Addison F. Wilber Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Wilber, Addison Frankland
Addison F. Wilber papers
circa 2001
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Addison Frankland Wilber was born in Boyne City, Michigan in 1904. After a hard childhood, Wilber entered Illinois College in 1924 and transferred to MSU in 1927. He was on the wrestling team, a member of the Ulyssian House (later Theta Kappa Nu) fraternity, and played saxophone at dances with a number of bands. In September 1930 after graduating from MSU with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Wilber went to Denver, Colorado to work on hydroelectric projects with the US Bureau of Reclamation. One of the projects was the including the Boulder (Hoover) Dam. In 1942, he was called to active duty in the Army to service military vehicles. Following a short illness, Wilber was released from the Army, and beginning in 1944, worked on a number of civil engineering projects across the United States, including the Kortes Dam and Power Plant in Wyoming, the Iroquois Dam (part of the St. Lawrence River Power Project), the Niagara Power Project in New York, and the Oroville Dam in California. In 1966 he was named Head, Section of Inspections of the Federal Power Commission in Washington, D.C., and held this position until his retirement in 1968.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of the book, Memories in which Addison Wilber describes his life as a MSU student and civil engineer from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 2004

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Transferred by the Alumni Association to the MSU Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Class of 1930.
  • Michigan State University. Student life.


  • Engineering

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Memories circa 2001 

F.D. 1