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Iowa State University. Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 11/5

Scope and Content

This collection consists of materials related to the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Records include news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, subject files, biographical files, Camp Marston records, construction engineering program records, creative components, and faculty papers.


  • 1892-2013

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The idea of a construction engineering course began at the annual Master Builders of Iowa in 1948 when Mr. W.A. Klinger, as the meeting minutes state, "...gave an effective, brief discussion on the need for broadening toward the ultimate establishment of a construction engineering course." An action committee headed W.A. Klinger and W.W. Moeler was formed and meetings with the officials of Iowa State College were set up. After pushing for some classes in the area of construction practices and giving scholarships for a few years they finally made some progress in 1954, when Leonard Wolf became the new head of the department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering. Wolf proposed a 5-year degree program in either Architectural Engineering or Construction Engineering. The college preferred the Architectural Engineering and so it was added to the catalog in 1957. The program contained many of the courses advocated by the M.B.I. committee. The M.B.I. decided to support the classes relating to the practice of construction by paying $15,000 a year for 5 years and it could be renewed at the end of that time as well. The $15,000 was to ensure Iowa State would have the 5-year program. A program in construction education was finally almost put in place in 1960 when Thomas C. Jellinger was hired to teach 3 construction courses. The catalog continued to grow with more and more construction courses. In 1964 the number of construction related courses was up to nine, there was a Building Construction option under Engineering Operations, and the student chapter of the AGC was formed. The 1971-1973 catalog listed for the first time "Construction Engineering," "Courses and Programs," and "Curriculum." The first graduate level classes for Construction Engineering were listed in the 1975-1977 catalog. In 1986 the Department of Civil Engineering voted to Change its name to the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering.


9.87 Linear Feet (20 document boxes and 7 half-document boxes)

Items in related collections

RS 11/5/55. E. Robert Baumann papers, 1946-2010, undated RS 11/5/12. Almon H. Fuller papers, 1900-1961, undated RS 11/5/13. Lowell O. Stewart papers, 1928-1971, undated RS 11/5/14. Carl E. Ekberg, Jr. papers, 1956-2007, undated RS 11/5/51. Donna Schulze Lutz papers, 1993-1995 RS 11/5/52. Rudolph J. Lubsen papers, 1932-1995, undated RS 11/5/57. James M. Hoover papers, 1960-1994

Processing Information

Released on 2018-08-21.

RS 11/5. Iowa State University. Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering records, 1892-2013
February 10, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672