The papers of William F. Durand date from 1893 to 1958; included with them are some biographical and scientific writings by
others that relate to Durand dating to 1979. the papers primarily concern his research in engineering and aeronautics. They
include correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, research notes, reports, reprints, clippings, photographs (including some
of damage to Stanford buildings from the 1906 earthquake), memorabilia, and a copy of his published autobiography. The correspondence
consists mostly of carbon copies of outgoing letters from 1943 1to 1945 concerning publications, aeronautical research, recommendations,
professional affiliations, Stanford University affairs, and some personal news.
William F. Durand, known as the Dean of American engineering, joined the Stanford University faculty in 1904, serving as professor
and head of the Mechanical Engineering Department until his retirement at age 65 in 1924; he held the position of Professor
Emeritus until 1958.
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permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University