Danske Udvandrerarkiv (Aalborg universitetscenter) papers  1873-1923
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Container / Location Title
 
Job Files [series]

The Job Files series consists of the following subseries: Alphabetical Cross Index Of Jobs, Visual Materials, Design Reports And Site Specific Materials, and Engineering Field Notes.

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Alphabetical Cross Index Of Jobs [subseries]

The Alphabetical Cross Index Of Jobs subseries (1 bound volume) cross-indexes most Fargo Engineering Company jobs by name to alternate names, location (according to city, associated river, or both), Fargo job number, and client company. When used in conjunction with this finding aid, the researcher will find this document to be a useful reference tool.

 
Visual Materials [subseries]

The Visual Materials subseries (6.5 linear feet) consists mainly of single site photograph albums, arranged alphabetically by state (Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin). These albums are further arranged alphabetically by construction site within the appropriate state. The albums document various hydroelectric, power plant, and dam construction projects undertaken by Fargo Engineering Company mainly in the period from 1906 to 1940. Within the Wisconsin grouping, however, there are four photograph albums which date from 1949 to 1951. The Michigan grouping is the largest, and contains extensive visual documentation of many large lower peninsula power projects undertaken between 1905 and 1937. Individual photographs in the albums have been well documented by Fargo Engineering, with most containing a job number and (or) date on each print. An attempt has been made in this finding aid to supply a location, Fargo job number, and surrounding dates for each album. The researcher can discover alternate names and the client for each job by referring to the Alphabetical Cross Index Of Jobs mentioned above.

While most of the state albums contain jobs for that state alone, there are some exceptions within the Michigan albums. The Irving Powerhouse and Dam album contains the Inks Dam in Texas, the Elk Rapids album contains the Nashua Dam in Iowa, and the Miscellaneous Michigan Sites album contains one site in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as well as multiple Michigan sites.

The Visual Materials subseries also includes seven glass plate negatives (unidentified), four multiple-site photograph albums, a single unidentified site in a post album, two folders of loose photograph album pages (Michigan and non-Michigan sites), and three folder of individual photographs (labeled Michigan, non-Michigan, and unidentified work sites).

 
Photograph Albums of Connecticut Job Sites
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Norwich Water Plant, Shetucket River, Job No. W-593  1926-1927
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[Scotland Dam, Shetucket River], Uncas [Power Company] [W-17]  1906
 
Photograph Albums of Iowa Job Sites
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Cedar Rapids, Cedar River, Job No. W-142, Hydro-Electric Plant  1915-1917
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Mitchell Development, Cedar River, Job No. W-484  1922-1926
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Waterloo Dam, Ohio River, Job No. W-481-G  1922-1923
 
Photograph Albums of Michigan Job Sites
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Alcona [Dam] #1, AuSable River near Bamfield Job No. W-42  1917-1923
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Battle Creek Steam Plant, Job No. S-88-J,N, and L  1917,  1920,  1921
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Consumers Power Company Work in Michigan designed by Fargo  July, 1920
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Cooke Dam, AuSable River, Job No. [W-26]  1910-1912
 
County Line Development, Manistee River, Job No. W-258-E  1924-1925
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Job site (2 volumes)
 
Job site (3 volumes)
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Vol. I, nos. D-1-A to D-121-A
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Vol. II, nos. D-1-B to D-125-B
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Vol. III, nos. D-1-C to D-99-C
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Croton Dam, Muskegon River near Newago, Job No. W-201  1906-1928
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Elk Rapids, Job No. W-272  1915-1916 and Nashua [Dam], Cedar River, Iowa, Job No. W-317,  1916-1917
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Five Channels, AuSable River, Job No. [W-66]  1911-1913
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Foote Dam, AuSable River, Job No. W-238  1916-1918
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Irving [Powerhouse and Dam], Thornapple River, Job No. [W-687]  1938-1940,  1942-1943 and Arnold (Inks) Dam, Colorado River, Texas Job No. [W-680]  1936-1937
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Jackson Sewage Disposal Plant, Job No. [S.D. 667]  1935-1936
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Junction Dam, Manistee River, Job No. W-54-E  1916-1918
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Loud Site Dam, AuSable River, Job No. [W-219]  1913
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Mio Dam, AuSable River, Job No. W-273  1914-1917 and Plainwell Dam, Kalamazoo River, Job No. W-20-F,  1919
 
Miscellaneous sites (mainly Michigan), including:
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Sheffield Car Company Development, [at Three Rivers], Job No. [W-120]  1916
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Sheboygan, WI., Job No. S-341  1917
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Peninsular Paper Company, Ypsilanti, Job No. W-113-F  1918
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Hamilton Dam and Bridge, Flint, Job No. [W-426]  1920-1921
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Barneston Dam, Job No. W-400-F  1919
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Charlotte Coal Trestle, Job No. M-399-F  1920
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Kalamazoo Coal Trestle, Job No. S-400  1919
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Rogers Dam, Muskegon River, Job No. W-89-F  1905,  1922,  1928
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Stronach Dam, Manistee River, Job No. W-53  1911-1912,  1915
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Webber Dam, Grand River, Job No. [W-7]  1906-1907
 
Photograph Albums of Nebraska Job Sites
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Central Nebraska Public Power Photographs of Construction on North Platte River, Job No. W-676  1937,  1939
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Fullerton, Cedar River, Job No. C-407-F  1919,  1922-1923
 
Photograph Albums of Texas Job Sites
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Hamilton Dam, Flint River at Hamilton, Texas, Job No. W-636  1930-1932
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Several Texas Sites, Guadalupe River, Job No. W-604, W-606  1930-1932,  1942
 
Texas Power Corporation
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Sequin, Job No. W-568, General, July 3-4  1932 (Flood)
 
Dev. No. 1, Guadalupe River, Job No. W-568
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Canal  1927-1928
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Power House  1926-1928
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Spillway  1926-1927 and Flood of  July 3-4, 1932
 
Dev. No. 3, Guadalupe River, Job No. W-568
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 1927-1928
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Spillway  1926-1929
 
Dev. No. 5, Guadalupe River, Job No. W-568
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Canal  1926-1927
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Power House  1926-1928
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Spillway  1926-1928
 
Photograph Albums of Wisconsin Job Sites
 
Dairyland Dam Site, Flambeau River, Job No. [W-726] (4 volumes)
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vol. 1  1949 (photos 1-189)
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vol. 2  1949-1950 (photos 190-382)
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vol. 3  1950-1951 (photos 383-579 and bridges no. B11-B19)
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vol. 4  1951-1952 (photos 580-660 and loose photos and negatives)
 
Jim Falls, Chippewa River, Job No. W-310-L,M,N (2 volumes)
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vol. I  1913-1916,  1922-1923
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vol. II  1923-1924
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LaCrosse Steam Plant, Job No. S-[2]91  1915
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Wissota (vol. II), Chippewa River, Job No. W-305  1916-1919
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Glass Plate Negatives, unidentified  12/5/1905 (7 negatives)
 
Multiple Site Photograph Albums
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Bridges
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Miscellaneous Photographs (2 volumes)
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Some Completed Work by Fargo Engineering Co.
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Transmission Towers
 
Unidentified Site in Post Album  1912-1913
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Michigan Job Sites (44 pages)
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Non-Michigan Job Sites (11 pages)
 
Photographs (3 folders)
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Michigan Job Sites
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Non-Michigan Job Sites
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Unidentified Sites
 
Design Reports And Site Specific Materials [subseries]

The Design Reports And Site Specific Materials subseries (1.5 linear feet) contains thirty-two folders of design and consulting reports, field notes, correspondence and other material related to various Fargo job sites. The folders are arranged numerically by Fargo job number.

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M-25-Flat Rock, MI., Test Report  4/23/1923
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W-299-E Raisin River, Mi. Reports 1 and 2 on Hydroelectric Projects at Petersburg and Raisinville (2 folders)
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W-320-St. Cloud, MN, Correspondence, Bound Report (2 folders)

(includes blueprints and photographs)

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W-321-Grand Rapids, Mi. East Side Water Power Co. Legal Briefs and Hearing Notes (2 folders)
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W-322-Ideal Washed Gravel Co. Dayton, OH., Field Notes
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W-324-Cumberland County Power & Light, Philadelphia, PA., Field Notes
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W-325-Cornell Dam Project Reports (3 folders)
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M-326-Correspondence
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M-327-Reports
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W-329-Reports, Field Notes
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W-330-Field Notes
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W-334-Report
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W-335-Reports and Preliminary Draft of [original] Building Code for City of Jackson, MI.  2/1916 (2 folders)
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W-336-Report
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W-337-Report
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W-338-Report
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W-339-Correspondence
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W-341-Field Notes
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W-342-Report
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M-343-Field Notes
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M-343-Misc. I and II (2 folders)
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W-343-Field Notes-Vol. 4 and 5 (2 folders)
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W-344-Wausau Hydroelectric Plant, Wisconsin River, Notes and estimate
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W-345-I Bill Cross Development, Wisconsin River, Notes and Estimate
 
Engineering Field Notes [subseries]

The Engineering Field Notes subseries (2.7 linear feet) is divided into two sub-subseries of small bound volumes: 25 survey books and miscellaneous notes (each volume approximately 4 x 8 x 1/2 in.). Each sub-subseries is arranged according to the original Fargo call number stamped on each book. An associated site name, Fargo job number and surrounding dates for each book has been provided in this finding aid, where possible. The books vary in content, including: topographical survey notes, level books, wage and hour books and general site notes associated with Fargo construction sites. The books were produced by the head and surveying engineers on each site. Some books contain: photographs, blueprints, maps, indexes and references to photographs found in associated albums in this collection. Therefore, a researcher using a particular album or researching a particular site is advised to search for associated field notes in the list provided herein.

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86-Uncas Power Company, [W-17]  4/1908
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87-Cedar Rapids, Iowa  8/1908-9/1908
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88-Belding, [W-127]  6/1909-11/1920
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89-Survey Notes Monticello, IA, [W-63]  11/1909 Decorah, IA and Gravois, MO.,  5/1911
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91-Detroit, MI, Reinforced Concrete Pipe Company, [M-77]  6/1909
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298-Thunder Bay River, [W-189]  10/1913
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301-Hamlin Lake, [W-190]  12/1917
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310-Dundee, MI, W-251  5/1913-11/1916
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353-Chippewa River, WI, W-159  8/1913
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354-Three Rivers, MI, Power House  9/1913-12/1913
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355-Grunville  5/1914-6/1914
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454-Menomonie, WI, Red Cedar River  5/1915-8/1915
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557-Trappe and Bill Cross Basins Topological Surveys (cont. from 556), W-345-I  6/1917
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558-Trappe and Bill Cross Basins Topological Surveys (cont. from 557), W-345-I  6/1917
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559-Sheboygan, WI, S-341  6/1917-3/1918
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561-Wisconsin River  5/1917-6/1917,  6/1923
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580-Sheboygan, WI, 8th Street Power Plant, Cost of Work
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587-Clinton, MI, W-124  9/1917-6/1919
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623-Anamosa Division Transmission Field Notes, Iowa Electric Co. Appraisal, M-142-J  11/1918
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642-Niles, MI  10/1923
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651-Owosso, MI, Topographic Survey of Shiawassee River, W-390  12/1919
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666-Hopog Damsite, High Falls  11/1920
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667-Hubbardston, MI, Laying out Tail Race for Community Power Co., W-404-G  10/1920-6/1922
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678-Traverse City, MI., Pumping Station  1921
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775-Lawrence, KS, W-381  6/1924-7/1924
 
Miscellaneous Notes [subseries] (83 volumes)
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11-Guadelupe Water Power Company, Sequin, TX., Level Book  6/1912-4/1913
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132-S-31  12/1910

(p. 31-35 only)

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134-Site unknown, Level Book  December 1908-1909
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136-Norwich, CN., Uncas Development (on Shetuckel River near Norwich)  1907-1909
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138-Sites including Brooklyn Dam and Marsh Farm  1894-1912
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157-South Bend Electric Company, IN. (p.11 and 13 only), W-165  1/1907
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159-Allegan County, MI. Timber Levels, and Jackson County, MI. Catch Basins, Level Book L-19  1/1898-12/1899
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173-[Multiple Michigan Sites]  1906-1908
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174-Marshall, MI.  1905-1920
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191-[Multiple Michigan Sites], Level Book L-51  03/1904-04/1912
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192-St. Joseph River, MI., Level Book L-52  1904
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223-Montague and Turners Falls, MA., W-132  1907-1909
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225-Eau Claire, WI.  1909-1913
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227-Belding, MI.  1906-1913
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287-Turners Falls, Connecticut River  1910
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288-Detroit, MI., Reinforced Concrete Pipe Co., [ 1909
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289-Detroit, MI., Reinforced Concrete Pipe Co.  1909-1910
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318-Sturgeon River, MI., W-237  10/1912-5/1914 and Lewiston, ME., W-240
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320A-Menomonie Basin Site Notes  1915-1916
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320B-Menomonie Basin Land Line Notes  6/1915-12/1915
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465B-Floyd Site, Iowa, Topography  1915
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574-Kawishiwi River, MN., W-356-G  6/1917
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581-Trappe Development, W-352  6/1917-7/1917
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584-Eaton Rapids, MI. Developments, W-359  8/1917-9/1918
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597-M-401  5/1918
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598-Kent, OH., W-378, Water Supply Investigation  1918
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600-Davis Dam, Chippeawa Falls, WI.  01/11/1918
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601-Chippewa River, WI., Preliminary Survey to Locate Proposed Dam Site on the East Branch  1/1918

(includes map)

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602-Water Power in Wisconsin, W-370  1918
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603-Eau Claire, WI., Dells Paper and Pulp Co., W-305-J  1918
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605-Ypsilanti, MI. Peninsular Paper Co. and Oak Knitting Co., W-113-f and W-375  1918
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607-LaCrosse, WI., S-291  1915
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608-Cedar River, IA., W-317  1918
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609-St. Joseph River  1918
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610-Eddy Paper Company, White Pigeon, MI.  5/21/1918
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611A-Diaries of Four Engineers, indexed  6/1916-4/1918
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612-Miscellaneous Sites including Paint Creek Basin, Stilson Creek, Yellow River, Contour Is. (binding missing)
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613-Paint Creek Basin, Land Line Notes  8/1915-10/1915
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615-East Jordan, MI., Jordan River, Investigation of possible dam sites, W-372-F  5/1918
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616-Grand River, MI.(near Painesville)  7/1918
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617-Hamilton, Ohio, Miami River, W-382  7/1918
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624-Cornell Dam, WI., W-325  6/1916-8/1916
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625-Cornell Dam, WI. (book 2 of 2), W-325  6/1916-11/1916
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626-Coal Trestle at Charlotte, MI.  11/1918-2/1920
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627-Carson City, MI., Survey of Fish Creek, W-404  2/1919-5/1920
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628-Saco River, ME., Levels, W-394  2/1919
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630-Iowa Electric Co., M-142-J, Notes on Generating Stations and Equipment  11/1918-1/1919
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637-Kalamazoo State Hospital Concrete Trestle, S-410  6/1919-7/1919
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638-Briscoe Motor Corp. (near Jackson, MI.), F-405, Storage Tank  3/1919
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640-Lawton, MI., Paw Paw Creek, W-417, Survey notes  04/22/1919-04/25/1919

(includes correspondence to head engineer and village of Lawton)

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641-Notes on Fargo Engineering Clients, W-417  undated
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644-Jackson, MI., Topographic Survey of Dr. Flinton and Cowham Estates, M-141-K and W-141-L  5/1919-6/1919
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645-Cement City, MI., Town Improvements, M-420  11/1919-2/1920
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646-Litchfield, MI, Kalamazoo River, W-423  9/1917

(includes blueprint)

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647-Wilson Mill Site, Milan, MI.  7/1919
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648-Vanderbuilt, MI., Sturgeon River, Yuill Bros. Dams, W-418 and W-457  07/30/1919
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650-Flint, MI., W-426  9/22/1919
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670-Traverse City, MI., W-460  2/1921-5/1921
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671-Kiddville, MI., Traverse up Flat River above Belding, W-462  01/17/1921
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672-Charlotte, MI. Charlotte Gas Co. Coal Trestle, M-399  undated
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673-Black River, M-300  undated
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674-St Joseph River, W-401-F  12/1920
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687-Jim Falls, WI., W-310, Topography and Misc. Data, and Cornell Dam, WI., W-325, Levels  9/1915
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732-1-Paint Creek, US Land Notes (Book one of two)  undated
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735-1-Jim Falls, WI., W-305, Notes on Drilling  11/1916-5/1917
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736-2-Jim Falls, WI., W-305, (cont. from Book 735-1?)  1916
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757-St. Edwards, NB., W-552, and Milford, NB., W-554  Undated
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763-Vicinity of Stuyvesant Falls Dam, W-567  4/1924-5/1924
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764-Middleton, OH., Miami River, W-565, Levels and Topography of Woodsdale Dam  1923
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767-Elkhardt, IN., W-579, Notes on Headgates and American Coating Co. Mill  1924
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768-W-489  1918
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770-Milford, NB., w-554  undated
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782-Gratz Mill, W-475  11/7/1921
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784-Wissota, WI., W-305, Wage and Hour Book  11/1915-3/1916
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785-W-498  5/1923
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786-Fullerton, NB., W-552  1923,  1930
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787-Greensboro, NC., R-563, Field Notes for North Caroling Public Service Co.  August 11-19, 1923
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789-Jim Falls (cont. from 792), W-310, Chippewa Power Co. Wage and Hour Book  9/1923
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790-Jim Falls, WI., W-310, Daily Notes of P.D. Shares  2/1923-6/1923
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791-Jim Falls, WI., W-310, Tailrace Excavation  1/1923-3/1923
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792-Jim Falls (cont. from 793), W-310, Chippewa Power Co. Wage and Hour Book  4/1923
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793-Jim Falls, W-310, Chippewa Power Co. Wage and Hour Book  1/1923-3/1923
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794-Jim Falls, WI., W-310, Concrete Logs and Powerhouse  9/1922-7/1923
 
Office Files [series]

The Office Files series consists of the following subseries: Corporate Specifications, Contracts and Test Procedures; Business Correspondence of William G. Fargo; and Printed Materials. Corporate specifications, contracts and test procedures (.3 linear feet) has been maintained in the original alphabetical order assigned by Fargo Engineering. The Business Correspondence Of William G. Fargo (.5 linear feet) subseries contains five bound volumes of correspondence (dated 1897-1905) of William G. Fargo, largely relating to the construction of an interurban/electric trolley system for Jackson, Michigan. The volumes are arranged numerically according to original volume number. Each volume was meticulously indexed by the author, and each page is numbered. The Printed Materials subseries is made up of one folder containing promotional sales literature put out by Fargo Engineering. This material can be used to identify completed works accomplished by Fargo Engineering.

Box   11  
Corporate Specifications, Contracts and Test Procedures
 
Business Correspondence of William G. Fargo (5 volumes)

(The volumes are indexed)

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vol. 2  December 6, 1897-August 28, 1903
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vol. 3  August 31, 1903-June 2, 1905
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vol. 4  February 2, 1901-September 16, 1901
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vol. 5  September 18, 1901-June 30, 1902
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vol. 6  June 30, 1902-May 25, 1903
 
Printed Material
Box   11  
Sales Literature