Henry Earle Riggs papers: 1911-1942
Summary Information
Title: Henry Earle Riggs papers
Creator: Riggs, Henry Earle, 1865-
Inclusive dates: 1911-1942
Extent: 2 linear feet
Abstract:
Professor of civil engineering at University of Michigan. Railroad valuation and appraisal files; lectures and reports; personal materials.
Call number: 852137 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Finley B. Riggs (donor no. 3108).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Henry Earle Riggs papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Born on May 8, 1853 in Lawrence, Kansas, Henry E. Riggs graduated in 1886 from the University of Kansas with the degree of A.B., after a five-year literary and engineering course. In 1910 he received the degree of C.E. from the University of Michigan. On graduation from the University of Kansas he entered railway service as an axman on the B. & M. Railroad in Nebraska. In the fall of 1887 he entered the service of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. From March 1, 1890, to January 1, 1896, he was Chief Engineer of the Ann Arbor Railroad. From 1896 to 1912 he was a member of the Riggs and Sherman Company of Toledo, Ohio, engaged in design and construction of sewerage, water works, paving, electric railway and industrial railroads.

In 1900 he was one of the two principal assistants of Mortimer E. Cooley on the Michigan appraisal of railroad properties. His career since then was largely devoted to problems of valuation and depreciation of railroads. He was consulting engineer on valuation matters for the states of Michigan, New York, and Georgia; for a number of municipalities; and for railroads, including the New York Central System, the Illinois Central System, the Norfolk and Western, the Virginian, the Union Pacific, the St. Louis-San Francisco, and the Pere Marquette.

From 1912 to 1930 Riggs was professor and head of the department of civil engineering of the University of Michigan. On June 30, 1930, he retired with the title of Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering.

Riggs died July 5, 1949.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Henry Earle Riggs collection includes correspondence and documents, 1914-1924, relating to valuation of the Detroit United Railway. This includes correspondence removed from the files of Mortimer E. Cooley. There are also other materials relating to public utilities valuation, civil engineering, and public works, mainly lectures, addresses, articles, and testimony.

Of special note is a file of correspondence relating to University of Michigan Civil Engineering alumni killed in World War I, file on the history of the Ann Arbor Railroad, and a 1942 speech describing problems of the proposed Willow Run, Michigan, wartime housing development.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Engineers -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Public utilities -- Michigan.
  • Railroads -- Michigan.
  • Street-railroads -- Michigan.
  • Willow Run (Mich.)
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Ann Arbor Railroad Company.
  • Detroit United Railway.
  • University of Michigan. College of Engineering.
  • Riggs, Henry Earle, 1865-
  • Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944.
  • Hemans, Lawton T. (Lawton Thomas), 1864-1916.
  • Smith, William Morris, 1870-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Railroad valuation and appraisal files [series]
Box   1  
Ann Arbor Railroad testimony 1915
 
Detroit United Railway
Box   1  
Correspondence
 
Mortimer E. Cooley files
Box   1  
1914
Box   1  
1915-1916
Box   1  
1919
Box   1  
1920
 
Henry E. Riggs files
Box   1  
1922
Box   1  
1923-1924
 
Documents (primarily typescript copies)
Box   1  
1915
Box   1  
1919
Box   1  
1921
 
1922
Box   1  
Payroll (3 folders)
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
 
1923
Box   1  
Public Utilities Commission testimony February 6-14, 1923 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Riggs report to Detroit United Railway (DUR) September 24, 1923
Box   1  
Riggs statement to Public Utilities Commission (PUC) circa May 1923
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
Box   1  
1924
 
Lectures and reports [series]
Box   1  
1911, 1915, 1924 testimony 1911-1924
Box   1  
1934
Box   1  
1935
Box   1  
1936

(include letter from John E. Hodge reminiscing about class activities, ca. 1888)

Box   1  
1937
Box   1  
1938
Box   1  
1939
Box   1  
1940
Box   1  
Re Willow Run housing 1942
Box   1  
Undated (3 folders)
Box   2  
"Lectures and reports, university matters and transportation, with two early reports on depreciation" (1 volume)
Box   2  
"Lectures, memoranda, testimony" (1 volume)
Box   2  
"Miscellaneous papers and reports, valuation, depreciation, and accounting" (1 volume)
Box   2  
"Thirty years development in public utility valuation" (1 volume)
 
Miscellaneous and personal [series]
Box   2  
University of Michigan Civil Engineering alumni who died in World War I, correspondence 1924-1926
Box   2  
Correspondence and related materials assembled by sons Finley B. and Samuel for planned biography of HER