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The papers of Solomon Cady Hollister include correspondence, typescripts, reports, drafts, publications, engineering studies, specifications and computations, blueprints, photographs, tape recordings, slides, and movie films concerning Hollister's work as a civil engineer prior to his academic career, his affiliations with the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, the American Welding Society, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society for Testing Materials, the American Council on Education, the Engineers' Council for Professional Development and other professional and corporate organizations, and his work as a professional consultant to several companies, including Raymond International, Firestone, Detroit Edison, and Babcock and Wilcox on such projects as the Boulder Dam penstocks; his directorship of the College of the Sibley College of Civil Engineering at Cornell University from 1934 to 1937, and deanship of the College of Engineering from 1937 to 1959, particularly regarding the expansion and development of the curriculum and the engineering campus, and the relationship of the College of Engineering with professional engineering societies and corporations; Hollister's service on government panels and boards of directors, including Raymond International.

Also, publications and speeches by Hollister on engineering education, the role of government, and other topics; and Hollister's personal interests, including paleontology, the design of sports equipment, and the study of unusual concrete structures. Correspondents include Bancroft Gherardi, Victor Emanuel, Vladimir Karapetoff, Franklin Olin, Henri S. Sack, Maxwell M. Upson, Alexander M. Beebe, Herbert Hoover, and Fritz Leonhardt. Also information pertaining to the Curtiss-Wright Corporation cadette program.

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