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Paul Jerome Raver papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ax 682

Scope and Contents

The majority of the records date to before 1939, and document both Raver’s time as a student at Northwestern University and his professional work as an engineer and administrator. Records include: class notes and course materials from Northwestern University; a series of engineering and planning studies for Chicago Surface Lines; administrative and case files created by the Rates and Research Department of the Illinois Commerce Commission, and similar files of the Illinois Rural Electrification Committee; and correspondence and committee files of the National Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners.

Board, committee, and commission files include records of the Engineers Joint Council Board of Review on National Water Policy (1955-1957); Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee (1947-1956); and the Washington State Advisory Council on Atomic Energy (1958-1963). Also included in the collection is a transcript of record and file of correspondence in the case of Tennessee Electric Power Company vs. Tennessee Valley Authority (U.S. Supreme Court, October term, 1938 Number 27).

Dates

  • circa 1894-1963

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Jerome Raver was born in Logansport, Indiana in 1894 and attended Northwestern University. From 1923-1927, he worked as an estimating engineer for the Chicago Surface Lines, and taught public utility economics at Northwestern from 1928-1939. Raver worked concurrently as the supervisor of the Rates and Research Department of the Illinois Commerce Commission (1933-1939), and served as a member of its Rural Electrification Committee (1936-1938). In 1939, he was appointed administrator of Bonneville Power Administration, serving until 1954, when he was appointed superintendent of the Seattle City Light Company.

Extent

22.5 linear feet (15 containers)

Abstract

The papers of Paul Jerome Raver document his work as a student at Northwestern University, as an engineer for the Chicago Surface Lines, as the supervisor of the Rates and Research Department of the Illinois Commerce Commission, as the administrator of Bonneville Power Administration, and as superintendent of the Seattle City Light Company, and include class notes and course materials, correspondence, speeches, minutes, reports and studies, case files, publications, and scrapbooks.

Arrangement

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Northwestern University

Series II: Chicago Surface Lines

Series III: Illinois Commerce Commission: Rates and Research

Series IV: National Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners

Series V: Committees, Commissions, Councils, and Boards

Series VI: Speeches

Series VII: Publications

Series VIII: Scrapbooks

Processing Information

Collection processed by Anna Fleming.
Title
Guide to the Paul Jerome Raver papers
Status
Complete Description
Author
Anna Fleming and Rachel Lilley
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA