 1969-1976	13
	264	General, 1968-1976	70
	265	Industrial Development Workshop, 1969	1
	266	Newsletters, 1970-1976	141
	267	Selection Committee, 1971	12
	268-271	Transportation Committee, Minutes and Reports, 1968-1976	266
		City of Moscow 
9	272	Kiwanis Club, Public Affairs Committee, 1957	20
	273	School District. Clippings, 1977-1978	50
	274	School District. Plat Maps, 1951	2
	275-276	School District. School Facilities Study, 1977	79
	277	School District. School Facilities Planning Guides, 1972-1976	2
	278	Traffic Counts, 1968	46
	279	Water Supply, 1969-1971	20
	280	Latah County Energy Committee, 1977	48
		Civil Defense
	281	Associated General Contractors of America. Plan Bulldozer--Disaster Relief, 1965	3
	282	Idaho Department of Highways, 1968-1971	3
	283	U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Bureau of Public Roads. Emergency Planning and Operations Manual, 1966	1
	284	U.S. Department of Defense, n.d.	1
	285-294	U.S. Dept. of Transportation. National Defense 	Executive Reserve Conferences, 1967-1971	134
10	295-296	U.S. Dept. of Transportation. National Defense 	Executive Reserve Conferences, 1972-1974	15
	297	Newsletters, 1968-1975	20
	298	Publications, 1964-1974	11
	299-301	Correspondence, Personal, 1946-1980	412
	302	Correspondence, Charles William Lang, Jr., 1958-1971	51
	303	Crossley vs. Grow, 1952	61
	304-307	Dams, 1949-1977	33
	308	Earthquakes, 1959-1966	2
	309	East Side Grade School, Moscow, Blueprints, 1951	3
	310	Engineering Education, Articles, 1955-1965	24
	311	Engineering Pamphlets, 1946-1957	9
	312	Engineering: Outline for course C.E. 154, taught by George R. Russell, 1965	1
	313	Engineering, C.E. 109. Janssen's papers for a course taught by J.E. Buchanan, 1931/32	9
	314	Engineering Profession, Articles, 1948-1955	27
	315	Engineers, Registration, 1949-1954	3
	316	Engineers, Shortage of, 1951-1956	22
	317	English Writing and Speaking, 1948-1952	9
		Highways
	318	Correspondence, 1936-1974	8
	319	Paving, 1946-1957	8
	320	Publications, 1949-1966	8
		Highways, Idaho
10	321	Clippings, 1972-1973	2
	322	Idaho Association of Highway Districts, 1953	7
	323	Idaho Dept. of Highways, Newsletters, 1964-1972	4
	324	Lewiston Hill Study, 1970-1972	2
	325-326	Location Studies and Hearings, 1964-1970	5
	327	Miscellaneous Reports and Studies, 1957-1967	-6
11	328	Paving, 1948-1965	2
	329	Princeton-Harvard Highway District Consolidation, 1968-1969	15
	330	Publications, 1967	1
	331	Surveys, 1967	3
	332	Highways, Washington. Specifications for Highway Structures, 1931	1
	333	Land Sale, Payette Lakes, 1968-1969	14
	334	Land Surveying, 1957-1964	5
	335	Legislature, Idaho. Clippings, 1965-1969	25
	336	Legislation, Federal, 1963-1965	4
	337	North Idaho Chamber of Commerce Meeting, November 14-16, 1968	13
	338-339	Personal Clippings, 1955-1977	56
	340	Pollution, 1959-1969	16
	341	Richland Power Plant Dedication, Sept. 26, 1963	8
	342	Safety, 1941-1953	6
	343	Salmon School Inspection, 1960-1962	12
	344	Scenic Rivers, 1968-1969	20
	345	Shell Desk Calendar, 1967	1
	346-348	Soil Mechanics, 1935-1947	37
	349	Sons of the American Revolution, 1967-1978	73
	350	Transportation Poster, n.d.	1
	351	University: Class of 1930. 1955-1980	60
	352	University: Vandal Boosters, 1980	7
	353	Washington State University. College of Engineering, 1967	4
	354-356	Water, 1951-1976	49


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